Monday, June 30, 2008

Lots of Work

Photos of some of the work that First Presbyterian (and friends) did at Centennial Camp. They also put in two water filtration systems in two of our churches, but that is for another blog!

We now have curtains! Remember last year when I bought material and was going to make curtains? Well, I took the material out, looked at it for about an hour, was scared to cut it and put it away. But we had a wonderful lady from California that was not scared to cut my material and made my curtains!!!!!!!

Both our bedroom and the guest bedroom now has curtains.

Marge is 83 years old and a whiz with a spatula and sewing machine. As much as I appreciate their help in the kitchen, I appreciate the work she and Jean did on my curtains more!

Outside, a french drain was put in behind the wall around the soccer field...

dirt and rocks were moved (poor Tyler never wants to see dirt, gravel, sand or concrete again! But at 6'3", he ate enough that we had to get a lot of work out of him!)...

the gable of the garage got closed in and now it is dark enough inside to show movies during the day!...

spectator bleachers were cut into the side of the hill at the soccer field (Jordan, Samuel is still offering you a job!)...

fencing was put on top of the wall...

and block was laid to make bathrooms at the corner of the wall!

One workday, the whole team went to the Camp for work and one of the projects was to level the future soccer field!

Rich, we missed having you here, but, thanks to you, we were able to rent the tractor and saved ourselves two weeks of moving dirt by hand! Hope your wife's arm is better!
This is just a taste of the work that was accomplished! Most days, we had volunteers from the local churches working with the team and new friends were made! Thank you for all of your hard work at Centennial Camp!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Anniversary!!

It's our 18th Anniversary today and we are blessed!

Two weeks of ... Fun!!

We just finished two full weeks of work with our two teams from Visalia, California! It seemed some of them loved us so much they wouldn't leave, but we finally threw them on a plane yesterday and locked the doors! Actually, part of the team stayed for two weeks with others coming and going as they pleased. Below are the two teams:

We had a great time and actually did a lot of work! This is the church that, other than our home church, has adopted us and visits twice a year. We always look forward to their visits and love to see them come back. They got a kick out of our Southern accents, "fixin' to...", and Pea-pickin' Cake. You'll have to visit to taste the Pea-pickin' Cake!!


Saturday, June 07, 2008

Alma and Arthur

Two storms, one in the Pacific and one in the Carribean, wanted to meet. For this meeting, they chose Guatemala (and parts of Mexico, Belize and Honduras). Because of this tumultuous meeting, we have had almost 10 days of solid rain! Here are some bits of our lives in the past week that included water, mud, more water and no sun.

Some of you may be familiar with the waterfall between Solola and Panajachel. We have seen it worse, but not by much!

In preparation for our First Presbyterian team from Visalia, CA, we had things delivered from the local hardware store. In return, we got to keep their truck for almost 2 days!

Because of all of the rain, not much concrete has been poured at Las Buenas Nuevas (LBN). This picture was taken today while we saw about 3 hours of sun! We will be living at LBN a lot in the next 2 months so maybe I can update the pictures more often!