Renovations... Complete with Worship Service

It is a tradition among the Presbyterians to celebrate and give thanks to God at their home when large projects are completed.  On December 15th, we had five elders, the pastor of our church and 40 close friends at the house to dedicate the new additions.  We now have a new kitchen (plancha), a new building (the two older boys' room, now), the new shower (la ducha) and bathrooms (sanitorios) and the new water deposito to hold, uh water, for aforementioned necessities.  This means a few things.  First, Scott and I are now allowed to cook.  The family was using the old kitchen as an excuse for us not to.  Second, my 3-shower-a-day-in-the-US-husband has finally adjusted to a 2-3 shower a week schedule and now he has access to it everyday.  Lord only knows what the water bill will be like now.  We'll probably spend our whole stipend on water for the rest of the year.  Right now the water isn't hot, so we'll see how dedicated he is to everyday bathing soon enough.  We still don't have doors on the shower or the toilet stalls so now we get the comfort of 3-walls with the beauty of the outdoors still visible.  It's quite nice.

Since Francisco graduated from Intercap, a vocational college, there was also a part of the service thanking God for this accomplishment.  He now has a certificate to be a mechanic and has agreed to do all work in the name of the Lord - with honor.  It was a HUGE day for the family and we were so glad we were able to be there to participate.

In addition, we've included some extra photos.  Some show our hard-core painting job with Josesito and the boys.  We gave the new building a white-wash with calcium (a common way to paint block homes here).  It was a bizarre thing. It was a watery mixture that I was sure, would not and could not possible look like paint when it was done but it did.  Ya learn something new everyday.  Other photos show a show-down between a rooster and our puppy, Droopy, and a sneak-peek at our intricate security system that "bars" our door every night.  

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