Monday, November 16, 2009
Yep I finally finished this video - it's been difficult, what with the lack of power some days (Ecuador is officially in drought so they cut the power in various sectors anywhere from 4 to 12 hours at a time), and me running round trying to get things done before we leave next week. We had an excellent time away with the Ochoa family and Chad and Michele - it was a nice "last Hor-rah"!
We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the little boys, Mateo and Pablo, who are the politest kids I know. They would come out in the morning and "Buenos Dias" everyone individually and everytime they would get down from the table - a cute little "gracias". Just the way they said it has Mark and Chad taking them off here in our house now and it never gets old!
Salinas is a touristy beach but it is not quite the season yet so it was nice and mellow - also not too hot yet so that was good. I came home with a few injuries but it's my own fault - I really should remember I am not 25 anymore! The first day there, I bent my finger back playing basketball with Chad and it is still very bruised. Never mind - it got me out of the dishes quite a few times.
I have also included some photos from our goodbye party last night which as it turned out was a combined party - not solely for us. The congregation wanted to thank The Willis' and Chad and Michele for all the hard work they had done in the remodelation and also it was welcome party for the Haines. Naturally they didn't tell anyone that and when the Haines didn't turn up (they had been out in service all day and were too exhausted to come) - they of course panicked. Vaguely reminisint of the time we didn't turn up to our welcome party eh?
So with it being a combined party - I was spared blubbing too much. I did a little game for the kids - who just didn't get the concept of the race but I think they enjoyed it. Then of course we danced the rest of the night away and today we are all complaining of sore legs and feet!
This brother (who we had never met before as he is in another congo) came and sang us a farewell and come back song.
I have started handing my studies over to Michele and it is really dawning on me that this is it! Still trying to be positive though that we will make it back - so here's hoping!