Cruz began the school year on Monday at a new school in Chiquimula. He had been so eager to go and was super excited when he got up that morning. I had told him the night before that I was making pancakes for his first day of school. I mentioned that they would be happy face pancakes. He asked if I would give them "fire hair". That is what he calls hair that is spiked. I did my best to make that happen and here is what he got-
Cruz's first day of school happy face pancake with fire hair
me and Cruz before we left to take him to school that morning
Cruz with his new teacher Ms Zulma
Poor Ben has been a lost puppy without having Cruz around. I think he has enjoyed the special one on one attention he's gotten from us this week though. He has spent a lot of time riding his bike and visiting the playground.
my silly boy
The daily homework load has given me much added stress this week. Schools in Guatemala are big on homework and this school in particular has a reputation for a lot of it. I just think that after 5 hours of being at school a 4 year old needs to spend their afternoon playing not doing more school work. That's just my opinion, ha.
On Monday night we were invited to join a few other families at the mall playland to let the kids play. While the kids enjoyed being together the adults sat around the table and had a great time of fellowship. It was a fun night for everyone.
our boys with the Remings and McIntyres
David spent Tuesday morning in the village of Churischan with our Honduran Ag partner Noe. We are trying to get a training institute started in that village but most of the guys who want to participate are still away working in other parts of the county right now. It is common for the males in villages to go away for weeks/ months at a time to work in other places during planting and harvest season. It is a short delay for now but we'll continue to visit and wait on the Lord's timing.
Noe showing Rigoberto one of the projects. Rigoberto is our contact in that village.
Sweet Ben doing an art project while I cooked on Tuesday.
That evening we had a visit from the Lubeck's, the Chorti Bible translation translators. They joined us for supper and then we spent some time catching up. On an exciting note we'll begin partnering with them later this month working in a school in the village of Tunuco Arriba. We've been given the morning time slot on Wednesday's to go and teach in the school. We'll have an hour with the K5 and 1st graders and then an hour with the 2nd- 6th graders. Mrs. Diana will be doing the teaching because it will be in the Chorti language. Most everyone in this village speaks Chorti. We'll do music, Bible studies, and scripture memorization. What an awesome opportunity we have been given to share God's Word in a village where there is no evangelical work. Pray for us! Our first "class" will be on Feb. 18.
Our boys with the Lubeck's
In addition to homework we have had numerous requests for things to send to the school and money for this or that. It's been like a fire hydrant coming at me so far this week. I have definitely felt overwhelmed at times. One of those requests was for 30 emptied and cleaned egg shells. Yes, 30!!! It took me over two hours one evening to put a small hole in those eggs, drain them out, and get them washed. I'm still not sure what they will be used for but he had a note yesterday that said to send him in old clothes today because they would be painting their eggs today. I'll be eager to see what they will be doing with them.
Cruz's 30 empty and cleaned egg shells
This was a really fun way to spend my evening- NOT. ha
Thursday was P.E. day at school so he got to wear shorts and a t-shirt of his choice until his uniform comes in. He loves P.E. days! It was also the birthday of one of his classmates so they had a party at school. It was a Sheriff Callie themed party. He came home with a blue horse mask that all the boys received. The girls all got pink Sheriff Callie masks. He loves birthday parties too!
Cruz coming in the door after school on Thursday. I saw him and asked "where's Cruz?"
He took his mask off and said "here I am mama!"
That afternoon we drove up the mountain to lead Bible study in the village of Muyurco. The boys were excited when I reminded them that it was the village where we hiked and crossed the creek.
David and Ben on the trail
Along the way we let them stop and splash in the creek a minute. What little boy wouldn't love that.
Here's a short video of them hiking to Bible study.
Aren't these two sisters precious!
Here's Anacleto (the man who has invited us there to teach) with one of his daughters.
Anacleto with two of his sons
Hiking back down to the car. We had a large crowd hike down with us.
The beautiful sunset we saw as we drove down the mountain on our way home.
It's been a busy week but a pretty awesome one as well. Sometimes life can feel like a fast moving train. I'm just trying to do my best to slow down, hold on, and enjoy the ride. Have a great weekend everyone!