We are finally winding down around here after a very busy summer - our Bible Exposition (Exposición Bíblica) that we have been working on for 2 months is on this weekend, and then the pressure will be off for a bit. It looks amazing, and I can't wait to see all the pieces put together. I will show pictures when it's done. If you could please pray that folks will come in and see it, and listen to the message of the gospel in the first part of Genesis. Here is the invitation:
-Creation or Evolution?
-Is there evidence of a Creator?
-Did dinosaurs really exist?
-Would you like to go through the Garden of Eden? Come and see it!
-What bad thing happened in the Beginning, and what did God do to make it right?
You will find the answers to these and more interesting questions at the Bible Exposition 2012
So, catching up since last time, we had the craziest whirlwind week of children's meetings back a few weeks. Edgar Roseyón from Puerta Vallarta, with his wife Raquel (Eleo's sister) and their two sweeties, Priscilla and Daniel, came up, and Edgar spoke. It went Monday to Friday, 10am - 12pm in Tirocapes, and then 6 - 8pm at the main hall.
Each group was divided into 6 'countries', then there was a special "Biblethon" game at the end when answering questions. A person could get 'gold', 'silver' or 'bronze' medals for their team by attendance, saying the verse and completing and returning the homework. They also got a 'gold' medal for bringing a friend.
We had approx. 130 children in total in Tirocapes (86 the last day), plus a grandma who came every day, and a mom who came once.
Pictures from Tirocapes (Photos compliments of Eleo):
|Edgar giving the lesson|
|Snack at the end, and putting their nametags away|
|Some of the end-of-the-week prizes|
|Shaelyn and Priscilla - both missing their top 2 teeth!|
|Some of the Olympic Team Committee helpers =)|
71 children came out to these meetings - most listened very well.
|Some of the 'homework' pages given out|
|The teams competing in the parking lot|
|Adding up medals|
|Two of the youngest competitors: Alisa (1 yr, 5 months), Daniel (7 months)|
Nathaniel was elsewhere, training. =)
|The whole group the last day|
|Other Olympic Team Committee =)|
|These girls were an amazing help|
It wasn't exactly planned to happen this way, but when we drop off Erica at the airport Tuesday morning, we will continue on as a family for a few days of vacation just by ourselves. We haven't had family vacation in a long time, so this is highly anticipated!!
Here are some random pictures from the last month:
|Alisa LOVES mopping. Just watch out for anything at the level of the tip of the mop handle - she's knocked things off counters more than once!|
|One night when we got home from meeting, something at the gate caught my eye. Someone's bird must have escaped because this little guy was pretty tame. Mikaela even got to stroke his tummy before he flew away.|
|Preparing gift bags for the children's meetings|
|Wish this picture wasn't blurry - I love it!|
|We were invited to a girls' tea party at the Cain's. The girls got all dressed up and had their hair done nicely. Vivi did eventually take off her sunglasses, thankfully! ;) It was a fun time!|
|Vivi and Nathaniel|
|Part of Tim's birthday present! ;)|
|Happy Birthday to my Love!|
|Tea party in the girls' bedroom|
Here's some pictures of Nathaniel - possibly the most content, sweet, chubby baby in the world. Several weeks ago he was weighing 16.5 lbs (Alisa weighs about 18), so it will be interesting when we go back to the doc's in a couple weeks to see what he'll be.
|Look at those chubby legs!|
|Who could ever resist those soft cheeks and arms?|
|Love this little boy!|
|A neat picture Tim took one afternoon|
|Alisa the clown. She thought she was pretty funny with these goggles on! ;)|
|Tim and Edgar with Nathaniel and Daniel|
Shaelyn wrote this, and put the Mini-Wheat "Bible" on the paper for Tim. It says, "The Bible tells me so"
This is Jairo with sticker eyeballs on his eyelids. He thought they might come in handy for an afternoon at conference! ;)
Mika wrote, "Mom Dad" with the chain of her locket!
This past Monday was our 1st day of school! I decided not to worry about Vivian at all this year since she really shows no signs of wanting to do school, and I figured that would be easier in the long run. So, I just ordered books for Marika (grade 4), Shaelyn (grade 1) and Kyla (Senior Kindergarten or K5)
This past Monday, Tim and Marcus went down to a place near Tirocapes and held a gospel meeting in a lady's home. Her name is Rosa. She was one of the first ones saved in the beginning of this work here, and has several family members not saved. Her daughter Lucía, plus 5 other unsaved neighbour ladies attended. They hope to meet fairly regularly.
After our trip to California, we will come back for a few weeks, Tim plans to head to the state of Chihuahua for their conference, and then we will leave shortly after that for a short trip to Ontario. We'll actually be in St. Thomas for their conference, and will get to spend Thanksgiving with our family - I'm so excited! It will be a quick trip though, only 5 weeks from when we leave til when we get back.
Exciting news: Tim's brother Rob and his wife Ada are expecting a new baby in the New Year - this will be baby #3 for them - they have 2 boys. Also, my brother Jeff and his wife Marianne are expecting baby #4 in the New Year - they have 2 boys and a girl. We're so happy for them!
More exciting news: I'm done my official Spanish classes! "I squeezed 3 years into 4!" as a dear brother-in-law of mine once said! ;) And while it took much longer than I had hoped, I'm so very pleased they're finally finished! I plan to do some 'unofficial' lessons for review in the months ahead, but that's it.
Some recent funnies:
We are almost finished memorizing the book of Jonah! We have about 3 more verses of chapter 4 to go. The other day when we were practicing chapter 1, at the part when Jonah tells the shipmates that he is a "Hebrew", Kyla said, "I am a 'hero'..."
Her newest phrase these days is, "Like, Seriously!"
Vivi has been singing: ♪ By and by we're going to see the snow... ♪
Shaelyn handed me a paper with a verse in Spanish she had copied on one side, and a picture she had drawn on the other. "Here Mommy, this is for you. It's Spanish on this side with the verse, and the other side is in English." ;)
"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah" (Psalm 62:8)
I have loved reading through the Psalms recently. I only read through them once a year, and it always reminds of God's faithfulness to me! This particular verse takes me back to after Shaelyn was born, and I first experienced post-partum depression. While in "the depths of despair", a Bible Bite by Peter Ramsey arrived. If you get the chance, please click on the link and read it - we have such an amazing God!
Alright, I think I'm done for now! =) Hope to be back soon!