Friday, October 30, 2009

Casita Benjamín

Not too far from SETECA and the dump is a day care center that has a great program for the children whose parents work at the dump.

Two cute kids.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Geritol Journey

These past few weeks I've been on a "Geritol trip". I don't know what Geritol does, but I think it has something to do with the aches and pains when you get old. I always think of it as an old person's vitamin to cure his ailing body. I remember seeing the Geritol bottle advertised in black and white on game shows back in the 60's.

Glenn and I arrived just 12 hours before my Aunt passed away. We are grateful for God's perfect timing ~ that we were here to experience her "home going" and help my parents. Then right after the funeral, we headed to Colorado to spend a whole week in a log cabin in the mountains with my parents. See, last year we had the honor and joy to share a week with my parents in the log cabin and I said "lets do this again in 10 years". Then I looked at my 80 year old dad and said "Nope, lets do this again next year."
Life is precious and life is short. Even this past week we have learned of a dear soul that died in a plane accident. We will miss Ron.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Dump

Junk is stuff you throw away, and stuff is junk you keep.

The city garbage trucks arrive in the deep valley to dump out the city garage. As the trucks are emptying their goods, there are scavengers (both human and otherwise) going through the stuff. People glean things of value to take home with them.

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

Note the buzzards in the tree branches.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peter Rabbit

Haley entered her rabbit into the State Fair of Texas contest and walked away with "Best of variety", "Best of group", "2nd best of whole breed". Whatever that means. Congratulations to Haley and the Marshall family.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Carvin'

Recently we had our niece with us on a short visit to the State Fair of Texas. Look how huge this pumpkin is. I guess it is a Texas size pumpkin!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Guest Books

We have kept a Guest book ever since our First year of marriage. I am now starting on my 5th book. Each Guest book represents lots of casseroles, cook-outs, birthday parties, over-night stays of our many friends and family who have graced our home. We count it a privilege to have our friends in our home. Each event represents many laughs, tears and love as we have shared our hearts, home and family with those who mean so much to us.

For the month of July, there were only about 7 days that we did not have overnight guests or someone over for a meal. But each month is different. During mid -August to mid-September, there were no overnight guests for 4 solid weeks. You never know what each month brings.

Thank you to those who have signed our Guest book many many times. You are treasured friends.

Come, visit us and sign our Guest Book.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Always Room For One More in the Back

These 2 ladies were riding in the back of this pick-up truck out on the open road, CA-1. Hold on!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Extra Gas Tank

Is your tank tank 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? As we drove down Avenida Roosevelt we passed this man who had strapped his gas tank to his motorcycle. I'm sure he was just taking it to get refilled. We use these gas tanks in our home for our gas dryer and gas stove/oven. Osha approved? :)


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009


We helped and enjoyed the fun with the "Country Cousin" team at the Xocomil (pronounced: show-ko-meal) Water Park.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Old Time Fashion Gas Pump

As we drove down from Xela to the coast, we stopped for a 'potty stop' and this old fashion gas pump caught my eye. Wow, you don't see this type of pump much any more.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Having fun

It doesn't really matter where you are from, kids from any culture still enjoy swinging at the playground!


Thursday, October 08, 2009


Several weeks go, Glenn & I drove out to Quetzaltenango to keep the missionary kids so their parents could have an uninterrupted meeting.

We discovered the local zoo. Not much to speak of, but there was some fun playground equipment the kids enjoyed. Fun times.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

My Aunt

Alma Kate Marr

She was 99 years old and she lived a good life. She was more like a grandmother to me. Although she walked with a limp, she never complained. She was loved by many.

My memories of Aunt Dick are:

Easter Basket
Going back to my earliest recollection of my childhood, as a child growing up, we never believed or participated in the Easter Bunny, however, Aunt Dick would bring 4 Easter Baskets over to our house Saturday night before Easter, each basket filled with lots of candy, small toys and Easter Eggs.

Birthday Cake
I also remember her taking me for the weekend back when I was in 6th grade and I stayed in her little garage apartment and she helped me bake a surprise birthday cake for my mother. She probably didn't think much of it, but I sure enjoyed my time with her.

Trips to the "country"
I also remember Aunt Dick would drive "down home" religiously every other Sunday morning and return Sunday evening after visiting with Grandmother Marr in the "old folks home". She didn't complain as she did it out of respect and love for her mom.

Best Chicken and Cornbread Dressing
Aunt Dick is best know for her cooking. She made the best cornbread dressing. She always said it wasn't good, but everyone else didn't complain. Besides cornbread dressing, she loved making pound cakes and banana pudding.

Although Aunt Dick wasn't even 5 feet tall, she was very tall in my eyes. She was born with a dislocated hip and always walked with a limp, kind of like a penguin. She had the smallest feet for an adult that I've ever seen. Amazing what you remember. We will miss her but are thankful for the 99 years she had on this earth. And we look forward to seeing her someday again. "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through".

My Aunt died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, October 4th. This is a day of celebrations. It was my baby brother's 49th birthday, my 40th Spiritual birthday and my aunt is having a birthday party in heaven. Monday, we buried her.


Friday, October 02, 2009

Amazing Grace

(With permission to post): Back in July, we had the special honor to attend a private concert by D. Wyrtzen. He was here in Guatemala giving a lecture/class at SETECA regarding worship. What a great experience to hear him play. Thank you for your ministry. ~J

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shinning as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun

Thursday, October 01, 2009


These are a few of my favorite flower photos. I didn't even "piscasa" them!