Friday, August 31, 2012

More Fun Stuff

Two more parts of our house are set up, the book shelf and my new kitchen shelves. I love it!
Things we brought from home that we cannot get here.
I love my new kitchen shelves! Can you believe I
even have counter space after five years.
Little things excite me!
Our bookshelf. I enjoy reading and even though I read a lot of books
electronically now I still enjoy holding a paper book in my hands.
My favourite part of the bookshelf. The girls found these really neat
dry flowers in front of the house.  I love how they look in this vase.
I still need to make curtains for the kitchen window, but for the most part it is done. Bedrooms are up next and they're going to be fun!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Fun Part of Unpacking

The last week has been spent unpacking all of our suitcases and furniture and settling into our new home. As anyone who has moved knows this can be a pretty time consuming and tiring process. Though there are always some fun parts of it and for me that means setting up my crafting and sewing area.

Here is a look at part of my sewing area.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Wasn't Lying!

Let the adventures begin!
When I wrote the other day that I was sure we would have more adventures to come, I did not expect it to be so quickly. We arrived in Pucallpa last night and basically dropped our bags inside the door and went to bed. We were thankfully warned that the electricity would be off for part of today, which turned out to be nine hours, but hey whose counting? Needless to say that unpacking our suitcases and furniture was a little less pleasant in 30 plus degree weather with no fans to cool us off. So we really did not get as much done as we had hoped and that's okay. The power is back on and we are gearing up for tomorrow.

As I was in the middle of cooking dinner this evening Tyler and the girls were outside spending time with friends when I heard this horrible scream. I ran to the door - as every mom knows the sound of their child's voice to see Tyler carrying Myah across the grass and blood dripping off her foot and down Tyler's leg. He called for me to get a towel and take Myah to the hospital with him. She cried the whole way afraid of what would happen with her foot, and I was praying she would not need stitches. If you have heard the story of her last vaccination you would know why I say this. Thankfully the cut was not deep enough to need stitches and the doctor cleaned and bandaged her up. She has to take medication for the next few days to ward off any possibility of infection.

When we returned home Sarah came and told us that they found what Myah had stepped on. It was a piece of broken glass. At the same time we saw that the power had come back on and I cannot remember ever being so thankful for a fan before in my life.

Hopefully this will do for our adventures for a little while, at least these kinds of adventures.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Hard Truth

Today we arrived in Peru around 4:30 am! We slept for a few hours this morning then headed out to visit a few friends before we fly onto Pucallpa tomorrow.

Our first stop was at the care centre where we were greeted by many familiar faces. It was great to hug them and tell them how much we miss them.

I was thrilled to see Dana again and spend time holding her and talking to her. It is hard to believe that she is going to be three years old in two months as she is still about the size of a one year old.  In talking with her mom I learned that Dana's head circumference has increased 6 inches in the last while and she needs to have surgery to replace her shunt. She also got severe burns on her left leg and belly when a pot of hot soup wars knocked off the stove and splattered on her. It broke my heart to see the scars that she has and imagine the pain she must have been in, but she is healing well.  Holding her again made me remember just how much I miss her and spending time with her family, encouraging her  mom.

We also got to visit with Estella today for a little while. Again, it was great to see her and hug her. We miss her very much and hope soon that we may become her family. We played duck duck goose on the trampoline and it was a ton of fun. I loved seeing Estella giggle as she ran around the circle. It was hard to say good-bye and even harder when Estella was pleading with us not to leave. We love her so much and wish that we didn't have to be so far away from her. We continue to pray that the Lord will work out his perfect will in this and that we will be her family. But, should his will be different than what we hope that we would continue to trust that he knows what is best. We would be delighted if you would pray to that end with us.

I am sure many more adventures await us in the next few days, so I will be updating again soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Struggle of Saying Good-bye

Once again we come to the end of another home assignment (furlough) and with this we arrive at the hardest part of it all - saying good-bye. It is never easy and I often think I will make it this time without crying, but it never happens. It is hard for all of us. We love people in both of the countries we live in and whether we are headed to Peru or Canada we always struggle with leaving for a time.

Please remember to pray for us during the next few days as we leave for Peru. We are excited to get back to our home and settled back in to routine, but we will miss our many friends and family.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Trip to the Zoo

We were given the gift of a trip to the Toronto Zoo by our Aunt Myrtle. Admittedly we could not have picked a hotter day to go, but our time here is quickly coming to a close so today needed to be the day!

This was Myah's first trip to the zoo and she had a lot of fun. The elephants and polar bears were her favourites. Though she did enjoy everything we saw.

One of three new baby white lions
One of my favourites, the giraffes 
Totally love this picture Ty took of the zebra
These two were one of the craziest exhibits in the whole zoo
We learned that the elephants are being sent to a retirement sanctuary
for elephants soon so they don't have to live through the tough
Canadian winters any longer.  We were happy to see them one last time. 
Reminding us of home in Pucallpa
So much fun watching the Orangutans play
Working hard to get at the frozen drink
Cooling off on a HOT summer's day!
The Polar bear is my favourite!