Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"The Girl Next Door"

Kori and Spencer getting ready for the CAG Jr. Sr. Banquet
It seems like only yesterday Gary had his Sr. Banquet. But that was 2 years ago!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday - Helen E

Saturday, Glenn and I visited David and Helen at the hospital in Zone 4. David had back surgery the day before. On Saturday, Helen was celebrating her 81st birthday.

As Glenn and I were stuck in traffic on the periférico, we purchased these roses for Helen (only 3.00 USD) as the guy was walking between the lanes of traffic. To put it in perspective, that is like being on 635 in Dallas and having vendors come to your window selling flowers, cell phone chargers or phone cards. Because it was dark, we didn't notice that one of the roses was a different color. :(

Glenn asked Helen for her to recount a favorite birthday. Then David chimed in and said "You got engaged on your 20th birthday!" Helen then told us how they were both MKs and had met when they were 13 years old living in a boarding school in North Carolina. Helen was an MK from Bolivia and David from Guatemala. They went on to tell us that within a week of their wedding they rode the train from Chicago to Dallas for an interview with the Central America Mission Board and then began attending linguistics courses in Norman, OK.

Oh, the stories these sweet people have. They have such a rich heritage. I'm thankful to know them. I look forward to hearing more of their stories here on the mission field.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Strawberry Short Cake

Grandmommy makes the Best Strawberry Short Cake in the World.

Its a simple recipe:

Roll out pie crust dough. Cut in long 1 in wide strips. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Cool
Then lawyer the following:
Pie dough crust strips
spoon full of strawberries
whip cream
and repeat


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ministry During Spring Break

Last week, a large group from Southaven, Mississippi just spent their Spring break in Guatemala. Glenn helped from time to time to transport the team members in our van to different locations. They did some "VBS" type ministry at a local Orphanage, painted lines on the cement basketball court and painted at a church. Thanks for your ministry.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Blast From Our Past

Sunday afternoon we were honored to have Matt and Amanda visit us for the afternoon. They had come for Juan's wedding. We enjoyed Pollo Campero on our patio and then watched the March Madness basketball on TV. We've known Matt now for nearly 20 years. We go way back when he was a missionary kid in Bolivia and most recently we see them in Siloam Springs while visiting Gary at JBU. Amanda has a new store. Check out her blog at:


Monday, March 23, 2009

Before and After

I am sooooo glad when Juana comes after a full packed weekend of missionaries staying with us or traveling through!
Believe me, every dish, plate and bowl was dirty.
Last weekend, we had Cokers for 1 night, the Scotts another night, and then Paula stayed with us for 8 nights. The Scotts stayed again another night on their return trip from the USA, plus we had Matt and Amanda for lunch too.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Meredith

Today is my niece's 25th birthday! Happy Birthday - Meredith. Enjoy your special day.

Aunt Judy

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Will I Make Your Blog?

Clay asked us right after I took this picture, "Will I make your blog?" Those words are music to my ears. Yes!
Clay ventured down here to Guatemala last week-end to spend part of his spring break working at an orphanage about 2 hours from the capital, up on the mountain side on your way to Tecpán. Wow! Spending your spring break from Texas A & M with some friends, working side by side the kids, clearing a field and other manual labor. What an experience!
We met Clay on his return to the city just before his flight to Houston. We showed him the coffee shop that processes the coffee beans. Here the ladies are hand sorting the beans.

Thanks Clay for your brief visit. We hope you can come back, stay longer and bring Catherine with you.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chiquita Banana

I thought this was appropriate since it is Green and today is St. Patrick's Day.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Art Work for Sale

Art work for sale!

This is a colorful painting. Look carefully. It is an aerial shot, looking down on the Guatemalan ladies sitting in the market place, selling their flowers and fruit. You will notice the tops of the ladies' hats. As I look at this photo, I guess it is one of those paintings that it is better to view in person.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bathroom Signs - signs of the time

This is one sign you will not see in the US.

On the back of the bathroom door at the Amusement park in Guatemala, it says "Deposit the toilet paper in the toilet"

....as compared to the trash can where we normally throw the paper.



Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Roses Are Red....Violets are Blue

Look at these violets. Aren't they just beautiful. I don't have a "green thumb", but Juana keeps them alive for me.


Sunday, March 08, 2009

Omelet in a Bag

Have you ever cooked an omelet in a ziploc bag?

The best thing about it is that all of the individual omelets are ready at the exact same time. How cool is that? This is a great family project meal. This week, I had Gail and Caroline (along with Glenn) join me. One omelet slipped out of the bag so be careful!

Ingredients: eggs, and items such as (cheese, tomatoes, bacon, ham, mushrooms, peppers, onions, black olives, salt & pepper. (anything you might like in an egg omelet).

Each guest will have a bowl with 2 eggs. Beat eggs. Pour eggs into individual Ziploc bag. Add a small spoon of water and a tiny bit of melted butter, then add any of the above ingredients. Seal bag and be sure that it does not leak. Shake briefly.

Drop in boiling water for 13 minutes. Roll onto Omelet plate and enjoy.


Friday, March 06, 2009


This time of the year, you can catch the most gorgous sunrise. Oh, yes, it is about 6am (during the winter months) 5am (during the summer months) when the sun rises. But it is worth every minute of the experience.

Guatemala DOES NOT go on Daylight Savings Time! So, on Sunday, when everybody in the US "springs forward", we remain the same. Guatemala will then be on the same time zone as Denver, Colorado.


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Green Acres

Dinner with the crew from Green Acre Baptist Church. What a great ministry. These folks volunteered their time to come to Guatemala and help with Intermission Conference. Next year, their minister will be speaking to the adults and the childcare and youth workers will be from this church. Thank you in advance!