Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dinner with Friends

Even though we returned this week I still wanted to share a few Chilean posts.  Our friends from the States invited us to their home before we left.  They are an amazing family.  They have adopted several children and have several biological children as well.  They have grown married kids and their youngest is their 3 year old grandson so they have a wide variety of ages at home.

Their home was beautiful and the food was delicious.  We got to spend time with them and got to know their children as well.  They have 7 that are there with them now.  They have adopted children from the US as well as Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea.  They are  great parents with well behaved children, and I really appreciated her authenticity.  She tells it like it is which isn’t always the case with adoptive families.  Those of you who know us know the struggles that we have had.  Here are some of the pictures I took that night.

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These pictures include their backyard, some of the kids playing cards with Timothy and Andrew (notice the girls ability to use their feet for their hands), the delicious Peruvian food made by their “nana”, and Andrew and their grandson.

We had a great time and I am looking forward to seeing them when we return!

Things I’ll Miss About Chile

1.  Walking everywhere!  I know it’s a contradiction to  what I am looking forward to back home, but I’m glad we’ve gotten to know the city better by having to look at maps of the metro and bus routes to figure out where we are going.  It takes much longer to get anywhere but it’s worked out well.

2.  The city in general.  I know I grew up in a small town but I like living in a city.  I enjoy having close access to stores, restaurants, people, etc.

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3.  La Vega- the central market where we go every week or two to buy our produce and fresh fish.  Kent has gotten good in cutting it up for sushi.  The prices are amazing so I am sure I’ll be comparing it to what I am paying for things back home.

These green onions were huge.  Cebolla is onion, cebollin is little onions. (I think)
These green onions were huge. Cebolla is onion, cebollin is little onions. (I think)
Fresh strawberries.  A kilo is about 2.2 pounds and it was 500 pesos which is about $1
Fresh strawberries. A kilo is about 2.2 pounds and it was 500 pesos which is about $1

4.  Our church and the people we’ve met there.  They have treated us like family and we’ve only been here since January.  They are the most welcoming church I have been to.

T and the drama team
T and the drama team

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A group of ladies I meet with weekly.  They are from all different parts of the world.
A group of ladies I meet with weekly. They are from all different parts of the world.

5.  The Andes mountains in the summer and winter.  From our apartment we have a beautiful view.

Snow on the mountains
Snow on the mountains
View on the hike in  the mountains
View on the hike in the mountains

I lost my list, and my blog was down for a couple of days.  Thankfully my friend Dawn got me going again.  (Dawn is pictured below)  Thank you Dawn!  I’m leaving tomorrow but have other posts in the queue.  They’ll be out soon.

A potato shaped like a duck
A potato shaped like a duck

 

Things I’m Looking Forward to in the US

I’ve been thinking about the things I am looking forward to when I get back home.  These are a few that came to mind.

1.  Driving a car.  I am so glad that we walk everywhere because it’s just good exercise.  However, I can’t wait to get into my car!

2.  My dishwasher.  I won’t be taking it for granted for a while!  This is my life now.

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3. 4. &5. While I’m at it I’ll just go ahead and add my refrigerator, oven, and dryer.  Enjoy the small things!

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My fridge is shorter than I am so it obviously can’t hold much.  My oven has no numbers on it.  When I bake I have to guess how hot it is and how long to cook it.  I don’t bake often and when I do things don’t seem to look too good.  The stove has to be started with a match every time.  Lastly, my dryer is the rack and the holder and pins out in our laundry area.  I am actually  glad we lived like this because it is very simple, our electricity bill was super low, and it made me realize how fortunate I am to have things that are so basic to us.  Actually, some Chileans have these nicer appliances in their home but many do like we do.

6.  Can’t wait to sleep in our bed.  We have been living like hippies.  When we got here we had a twin bed in our room which was too small.  There’s an ex-pat e-mail list where you can post different needs, services, etc.  I posted we were looking for a mattress thinking it would be the mattress and the box springs.  Kent went to pick it up with a friend who had a car and it was the mattress only.  I should have asked the question or made it clear.  Oh well, you can do a lot when it’s only 6 months!

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7.  A shower with hot water for the entire time.  We do have hot water but it likes to come in and out.  There is nothing more irritating than cold water coming down on you in the bath.

8.  Dunkin Donuts coffee and my sugar free french vanilla creamer.  They have DD here but it’s difficult to find just a regular cup of brewed coffee when you go out.  It’s all espresso and cappucino.  They also have the powder french vanilla creamer but it’s not the same.

9.  Looking forward to not having neighbors living above us.  It has only happened a few times, but Chileans like to party.  I don’t care if they have parties but they don’t stop until 5:30am.  I could handle 2am but all night!  We keep our white noise phone app and headphones close by when we know it’s going to be a long night.

10.  Chick-fil-a and Chipotle.  Timothy said the first thing he wants to do is eat a burrito from Chipotle.  Chile has a restaurant called Tommy Beans that serves the same thing but it is not as good.  I had the burrito bowl today and could only eat half because it’s too salty.  Chick-fil-a will be next.

11.  Sitting on my front porch drinking my coffee on the porch swing listening to the creek run by my house and watching for hummingbirds.

12.  Last and most importantly, seeing my family and friends while I am home before we leave again.  I am especially looking forward to seeing my 2 older handsome sons that I have never gone this long without seeing!  So excited!  Also, for those who don’t know Sergey is in Afghanistan and may be there for the next 3-6 months.  He seems to be doing well.  Please pray for him in all ways.

Next post- things I’ll miss about Chile!

Last Week in May

I cannot believe that it is June already!  The time flies.  I wanted to post the final days of May and what we did.

But first, I wanted to post a picture Michael sent me.  He is so sentimental and keeps as much stuff as he can as long as there is a memory to it.  He is a picture taker and keeper.  In fact, we had his aptitude testing done in Texas and one of his gifts is photography.   Anyway, he and Robert are spending the summer working and living with very close family friends.  Michael and Deb (the mom) were looking at old pictures and Michael took pictures of some of them.  Here is one of Michael, Robert, and David (best friends from kindergarten) that is sooooo cute!

Michael and Robert and David
Michael and Robert and David

Now, last week.  Wednesday after bible study the ladies from our church gave our youth leader a bridal shower.  Amanda is from SC and is marrying a Chilean.  She just left for the summer to prepare for a fall wedding and then she will come back and live in Chile.  We had lots of fun and she got some great gifts.

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Saturday, the youth had an end of the year party.  The international school here follows an American calendar since most of the students are expats and move around to different countries.  So even though it’ s fall/winter here and the other schools are in session this school is out for the “summer”.

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Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of our church.  The service shared the history of our church and all the people that have come and gone.  There were 5 people there that were at the first service that day 20 years ago.  We found out that every 2 years one third of our congregation moves on to another country.  Still, the church keeps going and is vibrant.  The people are so welcoming and make you feel like family when you come.  After the service we had a potluck meal and we all enjoyed each other’s company.  The weather was beautiful and it ended up being wonderful day.

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Love and miss you all.  Jane