Stuff of Interest or Not

Beth and her mother left by bus yesterday morning for Mexico City to meet up with Sarah Shedd who was an intern supervised by my mother-in-law for the past 5 months. They were planning on going to the Ballet Folklorico last night. Today was to include a trip to the big market for Mexican crafts and souveniers, and maybe a trip to the Basilica. They should be back early this evening. I haven’t heard from them but no news is good news. I’m sure they’re enjoying themselves and Bethie can always use a break from hubby and kids. Don’t worry…we won’t starve in just 2 days, but we might lose a pound!

We’re looking forward to a short vacation soon. We expect to visit some missionary friends in Guadalajara this Saturday and then make the rest of the trip to Puerto Vallarta on Sunday for check-in. We’ll have 4 nights there. We managed to keep it under $100 a night with breakfast included, on the beach, kitchen/living room, balcony with view of the ocean, small bedroom and all the sand, sun and waves we could possibly want. We didn’t get to a beach last year so we’re really looking forward to relaxing and some fish and shrimp tacos and fish and chips.

We’ve invited Beth’s mother to go with us so we’ll be a little cramped in the car going. She needs to be in Puebla the day we check out so she’ll fly to Mexico City and bus it from there. That will make the return trip easier. Also, she’ll have her own room at the hotel so I think we’ll all have some space to relax and still the chance to enjoy the destination together.

Jason and Kristin have had a rough week after their move this past Sunday. The kitchen sink which was sitting in the little outdoor wash area behind their new apartment apparently doesn’t fit the kitchen area. They are waiting on the landlord to provide a working sink in the kitchen and who knows how long that might take. Their 40 year old, small refrigerator died for the last time. Now they have no fridge. We loaned them a cooler but without ice, it won’t be terribly helpful. The 2 foot wide concrete stairway that hugs the front wall of the house still has no safety railing to keep their 2 year-old from falling off. At the top of the steps, that would be a 12 foot fall. He already disobeyed once just when we were helping them move and climbed up part way and promptly fell off. Praise God he wasn’t hurt.

Maybe he’ll remember the experience and stay away from the steps. They’re really no way to block the steps because they are right behind the front door and the area is so tight, there’s no way to keep the stairs blocked and be able to open the door! The neighbors have a dog that yaps all night.

Wow…what a dream house…of the nightmare variety! I haven’t heard how they’re doing since Monday so I hope they’re hanging in there. We’re trying to locate a small fridge for them. They really have no money and on Monday they seemed about to break emotionally.

We had to chuckle when Kristin suggested to Beth that we probably don’t know what it’s like to have moved three times in 5 years or so. This August we’ll have been married 18 years and we’ve moved 16 times so far. And now whenever we might move again, we’ll have to reckon with moving ourselves plus a library with over 8,000 books! Fortunately, our landlord seems to really like us here since we pay our rent on-time and most of the time early, we’ve just split the cost of sealing the roof and painting the exterior of the house and we try to keep the house in good condition. Thankfully, I think he realizes that renters like that are hard to come by in Mexico. (Of course, now that I mention that, we’ll probably get kicked out by the end of the summer! lol)

I’m of the opinion that these kinds of trials are quite possibly evidence of their new faith. The devil wants to discourage them in any and every way possible. Pray for them that they’ll trust God to provide for them and give them joy and peace in their trials.

Pray too that we’ll have a safe drive to and from the beach and that our vacation time will be relaxing and refreshing.

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2 Responses to Stuff of Interest or Not

  1. Hello! I started a blog earlier this year to provide resources, encouragement, and community to missionary moms. I wanted to invite you to stop by and join in on the conversations if you would like! God bless your family and ministry!~Ashley

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  2. Angela says:

    Seems like you could use Ben down there, the fix it and build it all man… We have moved 11 times in almost 11 years, so your record is encouraging. Actually your whole post was as it lets us know we are not alone! Joy on your vacation!

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