Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Adventures of Jacob and Elias

Eating strawberries!

Eating plums!

Good little boys share!

Joel says that this is a scary picture!

Couldn't resist sharing this with you!



 Thanks so much for praying for me and my seminary course on Saturday in Quito.  There were 24 students and we had a great time together learning more about how to share our faith in Jesus Christ with people who desperately need God's love in their lives.  I finished 30 minutes early, which I suppose is better than going late, but I need to tweak the course a bit for my second "go" this coming Saturday from 8 AM to 5 PM in Ibarra.  There was some controversy over some of the points, which made for some lively discussion.  Certainly not boring, to be sure.  Some of the pictures show the students while they were doing their group work and sharing their testimonies with their partners.
God also took care of Marisol, Joel, Amelia, Jacob and ElĂ­as.  I needed to go on Friday and stay over in Quito because the course started early on Saturday AM.  I had a wonderful time in Quito with the Miami International Seminary Ecuador staff and the students.
Thanks again for all the prayer support.  GOD ANSWERED.  And please keep praying for the course this Saturday in Ibarra.  Then we have the follow-up classes for four weeks in a row to go over the reading assignments and field work.  The students need to practice with people the things that we learned together.  An evangelism course is only successful when we practice what we learn.
To God be the glory!


We recently enjoyed the visit of some dear sisters in Christ from Germany.  In this picture you can see, from right, Monika, Rosemary, Johanna and Ingerose, along with our family.  We DID NOT play carnaval with them, as you can see in the pictures below.

Each year we play carnaval in the days before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.  It is a tradition her to play water games and get each other wet.  In previous years it was common to get soaked as you walked through the streets by "perfect"strangers, but the government has virtually put an end to that.  So we played behind closed doors or at least garage doors.  It really is great fun and helps to release energy and stress.  Why don't you try it next year, at least if you live in warm climate.

As you can see, the four oldest members of the family got into the action.

Elias the budding musician plays his recorder.

Jacob has a face that a mother AND EVERYONE ELSE could love!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Seventh Birthday to Amelia!

Amelia turned seven on December 19, 2012, and we had a small celebration for our "little princess."

Happy First Birthday, Jacob and Elias!

January 28, 2013, marked the twins' first birthday.  Both of them had colds and fever, so it wasn't a big celebration.  However, Marisol's parents and proud grandparents made a special guest appearance!

Farnsworth Jump Roping Craze

One of our home school helpers, Daniel from Germany, has hooked us on jump roping.  We do anywhere from 20-30 minutes a day.  Even Jacob and Elias get a kick out of watching us jump!  From their perspective it probably looks funny!