Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas morning at my house!

(Click on the photo for a clearer version - I don't know why it's fuzzy here, but clear when you click on it.)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

To everyone who is still showing up here to read, even though I haven't written much this month:  

Merry Christmas!

We've been busy, and having a blast!

  • Oldest daughter Kirstin is here for the holidays.
  • We butchered a hog and held a pork roast for our regular construction crew all on the same day (the 22nd). It was ridiculous to do the butchering, process all the meat, and prepare and serve a meal for twenty-some people on the same day, but we did it! The freezer is now full to the brim with pork! 
  • We'll be having Russell and his wife Iris, and Rachel's boyfriend Brandy here for Christmas dinner tomorrow - featuring another home-grown and home-cured ham!
  • Once Christmas is over we'll turn right around and pull down the decorations, so that we can reconfigure the house/bodega into mostly-bodega, as the container of donations should arrive within the next week or so. 
  •  ALSO, we're going to have to butcher our bull almost right away . . . basically as soon as I can arrange for someplace to store a very large amount of meat!  The bull keeps breaking out and wandering off, and we don't have a good way to both contain him better and feed him, so his time is up!
  • In addition to all of that, the construction on our house has also been progressing. Did I mention that we were busy?

The pumpkin bread is baked, hams are brined, and this morning (Christmas Eve, for heaven's sake), out of necessity, I canned 20 pints of pork broth (because I can't justify sticking anything into the freezer just now, as I'm trying to make room for the influx of beef). The fridge is already full to overflowing with leftovers from the party this weekend plus three 13 x 9 pans full of raw pork being turned into bacon.

So, that's all I'll write for now . . . I have stuff to do!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


We recently had another batch of puppies, and Boo took this amazing photo of one of the pups sleeping on his mother's foot.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More team photos!

We've been so busy! Allen returned from several months in the US, flying into Honduras one day ahead of the visiting medical team. We're so blessed to have Russell working with us, as he was able to set everything up for the team's arrival, in Allen's stead.

Now, we're trying to get caught up on all the things that get pushed to the back burner when Allen is away, as well as handling a bunch of complicated ministry tasks, including year end paperwork stuff, putting in a request for more motorcycles, purchasing books and Bibles to replenish stock in the bookstore, and importing the container of Christmas gifts and donations.

I'm currently sorting through the photos members of the team took, so that Rachel and I can use some of them, grouped by themes, here and on the Facebook page. For now, just to keep whetting your appetite for more, here are a few random shots, which caught my eye as I was sorting through the larger collection of photos:

Here's a rare photo of me that I don't hate, so I thought I should post it. LOL

I wasn't sure whether or not to post this one . . . just keepin' it real. LOL

Indoor/outdoor dentistry

That's my daughter Boo, the dental assistant.
More to come, I promise!