Celebrating Peru’s Independence

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The month of July is a fun one for us.  We not only celebrate the independence of our home country, but Peru also celebrates it’s independence on July 28th.  It’s a pretty big deal and girls have lots of school activities and get 2-3 weeks of vacation.  Here are few fun pictures of our youngest two girls representing the Andes mountain region at a “taste of Peru”.

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From the coast to the Andes. . .

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Year after year, we have the privilege of having a team of 30 plus medical staff from First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS come and serve in Peru.  They serve long and hard all week long helping many patients in the Cajamarca  and the outer lying Andes communities.  Allen enjoys joining them each year to translate and offer pastoral  counseling  to the patients. It was a great week, but we are thankful to have him back on the coast with us.

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Allen  prefers to take a 8 hour overnight bus ride up the Andes each year to get the best dental care from Dr. Danny Story.

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Photo credit to Steve Hill (top 4) & Caleb Sutton (bottom pic)  for these pictures

Thankful for the U.S.A.!

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Because our girls have grown up in South America, we make it a priority to celebrate & teach them about the great nation they are from.  We are so very thankful for all the blessings we have inherited just by being born in a free and prosperous country. . . only by the grace of God!

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I love how several of our Peruvian friends have shown up at our doorstep this week bearing gifts of sparklers to help us celebrate!  July is a festive month, we will also be celebrating Peru’s independence day at the end of the month!

 

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Happy Independence Day!

(Allen, not pictured. . .he is celebrating in Cajamarca:-)

Happy 6th Birthday Mary Allen!

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Mary Allen turns 6 today!  Yesterday we celebrated with a fun party with her  friends getting  “make-overs” (Latin American style) at Edith Cordova Salon.  Edith Cordova owns the most prestigious salon in our city and she also happens to be a member of our church and missional cell group.  She so generously offered to throw a party for Mary Allen, all we did was show up!

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Our friend Edith, beautiful inside and out!

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Way to go Abigail!

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We are so proud of our oldest daughter Abigail.  She won 3rd place in the annual math competition at her school.  She competed against 90 other girls in her grade level.  This is especially impressive since their school is known for their advanced math program and remember, she is doing this all in her second language of Spanish!

I am constantly reminded how gracious God has been to our girls as they do schooling in a second language and culture, we are so very thankful for His provision!

I love observation day

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Twice a year, the Montessori Preschool that our little girls attend has an observation day for the parents.  It is so fun to sit in the corner and watch them work hard.  I am always surprise at how capable my girls are at hands on skills.

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I love it when they are working so diligently and take a peek over their shoulder to make sure I am still watching!

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All of our girls have attended this preschool, which was started by a German family who came to Peru to start a Lutheran mission. It has been an amazing experience and blessing. Because it is located just a few blocks from our house and is mostly neighborhood kids that attend, it has been the source of many relationships for our children and for Allen and I.

Poppa & Grammy in Peru!

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We just ended a wonderful week with my (Sandi’s) parents. This was their 6th trip to Peru to visit us. Allen and I are so thankful that we both have such loving and supportive parents. We know how hard it is for them to live so far from their children and grandchildren, yet, they have loved and supported our family & mission in all types of ways and made hard trips to visit us. They are indeed a part of our Peru Mission team and have made a sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel. After we have such good visits like we did this week and then have to say goodbye, we are always reminded that Peru nor the United States is our home. As followers of Christ we are all bound for a much better heavenly home where there will be no more sad goodbyes. Much love and thanks to you Mom & Dad!

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And I was so very thankful to have my mother here for Mother’s Day. It’s probably been 10 years since we have been able to spend Mother’s Day together!

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Already celebrating!

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One of the many, many things I like about Peruvian culture is how big they celebrate Mother’s Day!  When I say it’s big, I mean, it’s up there with Christmas as far as holidays go.  At school, there are dance practices, gift making, vacation days, all in honor of mothers.  So, still a week away from the actual Mother’s Day, my little girls had a beautiful Mother’s Day program at school.

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I love this picture below snapped by a friend . . . all the mothers and their camera gear, so proud of their babies.

. . yeah, that’s me at the end “Hi Eva!”

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This Mother’s Day,  I am super excited to actually spend it with my mother!  She and my Dad are coming for their annual visit and it falls on Mother’s day!