"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Experiencing LIMA 01.18.2012

Hello Everyone! It is so good to have access to a computer again. I have been journaling on paper and wanted to update you all...

Lima is a beautiful city. We are staying in a hotel while we are trying to get our religious VISAs. Sounds of car horns fill the air day and night. The kids are amazed at the drivers and challenge to cross the street. Sean and I usually grab two sets of hands and wait to see how the locals cross - slowly we started to figure it out. Autumn keeps asking why everything is in Spanish and we try to explain that this is the main language here (she still looks confused). We are creatures of habit. When it comes to meals the first place we ate was McDonald's (we were told that Cajamarca does not have McDonald's, so we thought we would give the kids an experience that knew from home). Sean and I are looking forward to less processed foods...but I have to admit...seeing a McDonald's makes it feel like home.

We had our first shopping experience! We are living out of our bags while we are here in Lima and unfortunately we only brought heavy winter clothes. The kids are miserable so we wanted to find a tee-shirt for the kids and flip-flops. What an experience...all I tried to focus on (as a bargain shopper) were "sale signs"- Sean just laughed because he knew that I wanted to find bargains but my communication barrier would be a problem. After and hour of searching we finally found shirts and shoes with the help of Sean's Spanish 101. I tried to ask where to pay for the items and the woman acted like she understood and took my whole family to the changing rooms (I have a long way to go:)

We crashed for hours in the afternoon. We all have had no sleep and the kids could hardly stand up after all the traveling.

Dinner was having Domino's in the hotel room as we all piled up on the beds to see a Spanish version of Disney on TV. The kids did not seem to mind as they sipped on their first Coca-Cola in Peru. We were told to stay away from the ice in our drinks. By 9pm we were all fast asleep.

Creatures of Habit...Loving McDonald's in Lima

First Peruvian Coca-Cola...2.5 Liters- the kids were bouncing off the wall in the hotel!

Showing off their new summer gear...no more "winter" clothes!

Dinner in the Hotel in Lima!

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