Saturday, April 4, 2009

Farewells, the life of a missionary

I have never been good at goodbyes but it seems like my life has been full of them. When we accepted our calling to Ecuador as missionaries we knew that this would mean that we would have many farewells because such is the life of a missionary. Well our first on this side of the world came this week as we had to say goodbye to one of our really good friends a couple Dan and Emily and their newborn that we had connected with in such deep ways. It has been very sad to do this because it came a lot sooner than we imagined. More are to come at the end of the school year as I say goodbye to my senior girls I disciple and other missionary teachers who are going back on furlough or transferring.

Sharing some of our Easter traditions

The whole plastic eggs, easter baskets and bunny thing hasn't hit Ecuador yet which is good b/c Easter is not commercialized its celebrated pretty much only as a religious holiday. Well we shared some of our non-religious and real of meaning of Easter traditions with some Ecuadorian friends at a picnic.
They were quite amazed at the whole boiling eggs, dyeing them and hiding them tradition. They thought it was quite odd but still joined in the fun. After having them find the eggs we gathered around and shared the Easter story using the Resurrection Eggs that we have used for the past couple of years as a family. They were amazed that there were little treats to discover in each egg as I told the story. It was very fun!