Monthly Archives: January 2013

Top Things I’ve Googled Since Living in Mexico…

What would I do without internet…seriously…I would probably freak out so much less, I’d have more time to read, you know…real books, I might actually do crafts with my kids instead of pinning crafts that look like so much fun…I wouldn’t have made so many delicious dinners…I actually do put into practice the recipes I read online, at least there’s that.

But, I would know so much less.  I mean, Google…it fulfills my quest for knowledge like skittles fill my belly.  And to enlighten all of you, dear friends, today I will share my favorite topics-to-google-while-living-as-a-gringa-in-Mexico.  You’re welcome.

1. “What are the symptoms of Dengue fever.”  Yes, that was a minor freak out moment, when Kylah got so very sick our first month in.  Thankfully, I phoned a friend who talked me down.  And then we actually visited a doctor.  That helped.  Or not, when he told us it’s not really the season for Dengue right now, but that there have been a lot of cases of Scarlet Fever going around.  I don’t actually know what that is, but I did manage to restrain myself from Googling it.

2. “Efficient time saving method to hand wash dishes.”  Ummm…please don’t judge me.  It takes a while to get used to hand washing after having a dish washer.

3. “How do I know if my child has worms.”  Because they are drinking the shower water, and it took a while to teach them not to drink tap water.  And you just never know, right?

4. “Chocolate chip cookie recipe without brown sugar.”  Let me save you the time…it’s not worth it.

5. “Can African Americans get head lice.” Apparently, only a very, very small percentage.  But what can I say?  We have an exceptional child in every way.

And the winner of the silliest thing I’ve googled in Mexico:

6. “What to do if you get hot pepper in your eye.”  Yes.  This happened to me.  And it hurt worse than I remember child birth hurting.  And Kylah was breech. While cutting jalapenos one day, my knife sliced through the pepper skin and a seed jumped out at my face, landing in my eye.  It might have well been a match lit on my eyeball, because that is how much it hurt.  Maybe more.  I ran screaming to the bathroom.  Ali continued to color.  Kylah continued to play with her toys.  Ava ran screaming with me, thinking mommy was surely dying.  (She still cries at the mention of hot pepper seeds.  Sympathetic child.)  After 20 minutes of cool water running into my eyeball, I still could barely open it.  I walked half-blind to the computer and googled it.  Do I need to go to the E.R.? Am I going blind????  I found a solution.  Dump milk in your eye.  I was desperate.  I dumped an entire liter of milk into my eye.  Immediate relief.  Then I made cookies.  Without brown sugar.  And I’m not blind.  But I am still a bit scared of cutting hot peppers.

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Abra Palabra!

Abra Palabra reading time.

Abra Palabra reading time.

We have recently been attending “Abra Palabra” a fun reading and activity time at a local library and art studio. It meets twice a week and has been a great time to get to know other families and for the girls to make friends and play outside. We have been honored as the group has quickly welcomed us in and is throwing a birthday party for Emily on Thursday. One thing we really love about the Mexican culture is that there always seems to be an excuse to bring extra food and make regular daily activities into a party. We have been attending for only two weeks and Emily’s birthday will be the third party for the group! We look forward to celebrating and further entering into Mexican life.

…Oh…and if you are worried about the girl in the back who is passed out…don’t be…she is just taking a nap! …which is a whole other discussion on Mexican culture which we enjoy!

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Be informed. Be in touch. Be involved.

Check out the Ranch’s new website! We have a lot going on at the ranch and it can often be hard to explain and share all that is going on. The website is designed to share all that is going on and is also an easy way for you all to be involved with what is going on….so watch the short introduction video and then make sure to check out the site!

Be informed. Be in touch. Be involved.

Rancho el Camino Website


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Just Because!


I love my girls!  🙂  And…I love that they are wearing summer dresses in December (when this pic was taken).  This picture is from our trip to La Paz.  We had to stay a night in Mazatlan while we waited for the ferry.  It was a fun little family adventure!  Our girls are great travelers and we have fun with them on the road (most of the time…I am refraining from posting a picture of all 5 of us in our little cabin designed for 2 people on the ferry…yeah, the ferry ride…not going in my list of top 10 favorite things to do with little kids!).

In other random update news:

1. We ate fish tacos the other day, and when Pete came back from putting all the toppings on his tacos, I was telling the girls they needed to eat more of their chicken before they could play.  Pete gave me a weird look. The girls LOVED their “chicken” tacos, actually.  I don’t know when we’ll inform them that they’re actually eating fish tacos.

2. We visited DIF (the social workers) in Marquez de Leon on Monday!  It went really well and I’m excited to hopefully start volunteering for them soon.  They want to start a painting class for kids at the end of this month and said they could use my help with that.  I want to get to know them and the people in Marquez….relationships are a priority and before I suggest anything at all we need to take the time to all get to know each other…although, they were also pretty excited about the chance to have some English classes soon!

3. I took the girls to a library program yesterday!  It was so fun, and I met a lot of other women.  We’re having a little party on Thursday, and the girls can’t wait to go back!

4. I’ve updated our prayer request page on this blog…and we’re working on our January newsletter…I know you can’t wait, lol!  🙂

5. Please keep us in your prayers.  To think we were worried last week about filling our days/getting into ministry, lol!  We need wisdom as we make decisions about what God wants us to be involved in, etc., and we’re also sooo excited to be here and meeting people and beginning our work on the Ranch in in Marquez.

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Bienvenidos a La Paz

We’ve been largely absent from the land of internet the past month.  Our move to La Paz went smoothly, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your prayers!  We moved into our new home a few days before Christmas, and are slowly making it feel like our home.  Pete worked on the Ranch for the first time today; he came home thrilled and is so excited for everything to come.  I am planning to go into Marquez de Leon next week and begin volunteering with the local social workers.  I want to get to know them and those they serve and what programs they have and how they run before I voice any ideas of my own…that will be a ways down the road!  Pete and I have a lot to learn, and it feels so overwhelming most of the time.  We go to bed looking at each other and we often voice the thought, “What in the world are we doing????”  Is that too honest?  Sometimes I feel a scary pressure that tempts me to gloss over the hard parts and the uncertain parts, you know?  Probably like most of us do, no matter where we are in the world.  Being that it’s a new year and all, and being that we just moved to this place…this city we’ve been talking about and dreaming about and praying about for more than 2 years…I figure it’s a good time to think about goals.  And then I get slammed back to square one by God…He keeps reminding me…over and over and over again…in a very clear way, that He wants my faithfulness and obedience.  God’s ways, God’s timing, not my own.  Pete and I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God called us here, to La Paz, to the Ranch, to Marquez, and we are simply obeying.  The details of getting us here were amazingly worked out by God; so we have to trust in this very beginning part of ministry here that God also holds the details to what ministry will look like.  We advance prayerfully, in step with the Spirit, every day asking God to give us wisdom and patience as we seek His will and His timing for what our day to day life will look like.

I have been pondering this quote by Henri Nouwen recently (especially in light of the fact that God seems to be reminding me…more than I can honestly say I’d like… of the wisdom in being present, being truly with God and therefore being with others, not just doing stuff).

“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate.  Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken.  But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering.  What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.  As busy, active, relevant ministers, we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution.  This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference.  And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer.”

Guadalajara was a blessing, because a lot of things happened that reminded Pete and I that hospitality-the act of creating a safe place where people can be themselves free from the fear of judgement, and that friendship, and that life together is where people can encounter Jesus in our lives.  Nothing spectacular, but everything amazing…because Jesus is there.  Our neighbors asking us about the Bible and Jesus because they said after observing us for 7 months they had decided we actually live what we say we believe so they wanted to know more.  Brenda’s gift of a bottle of perfume before we left for La Paz.  Dinners with friends…friends who laughingly didn’t mind eating at the early hour of 8 because they know we’re still adjusting.  🙂  (Yes…we laugh, too, because it’s a bit too embarrassing to say we still like to eat dinner at 6.)  A parting blessing from our church in Guadalajara…words and prayers said over us both that blessed us greatly.

So…welcome to 2013, welcome to La Paz.  We remember what we have learned.  We feel overwhelmed by what lies ahead.  We lean heavily on prayers…ours and yours.  We ask God for wisdom. We trust Him.  And we live our lives generously and freely, inviting anyone and everyone to the banqueting table of our King, which quite often happens to be our tables, our lives, as we live out in community the salvation we’ve been so generously given.

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