December 2, 2012

Grateful Hearts

It's the holiday season. We just celebrated Thanksgiving, and December is already here. Although Thanksgiving has passed, we would like to share a few things we are thankful for lately...

First Graders
Thank you, Jesus, for first graders. They are adorable, they teach me patience, and they make me laugh at least once a day. Their innocence and purity is refreshing.

Native Americans? Or posers?

1st and 2nd grade Thanksgiving celebration. (2nd grade = last year's class!)

Elementary singing "Give Thanks" before school's Thanksgiving dinner.

Cheap Traveling
Dear Jesus, we get sad when we don't get to be home for certain holidays. Thank you for the opportunity to live in a country where traveling is inexpensive and helps us stay busy so we don't get too homesick. 

Rio Dulce

Tikal - famous for many huge, amazing Mayan ruins

At the top of one Mayan temple, with others in the background

Mark your calendars and thank the Mayans for building temples but not planning a little bit farther ahead: the world ends December 21.


Collin's dream pet.

A Spanish fort near Rio Dulce. Built in 1651.

Aguas Calientes. The waterfall is very hot, the river below is cold. Relaxing.

Thank you, Jesus, for opportunities. Thank you for the opportunity to lead high school girls in Bible study. Thank you for the opportunity to spend quality time with them on a retreat and carnival day at Eagle's Nest this past weekend. Thank you for laughter.

Friday night retreat in Panajachel with Bible study girls. Baking cookies for the kids at Eagle's Nest. 

Carnival that we put together for the kids who live at Eagle's Nest. (Eagle's Nest = orphanage in Solola.) We had all sorts of stations, such as a candy walk...

sponge races...

corn hole...

a balloon relay...

and tattoos.

We also had a special chapel with all of the children. It was a really wonderful day! Thank you, Carly and Kinsey Bykerk (more SCHS grads!) for helping us get set up.

First Graders
Dear Jesus, did I mention that I was thankful for first graders? Here's just one example why...

Practicing to make a time line. This student happened to be sick "Yesterday."

And thank you, Jesus, that there are only a few weeks left of school before Christmas break. Thank you that we get to spend three whole weeks with friends and family back home. And thank you, that although the Mayans did not finish the calendar, the world will probably not end on December 21, 2012.


Grace and Peace,