I can’t believe it has already been six months since we have been here in Honduras. Six months of excitement, STRESS, work, culture shock, and many new experiences. It has been a growing experience for me and my family.
Instead of giving you some random info, I am going to break it down where we are at person by person. That way if you don’t care to read about what is happening in my life (Tim) you can just skip over my name and go right to Jennie.
Gideon – Is a tornado on steroids. If you could cartoonize him, he would resemble “Pig Pen” on Charlie Brown. He will be 2 in a few months and is starting to say lots of new words of which his favorite is Coca. He is already addicted to soda. No wonder why he is a tornado.
Violet – Spends most of her time palling around with Audrey & Mercy. She is another kid who doesn’t mind getting dirty. She has really warmed up to our Spanish tutor and regularly speaks to her in English, to which Cinthia kindly replies “No entiendo Violeta!”
Mercy – Has been learning her letters and semi enjoys school. She also spends a lot of time outside playing. We are currently in berry season. The other day mercy comes in looking like she had multiple bullet wounds. When I asked what happened she said she had to use her shirt to carry the berries because they found a ton.
Nemi – Not very excited about school. Would rather rush through it to go play outside. He loves camp fires and playing around the camp. Also likes to help me with projects when he can swing a hammer or other sharp tool. Usually hangs with the Obi-Isaiah Gang.
Obi – Not a big fan of school either. Likes to play outside. 100% of the time you can ask him for something sharp and he will produce it for you. If not a knife it will be a machete or dagger. Likes to ask questions which melts my brain. Is a great helper around the camp and a good worker. Will try to use the small amount of Spanish he knows.
Lillie – Has been learning Spanish with our tutor Cinthia. She also likes to be outside in the warm weather. She has also been picking a lot of berry’s lately. She also enjoys the cheap price of fruit which we buy plenty of. She misses her friends at home and the camp is kind of secluded in the mountains which makes it a little hard for her people type personality.
Patience – Patience has also been learning Spanish and is picking it up very fast. She speaks what she knows often and even ordered her own food the other day at Wendy’s in the city. Learning the language is making her feel more comfortable. She enjoys school more than the others, but can also be found poking around outside.
Jennie – Has been picking up the language like a sponge (makes me sick…I mean, I’m proud of her.) She is busy, busy, busy schooling the kids, keeping up on house chores, tutoring classes, etc. Mom never gets rest. She misses home of course, but has been a huge support for me. The other day she picked up a woman in town to give her a ride up the road which was like 5 miles. She was so late that I almost sent out a search and rescue party. But she finally arrived perky about her good deed and new acquaintance. The lady woke up at 3 am in the morning to make the long walk down miles of dirt road. She was super grateful for her ride home.
Me (Tim) – Learning the language for me is like a slug climbing a mountain of salt. I have made some ground, but it is slow. My goal is to be fluid by my first furlough (2014). My challenge is finding a balance between learning the language, working around the camp, family time, Jennie time, etc. To be honest, I’m not really feeling to homesick right now. (Sorry loved ones!) Don’t get me wrong, there are many times when I wish I were at home, but I am doing OK with it. One of my biggest desires right now is to be able to share the gospel with a Catracho (Honduran) in their own heart language effectively.
In closing, I just want to say thank you for all your prayers, financial support, encouraging notes, gifts and love for us. HONESTLY, we couldn’t do this without you.