rainy day and all…

june 10.  2015

quite a few of us have ucky stomachs and other stuff going on.  hopefully it passes within a day or 2.

this morning, cute luciano boated over to the price’s house, grabbed nick, boated back, and came up and got madison and camden.  they played and ran around the mountain together-luciano i think likes having buddies.  he’s constantly teaching us spanish and correcting me.

about 1:00-the kids made their way down the mountain to the casa in the village, and jarom and i went to hans to drop off a load of laundry.  on our way, we saw about 8-10 little girls playing on the sidewalk.  one little girl stepped over to me and asked if we were meeting at 1:00 today-and i said yes-one moment and we’ll head up.  they clapped and yelled in excitement, it was so awesome.   we left hans, came out, and they grabbed my hands and followed me up.  one little girl had a baby on her back.  she was probably 9 carrying around an 8 mos. old.  these kids amaze me.

we did modeling clay with all the girls and boys, and string bracelets with the girls.  even the littlest girl tied her own knot, held it in her mouth, and braided the strings all on her own.  i offered to tie her bracelet on her wrist, and then they all started lining up to get them on their wrist.  they do lines really well.   they made cute things with their clay, one boy made a very detailed boat and person inside it.  with the girls, we did duck duck goose, and taught them a couple songs, like head-shoulders-knees and toes in english, and the hoky poky.

we said good-bye, and both our families ate at Hans.  we ran into an american, and she lives down here and helps delivers babies.  she said she did labor and delivery for 25 years in the states, and has never seen such stronger women.  they are amazing.  they have dirt floors, some have concrete floors, and they just deliver in their little homes.  these women are tough as nails.  we’ve seen them carrying loads of wood on their heads, loads of concrete, babies while doing all their daily chores-i have to say, we are quite the sissies in the states.

our family headed up to get some rest since we aren’t feeling great.  the rain started about 1:30 today, and has kept raining on and off.   it’s so great to listen to, hike in, and enjoy almost every day.  it’s a blessing, since last year, their rainy season didn’t happen and lots of crops died.  we hit our first week mark yesterday.   hopefully we can keep making friends and doing positive things and not cause any waves in the community.  we have been very blessed having luciano, and the house in the village.  it’s all been very inspired.  we are grateful for this opportunity.

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