Trying to keep on the sunny side.
1. Kid´s put on a puppet show for us this morning. Their cousin picked out 5 puppets for grandma to bring down with her: a lamb, a lion, a monkey, a duck, & a monkey. They were a hit once the kids figured out how to use them. The first show (of about 15) was a sweet song that all of the animals sang together. The 15th show ended with the lion eating everybody. Another great life lesson from the our kids.
2. We went to a real-live movie in a theatre. In Bogota you buy your tickets & have assigned seats, we sat in row K. The theatre was empty but being the rule-following people that we are we sat in row K in our assigned numbers. During the previews I definitely asked Tyler, “Do I speak Spanish, is it finally all making sense to me?” He sweetly replied, “No that one was in English.” We saw La Valiente (Brave) & the kids were a fan, Darth made it through the first hour & then drifted off for a nap.
3. We went & ate at a food court. We still have not managed ordering food for our kids & a lot is still wasted. Frustration, it´s like watching $5 bills being thrown into a trash can one nugget or soft drink at a time. On a side note the sauce that came with the nuggets you ask? Honey mustard, ketchup, ranch, nope…tarter sauce.
4. Our oldest turned 7 today. We have tried to keep birthdays pretty low key around here otherwise sibling rivalry begins to rear it´s ugly head. After dinner we bring out the cake sing Happy Birthday, first in Spanish & then in English & one present is opened. He got a green hot wheels car, 3 pieces of chalk all wrapped up in a Ranger´s t-shirt!
5. When he opened his present & asked what his t-shirt says, we answered Texas. He (our oldest, who still likes to use his old last name as a defense tactic) asks us, “When can we finally go home to Texas?” Thank you God for that sweet reminder that we are all ready to go home.
6. After dinner the kids saw my phone on facebook & asked what it is. I responded that these are my friends at home. They then wanted me to show them their friends at home. So we went through many of our friend´s pages & showed them pictures of all the kids. They are so excited about their new amigos & amigas. I wish I could explain to you how much joy that gave me, they are ready to come home & meet all of you, they were beside themselves excited crowding around my phone to see pictures of their new friends waiting for them in Texas.
Trying very hard to find the humor in everyday. Please pray for our attitudes. It´s not fair to the kids, they are wonderful & loving & we are bonding as a family but everytime we get a call with no news I can feel our countenance change. We get shorter & more impatient immediately, and tears are pretty close to the surface. Usually one of us will snap out of it & remind the other one that this is a blessing, this is the road we signed up for, & this is where God wants us with our kids.
At the dinnermesa,