Thursday, May 16, 2024

Last Day of School 2024 6th and 8th Grade

Our school year has come to a close.  Our last day was Wednesday, May 15.  Here are some pictures we took that morning.

We enjoyed a pancake breakfast.


Cruz finished 8th grade and will begin high school in August.
Cruz back in August on the first day of the school year.

Ben finished 6th grade. 

Ben back in August on the first day of the school year.

me and my students

How we really felt about ending the school year.
We had lunch plans in town with friends.  It was also the final Wednesday afternoon class for them at Encounter Academy.  Cruz had flag football practice, and they ended the night at youth group.  It was a full day! 

We are looking forward to our summer break.  We have a full schedule planned through the end of July.  We anticipate some fun days ahead! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Mother's Day 2024

Mother's Day in Guatemala falls on May 10 each year.  This year it was on a Friday.  We try to do something on Guatemala Mother's Day and the U.S. Mother's Day.  That meant a whole weekend of celebration for me.   

We had a normal school day on Friday.  I got these beautiful roses.  That evening we ordered pizza and ate outside on our patio.

After supper we walked down to our mall, Plaza Telares, and had coffee and dessert.

On Saturday morning we drove up the mountain to El Hato to visit Antigua Boreal.

These flowers were at the entrance.  They are one of my favorites!

celebrating Mother's Day with my boys

Antigua Boreal is known for two things- their giant slide and their deep dish pizza.  We wanted to try out both.

me and the boys took a turn on the slide

It was so much fun!!!

Next, we had a pizza lunch.  Look at all that cheese!!

One last photo before we left.
Here's a YouTube video that includes footage of us going down the slide.
That evening we lit our fire pit, cooked hotdogs, and tossed the football in the front yard. We ended the night playing Skip Bo.

Saturday night dessert- delicious cupcakes from San Martin bakery.

On Sunday morning I had homemade cards, wind chimes, a giant Hershey bar, and a new coffee cup waiting for me on the table.

San Martin is a local restaurant chain/ bakery.  They offer different coffee cup patterns all throughout the year. I love collecting them!  This was one of their Mother's Day patterns this year.  I love it!

ready to eat

For breakfast we had scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits, and bacon.

We took a few photos before we left for church.

After church we enjoyed lunch at Pasta Nostra in town.
The rest of the day was spent lounging around. It was a great way to end a wonderful celebration weekend. 

I shared this poem on a Facebook post- 
“Motherhood is messy.
And challenging.
And crazy.
And sleepless.
And giving.
And still unbelievably beautiful.”
-Rachel Martin 
I think it sums it up perfectly. 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Life Lately April 2024

 Here is a look at our family life over the past month.

We made a trip to Quetzaltenango for our quarterly team meeting.  This was our Saturday morning view of the Santa Maria volcano.

our IMB Guatemala team

Cruz began a seven week flag football program that will end with a game in late May.  Here he is after his first practice.  He loved it!

Ben went on a field trip with Encounter Academy to Los Celajes, which is up the mountain from Antigua.

pretending to be birds in a nest

We enjoyed a Saturday evening fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.

The boys and I were invited to an afternoon outing at our neighbor's house to play games.  This was my coffee cup while there.

Home alone, pizza, and the Pioneer Woman- what more could a tired mama want?
We enjoyed a visit with an old friend who was in town.  We first met Maria back in October 2008. We were flying back to Guatemala after making our first vacation trip back home to Mississippi since arriving on the field in 2006. We were flying on Delta buddy passes and got bumped several days in Atlanta trying to get back. While waiting to see if we would get a seat, we met the sweetest lady who was also flying on buddy passes and trying to get to Guatemala to see her sister who was dying. We formed an instant friendship and have regularly kept in touch all these years.  She has been back to Guatemala a few times since then to visit family, but we have never been able to meet up.  After fifteen years of emails, messages, and Facebook interactions, we finally saw each other in person again. It was so special! We enjoyed a meal together that included us getting to meet her daughter and her getting to meet the boys.
We celebrated Ben's 12th birthday.
Ben was invited to a birthday celebration for two of his friends.

David helped our IMB teammates host a volunteer team.

David translating in the clinic for the mission team.

Sharing the gospel.
making new friends
We ended the month celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary.

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