Preparing for Our Return Home

Trip Start Apr 19, 2007
Trip End Nov 02, 2007

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Mo and I only have 3 more weeks in this beautiful country until we return back to the states. And in this blog I don't think we have had the chance to really portray our life here. That could be our slow as a slug internet access and constant power outages from the daily lightning storm. But here I am sitting and for some reason my dial up connection hasn't booted me off the internet yet. So I am going to take a chance and write a blog entry.
Some of our most memorable experiences this trip have been the people we have met. Since we moved in we have not spent more than a week alone. We have had guests every week, most that we did not know.Some people stayed for a week, others just for a day, and we had one couple stay for 7 weeks. We've had people from all over the world come and stay with us too. Japan, Austria, California, Oregon, New York and Florida. Thats just in our house. There have also been visitors from Switzerland, France,and Portugal that we had the pleasure to meet. They are all more than willing to teach you the local customs and idioms of their country. The couple that stayed with us for 7 weeks were from Austria and whenever something was new Daniel would always say "vhat is dis?" Or if we had a misunderstanding he would say "ah, doesn't matter, dis is goud" All of these visitors had a great impact on the studies too. They were amazed that all of these people from around the world came to their little home to teach them about the Bible. It really showed us that the truth is the same all over the world. We have a unity that no man could ever accomplish.
The studies that we have been able to be apart of are so wonderful. Its a breath of fresh air because in the states it is so difficult just to cultivate 1 study. Here they ask you for the study and then they ask where the Kingdom hall is. They also put up with our bad spanish. I had one study that the first study we had I was accompanied by a sister from Switzerland who spoke perfect Spanish (her parents live in Spain) So whenever I asked the question from the Bible Teach book my study would look at her and answer the question. I just wanted to die! But she is still studying with me and she pretty much understands what I say to her, and I can pretty much understand what she says to me. Some studies are a bit more challenging. Mo has a study who has drinking problems, his father is on his death bed, and he can't read well. So most of the study is encouraging him with Bible scriptures. We don't have a good enough grasp on the language to comfort with our own words but we can at least understand enough to share the right scripture. He is always so hospitable and gives us a large bag of the latest fruit or vegetable in season. Usually avocados. Other studies I have become so attached to it will be hard to leave. There is one family in particular where the mom is like a sister to me and her daughters are like nieces. We can't speak the same language but their is a warmth there that we share. Her youngest daughter even named her doll after me. Of course the doll had blond hair that could be why but I thought it was special. All in all the people here are fantastic. They love talking and so it makes it easy when you don't know a lot of spanish like us.

Costa Rica is so full of life in the vegetation, the people and the weather! It looks like a small country but because of the mountains and roads it takes a long time to get anywhere. So this trip we haven't seen nearly as much as Costa Rica has to offer. We were able to make our way to Manuel Antonio beach which is on the Pacific side. I have been determined since I came here last September to see monkeys. Of course I didn't see monkeys last September and if it weren't for Manuel Antonio I wouldn't have seen them this time either. It took us 4 hours by bus to get to Manuel Antonio even though it was only 40 miles away. We were so glad to get off that bus by the end of the trip. Nearing Quepos and Manuel Antonio the bus was overloaded with workers who did not smell so great. Our stomachs ached from the bumpy road that we had to endure for hours and were just plain sweaty and tired. So seeing our friend Jun's smiling face when we got off was like seeing an angel. We had made this trip with Seth and our new friends from Austria, Daniel and Lisa. We had great fun swimming in the ocean, seeing LOTS of monkeys, and touring the jungle of Manuel Antonio. It is a beautiful beach. Though it has become over run with tourists and Gringo's the natural beauty is still there.

Now Mo and I are preparing to come home. We come back October 4th to Seattle and look forward to seeing all of our friends and family there. We would love for everyone to come down to visit Costa Rica with us the next trip down. So if you would like to experience Costa Rica just e-mail us. We would love to have you. We love all of you and hope to see you soon.

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4jsrace on

Thanks for sharing this with us Katie
What a nice blog I know if will be hard for you to leave C.R. and you have had an amazing impact on people there but more than that you have been truly blessed with an amazing experience in Jehovah's unified organization that will shape the rest of your life!
Im so happy for you both!!

Toya on

Hi...I enjoyed reading the blog. I will be staying in Quespos just two days and really wanted to attend the English Speaking Congregation. I have gathered it was located behind the Pali Supermarket. (time not posted for Sunday meeting) I would love to go out in service for a little while during my visit. (March 12 and 13, 2011) I speak English but is working on Spanish with the help of Rosetta Stone. Oh yeah I am a single sister traveling alone looking forward to camping in the Corcovado National Park

Theresa on

Mike Norris is a child molester, he is in the Quepos congregation. At this time a letter has been written that he is no longer a JW, but he is going to the meetings. Please contact the elders in the hall and let them know Mike Norris is a child molester.

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