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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Well, I got the results of my taxes yesterday. I had laid a fleece before the Lord (as per Gideon in the book of Judges, chapter 6.) And while it is a nice return, it is not enough to hold us over during the summer months. I'm going to have to look for something to carry us through(by God's grace), and wait until next year to return to Peru. My church will hold the money that has already been raised - and this will give me time to raise more, because it's not just GETTING there, it's everywhere I go and everyhing I do there as well.

Am I disappointed? Well, a's hard to wait to see people you love and care about. But I've had to wait before, and I know that God does a quick work in us by making us wait. He knows better than I do what other preparations He needs to make in ME, and possibly in THEM before I go.And I know my loved ones are praying for me as they await my return. As I was finishing this blog, my playlist started on this appropriate!

So, I'm thinking maybe I'll have the bunion and hammer toe fixed on my left foot so when I DO return, I'll be able to tromp around more easily. I can have it done when school ends so I can recupe during summer vacation. And I can get an exercise bike with some of the tax money - my DD and I did real well when we had one before (we actually rode 3 into the ground - 2 used and one new! It does NOT gather dust!)
Meanwhile, here's a reminder for anyone who wants to participate in the work...

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GRAMMAALI 3/21/2010 7:27AM

    Praying for you!
Love in Christ, Alison

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2010 2:40AM

    All things do happen in God's time, not ours. He will never fail us!! We just have to be patient and leave everything in His hands.
Blessings and hugs,

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SJG1953 3/21/2010 2:34AM

    I'm so sorry for your disappointment. Sometimes we don't understand the things that happen or in this case the things that don't happen. But God knows the reasons and we have to trust and believe in Him just as I know you are doing. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and your family and your missions. Hugs, Shirley

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MIKESCHICKY 3/21/2010 1:03AM

    Gods timing , not ours. Hang in there !

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Friday, March 12, 2010

The calendar may SAY that March 20 is the first day of spring, but climatologically speaking, spring usually doesn't feel like it's here till April. Even so, we look for those little harbingers...crocus and buds, and of course my favorite, the American Robin (not to be confused with its European cousin)
My family has a little tradition to celebrate the first sighting by a family member of this songbird. So when I saw one fly from across the street and land in the tree in front of me on my way to school, I gave a little gasp of delight. We sent out for pizza that night. Not altogether healthy, I know, but it was a nice celebration!I'd post a picture but i don't want to infringe on any copyrights!

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SAGE150 3/13/2010 1:05PM

    Geese, geese, and more geese. I feel bad that the best place they can find is around our apartment buildings. Surely there is a lake better suited nearby. Granted we do have a lot more green than most so I guess it's not a bad choice, but the poop they leave behind is less than desirable! They keep my cat curious, though. She tried to go after them as lunch one day last spring and that did not FLY (ha ha ha ha) well. I had to run after her and rescue her from their circle of 11! This spring we are giving them a little more space.

Yeah, the robins are definitely out in full force and the trees are starting to bud. Thank goodness, too, after all that snow and cold weather we've had this winter. It all makes for good walking.

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BUFFALOKAY 3/12/2010 12:39PM

    Haven't seen a robin yet, but the ducks and geese are everywhere, the bunnies are scurrying around and I hear birds every morning, so spring is definitely in the air.

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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Friday, March 05, 2010

I'll have to take some before and after pictures soon. But for now, I just want to give thanks to God. Background: When my younger DD and her DH , and my DS and DDIL (and baby) were here in 2008, we were hoping they could assume the mortgage so that when I was ready to retire and move to Peru, they could just take over and I wouldn't have to worry about selling. Well, they had all these great plans of what they'd do to the house. The attic was finished off into one insulated room, and one not - my Mom used to occupy them when she lived with us, and then a friend of my kids when we took her in, and then younger DD, and then they were used for visitors. They were nice rooms. But when my kids n their spouses came, they knocked some holes in the walls, thinking of making the 2 rooms into one. BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR MATERIALS TO FINISH THE WORK. Then when they found out they couldn't just assume the mortgage, discouraged, they moved out - and left the attic rooms uninhabitable. I was so heartbroken. My DH is on permanent disability and I don't earn much. There was no way we could afford to pay for materials or labor. My older DD and 2 grands moved back in with us (having been forced out by her younger sibs) and her BF (my ALMOST DSIL) We have been praying for the "fixumups" of the house ever since, and I have also prayed that the rooms would be even better. Well, in the fall of last year, my DD suggested I contact this organization called Flower City Work Camp, to see if they could tackle our house. Every spring break, teens from various churches volunteer and are guided by adults with assorted skills, and they choose some houses in the city to do repairs. So, I sent an email and a couple months ago someone came to check the house out.Yesterday we got the call - WE WERE CHOSEN! Tuesday someone will come to see what needs to be done, and next month 3 adults and 10 teens will work over 3 days to answer our prayers. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Time for a Happy Dance!

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KAT573 3/8/2010 8:12AM

    This is great news, Shelley! I hope you also get to where you can sell your house and move to Peru because that is where you wish to be! Meanwhile, I know you will do all you need to do to prepare for that eventuality! Never give up!
Keep the faith!

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SJG1953 3/5/2010 4:40PM

    Praise God!! Yes, He IS good all the time! I am so glad for you. Hugs, Shirley

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MYLLWOOD1 3/5/2010 1:10PM

    That is excellent news! I'm so glad to hear that God has answered your prayers! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2010 11:26AM

    Praise God for HE is GOOD ALL THE TIME!!! What a blessing this is to you!! I am doing the happy dance with you!!
May God continue to bless you.

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/5/2010 10:47AM

    That is wonderful news....what a test of your patience eh?
Will your DH be going to Peru with you?

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JODIRICHARDS 3/5/2010 7:55AM

    PTL!! GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME! Can't wait to see the photos!

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I love New York, because the seasons are temperate. Neither too hot nor too cold for any extended period of time. Nevertheless, I DO tire of winter weather, even though the snow gives me more cardio emoticon. I'd prefer winter in Lima, especially onthose rare days when the sun breaks out. Here's a little video of on such day in 2008.

Now,the day had started cool, as you can see by my sweater...

But as the sun came out, I peeled it off. This is Abel on the left and Esli on the right.

And this is one of my favorite pictures of Abel. He usually has such a serious countenance when he takes pictures, so I actually tickled him to get a smile.

Now, isn't THAT a nice winter day?

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JACKY_1974 3/4/2010 7:43PM

    Me encantó, muy bello el paisaje.

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CAROLYN0107 3/3/2010 10:54PM

    That's the type of "winter" that we have down here in July and August. I rarely even put a sweater on though.

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The Reason For It All

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My favorite spiritual son, Abel, is a real computer whiz. He encouraged me to make a video on my computer, and being computer illiterate as I am, I needed some instruction to use my own machine. So he sent me a link to a program I could download to my computer that would enable him to "hook up" with me and show me what to do. I made a few for fun, but now I have made one that's a little more promotional for what I do. So I put the link here. This is why I am trying to get in shape, so I can continue in the work.

Abel and me at a park in Barranco, Lima

Abel is like my bodyguard, both physically ( he has had actual training) and spiritually (as he keeps me covered in prayer)

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/28/2010 7:41PM

    I hope you can get back there soon, MamaLlama!!!

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MUJU71 2/28/2010 1:43PM

    Thanks for posting the photos and the link to the video!

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