Showing posts from November, 2011

Thanksgiving in Las Delicias

Today I spent the day with my roommate who teaches English.   We had two feasts: one at 11:00 and  the other at 1:00 with over 50 children in each.  We had 3 turkeys, a few pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.  It was so much fun to be able to teach the kids about Thanksgiving.
 We also played lots of games like the one above.  The game starts off with placing a cookie on your forehead and with the movements of your face you have to move the cookie down into your mouth to win.  It was a huge hit and everyone had so much fun.
I know all those kids are so thankful for their English teacher.

Not quite a Swampsgiving but Good Enough

Unlike Swamp People we did not go out into the bayous and swamps of Louisiana and hunt our Thanksgiving food.  Our Thanksgiving meal consisted of two chicken's. One stuffed with crawfish and the other with shrimp.  Green beans from Grandma and Pawpaw's garden, Sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, pickled okra, corn bread dressing, cranberry relish, and grilled venison.
 I have not been home to celebrate Thanksgiving in 4 1/2 years.  So this has been a great Thanksgiving with my family.

 After eating we had a football throwing exhibition.
Kathy for the Heisman.

My Handmade Veil

Since I was a little girl, I have always been obsessed with the birdcage veil. I'm just a lover of all things vintage.  So when it came to choosing a veil there was no question that I would be wearing a birdcage veil.  However, my dilemma was that everywhere that I had looked did not have this type of veil or a very small selection.  I could not seem to find one that I really liked.  I am so thankful that my mom is really talented and suggested we just make one.  Essentially this means that she just make it.  So we purchased the netting at Hobby Lobby and then my mom made the flower and added the jewels and feathers.  I tried it on in my hair and it is beautiful!  I love it so much.  I'm thinking about doing a side twist or braid and the flower clip will sit on the side of my head and the veil fall over my face.

Stories From the Streets

I don't know the personal stories of the children and adults from these pictures but I was looking back on my journal from my first year in El Salvador and found this poem I had written and I felt this pictures, I had taken, illustrate the point I wanted to make.  "Stories From the Streets"

The child on the street With matted hair and dirty feet Juggling oranges or limes Begging for just a dime
Abuelita on the corner No one to look after her Staying at home but feels like a foreigner Wearing the same clothes everyday Looking for someone to take her cares away
Carlos de la calle Begging for another drink Wasting away on the inside Doesn't care if he dies As he stumbles down the street and cries
Twelve year old boy missing his mom and dad Abandoned for the American dream Angry at the world around Ends up with a gun in hand Proving loyalty to his new found friends

Wedding Bands

I have always wanted the Song of Solomon wedding bands from James Avery.  Of course I wanted to make sure my fiance liked them and he did. So today I went and picked them up.  The ring information says that Song of Solomon is one of the most poetic books of the Old Testament.  It is both a tribute to romantic love and a parable of God's love for the church and Israel. Abundance of harvest, modesty, grace and good works are all symbolized within the poetry. The Song of Solomon wedding bands paraphrase chapter 6, verse 3, with the Hebrew inscription, "My beloved is mine, and I am his."  The man's wedding ring is slightly different and reads, "My beloved is mine, and I am hers." Both rings are strong symbols of the marriage covenant.