Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart!

Coffee on my back step...
yep, that's the jungle.

How do I explain our first week back in the village? It was everything we had hoped it would be…and so much more!

We arrived in Mexico on Friday night and spent three days in the city. We had a few things to take care of…verifying insurance on our truck, looking for the right place to buy a canopy/cap for the truck, buying basic groceries, getting acclimated to the altitude, etc. The kids could hardly wait to get to our home! (And neither could we!)

Ellie loved seeing the plants
growing on the power lines.
It means we're home!

Tuesday we spent the day running errands, and finally arrived at the village around 6:30pm. (It’s a 4-hour drive from the city of San Cristobal…and we lose an hour because the rural villages don’t participate in Daylight Savings.) In the back of my mind, I was planning sandwiches for dinner…hoping it wouldn’t be too chaotic…or too rainy…or the house too messy or dirty.

Our first stop was at our friend Ceci’s house to pick up our house keys. She was nearly in tears due to the excitement of seeing us again. And then she said, “You’re probably going to be hungry.  I’ll send my son down with dinner in a few minutes.” At our house, it was as if we had never left! Everything was clean and orderly…no cobwebs, no dust. And I was greeted by a very happy dog!

We had about an hour to pull our things into the house…and then the lights went out! We frantically grabbed for candles while the kids cheered and began a game of Hide -n- Seek…in the dark! And then there was a knock on the door. Our first visitors! Ceci and her sons had come to visit. We had a quiet night that night…no electricity means no loud music or announcements over the PA! The lights didn’t come back until well after noon the next day. We were informed this has been the norm lately. So we began our shopping list with candles and matches!

Coffee and dinner rolls after Bible Study!
My friends had missed fresh-baked breads!

The rest of the week has been a bit of a blur…lots of snuggles with our Rex Dog, a gift of fresh-roasted coffee from our neighbors, meeting Felicity’s 3-week old baby boy, a Friday night worship service in our home, little neighbor girls shouting, “We want to play with the girl!” (They didn’t know Ellie’s name.) And so much more…

Felicity's 5th baby boy!

We are tired…but we are HAPPY!  Our hearts are full!