I'm curled up on the couch with Haden he's looking at "Usborne Mysteries and Marvels of Plant Life" and I am reading the little inserts he finds interesting and wants to know more about. Adelina painted his face for him this morning, so he's "Sweets", the cutest clown on the block today. We just completed our first week of school and my house is filled with the sound of children happily playing. Samuel is working on a WWII comic and Hannah is singing hymns in Spanish and English.
We are back in Mexico and mostly settled into out new home for the next ten months in "La Chona" Mexico. In addition the Sunday services in town and out in the village, Tuesday nights out in the village, Thursday nights here in town, Wednesday night prayer meeting and Saturday visitation we have already done an evangelical movie out reach in the village, ladies meeting in a town a couple of hours away and a trip to Guadalajara to take a visitor to the airport. Whew!!! It looks to be a busy year with lots of opportunities to improve our Spanish and serve in the ministry. Sam has been leading the music for services and is working on sermons, so he can do some of the preaching. I will be teaching the children's classes some starting this month, so send up some prayers, because it will be my first time in Spanish.
We had our first visitors from our sending church and what a huge blessing they were. Bro. L and his daughter K drove down with us, as usual there were a few "hiccups". Fortunately it was smooth sailing on this side of the border. They helped us unpack, get moved in and clean up the yard. K has stayed to do a "missionary internship" with us. Not sure we are exactly experts at mission work, but we are glad to have her. She is playing the piano for services, helping two of the young ladies in the church with their piano skills (Hannah is translating for her - GO HANNAH!), giving ALL my children piano lessons and helping me with school. She's also done a lot of laundry.
Please continue to pray for our Spanish. We are far from speaking perfectly and we are now neck deep in life and ministry. Also, please pray for the kids school. Our time at the children's home made it difficult to keep up with school and the first half of this year was sent in language school. I hate to use the word "behind" for my super sharp kiddos, but we have some work to do.
On an end note: We were able to use some of the medical supplies that were donated to clean and treat what looked like a bite from a brown recluse or south american wolf spider. The bite was 6 months old, swollen and about the size a plum, located on the ankle. He had already been to doctor, but it continued to get worse. Since treatment, the swelling has gone almost completely and it has diminished in size. Praise the Lord!