Come Be A Missionary

The other day we had a special gathering to share some of the details of our calling and to give the children a little taste of what it’s like to be a missionary.  Much fun was had by all.  Here are some of the highlights.

Being a long ways away doesn’t mean we stop being friends.  We decorated postcards with cutouts from magazines to make it easier to keep in touch.

Unidentified Flying Object

Costa Rica is home to over 1,200 known species of butterflies.  Some undiscovered varieties were seen flying around the room.  Contrary to nature, this one later grew its pipe cleaner body and curly antennae.

Eliana and Elijah made signs for each project table.

If you could only take one suitcase, what would you put in it?  Matt’s word problem gave kids a chance to flex their math skills and think it through.  Suggestions and approximate weights were given, but remember, your bag can’t weigh more than 50 lbs.

Gallo Pinto?  What Gallo Pinto?Gallo Pinto is Costa Rica’s signature beans and rice dish, often served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The primary flavoring, Lizano sauce, makes it quite tasty.  We brought a double batch, wondering if the kids would be interested.  When I wandered back to the snack table, this is what was left.  It looks like all the little Mikeys liked it.  We also enjoyed some bananas and oranges because the warm, wet climate makes it easy for them to grow there.


Houses in the tropics are more open because the weather is warm year-round.  Often a small gecko will keep you company, usually out of sight, and nibble any bugs that wander in.  God created them with a special ability to climb and even run on vertical surfaces.  Our beaded versions couldn’t zoom across the walls, but they were still a big hit.

The result: happy faces with a little more understanding of what it’s like to go new places.


This morning I was able to capture our friend the elusive Dinoco Gecko so we could share a picture of him with all of you.

Disclaimer: No geckos were hurt in the process of taking this photograph. Dinoco has been compensated for his assistance with a safe return home and a diet of delicious insects.

Our New Pet!

Kris caught a new friend in our bathroom this afternoon. We kept it in a jar until Elijah could wake up from his nap and see it. We explained to the kids that he was only a temporary pet so we have already released him to do bug patrol outside our cabin.

We have another smaller gecko in our cabin as well. He is only about 2″ long, tail and all. The kids love trying to spot him on the window or couch at the front of the cabin. Eliana has named him Dinoco (think The Cars movie). He is very fast and we have not caught him, but we haven’t really tried too hard since we figure he eats the bugs.