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To Market, To Market

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I was reading a blog and someone was describing their market experiences, so of course I took another trip down memory lane and hunted up pix from my Peru (and a few Ecuador) market experiences. So here's my little travel-log!

Iquitos fish market, 03

a sister's fruit market in VES, 06

February 07 - fresh meat? Villa el Salvador (VES) in Lima

Summer 07, view of a market in Requena

a sister's meat market in VES, summer 07

checking out veggies with Sabina and Gaby 08

getting ground meat for sauce, 08

I love the garb, especially the hat, of this woman 08

flowers in Chepen, 11

meat market in Chepen 11

Chiclayo version of PetSMart, 11

assorted seafood, Chiclayo 11

crabs and scallops, Chiclayo 11

man, eating shark, Chiclayo 11

Octopus, Chiclayo 11

Pretty strawberries and my friend Vikki, Chiclayo 11

The tail identifies goat meat

This little piggy went to market, Chiclayo 11

Market scene, Chiclayo 11

Fresh chicken, VES 11

Gabriela makes purchases to spoil her "madrecita" (me) 11

Rochester, NY has a very nice farmers' market, but I love the experiences when I go abroad.

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MCFITZ2 4/9/2013 8:03PM

    Wonderful pictures. We in the states, have removed ourselves from where our food comes from. The thing that struck me was fresh, natural, no additives.
I have some difficulty with the meat aspect. I prefer to not get too close to my meat source. Yes I have fished and done all the baiting and cleaning. Also, one of my grandmothers raised chickens for eggs and meat and I have seen them dispatched, plucked feathers and know how to cut up a bird. Just really prefer not to. I do belong to an organic fruit and vegetable CSA in Trumansburg. Love it.
Thank you for sharing.

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"Nina" Has to Show Baby Pix

Sunday, April 07, 2013

When I had my first grandchild over 10 years ago, I was going to be called "Nana" to distinguish me from the other Grandma, but my granddaughter at the age of two decided to call me Nina (Spanish i - like Neena) so as not to confuse me with a BAnana. With the birth of my fifth grandchild on April 1 (3rd grandson) I figured it's time to post some pix of the little beings who put the GRAND in being a grandparent.

With my late DH, DD and first 2 grands, and DS with his DW back in 2007

My DD and fellow sparker aka "Glitterfairy77" with my first two grands, this Easter

My second two grands, the daughter and son of my son

this shot of my grandson Jack looks SO much like my son's childhood pix!

My younger DD at her baby shower

My DSIL calls this "Baby Burrito"

My DD as a new mommy with my latest grandson

I don't care if it IS gas - that sweet little smile just makes me want to eat him up!

I have heard that Grandchildren are our reward for not killing our kids when they were teenagers. Given what I went through with MINE in their adolescence - I'd say I am well rewarded!

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COLLEENROSTE 4/8/2013 2:47AM

    I've been waiting for you to introduce your GRANDS , congratulationson the newest little heart stealer

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PATRICIAAK 4/7/2013 8:01PM

    It's grand to be a grand!
Thanks for sharing their pics.

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Youth Groups

Friday, April 05, 2013

Tonight I'm picking up the student who's come with me to church a few times, to take him to youth group at church. At my previous church, while my son especially was a teen and he was involved, I would take him and stay, and got to know the kids. Like my son, they're all grown, many married with their own kids, but I still hold them fondly in my heart, and the feeling is mutual when we run into each other here or there.

In Lima, Peru, I have also invested time with my host church's youth group, getting to know them over the years. Two of the "boys" (MEN now!) are engaged to be married. I've invested in the youth ministry by buying a drum set, guitar, amps, and mikes - which they use to lead in praise and worship, and which have drawn other young folks from the community.

Cesar and Jhon try out a couple of guitars at the music store

Cesar starts to assemble the drum set

My "kids", Moises on drums, Gaby leading worship, Cesar on guitar

I've bought them matching t-shirts, bandanas, and "baseball" caps, which they've worn when they've done community outreaches.

Abel and I minister wearing the 2008 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" t-shirt as we minister in Bretaña

Jhon and I have our Soldado de Bendicion shirts on as we horse around in 2008

I model the 2011 edition of the tee shirt I brought to the youth group

Ruth in a skit is wearing the 2011 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" tee shirt

So in a way, even though I'm not physically there, I'm participating with them in the work they do. I want to bring them some more new shirts and bandanas when I return next year (God willing), this time a camouflage design. Pastora Sabina says that it gives them a greater sense of unity, identity, and purpose, even boldness to share their faith. I think it's a worthwhile investment!

Meanwhile, TONIGHT, I want to start getting to know the kids in my newer-to-me church. I may even talk to the leader about getting tees for THEM. Hm, there's a thought!

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COLLEENROSTE 4/5/2013 4:30PM

    i know you enjoy blessings everyday because you invest your time, love and faith in the groups and individuals. be strong and encouraged because that investment will always multiply

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KRISTINE99 4/5/2013 4:23PM

    The youth groups look like so much fun! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Take care, my friend :)

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PATRICIAAK 4/5/2013 2:30PM

    Super investment of time, talent and treasure.

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Fun at Zoos

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Today it's supposed to be in the 50's (F of course) and less overcast, and we're still on our Spring Break. So we might go to the zoo. I haven't been to our local zoo in AGES.

But that's not to say that I haven't been to ANY zoo. In fact, there's a park in the district of Villa el Salvador in Lima which I have been to numerous times. It features a little zoo, and I have joked that I have been there so often I should call the animals by their names (and I don't mean "ocelot" or "wooly monkey" - I mean George, Myra, and Elmer!). Well, I'll bring my camera for the outing to the Seneca Park Zoo, but for today's BLOG I'll share some pix from my Peru Zoo Ventures.

Quistococha - Iquitos
My first trip to Qustococha withPastor Hugo, at the entrance in 1997

Yeli with little Emmanuel and a log of turtles 2007

a handler and his 3 year old anaconda 2007

Abel handles the anaconda 2007

a shy river dolphin is coaxed to say hello 2007

Parque Huascar
This is the park with the little zoo I've come to know!

My pastor friends near the monkeys. 2006

How fitting that I was wearing that tee shirt! 2006

Bear in mind, this is during Lima's WINTER!

Taking a motorboat ride around the man-made lake with my "sons" Jose and Jhon and my pastor friends 2011

A photo op! 2011

Parque de las Leyendas 2011
This enormous park features flora and fauna from the 3 regions of Peru - costa, sierra, and selva (coast, mountains, and jungle). We went to the jungle first, and it's the largest part.
Many of my photos were lost when my hard drive died, but I saved some in my facebook albums.
Here I am with some of "my gang" on our way to the jungle section.

I like to call this picture "Buffalo Gals"

I spy an iguana!


I look forward to returning to Huascar and Leyendas with my "family" in Lima, taking new pix and forming new memories.

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GRAMMAP1 4/6/2013 12:44AM

    Llamas are just about my favorites. Yes, I understand the "spit" but those long necks look so snuggly. The Anacondas, I think I could skip! emoticon

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TWINKIEQUEEN 4/5/2013 1:47PM

    while i have ambivalent feelings about zoos (caged animals), they are a good way to learn about flora and fauna...if possible i visit the zoo whenever i am in a new place, and like you, take lots of pics...glad you had such a good time

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COLLEENROSTE 4/4/2013 2:52PM

    so hands on-- my kids would much prefer the Peruvian zoo

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PATRICIAAK 4/4/2013 9:28AM

    Enjoy the local zoo as you did the others

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Food and Fellowship

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I love working among young people. I am so blessed to have my present job as Teacher Assistant in a local high school. When I go on missions, I like to connect with the youth in the churches I visit. I've formed some wonderful friendships and taken on many "spiritual kids" over the years. So now and then I like to do something a little special for them.
In the summer of 2007 I gave a lunch for the youth group from Nueva Vision (pastored by my fiancé's cousin) in Iquitos, at the piece of property Foreman acquired and called Refugio (sadly, it suffered from the flooding last year, and I don't know if it can be used any more for its original purposes). I made a soup rich in vegetables, with chicken bought fresh - FRESH - at the market the day before. Here's Abel at one of the poulterers.

And here I am cutting up veggies at Refugio.

But the favorite entree of the the luncheon was the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (Abel said he had about 3 or 4!). I brought the peanut butter from the states.

Here's a view of the feast - such a pleasant place to picnic. You can see the big kettle of soup that had been set up over a wood fire on the right.

I did the same when I returned to Lima, only this time inviting the youth groups from a fraternity of some five churches. Their arrivals were staggered, so the crowd was easy to handle! We held it at Manantial, since they had the largest sanctuary to accommodate the numbers.

Here we assemble PBJ's.

Here Ps. Gregorio's niece Pilar helps prep veggies for the soup.

Stirring tomatoes into the soup - fresh, because you can't find the abundance of canned stuff like you can here.

I lunch with the first round of guests.

Psa. Sabina paid close attention to how I prepared the soup, and before I returned to the States, she prepared a birthday luncheon for me, inviting friends from Her church, Voz de la Transformacion, and the pastors from the other churches.

Sabina's daughter Ruth (ONE of "my kids" and Ps. Gregorio of Manantial de Vida, whose church hosted the luncheon

My friend Ps. Alberto from Camino a la Vida joins me's a BIRTHDAY party - GOTTA have cake!

Next year I hope to return to Peru. It will be the tenth anniversary of knowing these folks in Lima, and I'd like to do something special with/for them - especially the youth. In 2011 a few of us had a little "slumber party"

I'd like to try something similar on a grander scale, Lord willing.

Good food and Fellowship go hand in hand!

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PATRICIAAK 4/4/2013 12:28AM

    great to relive the memories

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