We have written several times about the amazing house that the Bradys built and are renting to us. It is an incredible blessing to be able to live here. Especially soul-refreshing are the views and the gardens. The rainy season has brought out a profusion of color. In the rare sunshine today, I had to document a little of the amazing bounty God has provided. One day Will said, “This is just the kind of garden I would plant– a jumble of different kinds of plants, all thrown together right next to each other.”
I agree! It is useful, too. There are plenty of herbs and someone, I believe it was Denny, sent some seeds with my dad in October and now we have some wonderful veggies growing– our friends are jealous of our zucchini and basil. Thank you! There are a lot of pictures here– you need not browse all of them. If you recognize some flowers that I have not labelled, please comment so that we can identify them all.
Would you pray with us about our car purchase? Will is leaving on Thursday to look for a car in Lima. A Peruvian residency card is required to buy a car and we don’t know how long getting one may take. Fortunately, our friend Lyndal offered to sign for us on all the paperwork. She has been here forever and knows all about how to do this sort of thing. We weren’t sure we were ready to move on the car thing yet, but Lyndal is going to Australia next week and generously said she could help us in Lima for a couple of days before she leaves.
We need a tough, reliable car that will fit at least six people and preferably more. The road to our house is a slippery, steep, muddy mess during the rainy season and we have been on more than one scary trip up in a “regular” car. Therefore, we need a huge 4×4. Here in Peru, a used 4×4 may have been used pretty roughly. Please ask God to provide a car that will keep our family and friends safe on the roads and that Will will have peace in making such a swift, big decision. (Or, if this isn’t God’s timing, that he would have peace in that too.)
Thank you, friends.
We are fully immersed in rainy season here in San José. The lovely part is that I have gotten out some of my long-sleeved shirts again and the house is cool. Since we live in a house roofed with corrugated tin, the percussion of the rain is beautiful, if somnolent. Our coffee consumption has gone up yet another level during these long rainy afternoons.
We can recollect the smell and feel of damp again. It seems to Will and I that the rains start earlier, pound a bit harder, and last a little longer than they did last August through November. The rain starts falling about 12:30 and can last all afternoon and into the evening.
It is life-changing, this rainy season. We go to the school at 1:00 to get Sarah and then again at 2:30 to get Annie. Now, during both walks, I roll up my pants, wear my best water shoes, and carry two umbrellas—one for me and one for whatever child is coming home. There are no trips to the park in the afternoon. Without a car, there are no trips to the grocery store or even to the convenience store for a few last-minute items. We make do with what we have in the pantry and fridge or the boys and I go grocery shopping during morning homeschooling hours and finish school while it rains. The kids are getting better at reading, Play-Doh, painting, video games, Legos, and other inside activities. Too bad that they will be out of school soon and we will have such a rainy summer. The big bad “b” word—bored—is sure to raise its ugly head.
Will, however, bears the brunt of it. He is in class all morning and must go practice his Spanish text with eight people twice a week. Therefore, he comes home, puts on shorts (shorts aren’t allowed at school since it is not culturally appropriate) or rolls up his pants, dons the Chacos, grabs an umbrella, and trudges out in the rain. He comes home soaked sometimes. I’m impressed with his determination to complete his schoolwork. I think the rain would be a sufficient excuse for me! Persevering in the rain demonstrates Will’s integrity and desire to be able to communicate in Spanish.
What are your own daily-life changing circumstances? I’ll let you draw your own metaphors about what the “rains” in your life show you.
The rainy season has started in Costa Rica. Normally the rainy season starts sometime in April and then persists all the way through November. This year we had a late start, and the rains have just started coming regularly in the last 1-2 weeks. The rains change life both for the good and for the bad. Of course the earth needs the rain, and I am looking forward to everything becoming green again. I am glad that the temperature is cooling. It is never very hot in San Jose, but during the dry season, sometimes the afternoons are just warm enough to be uncomfortable, especially inside the house. The bad part of the rainy season is that we are now stuck more indoors. The rains usually start between 12:30 and 2:30, and then they last until dark. So an after school trip to the park is no longer a reliable option. We have to figure out how to keep the kids entertained inside the house without resorting continually to electronics. Because I am doing my FARO class where I have to walk through the neighborhood and talk to people, I am usually a little bit wet by the end of the afternoon. My head stays dry under the umbrella, but the bottom 5 inches of my pants are usually soaked. Today I was soaked from the waist down. So things are changing, and probably a couple months of the rainy season and being stuck in the house will make us more prepared to leave the relative coolness of San Jose to return to the head and humidity of Dallas during August. . . . I am kidding myself . . . there is no way to be prepared for Dallas in August.