Reformation Sunday

Trip Start Jun 16, 2005
Trip End Aug 2006

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Hello everyone!
Today we had a big party at church for Reformation Sunday -- both congregations, from Sola Fe and from Jesus Nuestro Refugio, worshipped in Pavas. We started at 11 and weren't done until 3! The program provided the pinata, and I've got a video of it -- the kids were so excited!

It's Victor's 5th birthday on the 6th, and so I got him a Spiderman pinata (Spiderman is his favorite right now), and Jennifer is in charge of the cake.

The service was really neat, and it was so wonderful to have a packed church.

Some stuff has gotten done in my apartment, too... Paulino, who goes to Sola Fe, fixed my leaky faucet in the bathroom, and Gonzalo fixed my leaky pipe beneath, so that's done. He also fixed my ceiling, which was falling down, and put a new doorknob on my apartment (the key I'd hidden was gone, so I'm pretty sure some kid, tall enough to get to it, took it... not something I need to be worrying about!). And, Marci and I waxed the floor in my apartment yesterday. Apparently ants and cockroaches don't like wax. So, if I've got a waxed floor, and all my food is in airtight containers, I should be ok, right? =) I still live in a city in the rainforest, though.

The kids in the program are doing well, and they're thoroughly enjoying playing with all the toys. I'm still working on social skills -- I don't really think that will ever stop -- but that's ok.

I have been starting to go a little nuts lately, though... I don't know how Montessori teachers do it. Maybe it's just that these kids aren't used to self-directing their activities, and maybe it's that when they go to school they're told everything they need to do and when they come to the program they can choose their activities, but I'm starting to go nuts with having 8 different kids wanting my attention at the same time, all the time! I mean, I guess 8 is still better than having all 20 screaming my name at once, but it's still frustrating. I'm trying to teach them independence... I guess it doesn't come easily.

It's also hard because if the kids know I'm in the church, they'll bang on the door and wonder why they can't come upstairs and play. (Because I'm cleaning up after them, or I'm making dinner!) We're working on that, too.

So, I'm looking forward to a sanity break in a couple of weeks -- a friend of mine is coming for Thanksgiving, so we'll get to hit the beach. Not bad for a weekend break, huh?

Well, enjoy the pictures. Hope you're all doing well, and that those of you up north are enjoying fall! Happy Halloween! (Oh, right, we're going to do a bit of a Halloween party tomorrow, though they don't celebrate it here. Hey, an excuse to give out candy!)

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