Monday, September 26, 2011

Grace & Spanish Deficits

So, I'm realizing that God's grace & learning Spanish have a huge thing in common. The more I learn of each, the more I'm aware of my short-comings in each area. Still a long way to go... in grace and in language.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Earthquakes & Eruptions

Well, we've been in Guat for about three weeks now, and we've survived a volcanic eruption, four earthquakes with additional tremors, a landslide, and Spanish classes. The most intense of these--classes. You don't think of it before learning another language, but having a 5 year old's vocabulary can become very personal and very draining.... but I think we're quickly approaching age 6.

To be fair, these natural disasters sound a lot worse than they truly were. We even roasted marshmallows on an active volcano last weekend. And that hike kicked my butt.

We are loving this adventure that God has so kindly called us to! Until next time....

Sunday, September 11, 2011


So it's difficult enough for me to find the motivation to blog, and now..... all the choices are in Spanish! AHH! I mean, I'm learning, but c'mon!

We're safely in Guatemala for language school, and we just love Antigua. It is an adorable town with cobblestone streets, flowers everywhere, colorful markets and buildings, and we're surrounded by active volcanoes.

Now that we're here, there is such a sense of relief. Unpacking was extremely settling. No more living out of suitcases... at least for two more months.

Last week was Austin's birthday, today is the presidential elections, next week is Independence Day, and in a few days we'll be celebrating our housekeeper's birthday, too. Needless to say, we've been experiencing a lot of Guatemalan culture. We even stumbled upon our "dream job"...

A "moto cafe"... they are a full-service cafe with high-end coffee. lattes. pastries, etc. and they offer motorcycle tours throughout Guatemala and the surrounding countries. So when you're not ascending active volcanoes on your moto, you can exchange stories over coffee.