Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend photos.

Eric and his friend Jesu (a student from Korea).
One of the 5 waterfalls at La Paz.
This little guy was rescued from the rainforest when he was injured and nursed back to health. He will be returned to the rainforest (which is right outside his cage) in the next few weeks.
One of the beautiful flowers in the preserve.

When the kids are gone - we play (kind of)

So now that the kids are gone - what to do? Study, study, study, mixed with some fun.

On Friday we celebrated Eric's birthday with a trip to a local Mexican restaurant. We do miss the great Mexican restaurants in our home town but his one was not bad.

On Saturday we took a group of 18 students to La Paz waterfall gardens. Because we acted as their tour guides we could go for free - LOVE that part!

Today while walking to the farmers market we came across a church that we were not aware of and were able to talk with several members. Next week we will join them in their service. Eric was immediately hooked as outside of the building was a Yahama chappy with fenders and everything! Can you feel the excitement?? :) Eric and his brothers happen to be the proud owner of several Yamaha chappys, which they keep on Beaver Island as their main source of transportation. He was so excited because he could tell that this chappy needed work and he is dying to have a greasy project to fix! I'm sure next week he will offer his services to the owner.

Photos of our weekend:

Not sure what this large rodent even is, but the bird liked him.
A coffee plantation. The palm trees are planted with the coffee trees to provide shade.
Front and backside of a sloth.

Photos of the kids arrival in Michigan

First stop after arriving in Grand Rapids? Wendy's for frostys!

Upon arrival at their grandparents house - the kids immediately hit the carpet -apparently they miss the feel of it. They all removed their socks and started to rub their feet in it!
Hanging out with their cousins who grew a lot over the past 6 months!

A tough day

This past Thursday was one of the toughest days that I have had as a mother. At 4:30am we loaded ourselves and 3 suitcases into a van for a trip to the airport.
Destination: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Passengers: our 3 children

A few months ago, the grandparents decided that they needed to spend some time with the grand kids over the summer time. Now out of kindness they invited Eric and I to come as well. We could not take not time off from our classes, however as we are in the middle of our second trimester. NO problem - we'll fly the grand kids home for 6 weeks was the reply. So tickets were purchased and an extra fee paid for an escort since the kids are minors.

For the past several weeks we have been preparing the kids for this journey. Preparing them for the goodbye at the gate and going over every possible scenario, arming them with phone numbers and identification. I put on several different ID tags on the luggage and ribbons so that they could be identified. Not to worry about that! When we arrived at the airport it took us 45 minutes to fill out paperwork and more paperwork. Red and white bands were placed on the kids and on their luggage along with 3 other tags. No worry about being able to identify the luggage! It stood out!

So after checking in the woman who helped us informed me that they do not allow non-passengers beyond security - only in the United States. This threw a monkey wrench into our planning and our goodbyes were not what we had pictured. Kids were crying and so was I. It was messy!

We waited at the airport until the plane left and spoke with the stewardess who delivered them to the plane. She said she almost started to cry herself but instead she stopped by the gift shop and gave each of them a free sample of chocolate. We discovered later that the chocolate was a chocolate covered coffee bean - something the kids gagged down to be polite. :)

We returned to our classes. Everyone knew not to ask me about the kids leaving since I was on the verge of tears all day. It was a blessing to have a team from the United States at out school for the week and each day they had led a chapel hour and an hour of worship time each day. We returned in time for the worship hour. What a blessing to focus on worshiping our Lord and leaving behind the worry of the kids.

The kids arrived safely, without having to even touch their luggage or their tickets or passports. Everything was taken care of for them. They just had to follow the stewardess. Grandma was waiting to spoil them (of course) in Grand Rapids.

We took the kids out for pizza the night before they left.
Our family at 4:30 am. On the way to the airport.
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