Thursday, February 20, 2020

Team Meeting 2020

Earlier this month we attended a team meeting in Orlando, FL with our Connections Cluster.  First Baptist, Orlando hosted us and we are thankful to them for opening their facilities to us.  We enjoyed getting to attend a Sunday morning worship service there and our boys especially enjoyed getting to attend their kid's classes.  Worship in English is always a treat!

We had full days of meetings and discussions.  For us, personally, it was a great time to learn more about Americas Connect and how to better walk alongside our US Baptist churches as they go through the program.  One of the key elements of Americas Connect is the pre-trip and on the ground training that we will do with the teams.  This really helps prepare the teams for not only their week in Guatemala but also prepare them for healthy missions involvement in the future.  We left with a much better understanding of what that looks like and how we can facilitate it.

We are excited about all the opportunities we will have this year to partner with US churches through Americas Connect and help them take their first steps in missions involvement.  If your church is wanting to get involved in international missions, Americas Connect is an entry level trip that will help get you on the right track.  If you have any questions or would just like more information, send us an email (  Whether you serve in Guatemala with us or not, we can help connect you to a place of service in the Americas with the IMB. Let's talk!

Our Americas Connect team representing the countries of Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, and Ecuador.  We are your IMB representatives ready to serve alongside you.

Our meetings were not 100% business.  We enjoyed some great times of singing, prayer, and devotion.  We were blessed by having Dr. Ronny Raines and his wife Angie drive down from Tallahassee to lead us in two sessions on our spiritual growth.  He is the Senior Pastor at Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee. They are a sweet couple and we are thankful that they took time to invest in all of us.

Our kids enjoyed fellowship as well while we were in meetings.  A retired missionary couple living in Orlando came and led them for us.  Our boys had a great time and enjoyed their days greatly. 

The kids one night after supper getting treated to Krispy Kreme donuts.  

It was a great meeting.  We are thankful for the time to get to know our teammates better and encourage each other in ministry. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Valentine's Day 2020

This year for Valentine's Day the boys got to participate in a card swap at our homeschool co-op.  I think this was their first time to swap Valentine's cards in Guatemala.  They were excited.  We attend co-op on Thursdays so it fell the day before the actual holiday. 

Here they are filling out cards for their co-op friends.

They made boxes for collecting their cards.  Cruz made a robot monster and Ben made Luigi.

ready to celebrate Valentine's Day at co-op

That evening when they went to bed I set out some decorations for the next morning.

I had picked them up a few treats while in the States.  

For breakfast I made pink heart shaped pancakes.

Cruz at breakfast on Valentine's morning

Ben's Valentine breakfast

We had been hosting two of our IMB leaders all week and needed to get one of them to the airport mid-day to fly back home.  After doing a little school work that morning we all drove into Guatemala City together.  We made a stop by our mission house there.  We then dropped one off at the airport and took the other out to lunch with us.

You could probably guess where I wanted to go eat for Valentine's Day lunch.  TGI Friday's!!!

Later that afternoon we visited a local mall and got the boys a haircut.  They do not get soda often so you can imagine Ben's joy when the barber gave him a Pepsi and two suckers to enjoy.

We picked up a few supplies, ate supper at the food court, and then drove back home to Antigua.

a family photo to end the day

It was a simple day but a lot of fun.  I sure do love my little family.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Legoland Florida

Our boys have wanted to visit Legoland for several years now.  Cruz started asking when he was around 5 and got his first Lego set for Christmas. He has been obsessed with Legos ever since.  On every trip we have made back to the States he has asked to go to the park.  We have just not been able to make that happen.

When I found out that our whole family would be attending a recent work trip in Orlando I knew we could not pass up the chance to take them.  I am so glad it worked out for us to go.  We had an amazing time!!!

As I started to plan, I was thrilled to find out that Legoland offers homeschool discounts.  Several times throughout the year they offer deeply discounted tickets to homeschool families.  We went on one of those days.  The crowds were low and the park never felt crowded.  We walked on to just about every ride and several rides we rode back to back without even getting off.

I mentioned in my last post that we stayed at the Legoland Hotel.  It is just steps from the park entrance.  After breakfast we walked right over and began our fun day.

Welcome to Legoland Florida!!!
Can you spot David in the background?

It was a little drizzly when the park opened but it soon cleared up and turned into a beautiful day.

Land of Adventure

Coastersaurus is a wooden roller coaster and probably my favorite ride of all.

The boys loved this ride.  It is a virtual reality coaster. It made me a little dizzy to ride it with the mask on so the next few times I rode it was without the VR mask.

new swords

We all loved Pirates' Cove Live Water Ski Show.  They warn you that the first five rows get wet so David and I sat up top while the boys sat on the front row.

The girl here that was leading the show was the same girl that led the kid's activities the night before at the hotel.  The boys felt like they knew her.

This was the boys favorite ride.  They got soaked and loved it!

We took these pictures next and you can still see how wet they were.

We walked through Miniland USA to see all of the amazing Lego creations.  I think I read that there are over 32 million Lego bricks in that area alone.

We made a few stops at the gift shops before the park closed.

I made a lot of steps that day but each one was worth it.

I am so thankful that I got to experience this day with my boys.  It is a day I am certain they will always remember. 

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