More pictures of the extended family that has become my second family.
If they don’t invite me to their house, they come to mine
one wonderful part of this year, though you’d never guess it by the amount of pics I post of her. Thank you, Tiana, for your friendship
Zoila and I go waaaay back, but she was also my student in Petén last year.
Zoila tending to her dad’s store
Sunday dinner invitations
Some of the Calel girls
a girlie and her kitty
a trip to the health center with Grandma
a “bro-in-law”‘s Grandma
Granny and Sarita
She can hardly hear, but she can still enjoy the babies
a visit to Anita’s in-law’s
cousin fun on the airstrip
of boys, puppies, and bikes on the runway
beautiful Sunday afternoon/evening on the runway
scenery close home
“I’m gonna miss the mountaintops… I’m gonna miss the runway walks, oh! I’m sure gonna miss it when I’m gone!” Thanks, Amalia, for your friendship
Loading the egg wagon, possibly to go to the capital. Or some pueblo closer home. Do the math. 600 plus cartons of 30 eggs each?
Sunday evenings at Rubén and Tiana’s
not sure why the Teddy Bear decided to eat supper in the bathtub? Only Osmán…
Tía! Can I help you make banana bread?
Lesly learning to crochet
Tía! Take a picture of us here. Osman, Darwin, Vicki.
They send their children to school… even if they are not enrolled. They may need a babysitter, or they may want them to learn to sing and pray, as is the case here.
Babysitting while waiting to visit Mom in the hospital
playground at the hospital
STaying at Grandpa’s while we wait for Mom to come home from the hospital
more reminders of childhood 🙂
and more yet.
dorm cleaners in preparation for Ruben and Tiana’s wedding.. February
hosting is just too easy when it’s so basic you don’t even need to have chairs for everyone
They trust me to carry their babies
They invite me to their family events away from home too… Erwin’s birthday
Ashley with Brittany
Happy birthday, young chef!
We celebrated Erwin’s birthday at the restaurant where he worked
Mother and daughter
Erwin with his mom Mari and brother Andi
Aunt Ana and her two darlings
loved that place! “No, you may not TAKE the family picture; you need to be on it.” Aw.
Many cakes for the occasion
After school entertainment / babysitting duty 🙂
Brittany. January or February
invitations to their homes
Keyla and puppies
Matías with his workers
The Teddy Bear
Eliseo and Irma
gifts from little hands
Osman, Lesly, Vicky, Ashley
Hna. Tiburcia loves plants and flowers almost as much as she loves to care for animals
the oregano plant
Ashley and her great grandma
“No, there is no one home at our house. Come to this one!”
typical lunch time
one of my favorite sights when I answer the knock at the door
Yanira needed a place to stay for the night for a bit over a month while she was here in town helping Mari. She slept here until her return to the capital.
They take me on their family road trips, too!
the August birthday celebration… Rubén, Hna. Tiburcia, and mine
Thank you, Priscila, for a lovely cake
Hna. Tiburcia’s cake.
I love to see how they brought beauty and hope into that dark sick room
The Teddy Bear turned Clown. Normal status, actually, didn’t have to do much “turning”
The Teddy Bear and my birthday gift from his sisters
they took me along to visit a man on his deathbed
funny little man. love him.
Not every dating couple gets themselves registered with the Guatemalan government within two days of her saying “yes”. This one did.
Galen Miller showed up here awhile back and asked Sandra to begin a dating relationship. She eventually said yes, and they spent the next day butchering the “fatted calf” for Ruben’s birthday. She and I both had plans to travel to the capital the following day, and Galen graciously changed his travel plans to take us in his pickup. Rather than us busing. The five hour trip was uneventful enough. We stopped for coffee at Tío Pablo’s, (in the capital) before continuing on to spend the night at MAM Headquarters. After good times over coffee, we headed to the vehicle to leave. But it.was.gone. With our backpacks in it. And Sandra’s purse. Oh joy. For the first time in any of our lives, we found out what it felt like to literally only have the clothes on our backs. And so, the police report officially declares (for if they ever wonder) that Sandra Nohemí Benito Ramírez is the novia (girlfriend) of the aforementioned Galen Lloyd Miller. At this point, there is no wondering. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to watch the friendship bloom and blossom. Pray for Galen and Sandra as they seek the Lord’s will for their future.
grilling the pork
the truck that isn’t
Galen y Sandra