One week home…

I had a bit of a breakdown on Friday.  Not because my children started school, nope this happened during homework time after school.

The first day of school turned out great: the kids were ready, they got a little nervous as they entered the classroom & a few tears were shed by our big girl but their teachers are great, the class was ready to meet them & the kids were armed with new lunch boxes!  The only hard part was that moment when you see your kid sitting at a desk all alone & knowing that you have to leave, can’t hover & solve their problems, or make friends for them, or tell the teacher how great they are…you just have to head back to the car & keep praying.

Friday after school we had our first round of homework…oh boy!  Big girl loves it but the two boys, they were not fans.  I forgot that this is going to be hard.  Their homework is in Spanish, the notes home from the teachers are in Spanish, all of the reading assignments, enunciations  & spelling are in Spanish…my Spanish is still no bueno.  Tyler goes back to work on October 8th, I will be doing homework time alone after that.  How can I help my children learn a language that I can barely speak, how can I find the patience to look up word after word everyday during homework time while watching 5 kids!   How can I get dinner ready, clothes for tomorrow & still give my children time?  PANIC!!!

Tyler responded, “You just will.”  It really is that simple, we will find a way.  Some things will go undone & that is okay.  We will make priorities.  I will find patience for my kid’s sake during homework time.  We will not try to do this alone, we will ask for help (a special thanks to our friends that we have already called for translation help).  “You just will.”

We have started up with Dave Ramsey again.  You will be hearing more about this later in the blog but know that it is a big part of our life.  It still scares me, about how hard it is to get out of debt but praise God we got convicted about our finances early in our marriage so He gave us the experience of living on a budget, doing without, & not trying to “keep up with the Jones.”  After reviewing the budget & revising a new one we look at it & ask, “how can we do this?”  And once again we get the reply, “you just will.”

Please know that we will not be doing this alone…

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:22-34

Thanks for sticking with us throughout this journey, 5 kids…we will.

First day of school here we come!

Headed to their classrooms…

It was a great first day! Please notice that the counselor & the principal are in the background to assure us it really was a good day 🙂

Here are some pictures of our past week’s adventures…

At the park with Papi Grande!

Some soccer in the backyard…these kids love soccer but have a long way to go in learning the rules.

Aunt Suzy: the kids are loving the toys!!!

Enamored by the squirrels in the park…ugh 😦

Some manual labor, raking the leaves…kids were a fan but we are going to need another rake & some garden gloves to keep the sibling rivalry at bay.

Little brother & Darth’s first Grandma ice-cream, they cost one beso each

Cousins just hanging out

Brothers in action, nice to see that both were willing to step up the plate/dirty diaper

Just for fun, in their hooded towels after bath time

At the dinnermesa,


5 thoughts on “One week home…

  1. Melissa Rendon says:

    Yes you will! 🙂 let me know when tomorrow were eating lunch at 2 w Richards family they’re passing through town but that’s about it.

  2. NANCY says:

    Beth and Tyler,

    First of all you have 5 beautiful children and Praise God for those blessings. Right now it may seem that things aren’t flowing like you would like for them to but just lay all your worries before the Lord and he will make it right on his time.

    We are praying for you guys and my Friday bible study group is praying for you guys as well.

    Love you guys.

    Juan and Nancy

  3. If I were you I would check with a local Spanish pastor ( you can find one through your association office) and see if there are any youth in his church that would be willing to help out a bit with homework every afternoon as a ministry, or for a small sum. The youth usually speak great English, but still retain their Spanish. And meeting a local Spanish pastor may be a very important connection for you for future needs! I’ll be praying about it. I had the same problem when my 4 were in Dutch schools in Aruba. I spoke not one word…but somehow we made it through. The older ones helped the younger ones and there were youth in our church that helped the older ones with a quick phone call. God comes through, I promise!!!

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