We hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday season so far. We’ve been enjoying some restful days ourselves as we typically do at the end of the year.
A missionary family in Querétaro is leaving the field in a couple days, and Beth helped them on a couple occasions with packing and organizing. We ended up purchasing some of their things. Beth has never had a dresser here, so a long piece they referred to as a buffet has become Beth’s dresser. It has 6 full-sized drawers and a long top. It is about 5 1/2 by 3 feet. We also purchased a couple of full sized wooden bookcases (wonder why?!), and a couple of smaller ones, plus a couple of lamps, some fans, a 6 month old refrigerator that is several cubic feet larger than our 11 year old fridge, and I don’t remember what all else. They also gave us a number of things for the library and house, so if the house wasn’t full before, it is now.
We had plans for tomorrow to take a family from our church to Guanajuato for a day outing. It’s a little over 2 hours from here and is one of the neatest cities to visit in Mexico. They’ve never been, so it will be fun to take them.
Unfortunately, we had an unforeseen problem that showed up last night. When we brought the “new” fridge home, we couldn’t fit it through the exterior/patio door. That’s not a problem because we have two large metal doors that open up for a car (which we never use because our car wouldn’t fit in the patio). Those doors have been shut for so long, the metal parts have rusted shut and after trying everything I could possibly do to free up the parts and pound the pieces with a 4 lb hammer, I had to give up. We hope to have a welder come tomorrow afternoon to work on it. It should be an easy fix for him, but it will cost us the plan for the day. We’ll try to get to Guanajuato on Tuesday. Until then, with no other place to safely keep it, the fridge is being stored in the van!
The bottom circular sleeves are tight and basically welded shut.
I’m enjoying my break from classes. It was an exhausting few weeks as the Greek memorization piled up along with a lot of reading and writing for Systematic Theology. Even my theology professor has had difficulty keeping up with the grading. I still have all 4 assignments from the final week awaiting grading, so I won’t know my final grade in that class until later this week. I somehow squeaked out an “A” in Greek, but the final exam almost blew that. It was a challenging exam, especially since I spent most of finals week reading a substantial amount and writing about 25 pages for theology.
In other news, so far we haven’t heard of any co-workers or friends who suffered any damage/loss from the tornadoes in the Dallas area. There were three areas that were hit hard, and we have friends in each area. One of our co-workers said that the tornado missed his house by 100 yards. Another co-worker mentioned that they were spared (by a couple miles), but a couple from their church lost their house. Thankfully, they were uninjured.
These events are always sobering reminders that we can wake up any day and be with the Lord by nightfall or lose many or all of our earthly possessions in just a few moments. May we always trust the Lord at all times for all things, and keep our eyes on the eternal and not the temporal things of this world.