Honor Roll!!!

Today was report card day for the kiddos at Casa Robles.  It was a little suspensful wondering how everyone was going to do on the first report card at the new school.  They had exams just last week and always have lots of homework.  Praise God this new school is awesome….they are learning soooo much!  So come midday they were all on the way home and I was waiting with Timo to have lunch with them at Robles.  I called to see if they were close and Mama Angelica asked if we brought any presents because they all did great!!!!  I know she and Yuri were very relieved to see good grades on everyone’s report card….and very proud!

But the best part is Heyler & Freder both made the HONOR ROLL!!!!!  And Andrew who is in preschool got all “excelentes” on his report.  Those three really kicked some booty…..Heyler said his name was on the “Cuadro de Honor” in his teachers class on the wall and in the Directors office too!  Awesome!  We definitely went out and had Tip Top Chicken for lunch to celebrate!

Constucting our casa…

…actually an addition.  Krista & I have been praying about this for over a year now and we arrived at the point to make a decision to start construction on our house.  We are a family of five living in our two bedroom house which we love.  But we knew something was going to have to happen sooner or later.  I hesitate to say what we “plan” to do, because things can always change in a heart beat.  But we do plan to be here in Nicaragua for a long time and we plan on our family to continue growing.  God has encouraged us in many different ways and through many people.  He has made it possible for us to get started so last week we made a huge hole!  We plan on turning our bedroom into a family room and building rooms for us and the kiddos off of that….all in the direction of that  hole….it looks like an RPG hit the side of our house!

We appreciate your prayers through this.  We are going to take it one phase at a time and build as we can.  This first step is the foundation.  Even though it is going to be time consuming and maybe exhausting in the midst of everything else going on, we are really really excited about this.  We are on a crazy adventure and this is part of it.  Praise Jesus!

Sand Box at school!!!

We’ve made some improvements at Colegio Esperanza.  First thing was to fill in the floor in front of the kitchen.  We have tons of movement there and wanted to get a floor down before the rains come.  Sheyla (school director who most of you know) had a great idea of putting sand down around the little kids monkey bars.  We can’t put things kids will throw so mulch and pebble type material was out, so sand was an awesome idea.  We have  sand box now at Colegio Esperanza!!!!  Awesome!

The other important thing was to put up another line of barbed wire.  Last week we had three drug additcts scale the wall and come into the school disturbing the day.  They were really disruptive and wouldn’t leave, we had to call the police and file a report.  So we got a new row of serpentine on the back wall.  It looks so barbaric, but we need to protect the integrity of the school….it can not be chaotic there.

There are some other big needs at the school.  We need to fix the big tarp in the back area that is our meeting area for mourning devotionals, holiday activities, etc.  I forgot to take a picture but if you’ve been to the school it is the big tent around back.  We would also like to put up a small inexpensive roof and floor out back so the “Reinforcement Tutoring Students” have a place to study with their tutor that is away from all the other activity in the front of the school.

The Lord provides for this school over and over.  So we know these things will get done.  This is a refuge for these children….a place where God is impacting their lives!  Amen.

If you would like to donate to the school you can follow the link on the right side.  The monthly cost is $9,270 not including projects like these.  Thanks mucho!

Went surfin’ today….

didn’t expect this to happen….Ouch!!

It was a huge 7ft swell with waves well overhead.  It was just intense to be out there.  My first try led to a free fall over the falls, it hurt but it was such a rush i was all excited.  Next attempt led to this, i wiped out into my board and my fins attacked my foot 🙂  I stayed out cuz I couldn’t tell it was bleeding in the water, never really got a big one.  I caught a smaller wave inside and just got tossed around the rest of the time.  Realized it was bleeding when I walked up to the Rancho…..oops!  Glad there were no creatures out there!!!  Crazy Nicaragua Surfin’ Days!!!

Tweedle-D and Tweedle-D

The twin girls Mileyding & Genesis who the previous Palmer team had built a house for showed up to the work site…….for what you might ask?  Pringles….duh?!?!  🙂  That is not all they came for, but I am pretty sure this could be an ad for Pringles if the cans said it real big or something.  Those two little girls are extremely cute!!!

Hope in La Chureca…

University Baptist Church’s youth group came down last week.  This was really fun for me because UBC is the church I grew up in and they have supported Krista and I from the beginning….it is awesome to get to spend time with family!

We worked all week in La Chureca at Colegio Esperanza.  The school is doing awesome.  We have such an outstanding, committed staff.  Being there with people who had not ever been before and seeing their reactions reminded me how sharp the contrast is from what is outside the walls of the school and what is inside.  Praise Jesus that He is keeping this school right there in the middle of La Chureca (the dump)!

Speaking of reaction to La Chureca…

Not sure if you have the 45 minutes, but my aunt sent me a link to the guy from the Travel Channel who visited Nicaragua.  It is a really well done episode, especially if you have been here.  He does visit La Chureca and it hits him really hard.  It is interesting to see how darkness effects someone when their first reaction isn’t to lean on the hope we have in Jesus, the hope that God uses Colegio Esperanza to bring to this dark place.  We didn’t know he was filming, or we would have tried to get with him and at least take him into the school….anyways our hope is Jesus!  That is what keeps us pushing on!  Again praise Jesus for Colegio Esperanza!!!  Amen!

http://www.bacanalnica.com/blog/5141-Anthony-Bourdain-Sin-Reservas-en-Nicaragua (click on the second picture that says “clic video”…it will run without commercials)

Sidenote:  The school runs entirely on donations and it is around $9,270 a month to keep it fully functioning.  We have about 60% of that amount raised/committed for the year, so if you would like to help please do!  And if you know anyone who may be able to help please point them our way!  Thank you mucho mucho!!!  (we have a link to paypal in the right column).

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