Friday, December 12, 2014

Warmth, Brunch & Kiddos

Saturday was the start of a weekend and a refreshing one by the poolside with the teachers!

I wasn't home much more than a half hour and Ronata (in red) showed up wanting to play...that being interpreted "I am hungry." Her mother has claimed they have food at home and she don't want to eat it and we are stupid for giving her when she comes begging! Oh the decisions to make. I left this one for my husband. He had a nice little talk with her before we gave her anything. She has been habitually taking clothing from neighbors so it is hard to look beyond that and see if there really is a need. As I listened to her play and talk to her "child," I could see a glimpse of why she acts the way she does by what she repeatedly must hear at home!
Although she is hard to trust and leave out of eyesight she NEVER gives us any trouble and plays and colors so nicely when she is here that it is hard to tell her she can't come inside. Another neighbor girl Shenivon joined her on this day.

Saturday night blessed us with a bright full moon and a lovely walk out to a point with the hubby.

 He's been busy painting for a neighbor. I joined him one day!

Each Sunday the children have an opportunity to say their memory verses for the church. The verses are not always the easiest for the Junior class but these siblings only missed two.
Giovoni and Keana
They acted all nervous and fidgety as we walked there. They said they were nervous. I'm not sure who they were scared of. The apprehension subsided rather soon and we spent a good two hours at KFC and then they still would have liked to walk the beach! I guess we weren't scary after all.

The ladies get together once a month for bible study. For the Christmas celebrations we had a brunch.

 I dropped at the top round about and walked to town from there. It was nice to take in some beautiful scenery and enjoy it since I had my camera with.
Cruise ships are in almost every day. Some days there are two...this day there were actually three. One was in at another port!

 Come and visit and you can see all this beauty first hand!

 Till I got home from town it was time to make snack and get ready for Bible club reward trip. 
About half of them that come on a regular basis were able to come because of good attendance/behavior.



Sand fight is fine with me as long as I'm not involved!

Chalisea, Shanika, Ms. Leann and Jamal


They had to be models. Shanika and Tamara



Last night was all the schools Christmas programs. I chose to support my family (and former students) in LaBorie. It was a lovely evening and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will never tire of the enthhusiastic way these kids can sing. We need more of that stateside!
 Whole school
Go here to hear their lovely voices:

These little sweeties were there too in support of their uncle who is in Grade One.
Kayla couldn't let me hold her little sister with out her joining me as well! These two are so precious. How I wish I could take them to the states with me!

And here is their crazy mother, Kevona.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Life outside the Limes

Life seems to be moving along with great speed even though it doesn't seem to be holding anything of importance- Or nothing picture worthy anyway! Holidays down here aren't quite the hype as they are stateside so there was no big turkey dinner and who knows what Christmas will hold. I did spend a day last week up in LaBorie. Ginger and I made tortillas and then I went by school for awhile and also by Kevona. I left feeling refreshed. I still love LaBorie!
Keona and Abijah- two former students!

Khaliffa...if I could keep her I would. She is so precious!

Since the older nephews wanted a sleepover, I decided I might as well keep all of them. We went on the beach in the morning since if you get up at 5:30 the day is going to get pretty long! Everyone likes the beach anyways!

Himron- my little neighbor buddy.

Bible you can see, some are still in uniform. 

Nealon and I. He loves me till his mother or father walk by.

Tuesday coming is Bible club trip for those with good attendance. We are planning to go on the beach for a little swim, food and games!

Almost every day in November it rained. December has started out the same way. This was our fishing trip on Tuesday. We did get a little wet but it was nice inspite of the weather.

May you be challenged this week by knowing our powerful Father is with you through whatever you are facing!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

People and Peepers!

She's just a child. She comes by my house occasionally. I'll admit I groan at times seeing her walk up my steps. A blue crayon has traces of her on my mop and a support board on our veranda. The laptop has been pounded by her fingers when she's left out of my reach. Toys have never been mistreated like they are when she is here. Her mouth produces words I didn't know till I was a teenager. Discipline was/is unnecessary because she is too little. (according to her father)  Her mother just made a child with a next man....a mere boy himself. Meet Angelica...she's three years old. Pray that I would have patience with her and know how to handle her when she is here.

Her cousin is in Kindergarten in the Limes school. My first impression of him was not much different than hers. I would pass him on the road and he would have no respect and wouldn't greet me like Grenadian children are supposed to. His father is in prison. His mother was a teenage runaway. He comes by me almost every afternoon. Times have changed for him since he entered school. He's polite and respectful when he's here and plays by himself well....if his cousin isn't along. He likes to tell me what he learned in school, sing me his latest Christmas program song and reprimand his cousin when she cusses...."God will deal with her ent miss?"It's encouraging to see the transformation that good influence on a small part of the day can bring in this young boy's life. Pray for five year old Himron and his mother if you think about it!

And then there's Piper the Peeper...or so I named it. After hearing it peep for nearly an afternoon I went in search of it. Found alone, not more than two days old, I searched for the mother. I know the chickens around here and knew there was none this small that I had seen as yet!
As soon as I put it in the box it made a set of annoying noise I couldn't stand. So around the house on my shoulder it went. This is where it wanted to sit...right up under your chin. The pictures of Jalisa with it are cuter than me!

These children took home a pet. It survived their hands...but not the hands of a neighbor child!

Football continues late afternoons till dark in the pasture. I go down most nights and watch or take pictures. 
 Warm ups

It's wet and muddy and produces dirty wash for me but that's ok!

Goooooooaaaaaalllll....scored by my man!!!!

small men practicing
Jade and BJ

 With all the rain we have been having this past week I am seeing some long awaited results in my tomato plants! My first tomato is getting BIG! So amazing how these plants started from little seeds I dried out of a tomato!
As you can see my beach day got a little wet also. The house up on the hill is where my husband has been working the last while!

"Oceans will rise, kingdoms will fall: but the Word of the Lord stands forever." Is.40:8

My afternoon buddy has reached. I should be going!