Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Visiting Grandma Tic Tac

From The Farm

We leave in a couple of hours to fly to Minnesota. In September Grandma 'Tic Tac'(Tracey's Grandma Rosell) was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The doctors have told her that she does not have much longer on this earth. Praise God she will live in his presence forever! So we are making a trip to see her. It is a quick trip as we come back Sunday. Please be praying for Grandma as well as for us during this next week. We anticipate it will not be an easy trip, but we are grateful that God has provided both the opportunity and the resources to go.

Krysta Arrives!!

Saturday afternoon Krysta Williams arrived in Costa Rica. Krysta is joining our staff team and we are thrilled to have her! Like the rest of the team she is fantastic and brings a lot of strengths to add to the mix. We are excited to see how God will use her! Krysta and Cailah have started language school and are adjusting to life here in Costa Rica. A link to Krysta's blog is on the right side of our blog. Please be praying for their transition.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Poás and Sarchí

Monday was a day off school, so we decided to take advantage of it to see some sights. We headed out with the Janzens, Cailah, and the Diems (another family in language school with us). We went to see Volcán Poás. Poás is about a 90 minute drive from San José. Once you get out of the city the drive steadily climbs through the hills passing through coffee growing country. Poás is often covered with clouds making seeing the crater impossible. Fortunately when we arrived at the top we were able to see the crater. It was amazing! After admiring it for a while we took a short hike up to a lagoon that used to be the crater.

From Poás we drove to a town called Sarchí. Sarchí is known for handmade furniture and ox carts. Ox carts are a big part of Costa Rican culture as they were used to haul goods to port or market. Now they are ornately painted and used as decorative pieces. Here is a slide show from our day. Hope you enjoy!

Cailah Arrives!!

Cailah Pritchard arrived into San José last Saturday evening! We are excited to have Cailah as part of the SI-Costa Rica staff team. She has interned with SI for a few summers and has done a tremendous job! We look forward to seeing all the Lord will do in and through Cailah in the next few years. Please keep her in your prayers as she adjusts to life in Costa Rica. If you would like to follow life from her perspective there is a link to her blog on the right side of this page. Here is a picture of Cailah and Tracey on the top of Volcán Poás.

From October 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lamb's Book of Life

From September 2008

This post is about a month late in coming, but none-the-less is the most exciting thing to hit this blog space. On September 14 Olivia invited Jesus to come and live in her heart! She was reading a children's Bible with Tracey and when they read about the Lamb's Book of Life she asked if her name was written in it. After a long discussion with mommy and daddy Olivia decided she wanted to wait to ask Jesus into her heart. Well she waited about 5 more minutes. Needless to say we are overjoyed with her decision and pray that God will continue to shape her into the young lady he desires for her to be.

The picture of her was actually taken that night at an Independence Day celebration. We then had a little celebration of our own at Musmani (a local bakery). We enjoyed some chocolate milk and pastries to celebrate Olivia's big decision.
From September 2008

Under the Sea

From Scuba Diving @ Playa del Cocos

We had the opportunity to take a Scuba Diving class to become certified scuba divers through a connection at our language school. We decided it was too good to pass up! So last weekend we completed our training dives off of a beach called Playa de Cocos. Tracey had a great time! She enjoyed seeing God's incredible under water creation. We saw several varieties of fish, a sea turtle, sting rays, spotted rays, eels, and a couple of white tip sharks. Jeff's equipment didn't work properly and he lost his wedding ring on our last dive, so while he enjoyed seeing the wildlife it was a frustrating time. One of the guys diving with us has an underwater camera. These photos are courtesy of him. Thanks Dick!

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Scuba Diving @ Playa del Cocos