Good evening! I am currently relaxing in my hammock, listening to the rain! It was very warm today, and I am super thankful for the rain, because it has beat the heat like nothing else will! 🙂 Let me fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately. 🙂
The other Friday morning, I woke up with a headache. Not a super unusual occurrence, I don’t know why, but I get headaches fairly regularly, so I took some ibuprofen and didn’t think much about it. But a few hours later, when it had not abated at all, possibly even worsened, I was a little annoyed. I took a short nap, hoping that would help, but when I woke up, it was no better. Saturday morning I woke up, same story. We have a girls class on Saturday afternoons, and it was my turn to teach that, so I prayed that I would be able to focus through the pain. I didn’t stay for the project afterwards, but I at least made it through the class, (which I was very thankful for). By Sunday morning, I was concerned. There is no reason to having a headache that stretches into three days. I was wearing my glasses, drinking lots of water, taking pain meds, what more is there to do for a headache? As I was getting ready for church, I suddenly realized I had a red rash over my entire stomach. Then is when it clicked in my head that this could very possibly be the Zika virus… It is a mosquito born virus that has been making its rounds down here (it is similar to chikungunya), and mosquito bites are not at all unusual for me. The good thing about it was, I did not have to worry about passing it to people through physical contact, so that was a relief! I had been planning to start teaching school again on the next day, but the rash itched, and the headache lingered, so I laid in my hammock drinking smoothies and inspecting my rash most of Monday…:) Praise the Lord, I think I am mostly over that, and it is not something I hope to have the opportunity to experience again! I believe once you get it once, the chances of contacting it again are pretty low…
So, as I mentioned before, I have started school again. This time with just one student. Gloria Miller, second grade…It is going good for the most part…pretty low key…but if anyone has suggestions of something active to do with a 7-year-old for break time…(preferably that is fun for both teacher and student, lol), I’m open to any ideas! 🙂
I enjoyed a brief visit to the states the end of June/first of July. It was great to see family and friends again! (and pets:)) I am so thankful for the blessing of technology to be able to stay in contact with my family and with Nate, but there’s just nothing like being in person!:)
We took a staff trip to Granada, where we enjoyed a boat ride among the islands, spent some time in the park, and later climbed the volcano Mombacho.It is always fun to get out of our city and see other places! 🙂
Have you ever wondered what your socks would look like if you ran down a volcano sock-footed instead of in shoes? It actually felt pretty good, that is, when it didn’t tickle like crazy! But the socks were rather ruined by the bottom… also…taking a feet selfie sounds a lot easier than it is 😉
Ball game with the youth group out in Malpaisillo the other evening, when about half the team has gloves, and you’re using a baseball…it makes for an interesting time! 🙂
The rain hasn’t been daily, but it has come regularly enough that its starting to turn green! Every time I go visit Dona Maria, I cannot help exclaiming over the view from her house! She has two garrobos who live in the railroad tiles to the bottom left of this picture, I tried to get them in the picture, but they were feeling shy 🙂
The Hervideros of San Jacinto Volcano. If it weren’t for these vents to let the hot air/mud bubble out…would the volcano erupt?
Another kitten has made its arrival at our house…will this one decide to stay with us? So far, so good 🙂 His name is Moroncito Mentiroso (M&M), and he is rather enjoyable to have around (from a cat hater… yet animal lover…..I’m very torn, in that cats have always annoyed me…but this guy is really sweet…and hey…when you have basically no contact with animals…even a feline is better than nothing, right?) And incidentally, he is sitting in my lap as I write this…so I must be careful…don’t want to offend the poor lil fellow. 😉
I celebrated my birthday in July … the next day was Jennifer Miller’s and Philip Miller’s birthdays, so we had one big party with the entire church. I managed to be (ahem) “allowed” to celebrate in the pure Nica way….baby powder gets smeared into the hair; then an egg smashed on the head; then, if you’re super lucky, like I was, and have 7 children who are about beside themselves with excitement over how much fun this is, you get even more baby powder smeared on top! I was glad the party was very close to home, so I could just run upstairs and shower immediately before I got too miserable! lol
I thank the Lord for this dear lady, and the godly influence she is to me! She definitely keeps things around here exciting! 🙂
If any of you are near the Pacific Ocean in the future…keep your eyes open for a note-in-a-bottle! 🙂
Thank you so much for your continued prayers, I have been dealing with a few health issues lately, but I praise God in that today was somewhat better…. We also are looking at being a little short on our staff in the coming months…so if any of y’all have been feeling the call to go on missions, or know someone who has, there are openings with Olive Branch here in Leon for single people, and for a couple. Have a blessed day! ~Deborah
The legend of the Sand Dollar
There’s a pretty little legend
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lowly shell.
If you examine closely,
You’ll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by a Roman’s spear.
On one side the Easter lily,
Its center is the star
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.
The Christmas poinsettia,
Etched on the other side
Reminds us of His birthday,
Our happy Christmastide.
Now break the center open,
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread Good will and peace.
This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me
To help us spread His Gospel
Through all eternity.