Saturday, February 26, 2011

Climb every mountain - just not all in one day!

So - on this beautiful Saturday morning we decided to remove ourselves from our somewhat comfortable bed at 5:20am. Why? To climb a mountain, of course! Near San Jose is a mountain that happens to have 3 crosses at varying elevations on it. Once a month one of the language school students takes a group out to climb this mountain and visit each cross. On a bus at 6:00am - why am I the only one who looks so tired anyway? After a transfer in downtown San Jose and several steep hairpin turns on the bus we have arrived. Where I have no idea. All I know is that the road was at a 45* angle. Not to worry though the road did not last long. On to the cow path next. If I were a cow I don't think I would use this path but by the "evidence left behind" it was a well used cow path! See our group below, this is the beginning of our journey.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fruits of our Saturday.

The Fruits of our visit to the market this morning. Equivalant to $28.00.
Many people have asked how we spend our days here so I thought I would give you a brief over view.

Monday through Friday we awake around 5:45 -6:00 am and prepare for the day. We leave the house around 7:00am after unlocking our 4 locks and unwrapping the 3 chains on the gate.

7:15 - Arrive at school and deliver the kids to their appropriate rooms.

7:25 - classes begin. Each adult class is 50-55 minutes with a 5 minute break in between each class. After the second class we have a 50 minute break. During that 50 minute break on Mondays I, Renee, meet with a womens prayer group. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the adult students have chapel. This is a way to worship in our heart language (at least for most of us who speak English). We do have 2 Korean students here as well as 2 students from Taiwan. On Wednesdays and Fridays we study with other students.

12:15 - Adult classes end. We head home for lunch after that to converse with our house helper or our guard or go over our homework. On Fridays I take a Costa Rican Folk dance class with 7 other ladies. It is a great way to exercise and have fun.

Afternoons consist of more studying, some housework (it takes longer here without hot water or a clothes dryer), and occasional trips to the grocery store.

2:15 - I walk back to get the kids while Eric heads off to his tutor on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The boys also have soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I meet with one or two students from my class to study while waiting for them and also working with the kids on their homework.

By the time we are done with soccer it is 5:00. Days with out soccer we are home by 3:15. After a short breather we eat dinner and then on to more homework ( ours and the kids) until bedtime which is 8:15 for the kids and 9:30 for us. Our brains, and bodies are really tired at the end of the day.

Weekends consist of trying to sleep in - the birds don't seem to know what day it is, so they still wake us up at 6:00am. We then head to the market to purchase our fruits and veggies for the week. We enjoy this and are starting to get to know some of the vendors. Each time we also buy something new to try. Some things we like and some we don't. Somethings we ask our house helper to make for us because we don't even know how to prepare it! I am slowly learning however.

More homework follows and then we have started to take 1-2 hour walks in different directions just to see what there is around here. Below is a church about 1.5 miles from our house that we walked to last weekend. We could not go in because there was a funeral going on inside - but it looked beautiful from the outside.

A river we crossed on the way to the church.
Some of the "art" that we can across on our walk.
Sundays consist of going to church in the morning - which is like Spanish class since we are straining to understand the message and then guess what? Yes - more study time and we try to get together with other families in the early afternoon for play dates at one of the local parks.

All in all the time is going by quickly. Our first trimester is almost half done already! In a week we will celebrate Spiritual Emphasis week. During this week we will be having speakers from outside the school encourage us each day in chapel and NO homework for the entire week! Our family is looking forward to that. Blessings to all of you!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Kevin's birthday

On February 16 we celebrated Kevin's 11th birthday with a few of his friends. Thank you for all of the Skype calls and emails - he had a great day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A "photo" tour of our walk to school #2

Parque Okayama - the park we pass through
each morning on our way to school.

No to corruption - read the Bible sign.

A common site - razor wire around someones fence.

The school is at the bottom of this hill.

A "photo" tour of our walk to school #1

7:00 am -Adrianne finishing up last minute
homework on the column outside our front door.

The boys waiting not so patiently for
their sister so they can begin the walk.

One of the main streets that we have to cross
to get to school. PPK (the red sign) is
our favorite bread store. Pan por Kilo
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