Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Here are some pictures of our tornado damage. Not too far away a woman's house was completely demolished from a fallen tree and her neighbor's car was smooshed from another tree as well.
Tree #1-this is in our 3rd section of property just at the gate. We have over an acre and 1/2 so this is not near the house. It was a huge tree, as it fell it took out the old chicken coop. As you can see in the next picture. We are hoping the other 1/2 that is standing can stay.
This is tree #2-it is in the 4th section of property...there are 5 sections all together.
Tree #3- Toward the very back of the property, fortunately we didn't continue the fence in front of this tree!
Tree#4- you can't really see it but it is the tree with the yellowie leaves. I couldn't get over there to take a picture...the area has lots of underbrush-I've never been over that way before. Here is a shot of our neighbor's RV, the limb was as big as a tree! This neighbor walked out of the house and saw the tornado just overhead! He kindly came and checked on us since he knew Calixto was away.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The kids were a bit excited but, not really too frightened b/c the sirens didn't sound until after the tornado passed by...so we really didn't realize what was going on til it happened-and it was very quick. It was the perfect ending to an extremely difficult and emotional day?!
Everything since then has been ok and running smoothly...praise the Lord for that!
Calixto and the team left Jalpa and returned to Tamaz today. They will begin the journey home tomorrow and will be here on Sat. evening. Please continue to pray for them as they say goodbye and start driving.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My friend's dad came out and solved the electric mystery. Fortunately it was something that the electric co. is responsible for...they came out within 30 minutes and fixed the situation! Yay, some good news!!! I am so glad he came out and not an electrician.
Anyway, my emotions are on edge, I just want Calixto to call and he hasn't so far...hopefully, tonight!
I'm at a friend's house posting this message, but will obviously be offline for a while. I certainly appreciate your prayers for the remainder of this week!
Monday, March 17, 2008
In no particular order:
Taco Casserole - I make it more like a taco salad...one of the kid's favorites
Tuna Melts on flat bread and fruit
pizza, carrots, celery sticks
Wal-mart chicken, rolls, something else ?
hot dogs roasted over a fire, chips, fruit (s'mores for dessert)
Over a friend's house one night
check out Laura's site for much better menu ideas!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Calixto was exhausted by the time they got back to Tamaz due to the long day of preaching and translating plus the high temperatures, he said it was "extremely" hot. He was so tired he even over slept this morning, which he never does!
This morning the team left for Jalpa to spend the rest of the week. Usually it is a bit cooler in Jalpa due to the elevation...maybe that's the reason?!
I probably won't be talking with him too much since cell range isn't so good in Jalpa, but we can possibly text one another if needed.
On the home front...the electricity is acting up and going out everyday...it never does this when Calixto is home but so far it has happened everyday since Thu. It doesn't go out b/c I have too many things on, in fact usually there is only 1 light on when it goes out...so odd!! A friend's dad is so kindly coming over on Tue to take a look and try to solve this mystery!
We appreciate your prayers throughout the week!!
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Ephesians 6: 13-15
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Please pray for us...today has been very difficult for various reasons and I'm really struggling! These are the kind of things that always occur while he is gone. This morning I found myself even getting angry with Calixto for leaving...I know that is not "right" thinking!! But, my emotions seem to get the best of me at times. I am trying to take every thought captive and trust that God will take care of everything-I know he is faithful and for that I am extremely grateful!
Thanks for your prayers!!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Please pray that they can get the van fixed!
**3:25...don't know the details but they are on their way once again. A mechanic friend here talked to Calixto-the problem is the fuel pump but as long as they keep the tank at least 1/2 filled they should be ok. The only problem is gas stations are sometimes few and far between.
Calixto managed to get the truck to Glen Rose yesterday without too much delay. Friends from the church there will get it fixed this week so it will be ready to go when they return.
The team made it to South Texas around 6pm and had a good time of worship and communion together before getting a good night's rest.
This morning they hit a snag at the border. Calixto went to register the van to take across the border, only they wouldn't let him have it b/c he already has his truck registered and they only allow one vehicle to be registered to a person at a time. When we went to Mx over Christmas he kept the registration, instead of turning it back in, thinking that we may have needed to take the truck down on this trip.
The employees didn't want to take care of the problem since they were about to go off their shift so, they have to wait until the next shift of employees comes on to work out a resolution. Please pray that they would be able to get the appropriate paperwork and be on their way!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
If you want to try the dishwasher soap the recipe that I used is:
2 C Borax
2 C Baking Soda
4 pkgs lemonade koolaid (I used store brand) or 1/2 C citric acid
Mix it up and put in enough to fill the dispenser of the dishwasher.
He and Connor were on their way to pick up the team from Grace Comm church when the truck broke down just 15 miles or so outside of Glen Rose! Please pray for them to get the truck driveable without wasting precious time. I know things like this can be quite a distraction and a discouragement right at the onset of a missions trip. Also pray the repairs won't cost us too much money...money we don't have!! They were only driving the truck to Glen Rose, they'll be taking the church van from there to Mexico.
Catherine asked this morning why Daddy was going to Glen Rose. I told her that he was headed to Mexico and she began crying, saying that she wanted to go make tortillas and chase the little boy around (refering to a little friend in Tamaz) she was very sad that Daddy didn't wake her up to go!
Speaking of Cat...this morning when I got her up she had no shirt on, I looked all in her room and couldn't find it. I went into the living room and there it was on the couch! Calixto told me that in the middle of the night she came into the living room, took off her shirt and layed down on the couch. He said she wasn't making any kind of sense except she kept telling him "Mommy said I could"! He held her for a little bit and then carried her back to bed, he didn't even want to try putting her shirt back on!!
If you think of it please pray for us here this week. Everytime Calixto goes away something major seems to happen to upset or frazzle us! We are praying for a calm, peaceful week no matter the circumstances...it would be nice if it were uneventful too! My prayer is to "be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might"...as my verse states this week.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Last week my parents were here for a few days before flying back to NJ. My dad and Calixto replaced all the windows in the bedrooms....Oh, I love them!! No more wind blowing in from the old leaky windows! The new ones look so clean and crisp...and they all open!! most of the old ones were painted shut. I can't wait for all of them to be installed!
Friday, Christopher competed in the speech meet in Tyler. He did a great job as did all of the contestants in his group. But, unfortunately he only received a "good" ribbon, he was soooo disappointed! I really feel the judges were too harsh on them. The students can be awarded good, excellent or superior ribbons and only those that receive superior can win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place medals. In his group of 12 only one medal was awarded! I was shocked, the girl who won did an excellent job but, several other students did equally as well. Every other group (bible reading etc) received 3 medals. This is exactly what happened in 2nd grade-in 3rd grade he didn't even want to try to compete...so I guess he won't want to go next year either!
Later in the afternoon after we got home he was acting sluggish and his cheeks were red, I took his temp and it was 102!! Poor guy was sick! Over night his temp broke and in the morning it was normal...so, I told him to get dressed for his 1st soccer game of the season. He didn't want to go (that is not like him at all), after some discussion he finally cried and told us if he lost this game that it would be 2 things in a row that he lost and he just couldn't do that!! Calixto had a great conversation with him and he finally agreed to go. They won 7-1! But, his temp did return that afternoon as well...we stayed home Sun. to make sure he was really over whatever he had.
His day in Tyler was not a total waste, he got to eat with a good friend and his dad at Chuck E. Cheese's and go to a wildlife museum! While he was doing that I went to lunch with some other moms from school. We ate at Julian's Asian Diner...it was so good!! It is a bit pricey but, oh so delicious!
Catherine also rocked at her 1st soccer game, scoring 1 goal and defending a goal from being made by the other team! She now plays outdoor since the indoor place closed down. Outdoor is so much more fun but a bit more confusing for the players.
I'm washing clothes with my homemade laundry soap...have to go see how well it worked...
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Last week my parents were in town so my menu plan got sidetracked a bit. My mom cooked several meals as I substituted one day and was at the big speech meet another day. It worked out great that they were here! So, onto this week's menu...
Monday: *Carmelized chicken, rice, whatever veggie is in the freezer, fruit salad
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes, carrots/celery sticks
Wednesday: Ham, macaroni and cheese, beans
Thursday: Chicken tetrazzini (couldn't find my recipe on-line), homemade bread
Saturday: Chicken-a-la-king over biscuits, applesauce
*I made the carmelized ckn tonight (the link is on last weeks plan) and I think it was way too sweet. The kids loved it but, I think I would reduce the brown sugar drastically. check out Laura's site...I have found so many recipes...yay!