This week was a week of blessings.
First off, a team from the States offered to put down our laminant floor in our downstairs!
They did an AMAZING job. It wasn’t that the floor was too hard for Brian to do on his own. The problem was that Brian has no TIME to do it! He’s been working on building kitchen cabinets and doors since we got back in March and I still have no doors! He just doesn’t have the time to just take a week and only work at the house. It just doesn’t work that way. So, yes, he very easily could’ve done our floor, but instead of having an unliveable house for two days, we would’ve had an unliveable house for two weeks! This was a huge, huge blessing. Not only did they do the floor correctly, but the one who did the trim (who did most of the floor, actually) is such a perfectionist that he didn’t like the trim in the store, so he made his own. The trim around our kitchen, stairs, and bathroom is all made from scratch and my word, it’s amazing. Fits like a glove. Such a blessing.
Brian and I were also privileged to be able to get to know better the leader of this same group. He comes to Peru every year (or two, depending on his schedule). He’s a pastor of a church in North Carolina and so he comes to bring a work team, help with the work, but then do a lot of preaching. The last time he was here, he went straight to Iquitos (this was the two week trip that Brian made two years ago) so I never met him. This time, he spent two weeks in Iquitos and a week here so I got to know him. He and Brian bonded and I would even go so far as to say they became best of friends. We were able to share with him things that we don’t share with anybody, not our families, our closest friends, or our co-workers.
The blessing was that we feel we have found a new friend – a good friend. A friend who really understands what we’re going through; someone we can share things with, without fear of being judged (or judging others); someone who listens without offering loads of advice in return; and someone who’s “been there, done that.” You just do NOT realize how badly you need someone like that in your life until you’re on the mission field and you are A.L.O.N.E. Don’t get me wrong; we have friends here. Good friends. But, you have to admit, there are always things you only share with your spouse or someone outside of where you work, right? Well, we don’t have that. In anybody. God finally provided someone – at just the right time – who is that for us. Friday night when we said goodbye to Jon, all 3 of us cried. Praise God for email, that’s all I have to say. What a blessing in a new friendship.
This week was also the open house for the Bible school. I don’t know, maybe I just missed out on enough of the behind-the-scenes to be disillusioned, but I truly felt like this year went off better than the last two years we’ve been here. I felt like Jon’s messages were just perfect for the audience and age group. You could feel the Holy Spirit moving during the chapel sessions, which is an awesome feeling. About 13 received the Lord as Savior and about 17 dedicated their lives to full-time missions (out of around 80 who came). Absolutely wonderful.
It was such a blessing to be able to lay hands on and pray for the kids who were dedicating their lives to missions. I remember being the one dedicating myself; now I am the one praying over them. My, how times have changed.
I’m blessed this week to have a baby who turned 10 months old! I can’t believe she’s already that big. I was reminiscing this week about this time last year. I missed out on a lot of CAI because of being hugely pregnant and not really wanting to be up walking around constantly. I honestly don’t even remember CAI!! Maybe I did the concession stand?! I really don’t remember. Awful, huh? Life really revolved about the pregnancy last year. And now, she’s almost walking on her own! I can’t believe it. Time goes by in a flash.
- We’re doing a “Ladybug” theme since her nickname is “Elenabug” and has been since I was pregnant.
- A friend a week ago sent me this gorgeous green dress with white flowers and an “e” on the front so that is now Elena’s party dress. =) I think I will find or make her little antennae, though, like on a headband.
- I would like to have different bug-type antennaes/headgear for the kids to wear as they come to the party.
- I’m going to make “Cone Cupcakes” (from allrecipes). Basically, it’s cupcakes you bake inside ice cream cones and then decorate to look like ice cream cones! I’m planning on just doing enough for the children.
- For the cake, I’d like to either make or have made one in the shape of a ladybug and then have regular sheet cakes to pass around.
- My one and only idea for games was originally “pin the dots on the ladybug” but that might be too easy so it’ll take some re-working!
- I want butterflies and ladybugs and bumblebees hanging from the ceiling somehow. Maybe a piñata of some sort of bug?