Saturday, 20 March 2010

Feliz dia Papa

Happy fathers day to all those daddies in Bolivia.

For the last couple of weeks Alana and her friends at kinder have been working hard practicing and preparing something special for their daddies. Yesterday they put on a special celebration reciting a poem then getting their daddies to dance with them, along with painting portraits of their daddies. Saddly though Alanas daddy couldn't make it as he had his head in the toilet throwing up.

Today was better though with a special treat to go and see Alanas artwork displyed in one of the art museums in the city, which we were able to go and see.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

A childs Imagination

Any guesses as to the identity of this latest creation?

Why its a rabbit of course, with some toys!!!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Moulding Chronicle March 2010

Dear Friends,

A big thank you to all of you who made our time in the UK such a special one. It was so good to catch up with so many friends and enjoy good times of fun and laughter. We also enjoyed the parks and British countryside, despite it being more white than green during our stay.

As nice as it was in the UK, we were all very glad to arrive safely back home in La Paz, finally unpack our suitcases and sleep in the same bed for more than a week. Alana has certainly been more settled and has enjoyed rediscovering her own toys and books. She has also enjoyed being back at Kinder, despite having forgotten much of her Spanish.

Our time in the UK gave us a great opportunity to debrief and evaluate our last 2 years here in Bolivia, and to see in what ways things could be improved. Having spent time with so many good friends we soon realised that this was something we really lacked here, so our major prayer for this year is for a family with whom we can become good friends with, who we can have fun with as well as sharing each others good and bad moments. Upon returning to Bolivia we felt refreshed and had the desire to be more intentional about some of the things we do and the way in which we do them.

Being back hasn’t been as easy as we had hoped for in terms of slotting into our roles. To the point that we are now questioning God as to whether we seek to extend our contract which comes to an end in October this year. The main issue still lies in the lack of a more concrete role for Ed within the organisation. We are currently pushing some new ideas and initiatives, but are having to wait for God to open the doors. So please pray for us to either find our niche here within Bolivia, or for God to open new doors of opportunity for us to walk in obedience through.
To add to this our landlady wanted to increase our rent by almost 30%. However, God continues in his goodness to us and through the help of a friend we have negotiated a more reasonable 9% increase. Thank you Lord :o)
Thank God for:
• Good time with friends and family
• Safety in all our travelling
• His continuing provision

Ask God for:
• Good health as we readjust again to the different climate and food
• That we would be able to be more intentional about what we do

With much love
Ed, Sarah & Alana

Monday, 8 March 2010

Near crisis narrowly averted

Whilst preparing poached eggs on toast spread with marmite, I was horrified to discover that I was at the end of what I thought was our last jar of marmite. However, much to my relief I soon discovered this huge 500gm jar tucked away in the cupboard, phew!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Home sweet home

After 3 months of packing and unpacking and living out of suitcases, it is so nice to be home and unpacked and living a more 'normal' life once again. The fresh cold weather of England was a welcome change, however we are all glad to have seen the back of the snow and are enjoing the moderately warmer temperatures of La Paz, even though the sunshine is a bit of a scarce commodity at present. We are slowly easing ourselves back into our routines and way of life here. Alana is back at kinder and enjoying the interaction with other children her age. Our greatest challenge at present is remembering how to cook!