Ecuador just began a new form of traffic control "Pico Placa" Through out the week certain lic. plate #'s are restricted from driving. If caught driving on those days you are fined, your car is taken from you ...... I still have not gotten used to this new law in our life so I completely forgot that it was Tues. and I couldn't drive. I only had a 5min drive down to work and thankfully there were no cops out patroling. I would have hated to get fined and our car taken away for a 5min drive. I think this restriction is here to stay.
For what seemed like an eternity we had electricity rations. It probably lasted for 5 months but throughout the day certain neighborhoods would have power outages for 4-5hrs at a time. Some neighborhoods had it happen twice a day. This restriction was much harder to deal with for our family. Though it did provide some opportunities for creative entertaining and dining in the evenings. We set up a tent and had marshmallows one evening, we would play games by candle light and then after a month of it we were out of ideas. Maybe this was the time we got pregnant, just kidding. I know that there are many missionaries out there who have to live w/o normal electricity in their lives and we are thankful ours was only a temporary solution to water shortage in this country.
The Ministry of Education which is in control of public and private education in this country has made it really hard on our school to function as we normally do with our school schedule. They have made us modify our school calendar making the year forever long and shortening our Christmas break to start the 23rd of Dec. This makes it hard on missionaries as I am sure nationals. For missionaries it effects our furloughs, our support raising time and much more. Our school is required to abide so here we go ending school on June 25th and starting up mid August. Thankfully we are not traveling this summer but it makes for a short summer when your trying to visit supporters, family and get some rest time in there. I am sure before long we will all get used to this schedule its just always hard at the beginning of unpleasant changes.