Saturday, November 22, 2008

More photos...

This was our trip up to La Campana to view the city, then to a yummy hotdog stand, and then Dairy Queen. (Shaelyn was asleep in the van when we got out at the top of La Campana - I think she's slept every time we've gone up).

Eleo, Mika & Amy
Tim & Kyla
Amy & Eleo
Shaelyn & Mika chasing pigeons in the plaza.
The hotdog stand.
I think it was close to 3pm by the time we finally ate lunch - were we ever hungry!

It was decided that although this was a delicious meal, it is not the place to come for a first date!! Far too messy! =) We laughed so much this day.

Not particularly enjoyed by a couple of the younger crew - even though hotdogs are usually a favourite.
Oh yeah!
So thirsty she'll drink anything - even CocaCola!!Kyla loves icecream - just like Daddy!
Eleo and Mika trying to keep warm in Dairy Queen
Couldn't choose between the next two - I thought both were hilarious, so they both went in!
Amy and Mika
Our Thanksgiving Dinner

Photos, but no videos

Here are the photos of the baptism:

This is a lady named Rosa
A teenager named Daniel
A lady named Rosario
A blind man named Francisco - he had a bit of trouble getting up out of the water.

His wife Emanuela
It was a really great evening, with over 100 there to listen to the Word of God, and see the baptism.
We think this sign is really funny. This is one of the toll booths on the way up to the US. Imagine posting a sign like this in Canada - a price for foreigners and a price for locals - foreigners pay more! =) Can you think of all the law suits it would cause!?!
Amy came Monday, and brought some cute matching clothes for the girls
Mika and Shaelyn helping Daddy clean up
I guess I should get a better picture on here of Amy - this is us fooling around after the girls' Spanish class.
Shaelyn's eyes are a little crooked
Eleo - with blue eyes under glasses
and Mika
Mika was reading from a Spanish primary book - and doing quite well. It's nice when the letters always say the same thing.

I tried to upload some videos, but it's not letting me, so I'll have to try again another time.

Happy Birthday, Jared!!

Today my little nephew Jared is four years old! I remember clearly the day little "snodgrass", as he is affectionately called by his father, was born! I think this might be the first birthday of his that we've missed being at! We miss you, little tool man - have a wonderful day!Jared and Gracia Sharp

The past week has been really nice, and quite busy. Sunday night was the baptism, (I will put the next post with pictures and details of it), then we drove up to Tucson, leaving around 845 Monday morning. Cynthia rode in our van most of the way up, while Tim drove her PT Cruiser. It was a very quick ride, since we talked to whole way!! =) When we crossed the border, we had to go and see if we could import our vehicle into the US - but when Tim went in, we found out that unless we are residing in the US, we can't. It was kind of frustrating, and as of right now, we will be unable to have insurance there until we work something else out. We'll have to see.

We picked up Amy around 245pm or so. She got into the car, and Kyla took one look at her and wailed! We all had a pretty good laugh! The girls at the hall are all jealous now though, since Kyla will happily go to Amy, and usually not to them! All three of the girls just love Amy to bits, and we are loving having Amy here! She is a really sweet girl - lots of fun, and has been a huge help too. Monday night and Tuesday morning, Cynthia, Amy and I went shopping for groceries, and a few other items that we're not able to get here in Mexico. Tim took the girls swimming, and spent time with them while we were out. In the afternoon, Amy drove to Mexico with Cynthia, while Tim and I did a little more shopping. We didn't end up leaving Tucson until about 5pm, so didn't get back home until a little after 9pm. It was quite interesting - just before we crossed the border we stopped for a bathroom break. I was telling Mika that she should hurry, as we had to get across the border into Mexico soon. She said to me, "Phew, we're finally going to be back in our own country!" =)

Tim has been enjoying going with Shad and Cynthia to help with Children's meetings in the mornings. He was telling me the other night, that 2 of the 3 ladies who got saved during the meetings were mom's of kids who have come out to the meetings they've had in poorer sections of the city.

Thursday, Amy, Eleo and us all went up the little "mountain" that overlooks the city. Then we went to the plaza and took a look inside the big Catholic church there, and then went for Mexican hotdogs - Mmmm, yummy!! They are quite different how they do them here. It is a large, soft bun, and one hotdog is wrapped in bacon and cooked, then put it in the bun, and mayo, white beans and tomatoes are put on top, then a second regular hotdog is put on top of that. Then there are cooked onions, cheese, ketchup, mustard, chilies, etc for you to choose to top that! It was really yummy - and then we topped it all off by having an icecream cone at DQ!! Actually, I think it was really topped off by the fact we all took a nap when we got home! =)

This is also Thanksgiving Day for us here! Today we are going to enjoy some yummy turkey (already roasting) and all the trimmings (including pumpkin pie) with Amy and Eleo. I looked at turkeys while we were in Tucson at the beginning of the week at Walmart, and they were .85/lb - which I thought was a really good deal, but we did already have one at home, and we don't have much freezer space. Just before we left, Tim went into a grocery store to get supper "on-the-go" for us, and came out with (among other things) a Turkey! It was .43/lb!!! Too good of a deal to pass up - so we just defrosted it when we got home, and today we're going to enjoy it (we actually might enjoy it for a few days, since it's 20 lbs!)

This morning, Amy and Mika went with Eleo and 5-6 other girls to a children's meeting they have every Saturday in Apache, another poor section of town. Tonight we'll be going to a gospel meeting that Shad takes in a place called Internacional. He and Cynthia set up a little 10X10 tent - the same as what they do with with children's meetings in the morning - and they have a meeting in that same place every Saturday evening. The people in each of these areas have been so receptive to the gospel. Tim went with Shad one day after the children's meeting to visit a few of the kid's houses - the next day four mom's were out! Amy was remarking how there is definitely no lack of things to do here, that's for sure!
Today here will be for cleaning and cooking, so I should probably get at it. I will try to post pic's of everything else later on today.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sleepy...

How did it get to be Sunday already?!? Last week flew by really quickly. I am tired, and should likely lie down, but I know I won't be able to post on here for a few days, so thought I would while I had the chance now.

Tonight is the last night of the gospel meetings, and then there will be a baptism afterwards. There will be 5 people getting baptised. A teenager named Daniel; two ladies, Rosa and Rosario, and a couple, Francisco and Emanuela. It is exciting to see them take this step of obedience, and we pray the Lord will continue to bless them, and that they will get to know Him better!

To update on the rest of the week, Mika is doing Much better, although has had a couple short relapses with the fever. No one else has had any problems. Spanish classes resumed Wednesday, although instead of our normal class, we tried to translate how we got saved to Eleo, while she wrote it down (I admit she did most of the translating! =) ), so they can go into an e-magazine, which goes out monthly.

On Thursday I finished the book we were reading for school, and wanted to start another one. I found "Tanglewood Secret" by Patricia St. John, and Tim actually read her the first few chapters at the end of school. Friday started off as not too great of a day, so I decided for a change we would start by reading the book. Kyla was down for her nap, and Shaelyn was busy, and I ended up reading for the whole time before my class. Mika and I both enjoyed it. We have read so far this year: Sunshine Country, Christie's Old Organ, All Things - Even Frisky, and now started this one. All of them have had a really clear gospel message in them, and also some "milk" for a new little believer - so it's been good.

Friday night we were at meeting, and when we got home there was a party going on in our neighbourhood. Just beside the pool there is a little park-type thing, plus a gazebo and area to have a get-together if you want. It looked like maybe a 15th birthday party (which is the most important birthday to have here, apparently), and they played Loud music until at least 1am!! Saturday I got cleaning done, as well as sorting out the winter clothes for the girls. That part still isn't all done, but almost. The day was a bit warmer than usual, and the girls played outside for ages! Saturday night there was Another party going on, but it was at someone's house. There was drums, electric guitar, loud "music", shouting, horns honking, etc. Thankfully that only lasted until 12am - but still too late for me!

Today has been hot - well, according to us! John turned on the a/c at meeting this morning, which was a relief to Tim and I, but maybe not for everyone else. Some of the Mexicans were saying that they are loving this warm weather, and feel like they're thawing out a little. No wonder they wear wool hats and long sleeves when they go up to Canada in the summers!!!

Eleo came for lunch today, and we enjoyed a yummy roast beef dinner together. Tim and the girls are now in bed, and in less than an hour, I will be leaving to go to the hall with Michelle to help make sandwiches for after the baptism.

Tomorrow at 8am we leave to go up to Tucson to pick up Amy, from the east coast of Canada. She will be staying with us for 10 days. Cynthia is actually going to caravan with us - then we will stay over night, and try to get some shopping done while we're there. We also have to import our vehicle into the US, and get Arizona plates so that we can be insured for the short spurts we can go up there. It's kind of tedious. Hopefully we'll be able to get all that done without too many problems.

Okay, I better go see what I need to get done before I go. We'll be back in a few days, and will post some pic's of the baptism then too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day, a Birthday, and a sick day!

This is Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veteran's Day in the US. We have so much to be thankful to be for, don't we! "Praise GOD from Whom all blessings flow!" Many thanks to those who have willingly served, and given their lives for our countries.

Speaking of Veterans, Tim's sister Joia & her family live in Florida on an air base, and have become very close to their neighbours, Frank and Myrtle. They have been like grandparents to them, and they have just found out that Frank will likely die within the next month. They are all having a very hard time with this, as you can imagine, so if you could please pray for Philip and Joia, and Frank and Myrtle and their family - it would be greatly appreciated.

Today is also a special day because it is Tim's spiritual birthday. He turned "23" today, as he was 9 years old when was saved - when he became a Christian. One of his favourite verses is in 1 Peter 3:18: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,"

It has been another sick day around here. Last night we were awakened by Mika being sick again with the flu. She has had a fever too, and has pretty much been flat our for the entire day with a headache, etc. She has only just in the last 1/2 and hour (530pm or so) kept down any medicine for the fever, and is finally feeling slightly better. She just ate 3 crackers and is looking a little perkier, so hopefully the food will stay where it was put! Spanish class was cancelled again for today - poor Eleo must think we don't do our homework, and just come up with these excuses so we can get it finished! Thankfully no one else is showing any symptoms yet, and we'll be able to resume tomorrow.

Yesterday Tim went and got groceries for me. While he was in Costco, he found frozen turkeys!! American Thanksgiving is at the end of this month, so we'll be able to have a yummy turkey dinner soon! Hooray! Something really funny, is that while Tim was at Home Depot today, they were getting in a load of Real Christmas Trees!!! He asked where they were from, and they said the US and Canada. They are cut, and so they have set up a special spot with moist soil (and some ice that came on the truck) in a corner where they will sit until people buy them. They ranged from about $45-65, and Tim said they looked like pretty nice ones! I don't think we'll be getting one - but I may have to go in and smell them! =)

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit.... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"
His answer surprised me... "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo".
He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.
In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.
He said. "Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to others."
He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they both make the forest beautiful." "Your time will come," God said to me. " You will rise high!"
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned.
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you........

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you Happiness.
Bad days give you Experiences.
Both are essential to life.
Keep going...

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

Have a great day! The Son is shining!! God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass -- it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rob!!

Today is Tim's brother Rob's birthday! This is a picture of him and his wife Ada this summer. Rob is a tool & die maker, mechanic, wood worker, fixer of all things, etc! He has a hilarious sense of humour that comes out at all the right times (well...usually)! =) Hope you've had a great day - we love you, Rob!


Here are a few picture of the last little while:

Kyla on Shaelyn's trike. Hard to go too far when the legs don't reach the pedals!

Shaelyn finally riding her hog out on the road.
Tim taking Shaelyn on the front of his bike.
Kyla was enjoying ripping around a little quicker that usual in her stroller.
Mika riding her bike.

Shaelyn has been more tired than usual lately. She has pretty much never fallen asleep by herself other than in her bed. A week ago Saturday, she climbed into my lap and went to sleep! Then, yesterday, she fell asleep in the middle of lunch, with her spoon still in her hand. We thought we should take a picture of this momentous occasion! =)
Today we enjoyed having dinner at the Sluiters. It was really nice, as we haven't had much time to visit with anyone since the meetings began. We came home around 4pm, and Tim and the girls went to sleep, and slept until almost 630pm! Since meeting is at 7pm, I ended up going by myself, and probably spoke the most Spanish (before and after the meeting) that I have since coming here! I also got to listen to the Whole meeting (uninterrupted), which is the first time too! It was really good. Found out tonight that a lady named Rosa will be baptised next Sunday. That was exciting news! She has been saved for a little while, and is nervous about being baptised, so if you think of it, please pray for her. We were planning to leave that day to go up to Tucson. We will be picking up a friend who is flying in there, but will leave on Monday instead so we can be here for the baptism. We are looking forward to the trip up to the US, and hope to do a little shopping, and also get our van registered in Arizona while we are there.
As of this past week, we have gone down to 4 days a week of Spanish. This was an answered un-prayed prayer - if that makes any sense. I am very thankful, as I've been finding it difficult to get all the shopping and cleaning done on Saturday (although Tim has been Great at helping), and with the meetings on we seem to be more busy. It was also announced today that there will be at least one more week of the meetings. There were several new people out tonight again, so we'll see.
Need to grab some supper now, and then off to bed. Hopefully since I didn't have a nap today, I should get right to sleep!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's so quiet...

Well, we have officially turned off our air conditioner! We never noticed how much noise it made until we turned it off! This morning when we woke up we were Cold - so we got out our running shoes, sweaters, pants, slippers, etc, so we can be prepared for the cold season coming. This one is a picture of Mika in a sweater a friend of Tim's mom knit for her.


This is a little truck that drives around to sell donuts. It plays really loud music (Christmas carols, hymns, the Lone Ranger medley, Happy Birthday - you name it, they play it!) - I guess that's so you know they're coming. The girls always hear and want to stop them.

Mika and Shaelyn enjoying a 'bath' in the backyard
The girls called this their new "pet". It was just a tiny baby lizard, and thankfully it made it's way off somewhere else.


Here is a video of Mika finally having mastered (close anyway) riding a bike without training wheels. I've been amazed at the progress she's made in just a couple days, and the confidence she now has. She's pretty proud of herself! Tim's been working with her almost every day. For some reason this video wouldn't work in this post for a while, so I did another one, but now it is so that's good. If you have any problems viewing it, let me know. Mika was pretty disappointed it was so short! =) I wish you could see all the other videos of her learning to ride - it would make this one seem like a miracle. In most of them she's crashing, screaming, flailing, etc! Unfortunately, we still can't seem to upload videos much longer than 15 seconds or so - so these little ones will have to do!
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This is kind of funny. The last little while, Mika would do this little whistle thing to get our attention (it didn't last long, thanks to her mom not appreciating in very much) - so she started up a little "ahem" thing, that Tim thinks she got from me (I'm sure it isn't so!). Shaelyn has picked it up too, and it's so funny. This was a second take, because this is usually what she says and does when it happens.

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Just in case you're wondering, she said, "No, you're just teasing me!" =)

Sorry this one's sideways - now I know I can't turn the camera when I'm taking a video! =)

Kyla on the Phone

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Video of Kyla

Kyla Walking

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Apparently her shirt needs to go into the "too small" container!

Video of Girls

Well this is kind of frustrating. The videos are shorter than we wanted, and have to be put on here separately - sorry!

Ring Around the Rosie

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Kyla thinks the "all fall down" begins at "Husha"! =)

Another video...

Okay, so the other ones wouldn't upload for me (our connection must be too slow), so we took a couple more shorter ones - they aren't wanting to appear on the same post though, so I'll have to try another one. Hope you enjoy.

Mika riding a two-wheeler for her 3rd time yesterday

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Surprisingly enough =) , she fell several times, but even with a huge scrape on her elbow, she got up every time and tried again. Tim took her out again today, and said she was doing much better.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Finally! A video of the girls.

Well, it was not so hard after all, figuring out how to take a video on our camera! It takes a whole lot longer to upload them onto blogger though. We actually took three videos this morning, and this one took well over 1/2 an hour! I have tried twice uploading the second one, and it stops on me 1/3 of the way through. I will try to send this, and then try to upload the others on another post.

I figured everyone would want to see this "growing up moment"! =)

"Hermanas Amorosas" (Loving Sisters)

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some pictures...

Just thought I would add some pic's after posting last night:

Here is Shaelyn checking out Mika's "loose tooth" (that has been gone for over a week now, and is now growing in - but that's still what it's called!)
Two Dancing Princesses
Playing meeting - Woof and Unicorn were also there.
Shaelyn giving out a song
Singing from their "hymn books".
I'm not sure what's up with Shaelyn's funny face here.
Playing in the back yard
Shaelyn, Kyla, Mika & Evelyn
Mika and Evelyn
Kyla, sporting a blue ring (left hand) and a pink purse (right arm)!