Some snapshots of recent joys shared here at Hogar de Vida.
The older kids had a fiesta day complete with barrel-bull riding and championship slip ‘n’ sliding. The riding rules had to be amended because Elijah was so good at holding on that he dismantled the “bull” when he was finally shaken loose.
The younger kids had a piñata party and really taught us how to swing a stick.
The Lifegate team is here and is painting, praying, and loving up a storm. It is such a blessing to spend these days with them. Note to self: catch up on laundry and cook up some freezer meals before picking them up at the airport in the future, because you won’t want to miss any of it.
Sometimes the team members got painted themselves.
Kris was able to spend two mornings in the central kitchen learning to cook like a Tica and, even better, spending quality time with Vanessa and Oralia. Vanessa handles lunches and dinners for the 50 + children and staff at Hogar each day. Oralia and her husband Sebastian direct the Hogar de Vida in Guatemala. Her visit to Costa Rica is a special treat to celebrate Dena’s 50th birthday and learn new ideas for managing a home of energetic children.
Another trek to the waterfall.
The sweetest reward for studying Spanish: I was able to have my first conversation in Spanish with Oralia, who has been silently dear to me since our first global journey back in 2006.
More time with Cherie, our friend and mentor in all things “Tico!” Also, a fun dinner with two wonderful missionary families who live here. They were kind enough to let us tour their homes and glean from their experience while our kids romped together. What a blessing to have friends in many countries. When they wished we were coming down sooner, we jokingly asked them to head the committee for praying in our financial support early.
The Mango Crew. These fearless children picked up three wheelbarrows of fallen, yucky, buggy mangoes, making the campus a nicer looking (and smelling) place to be. I’m so proud of them.
Leaf cutter ants munching away an entire bush in one day. We were amazed to hear the soft crinkling sound of their busy harvesting and see the 4″ wide highway they cleared through the grass to take the clippings back to their hill.
Time has been passing quickly by, and it’s hard to grasp that we fly back to the states in less than a week. I begin to understand the roots that we’ve planted in this trip by the resistance my heart feels towards leaving. I pray that they are well-tended and flourish in the next year so that blossoms are ready to burst forth when we return in a year. We are ready to take the next step.