Dogs are funny animals. Chardonnay is our new dog, and she came with the house. She seems to have her favorites already. Will wins with C always coming to him preferentially to all the others in the family. Next seems to come David or Allison and then she defers to individuals based on age. How she does that is not clear, but we wonder if it is how deep a voice a person has or their size. So Sarah likes to take C on walks by herself so the she can get all the dog love and attention given only to her. Two or three times a day she will come in and ask if she can take C for a walk. She puts on the leash so C knows it is OK to leave and off they go. Sarah seems to really be liking life here, although she has had some fears because of all the concerns of violence around the Kenyan presidential elections. She is outside all the time. She loves on the dog and the chickens. She loves collecting their eggs. She checks on the monkeys. She looks at all the birds. She is studying the flowers. I am glad she is here, and I especially like to see her smile next to her dog Chardonnay.
The kids are finishing school again. This is the second time Annie is finishing 5th grade and Sarah is finishing 3rd. They completed those grades in Peru, but being in the southern hemisphere, the years were flipped with summer break starting in December. So we moved here and let them finish the years in the grades they had previously completed. The first month was hard, especially for the girls. But yesterday as we drove home, Annie said to me “I am really going to miss school! I liked learning new things and making new friends!” As Allison told me, it is a reminder that things, circumstances, and best of all, attitudes can change with time. Come on summer break. It will be the kids first one since February of 2016!
This is a fun picture of Sarah taken while visiting Sacsayhuaman with my brother’s family. But what I also wanted to get in the picture was all the colorful ponchos. It started to really rain with thunder and lightning while we were there, and the enterprising Peruvians were ready with bags full of ponchos of different colors. If you can, enlarge the picture to see all the gumball colors in front of the ruins.
How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives.
Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (p. 50). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives. Why wait many years — or until we’re with the Lord — to look back and say, “God, I finally see that you were at work even in those hard times; I wish I would have trusted you then”? I have a friend who genuinely believes that nearly every meal, get-together, retreat, or vacation is the best he has ever experienced. This makes him fun to be with. His capacity to enjoy the moment and savor present happiness becomes a treasured memory of past happiness. After every time we’ve been with him, it seems, he texts me, saying, “That was the BEST dinner and most FUN time we’ve ever had.” I smile and enter into his happiness. The present is the only place we live. Happiness in God should be more than memories and anticipation. Circumstances constantly change, and good news comes and goes, but we should look to God for happiness now. Why? Because the Good News of happiness has come, it is still here, and it will never go away!
Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (pp. 50-51). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
There are reasons we buy this many bags of chips at a time. First, we can only get them when we go to Cuzco which is about every six weeks. On our Cuzco trips we get cash and food. There are no ATM machines in Curahuasi, and the mercado is lacking in some of our favorite products. (We also eat at restaurants when we are in Cuzco. We never eat out of the house when we are in Curahuasi. For this reason Allison is especially appreciative of our Cuzco trips.) The next reason we have such a big bag full of chips is because you never know when they will quit selling what you like. We like tortilla chips. Sometimes the store has them, sometimes it doesn’t. We are from Texas and we need tortilla chips. By themselves they comprise one of our most important food groups. We went almost two years here without any access to tortilla chips. So when you see them you buy them. We like Fritos too. We can hardly ever find them plain. They are always spicy. Yesterday was a good day. I bought 10 bags of tortilla chips, and cleaned the shelves of their fritos (called Tor-tees here). And on Sarah’s face you can see how pleased we are with this successful shopping trip!
On the other hand, we did not make the following purchase . . .