Renovations... Complete with Worship Service
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.
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.
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.