Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy 7th Birthday Eva!

We hope you have a wonderful Birthday Eva

Looking Back

Yesterday, I was looking back at the four years we have been writing this blog. It was interesting to see how far we have come and be reminded of how God has faithfully guided and watched over us.

While looking back at our time in Guatemala, I came across this video of Myah sending a message to her cousin Eva.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Heart of a Grieving Father

This afternoon, I went with a few friends of mine and women from the current service team to visit different families that we know in Manchay. We had a good afternoon including using a mismarked map that lead us into a giant community with no street names. We decided to leave and wait for one of the moms who knows the area to accompany us.

I mentioned a few weeks ago about a family who had lost their only daughter after she was hit by a car crossing infront of the Oasis (Care Center). Carmen and I have returned a few times, but there was no one home. Today while visiting another family very close to this one we thought we would try again to connect with the family. Much to our sursprise the father was home and when we explained who we were he invited us in to visit with him (his wife was at work).

We listened intently as this father opened up his heart to us and shared about how he and his family are coping with their loss, the changes, the challanges and the heartache. I wish I could translate for you some of the things that he told us, but I wish to respect his privacy. I will tell you this, that God is working in the heart of this man. Please pray for him, that he will come to saving faith. As I listened to this man I was humbled by what he was sharing. He mentioned how many people had said things and promised to help when their daughter died, but he is realizing that for some those were just words. He was pleased to have us come and visit and is happy to have us return to spend time with his wife. We ended our time with him in prayer, it was wonderful to be a part of what God did this afternoon in this tiny home. Our God is so amazing and I believe that He will never cease to amaze me. Please continue to pray with us for this family, for their salvation and healing. Also that God will guide us and give us wisdom how to love and encourage this family.

Thank you to each of you who pray for us as we serve our Lord among the people of Manchay. It is so encouraging to know that we are standing together in the hope that many may come to know Him as Lord and Savior.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Most recent Family Photo

The other week while we were downtown with a visiting team, we had the chance to take a new family photo. It wasn't planned so it isn't the best picture of us, but it will do for now.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Adventures of Myah and Mr. Fuzzy George

The other weekend Myah had the privilege of bringing home her class stuffed animal for being the Star Student of the week. She received this award for being a helper to her teacher and her classmates. Mr. Fuzzy George has been in our home before, when Sarah brought him home one weekend.   We had a team with us that weekend and had plans to spend the day downtown. Mr. Fuzzy George got to come along, as Myah had to write a journal about their weekend activities together. I thought I would share with you a few of the pictures we captured.
Together again! Eating chicken at Pardos
Mr.Fuzzy George enjoying his crown
and coloring page.
Fountain at Plaza de Armas
In front of the Presidential Palace
Finished off the day with a little shopping
at the Indian Markets
Fun quotes from Myah:

In her journal for Mr. Fuzzy George.
"We went for a drive, the car in front of us was a slow as a turtle!"

While on a playground a young boy came up to her and called her something that ended with the sound ong. She responded "O-N-G ong. Good for you! You know your special sounds, you might pass your test tomorrow."

"Mom, now that I have lived in Peru for four years, that is more than half my life, am I a Peruvian?"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Simply Delicious Muffins

For a little while I had been  asking my mom to give me the Bran muffin recipe that she always used while we were growing up. When we were about to return to Peru, she dropped by one day and gave me this awesome recipe (that she got from my Auntie Anne) and her copy of Better Homes New Cook Book. I was very happy as her copy is twenty some years older than mine and has more "from scratch" recipes, which you need if you are living in a developing country.

The past two weekends I have prepared this yummy muffin recipe with my three girls and we thought that we would share it with you, so that it might become one of your family favourites as well.

Anne Nadeau's Bran Muffin Recipe 

Oven Temp 400*F
Cooking time 20 minutes
Yields 5 dozen muffings

Dry Ingredients
In a very large bowl mix together all dry ingredients
5 cups of Flour
1Tbsp Salt
3 cups All Bran Cereal
3 cups Natural bran
5 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Brown sugar
2 cups Raisins (optional)

Wet Ingredients
1 cup Vegetable oil
3 Eggs
1/4 Molasses
1quart Buttermilk (If you don't have buttermilk use 1/4 vinegar and the rest whole milk. Stir and allow to sit 5 minutes before using)
1 cup Water

Wisk eggs, oil and molasses together in a large bowl, beat in buttermilk and water. Pour over dry ingredients and mix very well.

Cover mixture tightly and keep refrigerated for a least 24 hours. This mixture can be kept refrigerated for up to six weeks if stored in a well sealed container. (We go through a batch in a week making a dozen muffins each morning)

To bake, stir well and fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes at 400*F.
Measuring the dry ingredients.

Wet ingredients after wisking
Pour wet ingredients into dry
Well mixed
Pour mixture into a sealable container to set for 24 hours prior to baking
Can be stored for up to six weeks in a well sealed container
The reward, freshly baked warm muffins each morning. Yum...