I may have mentioned this before, but Dona Gloria has taken it upon herself to make sure I eat at least one good meal a week! And wow, is it ever! Today we had beef with some amazing seasonings, including a drizzle of delicious extra virgin olive oil and fresh parsley.We also had a dish made with mature (sweet) plantains and cheese, some stewed green legumes I’d never had before, but which were muy sabroso (very tasty!), a salad of tomato and white cheese, and of course, rice. After lunch was a tiny cup of strong (strong!) black coffee with lots of sugar.
Her daughter is nice, and we’ve been doing our best to communicate. Today the two of us had a fun ‘girly’ chat about clothing stores in town, coloring hair ("canas" is Spanish for grey hair), and my work in El Callejon.
Someone told me that when it seems as if people are slowing down to talk with me, it’ll mean I’m really beginning to get good at Spanish. Well… today it actually felt like that! Gloria (daughter) seemed to be speaking a bit more slowly, and I mostly understood it all! Yippee!!They have invited me to join their family celebration here on Christmas Eve. They set up tables out on the car port filled with all kinds of yummy food, including a roast pig! Hmm... a Dominican Christmas meal?! Oh, yeah!!
Even though I'm really going to miss spending Christmas with my ‘Holiday family’, God has provided new friends here with whom to celebrate. Along with Dona Gloria, several SI families are also staying in Jarabacoa. It'll be different, but it will be good, because we will be celebrating the One who has brought us all to this place and this time. He truly is with us!
I thought I’d share just a couple of random photos and thoughts from the week. (Again, please check out our Social work site blog for updates about our adventures with the wedding activities!)
|Love seeing the years of God's faithfulness!|
This was before I knew them. As you many know, Laura is the one who invited me to come along on the 2008 outreach when I started on this journey. I asked Taryn to take this picture of me with their picture. I may have teared up a little!!
|Just enough room for one car to squeeze on through!|
There have been attempts to do some road repairs in our neighborhood. The roads are dirt and rocks. They trucked in more dirt and rocks and left it in big piles. For half a week, we had to squeeze around a couple of them. I'm learning to go through and over and around spaces I never would have dreamed of negotiating in the US!
The day after this pile finally was spread into the biggest potholes, we had an entire night of heavy rain. Oh, well!
|The brown horse is standing right |
where I need to turn onto my road!
Down below is what the day looked like yesterday. I went for a run (dodging muddy puddles all the way) and felt rather warm in shorts and a t-shirt! It doesn’t seem like December with palm trees, huge flowering hibiscus and temps in the high 70s and 80s.
|View from my apt front door (on 2nd floor).|
(Dona Gloria & my cars lined up for their weekly wash!)
I praise God for all the ways He has been meeting me. I can’t wait to see what He has planned next! I pray I will be faithful to His call, to His leading.