Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
This is an update from our sick ward that used to be our home. The kids' classroom at the Spanish institute seem to be a bit of a petri dish, and in all seriousness it has become a bit discouraging. This time it's some sort of viral stomach deal that produces lots of el vomito and la diarea. I'm not going to try to describe it, but it's not a lot of fun.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
At MTI they helped prepare us for living with the “I love this place, I hate this place” paradox. I now know exactly what they were talking about and why we spent so much time on this topic!
I hate our bed, oh how I hate our bed. Not only do you wake up feeling like you have been hit by a truck, the footboard is about a foot and a half away from the wall and the bruises on my legs are proof of just how sharp the corners are.
I hate the garbage and the dog poop everywhere in the street.
I hate how gross water bubbles up in my kitchen sink when you run the washing machine.
I hate my dryer….It either doesn’t dry or melts the buttons off my clothes…..literally.
I hate the sausage at la feria…it’s really nasty.
I hate how dirty our feet are at the end of the day, after walking everywhere in flipflops.
I hate how expensive cheese and chocolate chips are….a couple of my favorite things.
I hate the feeling I get when Cohen asks when he can go to Grandma's, but love the feeling I get when I hear him sing a song in spanish, and how he kind of has a crush on his teacher Pamela.
I love the experience of taking the public bus system in a third world country, but I’m ok if I never have to take it again.
I hate how I feel carsick in the back seat of a taxi.
I love when Cohen finds touch me nots- the leaves close when you touch them.
I love when someone rattles off to me in Spanish before they realize I don’t understand, and I can’t wait to have a conversation with them.
I love when we pass guys on the street and they recognize my husband from playing basketball with them at the park.
I love how Titus doesn’t have a clue he’s living anywhere different from where he always has, and how excited he gets when I pick him up from school everyday.
I love how I don’t notice the garbage as much anymore.
I love how everyone talks to my kids and all the girls want to hold Tito.
I love my teacher Francisco’s sense of humor, and how he really cares about us.
I love seeing Dave and the boys hanging out in the hammock eating peanuts.
I love the orange-carrot juice from Fresas.
I love being in the center of God’s will…….
God bless and enjoy the paradox that is life!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Hola! We have survived day 2 of Spanish class! I think Dave is in the 3% of people who will love language learning and thrive on it, me…well love is not the word I would use. While I have enjoyed classes so far I’m pretty sure I’ll be surviving not thriving. Our teachers for the most part will not speak English to us, so you just hope they are kind enough to help you out with hand gestures. Actually, the teachers here are amazing and they know what they are doing. They also take the jobs at our school as a ministry of their own as they could get better paying jobs elsewhere. They are there to minister to us as missionaries, and you can tell it in the way they teach, they have a heart for us to learn.
We visited a local church on Sunday and as always were blessed. Although the several hour service can get a little lengthy when you don’t understand a word of it, I was brought to tears when we sang a familiar praise song. Voices lifted in praise to God transcends language. Walls come down and you sing with one voice. It’s always an incredible experience to see people in other cultures praising God….our God is the God of the whole earth and all people!
One of the highlights for our family lately has been the hammock recently hung in the back yard. The boys LOVE it and much fun has already been had. We are learning to really enjoy the little things in life: hammocks, Sat. morning farmers market, walks to school and the occasional cheese sprinkled on our dinner (cheese is expensive). I’m also learning all sorts of new and interesting color combinations. Who knew salmon and teal went together?!?! The colors here are just an expression of the bright and fun-loving personalities of the people here in
Well, homework is next on my list. Please pray that God uses us to make much of Him for the time he has us here, and for the gift of Spanish! :) God bless you all and thank you!
Kate for Dave, Cohen and Titus
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It's our one week anniversary here in San Jose, Costa Rica. It's amazing how many emotional ups and downs you can have in one week. If I had to describe the experience overall in one word I think I would use the word "different". Not better or worse, just different. I guess it's human nature to be scared of the unfamiliar (I know, unfamiliar makes two words) but unfamiliar it is here. From the electrical outlets to the food packaging to the streets to the buses to the taxis to the razor wire, it's unfamiliar.
Over the last week, as the unfamiliar becomes known, we've started to settle in. Our first few trips to the stores were more puzzling than anything else, wandering the aisles trying to figure out where everything was, feeling victorious whenever we could actually read something with our limited Spanish. We had quite a bit to buy to set up our house for living, and by the second trip we were able to find everything but baking soda. After using an unsuspecting expat as an eng/span dictionary, we found it. Bicarbonato de sodio!
Food is interesting here. Gallo Pinto is the traditional meal, and they do not like anything spicy. Finding hot peppers for salsa is nearly impossible. If, while in a restaurant, you put lots of black pepper on your food, they will be horrified at how hot it must be! If you move here and love red meat, you will be disappointed. There's not a lot of quality beef to be had here! On the other hand, if you happen to be from California, and are a bit granola with your eating style, it's a great place to be. You can find lots of fruits and vegetables for great prices, and eating Mangoes and pineapples here is pretty much like eating candy. Here's a pic of yesterday's haul from the feria (farmers market) down the road.