Monday, February 26, 2007

While They Have Been Here

Jimmy was giving a test tuesday that took 4 hours. We went to visit his class. My parents got to see the seminary for the first time.
{You can see Jimmy's class upstairs}
{The new lockers}
We took them to our favorite coffee shop!
We ate dinner with Nery and his family. The lady who took the picture didn’t get Xiomara and Adriana in the photo.
Here we are trying to figure out how to get my blazer out of this lot that we paid to park in.
These are some flowers we bought in the market... they are a little big for our living room!
We got to eat many meals together in our home.
Sunday we went to Las Majadas to Jaime’s church.
My parents really enjoyed being able to see the people’s sincerity and how much they loved God. It was very rural, more like where we will be at in the Petén.
My parents got to hear Jimmy preach for the first time in Spanish.
After church all the kids got in the truck to ride up the mountain with us, just to turn around and walk about 30 minutes back down!
We had fun talking to them on the way down the mountain. We taught them some English words.
We got to eat at my favorite restaurant Tertulliano’s.

We went to our grocery store that we are very thankful for... we will not have one of these in the Petén!
We took a photo in front of the Revlon stand for my aunt who hires my mom and I sometimes to put up new displays and product in the States. My aunt is so sweet she sent me some lip gloss and Bay leaves... they keep bugs out of your dry goods. She knows because my cousin is a missionary in Papua New Guinea.
I found powdered sugar for the first time... I did not know that it is called Glass sugar here. We needed it to make more of the cookies like the ones my mom brought down since we already ate them all.
My mom brought me some stuff to do pedicures with... fun, fun!
Our amazing guard dog, Lucha, was limping really badly on Saturday so Jimmy and my dad took her to the vet. He said her front right leg was sprained and that she needed to rest. We think she hurt it from jumping off the planters in the back yard trying to have sneak attacks on Fije. Please pray that she heals up and won’t have any more problems, especially since she is still growing. Thanks!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Coffee Plantation in Huehuetenango

Today we drove 5 hours to a coffee plantation. Coffee from Huehue is famous all over the world and happens to be my dad’s favorite! Pastor Luis Batc took us up to a plantation that is owned by one of the families in his church.

4 hours of our trip there and back were on a dirt road. We had to use Jimmy’s 4 wheel drive pickup that only has an extended cab... it wasn’t the most comfortable trip, but very worth it!
When you enter Huehue you have to get your vehicle checked for fruits or veggies and then fumigated if needed. This is to protect all of the coffee plantations.
This is my parents with the owners and pastor Luis standing on coffee beans that are drying.
Walking through the fields of coffee plants.
It starts off as berries.
Somehow my parents tasted some of the berries without us knowing. We have convinced them that they have caught all kinds of things from them. Now we can take them to eat wherever and if they get sick we will just blame it on the berries!
This is Jimmy laughing at them for eating the berries!
The owner hires 50 workers for 3 months to harvest the coffee. They pick the berries by hand and it takes about 4 hours to fill one of these bags and they are paid 5 dollars a bag. It is a good job because their housing is provided.
The berries are separated from the beans and sifted by this machine.
The berry shells are saved and used for fertilizer.
The beans are separated by quality and laid on top of cement to dry for 5 days (if the sun is good).
The owner was so kind, he sent us home with 3 baby coffee plants. My dad said that now he owns his own coffee farm... at least until he flies home!
Since my dad roasts his own coffee, the owner gave him 25 pounds of green coffee beans. That is over $125 worth of green coffee beans in the States!
They shook hands, I just snapped the picture too soon.
These are some of the workers’ kids.
Afterwards we ate dinner at Las Vegas, a restaurant in Huehue.
On the way home my dad and Jimmy decided they would ride in the truck bed rather than in the back of the cab. My dad said he felt like a redneck! It was so cold that my dad borrowed my mom’s coat. About 45 minutes into it they hollered for me to pull over to let them inside.
We had a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Experience

We had saved a pache for my parents to try.
We took them to the market.
I took my mom to my favorite fabric store and she found fabric to recover her dining room chairs. (This is the wrong side of the fabric.)
We ate at McDonalds for lunch. It was fast and very clean.
When we go to the market we always pay to park so that our car doesn’t get broken into. My parents got a picture with the guard!
Of course we all shot Jimmy’s gun!
We ate dinner with Linda. She is always fun! My mom’s name is “Kaye” which means “what” in Spanish so Linda called her “KiKi” instead. So that is her new nickname! Linda had fun telling my parents all the crazy mistakes we have made in Spanish... stuff that is so embarrassing we can’t put on the blog!
We are having the best time! This has been a real treat!
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