Well, it’s been a little while since we've updated, for at least three reasons…because we haven’t had internet at our house until today, we've been quite busy, and it is very difficult to find a quiet place to finish any task not to mention gather thoughts and write them out.
We have some good news and some bad news to report. The good news is we have a van! Transportation has been a challenge since we've been here, although we have had help from sweet people who have been gracious enough to take us places at times of need. We are very thankful for our latest ‘investment’. It’s a white 18 passenger van, which is about the same size as our standard 12 passenger in the US, just a little ‘cozier‘. It’s a diesel so it is great for fuel economy.
The bad news is, our oldest girl went back to her former life after being with us for about 3 weeks. This was a sad time for us in many ways, but we know that God is sovereign and that she is in His hands. Having her, and losing her has helped us learn some things we wouldn’t have learned without her, and for that we are thankful.
The farm is coming along little by little. We have had some help lately and we are making some progress and getting closer to being able to move in. Everything here is slower and less organized than we are accustomed to, so we are learning to go with the flow and just do what we can. The inside is mostly painted, beds are ordered and hopefully coming by the end of this week or beginning of next week. Josh and Mike have been working on the kitchen in an effort to get the house livable as soon as possible. I would like to say they are installing cabinets and will be laying tile soon, but the construction materials and scheduling are not exactly that simple. There are very few places here that you can just go buy what you need, a shopping trip with a list isn’t exactly what takes place, I think a better description would be a scavenger hunt. At times you might even have to give up what it is you actually need for what you can make work. Even with these challenges they are managing to make progress and are hoping to be finishing up in a few days.
It hasn’t all been work, work, work however. Sunday a friend took us to the Rosario Islands off the coast of Cartagena for the day. We were taken by private boat, to a private house where our biggest concern was trying to avoid a sunburn. We had great day of relaxing and swimming with our families. It was truly a gift from God, we were very thankful, refreshed, and...sunburned!
I will try to post pictures soon. I have misplaced the cord to the camera among other things. Lets just say living out of suitcases leaves much to be desired! But, considering 1John 2:17 what can we say? These desires are only flesh and not to be given too much consideration. All in all, things are going well and everyone is doing good! We’ll try to update more now that we have easier access to internet.