Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Getting settled in, poco a poco
As settled as one could be while hardly being able to communicate. We are able to get to school and to the store on our own, but have had help getting to church on Sundays. "Poco a poco" or "little by little" has become our theme.
Becky and I have had a week of classes now. Pride went out the window on the first day. It makes you feel really good when the professor has to correct you when spelling your own name (I didn't even get the first letter right). " Poco a poco". We are starting to make a little progress. I think we have our ABC's and 123's down. Today we learned how to tell time and I know how to say I eat and I run and Becky knows how to answer the question "Tu tienes un novio?". Try Google Translate you will have a laugh. It took her awhile to answer. Sitting in class the other day I was reminded of the song I used to sing as a child. It says, "He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be". Two years from now He will still be sharpening my ability to communicate and molding me into the servant that He needs me to be. I hope you too will allow God to form you as you press on in your journey wherever that may be.
The girls are doing great. Alexis loves going to church and comes home talking about her friends at church. It doesn't seem to bother Lexi that she can't communicate with words. The girls love their new baby sitter, Karla. Karla comes from 12:30 to 5:30 to watch the girls while we are in class. She knows a few words in English but for the most part she speaks in Spanish. Alexis has learned the word "cuidado" from Karla. I think for some reason she hears that word alot. I don't know if it has something to do with the altitude or what, but Hailey got her first two teeth the week before we traveled here and now has decided to cut four more teeth all on the top all at once. Three of them have cut through in the last few days and the next one is about to surface. Despite her new crop of teeth she has been a pretty good kid and even sleeps through the night most nights in her new bed. She can now crawl with the best of them. She hasn't shown much interest in walking; though I don't think it will be long before she realizes that it is a much better form of transportation.
All in all we are doing great, but we have a long way to go. We thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray as we submerse ourselves more and more into a new culture so that we can better understand the people that we are here to serve.
That is all for now.
Adios mis amigos.