Thursday, October 10, 2013

Not Alone

Our week got kicked off with a visit from some missionary friends that we knew from our days of working with the Kekchi. The Groff's have served many years in the Coban/ Alta Verapaz area of Guatemala working with the Kekchi. We befriended them soon after we moved there back in 2007 and have remained friends ever since. They were a part of our weekly missionary prayer time and through that we got to know them and their sweet servant hearts. They arrived on Monday afternoon just in time to enjoy a pot of coffee and these freshly made Apple Fritters-
I am not sure where I found this recipe but it is a favorite of ours.  We eat them most often for breakfast along with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.  Here's the recipe-

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped apple

2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. milk

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Stir in milk and egg until just combined.  It will be thick and sticky.  Fold in apple.  Pour oil into skillet until 1 1/2 inches deep.  Drop by heaping teaspoons into oil.  (I like to flatten them out some).  Cook about 2 minutes on each side.  

Mix glaze and pour on top.  Allow to cool.  They are good hot or cold.

Their whole purpose for coming was just to visit and fellowship so that is what we did the rest of the afternoon and evening.  They also took up a lot of time playing with the boys which is always a blessing to tired parents of toddlers and preschoolers.  

After breakfast on Tuesday morning they rode with us over to Jocotan to take Cruz to school and see some of the area where we live.  They then left to drive back home.   We really enjoyed our time with them.  They are a sweet couple.

Galen, Phyllis, Ben, me, David, and Cruz

Later that afternoon a couple of our neighbor kids knocked on our gate.  They had made a kite for Cruz and wanted to give it to him.  He has had a lot of fun trying to fly it.
Cruz with his new kite.  This one was made out of tissue paper.

David has been in Honduras a lot this week which has left me single parenting the kids.  Let me just say that I have a lot of respect for single parents.  I do not know how they do it everyday.  I am very blessed to have a husband like David who helps me out around the house.  I am spoiled!

On Wednesday afternoon I got a call that some missionary friends were in the area and wanted to stop by for a visit.  That made me happy because I really love having company in our home.  They were about 20 minutes away so that gave me just enough time to put on a pot of coffee and pop a loaf of the chocolate chip pumpkin bread that I had baked and frozen last week into the oven.   We had our coffee and dessert and spent quite a while sitting and talking.  It was a fun visit.  Mr. Bill spent most all of the visit playing with the boys.  They worked with tools, played hide and seek, played chase... and just had a ball!

Cruz, me, Mr. David, Ben, Mrs. Glynis, and some friends of theirs from Tennessee.

It seems as though we have had a revolving door of visits here lately and it has been good.  It helps you not get lonely and is a great reminder that we are not alone.  We have friends and colleagues that are here to love and encourage us in our journey.  And then there's the neighbors who stop by with a gift for our child to show us that they love us too.  I just see it as God's way of continually being faithful to us and ministering to us through others.

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