At this very moment I am packing up to go back home to visit. I am so excited to see my family and eat some good Cajun food. I feel like I am going on vacation back home. I leave tomorrow and will be in New Orleans by dinner time.
It has been a whirlwind of a month. We hosted a missions team from El Salvador, classes started back (back to work), we had to move, raise funds for our residency, and Ruben and a team of youth leaders raised all their funds and are in Panama for a international leadership conference. All of that in one month people! I'd like to say things will calm down but that never happens.
So to summarize......
-We hosted a team from El Salvador the first week of August. It was awesome! God did so much.
-Classes started back. I am teaching 3rd grade and Ruben is the new Chaplin.
=We were basically told we had to leave the place we were renting, by the owners, we prayed and God provided us a slightly larger home in the same area we were living in
(with a huge yard; good for the kids and the dog).
-We raised $1,000 for our Honduran Residency. So now we are in the application process. Once we have our residency we will not have to take visa renewal trips every three months.
Tripa Chuca is a Salvadoran game that literally means, prepare yourself, "dirty intestines". I know it sounds crude but it really is a fun game that the kids play here. Oh, the things I learn as a 2nd grade teacher. I think I was more excited about learning and playing the game than than my students were, not really. They beg me all day long to play. I don't give in until car pool time. So this game, let's call it Dirty Bowels" is simple. You take a piece of paper and you write the numbers 1-10 o 1-20 all over in random order but you have to have two sets of each number. So start with the number 1. You have to find the other one and draw a line to it without touching any of the numbers. It is easy at first but once you start getting to 4 and 5 there are lines everywhere and you can't touch them. The person who touches a number or other line "intestine" loses. It is very simple and can be played with two people, a piece of paper, and a pencil…
I found lots of cute little ideas on pinterest and the knot and with the creativity of my mom I was able to have many neat, little details that made my wedding unique. Here are some of the things we did.
The flower girl basket a normal basket and my mom and grandmother made fabric yo-yo's and put them all over the basket.
My colors were purple and orange because my favorite flowers are Birds of Paradise and that is what we were using to decorate and my bouquet was made out of them. We bought purple napkins from a party store, bought a fleur de lis stamp, and had a personalized stamp made with our names and the date. It is important to buy an ink that is waterproof.
This was the ring bearers pillow. My mom made it from the extra material cut off of my wedding gown, material from her wedding gown, and the broach was from my Grandmother's wedding gown.
Typically, Salvadorans don't have piñatas at weddings. I read that is something that is done in Mexico however, I tho…