Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
We didn't go to church because of the threat of a curfew. I am very hesitant to be out after dark with the way things are politically. Late yesterday there were several suprising and concerning statements made by both sides of this standoff. The current president Micheletti issued an ultimatum, telling the Brazilian embassy they had 10 days to turn Mel Zelaya over to the authorities or remove him from the country. Nothing definitive was said about what is going to happen at the end of the 10 days. Micheletti also said that they were revoking several constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech and freedom to congregate. Some of things the current government is doing are very scary. Taking away constitional rights, no matter how you justify it, is not going to gain Honduras any friends in the international community. I just found out that Congress is not going to allow the decree revoking constitutional rights to stand which is definitely a good thing for the future of this country. On Mel's side yesterday he was calling for all of his supporters to come to the city for a final stand for justice. No one really new what that meant but we were definitely prepared for a lot of demonstrating and possibly violence today.
Today we waited around in the morning to see what would happen and were pleasantly suprised that there were no protests today. It could be the calm before the storm or possibly people are just ready to get on with their lives, or afraid of the governmental degree against congregating. It's yet to be seen. When we realized that things were going to stay pretty calm today we decided to go out for lunch for a change at our favorite restaurant, Chili's!!, then take Lucy for a checkup at the vet. Poor girl, she is definitely improving but still has a long way to go. She still has a pretty bad cough and several other symptoms including not eating very much at all. The vet checked her over and extended all of her prescriptions and said she should probably wear a sweater in the evening times to help her cough. I have no idea if this is really going to help or if this is just a part of the Honduran obsession with bundling up sick people but we got her a sweater. She hates it. Luckily she doesn't try to take it off but she walks around like she's horribly embarrassed. It's really kind of funny. She has another checkup on Saturday and the vet really thinks she should be better by then. She's really been a lot more of a handful than I had anticipated so it's a good thing I love her :).
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Today the boys headed up to Mogote to play soccer and the world was at peace. I put 15 lbs of beans on the stove to cook and took Lucy up to the park for a little while. (She's doing so much better, she even ate some dog food today, it's been over a week since that's happened). By the time I got home from the park the protests had begun again. Not that I saw any evidence of that but it was all over the news. It's interesting here there are the regular channels then one channel that is the "Mel supporter" channel (Cholusat Sur). I definitely wouldn't call myself a Mel supporter but their news seems to be a lot more comprehensive. Often when I can't find any news at all on the situation on other channels, it's all over the Cholusat channel. So that's where we turn for updates on the political situation. Mel continues to claim he's being poisoned and his daughter (I would guess she's in her early 20's) was on the news this afternoon saying the same thing.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Darwin and Ariel started to go nuts yesterday. They really have a hard time just staying in the house, as any healthy teenager should. Last night I was on the computer when I noticed the boys wandering in and out and giggling. Turns out they had rigged up the for sale sign from our house behind my head and were making jokes about trying to sell me off since I wouldn't let them out of the house. Mogote is in the middle of an area where there were several demonstrations so I wasn't in any big hurry to run up there or send my kids there. But today we decided to check it out. We saw a lot of signs of demonstrations from earlier days along the roads but didn't have any trouble. It was fun to visit with the kids I love so much and let the boys visit their family and girlfriends. Things continue to be fairly up in the air with the government.
The boys playing with Lucy
Which brings us to the reason for the title of this blog....I'm really enjoying just being a mom and decorating my house and cooking yummy food. I definitely don't want this to go on forever, especially since the reason for it is crazy unpredictable turmoil in the country, but I'm really not having any stress about it. And there's definitely a part of me that feels like I should be. I LOVE what I do and the people I work with but this time at home really makes me long for the life of a stay at home mom. It's something I struggle with off and on and I'm beginning to think that maybe the reason I don't have a "significant other" in my life is because I would so happily fulfill that role. God obviously has plans for me here and I'm so blessed that he is showing me the path he has for my life.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
That took a good hour. Then we decided to go get paint to take our living room from this....Yeah those weird shadows in the middle of the wall aren't shadows they're dirty child hand print lines. It was definitely time to paint.
To this...This is the paint I got to go on the rest of the living room but I think it's going to go in the kitchen. It's not exactly the color I thought it was going to be. I thought it was a grey color but turns out it's actually Lavendar Twilight when I read the English version on the can. So I'm looking for input on what color I should paint the rest of the living room. Remember the floor is red! That kind of throws a wrench in things, not that I don't LOVE my tile floor :).The country continues to be in extreme tormoil. Tomorrow they are supposed to lift the curfew but I fear that it's just going to be easier for there to be more protests and violence in the streets. We don't plan on getting out until we're sure it's not too dangerous. There was a lot of violence today with the police and the protesters. I fear this is going to get much worse before it gets better so please continue to pray.
On the schedule for tomorrow....More painting!! And if things really are calmed down all day we'll feed the homeless but I don't hold out much hope for that. Today they were holding the arrested protestors in the stadium.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
www.elheraldo.hn (this is in spanish, it's one of the local newspapers)
Today was extremely boring. We slept in and spent a lot of the day nursing on Lucy. She's been really sick lately, really since we brought her home, and today was a good day to give her some extra attention and hopefully she's on the road to recovery. Just before lunch we decided to head out in the car in our neighborhood looking for water. We were out and I would like to avoid boiling the tap water for as long as possible. Luckily we were able to find water at a local pulperia without getting out on any of the major roads and avoided any problems. We're now 15 gallons of drinking water richer. That should hold us for a couple of weeks.
We ate up the last of the meat in the house for lunch so dinner proved interesting. Nothing is open and we're supposed to be staying in our houses so Darwin and I made tortillas from the cornmeal I had in the cupboard. That's right, we made them. Tortillas have proven to be my nemesis in my time in Honduras but today we mastered them, mostly Darwin mastered them, and we made tortillas con quesillo. Yum!
I also went for a walk up to our neighborhood park today. It was a good time to sit and pray over this city that is going through so much tormoil right now. It is eery to watch this busy busy city sit in total silence. Our neighborhood was silent all day, definitely safe. Please continue to pray for this country.
We've started visiting 3 different places for the homeless feeding which has led to an increase in our rice and bean levels. I think I'm going to have to buy another pot for the rice. We almost overflowed this time. The food will no longer fit in our big pot so we take it in this plastic box. So far it's holding up well against the heat of the beans.
At the stadium we saw Marta and Suyapa, two ladies that we've been hoping to see since coming back. I think we've finally seen all of our friends from before we left. It is so great to see everyone and make sure that they are doing ok. It was a great night and we had no problem getting rid of all our extra food. I think we even had some people show up once it was gone so we may be incrementing again. We called about the building near Chimbomba and they are asking $600,000 for it. That is definitely WAY out of the question, so we continue to look for a center where we can more fully meet the needs of our friends.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
We ran home quickly to change and drop off Lucy then headed to church. Church went well. I love my kids and the hugs always help cheer me up.
A quick game of marbles before church
Now I'm back home and just finished dinner and the boys are still on my mind. I'm also pretty sure I have some kind of infection. My throat is killing me, so I'm probably going to crash soon. Sorry this wasn't very uplifting but I SO appreciate you guys sharing my life with me. It helps the hard days be a little bit easier. I love you.