It has been a long time since my last post. I keep forgetting I have a blog to update! So much to talk about in this blog, it'll make up for the last few weeks.

We had an American team here this past week. They were in La Palma for a few days and spent the rest of the time working in Honduras. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new people. Side note: I love having vistors and my top bunk now has a mattress. Hint. Hint.

Also, to everyone who contributed with the "care-suitcase," BIG THANKS!!! It was like Christmas in my casa. I'm one very happy girl and am so blessed by all of your help! Meant more than you can know. :)

My brother returns to Monett, MO this Monday. I'm so excited to have that man home! For those that dont know, he left for afghanistan last september, and we've been counting the days since then. Praise God for keeping us all safe and sane during this deployment and continue to pray for my family as they try to re-adjust to life after deployment. Also, for those that contributed to my welcome home surprise for Tim, Thank you! I absolutely hate not being able to be there on Monday. But I will get to see him at Christmas, and that will be the best present.

Over the last several weeks, I've become very close and attached to a local family. Yesterday morning, I got the awful news that one of them had died. My friends husband passed away leaving her a single mom to their 4 year old son Vladi. My heart aches for this family and their loss. Today at the funeral, I thought about how short and temporary this life is. We are all blessed to be given every day that we have. Every day with someone you love is something we should never take for granted. Please continue to pray for my dear friends as they try to move forward.

Here are some pictures with my friend Janixta and her son Vladi on Independence day. Less than 24 hours before her husband was killed on a motorcycle when a truck hit him head on.

First week of September

Last week, I took a few days off to avoid burning out while I'm here. I think its important that when you work every day (except for those lovely days when you are too sick to get out of bed) that you take a few days to yourself to re-energize and come back ready to hit the ground again.

I went to San Salvador and I loved it. It was just what I needed. It was a very relaxed day and included McDonalds and Pizza Hut and a trip to the Cinemax.

This week has been an interesting week. One night, we thought we had an intruder at the school. I was at the Lalli's house and for me to get home would mean walking past the school. We thought it was probably nothing, but had the police do a walk through just to be sure. The police were great, not only were they very nice, but they had their guns out and did a legitimate search. It was almost like watching COPS: El Salvador (although I dont believe they have that show).

We have a team scheduled to come down in a few weeks so I am very excited to see some familiar faces.

In my 3rd grade class this morning, one of my students tripped and landed on his arm that he broke back in March. He was very upset and his arm looked like it was broken again. I took him to the directors office and had him checked out. They determined that it most likely wasnt broken (praise God) and wrapped his arm in a bandage. Brave kid.

As most of you know, my brother is in Afghanistan. I'm working on a little surprise for him and could use your help. If you would like to, send me a picture of you and your family with a home-made welcome home sign/poster. Im making a photo book of pictures of friends and family and people of La Palma all holding Welcome Home signs. I'm hoping it'll be a nice welcome home gift that he will keep forever. AND I'm a little heart broken that I wont be there when he gets home, so this is my way to feel involved.
This is Ulises after getting his arm wrapped up. We had some extra time today after the kids finished their test so I asked them to help me with my Welcome Home project. Any excuse to color and get out the markers? These kids were all for it!

Thank you for reading!

My prayer request for this week: Ephesians 6:19.