Pictures of our second week

Well since we last wrote we have enjoyed goi ng to a new youth group started in the village which is doing a great job teaching the youth about the power of God. We prayed for Doreen Batho and there was such a sense of Gods presence and power and we are continuing to pray for that situation. We also went with Leonie to a feeding programme. The children enjoyed serving rice to the school and community there.We took some friends swimming in the park which ended with everyone pushing each other in we had fun.Since we last wrote Flora has lost her front tooth and discovered the tooth fairy travels and deals in local currency.Seth is speaking really good Spanish as are the others really proud of them trying so hard.They even speak in Spanish to each other which is really cute.
I took Darcy and Flora for a drink in a cafe which looked new and had loads of tables it was delicious but so typical of village life here, I will recount the story. We ordered hot chocolate, camomile tea and fresh pineapple juice. Well she sent her little kids shopping..they came back with a pineapple and chocolate powder. Five minutes later they went out with half the pinapple because it was bad and went out for another!!about 20 mins later we got our drinks in various sittings…and well worth the wait but when we came to pay I only had a 100 lempira note(3 pound fifty!!) and guess what..No cambio!!(Change) so her child went on another errand!!Just made me laugh!!!Love the people here no one in a rush and everything is hand to mouth because they cant afford it any other way, but so lovely and hospitable. She showed me the garden which she wants to put tables in and showed me the 2nd floor with the most amazing view of the whole valley.
I love the way horses are still ridden in the streets and random donkeys and horses roam the village. There are chickens everywhere and stray pitiful looking dogs begging on every corner. We fed a few today because were soft and got followed round the village by the mangy entourage. The children named them skinny Billy, big mama (with child….puppies) and old Greg.We finally got shut of them and ended up on a walk which resulted in us being given a puppy!The kids have had a great yet they said.
Our walk was with a group of boys who are always up for some adventure..we walked up to the old silver mines where there is a river and several little swimming holes. On the way the kids climbed a ladder to look into a great big water tank. Then they were fascinated at a very visual sex education lesson involving two frisky horses..Interesting conversation followed! And lots of giggling. Then as soon as the kids saw the water it was off with their shirts and in!! They had a great time was lovely to cool off it was a hot day. Then we played on a rope bridge bouncing me up and down till my feet left the floor which was funny.We continued walking past some pretty desperate looking housing with rubbish everywhere, and I stopped to admire a 4 week old baby boy who was so adorable cant resist a baby. We stopped behind a bit, and when we caught up the kids were playing with a gorgeous little puppy outside someone’s house. We got chatting and they were very insistent that we take the dog as a present!!the kids couldn’t believe that someone would give a puppy away but they looked very poor and certainly didn’t need to find food for more dogs so we agreed to take it to Don Pablo, the guy who looks after the finca ( farm).We carried the lovely little dog on a big detour to hopefully find Don Pablo and hope he wasn’t angry(Hamish was worried we would end up with it!)On the way there we named it Pinky,as it is the colour of a gringo and we thought it looked pale gangly and cute like the Pinky we know and love at home(a la Adam!!!)When we got to the farm Pablo wasn’t there we kept trying to leave it there but it kept following and then he appeared. We presented him with his new dog and he seemed genuinely pleased which was a relief!!What a weird old day. Though the kids loved it, we will go and see the pup lots and adopt it whilst here. The kids are made up. Seth has removed many of its fleas but it still has lots. Well we have a visitor here chatting. The house is never quiet ,always people popping in, a bit like home really. I finally finished a book I had been reading since India, called..the God of small things…a most brilliantly written book, very sad and left me in awe of such great writing…its by a lady called Arundhati Roy and what amazes me it was her first ever book and she won the booker prize!! Love great talent, takes you somewhere else for a little while. Need to get my hands on another book. I love to read but it only really happens when I am away from home. Hamish is still enjoying doing construction work in the mornings and its a good time to chat to the lads. I miss the morning stuff as we try to get schoolwork done then but its still nice to be flexible. Seth is finishing off a story now and its nearing bed time(nearly nine…what is happening to us!)Cant believe we are nearly half way through our stay its going too quickly. We plan to travel later next week and have a little holiday showing the kids some other parts of the country. Not yet decided where to go though it will probably involve some arduous bus trips. Always great to hear from you at home .Love and God bless Rachel Hamish and kids.xx