Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You know you're getting old when...

Last night I was so tired from a weekend of travel, church, and birthday celebrations. I went to bed exhausted but I have to read something before I can go to sleep, even if only for a few minutes.

So I made myself comfortable, fluffed up my pillows, grabbed my book, put on my reading glasses and began to read.

Everything was blurry. I thought to myself, "Wow! You really are tired" and tried to shake the cobwebs from my mind but still could not see clearly.

Then I cleaned my glasses, not once, but three times and never did get rid of the blurr unless I closed one eye.

That's when I realized I was wearing my husband's glasses....

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Jayde is 16 today.

Jayde singing this morning at the table.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just had to share !!!

I am in a hotel in Asuncion. There is a note on the back of the toilet that warns me not to flush paper, cigarettes or even 'yerba'!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Things I See...

Many people make a living just by transporting goods back and forth  across the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay every day.

Some use hand carts, others go by motorcycle and many carry the bags on their backs. There is little, or no, customs or border check.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Really random

 ~We discovered the world's largest Twinkie is made daily here in a Chinese bakery! Aren't you jealous?

~ Went to my favorite store in Ciudad del Este yesterday, the paint store. They know us by name, know what colors we bought previously, and serve us coffee and cookies!

~ Jayde chose TURKISH TILE and PICKED PLUM for her bedroom. She and her dad are painting it, part of her vo-tech training, right???? I am going with Robin's Egg Blue and Tangerine in the kitchen.

~ We had 16 for our home Bible study on Sunday evening. It was fun to have everyone here at my house but if we keep growing we will outgrow my living room soon.

~Heard Elena speaking Spanish to her new little friend at church. The little girl answered back in Portuguese or as Elena says, 'PORKY CHEESE'.

~ Had lunch with the 'Queen of England' and her husband, 'Prince Charming'. They have been such a blessing and help to us since we arrived here.

 ~ Had to turn the AC on, hard to believe we were freezing a few weeks ago!

~ Figured out what to get my son in law for his upcoming birthday so that I can borrow it from him...

~ Have decided  I must study Portuguese as it is not an option in this city.

~Finished reading "The Tomb of the Inflatable Pig". I would not have believed half of the things in the book if I did not live here myself.  Also finished reading "The Empress of South America; The Life Story of Eliza Lynch" and I am still plodding through "Yo, El Supremo".

~I keep walking into the office to use the treadmill...but it is unplugged...seems like WAY too much effort to have to bend down to plug it in...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Welcome / Bienvenido

It has taken a lot of time and hard work but the living room is starting to feel like home!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Things I See..

The red dirt of Ciudad del Este
as we work on the yard.

and yes! 
that is duct tape she used as a band aid. 
You can take the girl out of the jungle but...

The beginnings of Jewel's flower bed

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The People I Meet

Everyone in this city has a story. I hear  of the most amazing things and the people seemingly take it for granted as if it is normal. When I meet someone, I just never know what their story will be!

For instance, the other night at a home Bible study I over hear my son in law in conversation with a young man who was speaking Spanish and sipping his mate. One would assume he was a typical Paraguayan, whatever that is, until he throws out an English word. Perfect English.

My son in law asks, "Where did you learn your English?"

Young man answers, "Zimbabwe."

I am sure I heard that incorrectly! Then my son in law asks, "What were you doing in Zimbabwe?"

"I was born there."

OK then...

So the young man continues, "My father is Australian so we grew up speaking English at home, and various African languages. Swahili, Zulu... then we moved to Paraguay and lived in the Chaco and I learned Spanish and some Guarani. I decided to go to school in Brazil so I had to learn Portuguese. I met my wife in Brazil! Here let me introduce you."

And he calls over a lovely young lady with a small daughter and new born son.

"This is my wife," he says, "She's Brazilian." 

I used to think I had an interesting pedigree . Cherokee great grandma married to a German whose son married a Scotch - Irish, but now it sounds a little lame.

But then again, I made it to Ciudad del Este myself! That must count for something, kinda like an international MISFITS Merit Badge!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Here we go!

Keep us in prayer tonight as we have the first group Bible study of the Iglesia Bautista Sin Fronteras!

Una congregaciĆ³n que se promueve la enseƱanza biblica para el desarollo espiritual de nuestros pueblos.

A congregation that promotes biblical teaching for the spiritual development of our community. 


POST SCRIPT ~ Sunday 10:30 PM~


Thank you for your prayers. We had 12 adults and two children. We had at
least 7 or 8 nationalities represented. Including Africa and Japan. Well, a German from a Japanese colony nearby and an African with an Australian father. And two Brazilians and some Polish/Russians...Don't forget the gringos and Venezuelans! OH! ...And a full blooded Paraguayan!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sleep over with Grandma


Dont tell their mom but the grand daughters and I just watched a video, ate popcorn and chocolate pudding. Now the pizzas are in the oven and we are having ice cream later while we play with the Wii!

Then MAYBE we will go to bed...


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Missionary Moment

Remember that old quote, 

"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”

I just realized that is a descritption of most missionary wives as well~ but usually we have a baby on our hip too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Things I See..

The cabinets in the kitchen when we arrived...again, I cried! This is forty years of grime which had accumulated on every kitchen surface.

 My husband and son in law attacked the cabinets with everything possible including chisels!

This is the finished result

I owe them!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Jewel!

Today my Jewel is twenty!

Jewel was born with an attitude!

She could never sit still for picture taking!

She has always enjoyed any type of hand work.
Here she is watching an indian lady make a hammock.

No matter where she is, she will find a way to be helpful.

She is always up for an adventure.

She loved canoeing on the river in the jungle.

A rough and tumble kid!

She has always loved babies and will make a great mom one day.

Loves drama.

She learned from other cultures that there are different ways to do things.

She makes friends easily!

She has always been interested in medicine.

She wants to be a nurse.

Always was a bit of a tomboy.

Very competitive.

She has become a real beauty...

And I keep wondering ,
"Where has my little, tough, tomboy gone?"


I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep
The day was warm, and winds were prosy
I said, "Twill keep"

I woke - and chide my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own

Monday, August 09, 2010

If Countries were people...

Every country and culture has its own style and personality. I find that I mentally classify the different countries I have lived in by attaching a human face to that personality.

The United States of America

It's all about success and prosperity. Some folks love us while others detest us. We can be a bit ruthless as we strive for achievement, and yet, people keep coming, hoping to partake of our wealth. Even those who do not like us, often admire our tenacity. Some people find us to be arrogant because we know we are #1 and don't really care what people think of us, bad hair and all!

If the USA were a person, it would be Donald Trump.
Rich, driven, controlling and somehow entertaining at the same time.


I only lived in Mexico for a year but the thing that stood out the most to me was their love of family and food. Very comforting.

If Mexico were a person, it would be Paula Dean.
Warm, friendly and good cooks!


In Venezuela personal beauty is very important, especially among the women. It is said that Venezuelan women are born wearing high heels. There is a great love for children but sometimes, the Venezuelans can be a tad bit overbearing, like we Americans. They can also be violent, but it is mostly just for show. We forgive them this because they really are beautiful people for the most part.

If Venezuela were a person, it would be Angelina Jolie!
Beautiful, but can be over the top sometimes!


What can I say? Paraguayans are so friendly and yet, you just never quite know what to expect in this country. Something new and strange seems to be lurking around each corner. Whatever it turns out to be will be interesting and never boring!You know you are having fun but it seems like something dangerous is happening behind your back, but HEY!  Its all good!

If Paraguay were a person, it would be the character Willy Wonka


I never lived in Canada but its seems to be nearly invisible to us although it is our next door neighbor. We often forget about Canada but do enjoy knowing it is so nearby when needed. You know it is there and in a pinch will help you out, but for some reason Canada never is in the spotlight.

If Canada were a person, it would be the character
Wilson of
the TV show "Home Improvement'.
Our hidden neighbor next door!

Where do you live?
What person would describe your region?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rainy Season in the Amazon

I was recently reading a very old history of the conquest of Mexico and Peru and came across the following lines attributed to an old Spanish Conquistador who had the misfortune of getting lost and wandering for over a year through the Amazon rain forest. Anyone who has traveled through the jungle during the rains will certainly be able to identify with his sufferings! It made me quite nostalgic about the rainy season! It is, of course, written in Spanish and I have left it with his inventive spelling but I have tried to give it a very rough translation into English as well.

 Las Amazonas

" Sin que el sol en este tiempo
Su cara ver nos permita,
Ni las nubes taberneras
Cesse de echamos encima
Dilubios inagotables,
Que hasta el alma nos bautizan.
Cayeron los mas enfermos,
Porque las ropas podridas
Con el eterno agua va,
Nos dexo en las carnes vivas."

The Amazon

The sun, during all this time 
Would not permit its face to be seen,
Nor would the  dark, billowing clouds
Cease to pour down upon us
Their  never ending floods
Until even our very souls were baptized.
The sick and weak began to die, 
Our clothes began to rot
 And because of the eternal rains
we were left with only our  raw, but living, flesh.