Wednesday, October 11, 2006
  Ok, it’s here. . . check out our new blog, this xanga will be deleted soon!!!



Wednesday, September 20, 2006


soon, a new blog site that Nick and I will have together as one, now that we are married!!! 


For now, more honeymooning……….  



Thursday, August 03, 2006
  WE should have ELOPED!!!!We are totally dying with all the plans, and we are doing small!!  Yikes.Anyway, the new job is going well, almost a month and I’m getting settled in.  I move classrooms and get new kids the end of Aug, just in time for me to take off 2 weeks for the wedding, will life ever truely settle down??

Well, this weekend we are spending in WA with my family!!  Should be fun, we have a wedding and anniversary party to attend.  I’ll try to post some pics after the weekend!!




Friday, July 07, 2006
  Our website has been updated . . . check it out . . . this is now more Nick’s doing. 



Yea, I officially have a job now. . . it’s not exactly what I was looking for, but it’s work and it’s fulltime.  I’m going to teach pre-K at Highlands Ranch Learning Center.
yea, I start Tues!!

Wow, wedding plans continue, along with house stuff, counseling and sleep (somewhere along the way)


Wednesday, July 05, 2006
  Ok, our official wedding website is up and running check it will give you information like our Date, location, wedding party, registration info, and reception info!!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.





Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Story

AHHHH!!!  I’ve got a new ring!!!!!

So, here’s the official long version of the proposal!!
Nick had, for a few weeks been saying that he wanted to show me this surprise either the 16th or 17th, but the moon had to be right and all this other stuff.  I kind of wondered, if he might propose, but didn’t think the ring was in yet. . . so anyway, we decided to do a picnic in Rocky Mountain National Park then he wanted to take me to this surprise. The picnic was nice, but chilly.  We watched the stars come out surrounded by the mountains.  It was beautiful!!!

After the picnic we drove around for a bit trying to find a coffee shop that didn’t exist or wasn’t open after 10pm.  So we went to try to find his surprise.  He couldn’t find it but was very determined to, so he called a friend to ask for directions a few times.  We finally found the place and it looked like we were going to a cave or something.  I figured it had some special significance to it, however still didn’t know what was going on.  He starts to climb up this area of boulders and such and I’m following as best as I can with a flashlight.  Then he turns around and goes back to a different area.  We kind of go in circles for a while, he calls his friend back, we continue to go in circles and finally I find a place on a large rock to sit and wait and watch the stars. (out of Denver enough that there is a sky full of stars)

Anyway, then we hear a truck approaching and he goes down to see if it’s locals that can help.  It is and they do help us to find this place.  We climb over a log propped on boulders and then Nick starts shedding his phone, hat, gloves and I take off my sweatshirt (it was too warm) then he pulls me aside with no lights and takes my hands and tells me that we are going to be going through “the crack” which is a series of crevices, cracks, and shafts through these boulders. We would have to work together and trust each other to get though with no lights.  We didn’t really have much of a moon either, I was a bit scared at this point, but when he asked me, “Do you trust me?” I of course said yes.

So we started, then we retraced our steps again and found the correct starting hole.  We slithered our way through these rocks and crawled around.  He was leading and talking me through each step.  I had to cautiously feel with my hands and feet so that I wouldn’t fall, trip or bang my head.  We got through most of it (the downward shafts were the hardest for me) and at the end there are 2 downward shafts.  Nick without really knowing it (because he couldn’t see) went down both, so couldn’t reach to help me at all.  I started going down the one and ended up getting stuck.  I mean really really STUCK.  I was so scared and at first Nick didn’t realize how stuck I was until he climbed back up the last shaft and put his light on my leg and saw that my entire right leg was wedged in the rocks.  He suggested going around to pull me from the top but that meant that he’d leave and with him the light so at first I said no, but then I finally told him it was ok.
  Through all the tears that were running my nose was also running so bad that after a while wiping on my sleeve was no longer working.  I kind of laughed through the pain and told Nick I needed a tissue.  He told me to “farmer’s blow” so I blew a whole bunch of snot out of my nose. . . Yuck!!  Nick made the comment a few times that he was glad that I could laugh in spite of the circumstances.
  Well, he made it back around “the crack” so he was now above where I was, he talked to me the entire time so I wouldn’t be as scared.  He then prayed with me and then we worked to try to get me out.  He pulled while I wiggled and eventually I was loose.  He held me for a while as I continued to cry.  Well, then he said that he had bad news and good news, what would I want first.  The good news was that we were almost done, but the bad news was I still had to go through the crack where I got stuck.  So he went down first then talked me through it again.  I finally got out and we finished. 
  We collected our things and went down to the car and got some water and tissues.  We then stood outside the car and looked up at the stars and he started asking a bunch of questions.  Questions like: “How do you see “the crack” correlating to life?”  and “How do you see it relating to our relationship?”  So we talked for a while and I kind of wondered what was going on. So after a while we meandered over to a rock and he sat me on the top. Then he said, “I have one more question for you, Will you marry me?” He started messing with a carabineer on his pants, which the ring was attached to.  I of course said yes and switched my purity ring over to my right hand, so that he could slip the diamond on my left hand. 
  The funny thing was that is was still pitch black so I couldn’t really see the ring, my first response wash, “Is that it?”  So then he shined the flash light on my hand.  I wasn’t expecting the ring for another few weeks, but was pleasantly surprised that he had gotten a better deal for a bigger/better diamond that would come in faster.
  So when we first started dating I told him “Hugs are free, kisses are not.”  In other words before he could get kisses, he would have to give me a ring.  So then once I had the ring on my finger, my first thought was, ok, now you can kiss me!  It took him a while to remember that, but then we were able to share our first kiss as well.

So there you have it. . . check back for more wedding details, but for now we are looking at an intimate family wedding in late September.


The diamond is .59ct round cut in a mock tension setting where it is suspended between the gold with a bridge underneath.

Our first “engaged” picture!! 




Saturday, June 17, 2006
  WOW, it’s been since May!!!  Sorry no reports recently . . . until now!!!Guess what!!!  It’s that time, we’ve all been waiting for!!!Nick and I are officially engaged!!!!

 I’ll post the whole story and pictures later this week.



Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Currently Watching
Band of Brothers
By Damien Lewis, Ron Livingstone
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My parents were able to visit Josh and Teresa and Silas a bit ago.  Here’s some fairly current pictures of my most adorable nephew.



Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Well, Nick and I started “Pre-engagement” counseling with our pastor and his wife.  I am really looking forward to getting to know them better and being able to work through issues that we don’t yet know about. . .    When Ken asked about our expectations though, the first thing I responded with was, “I expect to cry!”  Oh well, it has been a bit of an emotional rollar coaster recently.
On the job front, still nothing.  I will probably be a substitute teacher and continue to pray for a long term sub job to come up . . . That way I can still plan some things like a family runion, etc. . . and not stress about buying tickets and not being able to go . . .

All for now!!!



Sunday, April 23, 2006


Currently Listening
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
By U2
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Yikes!!  I have a whole week without Nick.  He’s in San Diego, CA for a Microsoft conference/training.  Yuck!! I don’t like it already and he’s only been gone a few hours. 
Well, we started the first steps for our marriage counselling.  It was an evaluation so that our pastor can use the curiculum to the fullest extent in what we need, as the test shows.  It was kind of wierd to fill in little circles in a test like that (scantron) and then be encouraged to discuss the test questions and answers with my “partner”.  This is an exciting time, although it definatly comes with it’s challenges as this past week we discussed a lot of financial aspects and budget things. . . yuck

Anyway.I got my test back from the CO education. . . I passed, so now just have to wait for my official/permanent initial license to teach.  However the job hunt is still discouraging after a month of 23 resumes sent and no phone calls!!!

Please keep praying.



Friday, April 21, 2006



Nick and I had a great time being together for a weekend and I enoyed introducing him to everyone!!! 

Joya and Brian Edmonds – the groom did not want to see her until she walked down the aisle, except they wanted pictures together before . . . so he was back to back the whole time. . .

Yea!!  Always good to see my Brooke!!!

How much more fun than being blown around in the KS/MO wind at the Plaza by the fountains!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Currently Listening
Without Condition
By Ginny Owens
If You Want Me To
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Well, after being introduced to many Mennonites (related to Nick) and excellent German food, it’s back to real life in Denver. . . well kind of.  I’m still working on getting my resume out there to lots of jobs . . . Off track still until Thursday.

This weekend we’ll be in Kansas City for 2 days!!  I’m excited to be able to see and visit with lots of people and as always introduce and “show off” Nick to everyone.  

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Currently Listening
By Jeremy Camp
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I definitely enjoy the life as a teacher and time off school. . . although I do miss the extra money that comes from not getting 3 weeks unpaid vacation every 3 months.  Oh well
.  . . Still working on that job that God has for me. . . sometimes I am so impatient with life in general, however I know God is making me wait for things so that they will be better for me in HIS timing instead of mine. 

Anyway, Nicolas and I and another couple that’s dating at church, Blake and Sarah, are all driving to Hutchinson, KS for the annual Mennonite Relief Sale to benefit the Mennonite missions in third world countries.  It should be a lot of fun and get to know another part of Nick and more of his family.  My grandparents were ecstatic (well as much ecstatic as they get in their 80’s) to find out that I was going to help out at the MCC sale. God never ceases to amaze me that he found someone for me that has a similar heritage in the Mennonite church as my family (not really me as much as my father) . . . anyway, should be fun times. .

Friday, March 31, 2006



I think it’s finally spring Although I’ve been told it can still snow in April and May . . .

around here. . . Our tree in the front has green on it and I saw the tip of the first bulbs my mom planted.  YEA!!!  I love spring.
On another note . . .
Last weekend was trial #2 on snowboarding.  There was a free night ski for a few hours on one of the mts, so Nick and I and his roommate Seth, and his girlfriend went up to Solvista for 4 hrs of snowboarding.  I did much better,

I think,  and I enjoyed it more this time too. . . Didn’t cry. . . YEA!!!!
Anyway, that’s all for now, still job hunting . . .




Friday, January 20, 2006


Currently Listening
Songs 2
By Rich Mullins
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Some more great baby photos and a family photo thanks to Nicolas Moseley.

Look at those rolls!!!  Good thing it’s a boy – doesn’t matter. 

Man Power – GO firefighters!!!

The Josh Reimer family –

Saying good bye to Grandpa and Grandma.


Currently Reading
He Chose the Nails (workbook)
By Max Lucado
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Such a great book of Jesus’ love for us – with a great introduction about a man in the lingerie department – very funny!! 
Well, this is my last day of vacation!!!  I’ve enjoyed every moment of my long 5 week break with the thoughts that this may be the longest break I have in a long time.  My goal to get a classroom in the 2006-2007 school year may impeed me having a summer break depending on which schedule I get on.  Oh well.  

Some Highlights:


Snowboarding – ouch

JJill – Christmas rush – yuck

Christmas in KS with Nicolas – meet the family
 Taking care of a sick Nick
New Year’s with Mandy visiting
Grace Chapel singles retreat at Horn Creek
Sweater and Egg nog party
Game night at my house
Caroling and cookie night at my house
Lots of way late nights with Nick when I could sleep in
Breakfast dates with girlfriends
Coffee dates with girlfriends
Catching up on reading
10 page Grad paper
Josh, Teresa and Silas visit from MI  

Ok,, so maybe not all were good, but definately all made up the past 5 weeks of my life.  I’m actually looking forward to a normal schedule again, although it will be craziness working 2 jobs again.  Oh well, such is life.Anyway, if you haven’t yet and really want to see the heart of the wonderful man that I love ,  you must check out nicolby’s site on my subscriptions.  Please continue to pray for us as we seek God in the direction of our relationship.  WE have grown a lot in the 3 months that we’ve been dating, yet there is still a lot of growth that needs to happen.Happy Friday!!!



Monday, January 16, 2006

  WOW, what a great weekend with my family. Josh, Teresa and baby Silas just came to visit and after an all to short weekend left.  Anyway, here’s some pictures of the event. . .

Reimer Family Fun

Silas’ “party trick”

On the drive through Rocky Mt. National Park.

Aunt Kara’s “touch” put Silas to sleep.

Baby handle

As you can see we had a lot of fun!!!


Monday, January 09, 2006


Currently Listening
Old Stuff
Learning How to Rest
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OK, so it’s been a while. I’ve had to dr my sick boyfriend and although he’s still hacking he’s doing better.  Anyway, great time over New Year’s weekend with Mandy (sunshine83) and Nicolas (nicolby) and his family from Italy.  Yea, awesome lasagna and tiramisu!!!  Yum, Yum!!!


So we got back today from an amazing weekend at Horn Creek in the mts.  Praise God it was like 50 degrees with no snow, although I would have been prepared with my 5 layers for each day!! 
Anyway, it was an amazing time of spiritual renewal for me and my wonderful boyfriend (nicolby).  Please be praying for us!  It was also a great time of fun and games with friends and meeting new friends and just general hanging out and goofing off and having fun.

Ok, I’m going to have a bunch of pics here, but I have to back up a bit – Our singles group had a Sweater EggNog party right before New Year’s!  It was a lot of fun.  The contest was for the ugliest sweater and who could chugg a quart of Egg Nog the fastest – Yea, so I won the ugliest sweater and Nick won the chugging.  Oh well. . .  however, check out Nick’s ugly sweater in the 2nd pic.  He’s the one pouring the Nog. . . from the chair. . .

It really wasn’t much comparison!! 

Steve, the one chugging, is one our our leaders. 

Ok, next is New Year’s Eve – we celebrated with Nick’s sisters Abby and her boyfriend Jason, Leia and her husband Nicolas (yes, a bit wierd) and their daughter Eva, and Mandy.

Leia and Eva – Nick on the side and my toes

Mandy and me

OK, now last but definately not least is from this weekend.  WE had a 50’s theme and lots of my friends dressed up. . .

Ignacio, Megan, Andy, and Doug

Andy and Joy

Nick and I wanted to do something different. . .

So the pic doesn’t show how great our hair was. . . oh well, it was a lot of fun.  Nick’s skirt did have a dog on it, he was just having to much fun swinging it to see. . .   oh well.  I did have fun trying to lead on the dance floor (my only chance) but he didn’t follow well, oh well. . .


Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Tuesday, December 27, 2005
  Merry Christmas!!!

I just got back from spending Christmas in KS with Nicolas’ family back “home” on the farm. It was fun to see his roots and meet many, many, many . . . nice people.  Hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating Christ’s birth!!!
Now time for New Year!!!  Wow, can you believe it’s time for 2006 already!!!  It feels like yesterday we were dreaming about the year 2000 – then it was the Y2K!!!  Now it’s 6 years later!!!  WOW, time sure does fly!!




Thursday, December 22, 2005
  Which action hero would you be?

You scored as Maximus.

After his family was murdered by the evil emperor Commodus, the great Roman general Maximus went into hiding to avoid Commodus’s assassins. He became a gladiator, hoping to dominate the colosseum in order to one day get the chance of killing Commodus. Maximus is valiant, courageous, and dedicated. He wants nothing more than the chance to avenge his family, but his temper often gets the better of him.

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Batman, the Dark Knight
James Bond, Agent 007
William Wallace
Captain Jack Sparrow
Indiana Jones
El Zorro
Neo, the “One”
The Terminator
The Amazing Spider-Man
Lara Croft

Ok, so I’m really board, but if you visit my friend JKheartsJC there are links to quizes like these.
Or just go to  Ok, it is time for me to go to bed . . . well, after my bread is done!



Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Currently Listening
Jill Paquette
By Jill Paquette
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Last night was an awesome Christmas Party at the Grand Hyatt in Denver on the top floor at the Pinacle Club.  We had a spactacular view of Denver and had a blast eating great food and dancing – till someone. . .  injured his knee again.  Oh well.  It was a great night. 



Saturday, December 17, 2005
  OUCH!!!So I went snowboarding for the first time on Friday.  I had off work and Nick played hooky and we went up to Winter Park to go snowboarding.  We had gotten free lift tickets.  Well, I did ok . . . I guess, I think I was on my butt or knees more than my feet, but I did make it down 3 times except the third time ended in tears.  I want to try again and do more, but we’ll see when that will happen.  




Monday, December 12, 2005
This is why I teach SPED!!  People like this are my kids forever – care for them!!

 The Folded Napkin …

A Truckers Story (If this doesn’t light your fire …. your wood is
I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His
placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable
busboy. But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn’t
sure I wanted one. I wasn’t sure how my customers would react to Stevie.
He was short, a little dumpy with the smooth facial features and
thick-tongued speech of Downs Syndrome. I wasn’t worried about most of
my trucker customers because truckers don’t generally care who buses
tables as long as the meatloaf platter is good and the pies are
The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned me; the mouthy
college kids traveling to school; the yuppie snobs who secretly polish
their silverware with their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded
“truck stop germ” the pairs of white-shirted business men on expense
accounts who think every truck stop waitress wants to be flirted with.
I knew those people would be uncomfortable around Stevie so I closely
watched him for the first few weeks.
I shouldn’t have worried. After the first week, Stevie had my staff
wrapped around his stubby little finger, and within a month my truck
regulars had adopted him as their official truck stop mascot.
After that, I really didn’t care what the rest of the customers thought
of him. He was like a 21-year-old in blue jeans and Nikes, eager to
laugh and eager to please, but fierce in his attention to his duties.
Every salt and pepper shaker was exactly in its place, not a bread
crumb or coffee spill was visible when Stevie got done with the table.
Our only problem was persuading him to wait to clean a table until
after the customers were finished. He would hover in the background,
shifting his weight from one foot to the other, scanning the dining
room until a table was empty. Then he would scurry to the empty table
and carefully bus dishes and glasses onto his cart and meticulously
wipe the table up with a practiced flourish of his rag.
If he thought a customer was watching, his brow would pucker with added
concentration. He took pride in doing his job exactly right, and you
had to love how hard he tried to please each and every person he met.
Over time, we learned that he lived with his mother, a widow who was
disabled after repeated surgeries for cancer. They lived on their
Social Security benefits in public housing two miles from the truck
stop. Their social worker, who stopped to check on him every so often,
admitted they had fallen between the cracks. Money was tight, and what
I paid him was probably the difference between them being able to live
together and Stevie being sent to a group home. That’s why the
restaurant was a gloomy place that morning last August, the first
morning in three years that Stevie missed work.
He was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester getting a new valve or something
put in his heart. His social worker said that people with Downs
Syndrome often have heart problems at an early age so this wasn’t
unexpected, and there was a good chance he would come through the
surgery in good shape and be back at work in a few months.
A ripple of excitement ran through the staff later that morning when
word came that he was out of surgery, in recovery, and doing fine.
Frannie, the head waitress, let out a war hoop and did a little dance
in the aisle when she heard the good news.
Belle Ringer, one of our regular trucker customers, stared at the sight
of this 50-year-old grandmother of four doing a victory shimmy beside
his table.
Frannie blushed, smoothed her apron and shot Belle Ringer a withering
He grinned. “OK, Frannie, what was that all about?” he asked.
“We just got word that Stevie is out of surgery and going to be okay.”
“I was wondering where he was. I had a new joke to tell him. What was
the surgery about?”
Frannie quickly told Belle Ringer and the other two drivers sitting at
his booth about Stevie’s surgery, then sighed: “Yeah, I’m glad he is
going to be OK,” she said. “But I don’t know how he and his Mom are
going to handle all the bills. From what I hear, they’re barely getting
by as it is.” Belle Ringer nodded thoughtfully, and Frannie hurried off
to wait on the rest of her tables. Since I hadn’t had time to round up
a busboy to replace Stevie and really didn’t want to replace him, the
girls were busing their own tables that day until we decided what to do.
After the morning rush, Frannie walked into my office. She had a couple
of paper napkins in her hand and a funny look on her face.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“I didn’t get that table where Belle Ringer and his friends were
sitting cleared off after they left, and Pony Pete and Tony Tipper were
sitting there when I got back to clean it off,” she said. “This was
folded and tucked under a coffee cup.”
She handed the napkin to me, and three $20 bills fell onto my desk when
I opened it. On the outside, in big, bold letters, was printed
“Something For Stevie”.
“Pony Pete asked me what that was all about,” she said, “so I told him
about Stevie and his Mom and everything, and Pete looked at Tony and
Tony looked at Pete, and they ended up giving me this.” She handed me
another paper napkin that had “Something For Stevie” scrawled on its
outside. Two $50 bills were tucked within its folds. Frannie looked at
me with wet, shiny eyes, shook her head and said simply: “truckers.”
That was three months ago. Today is Thanksgiving, the first day Stevie
is supposed to be back to work.
His placement worker said he’s been counting the days until the doctor
said he could work, and it didn’t matter at all that it was a holiday.
He called 10 times in the past week, making sure we knew he was coming,
fearful that we had forgotten him or that his job was in jeopardy. I
arranged to have his mother bring him to work. I then met them in the
parking lot and invited them both to celebrate his day back.
Stevie was thinner and paler, but couldn’t stop grinning as he pushed
through the doors and headed for the back room where his apron and
busing cart were waiting.
“Hold up there, Stevie, not so fast,” I said. I took him and his mother
by their arms. “Work can wait for a minute. To celebrate you coming
back, breakfast for you and your mother is on me!” I led them toward a
large corner booth at the rear of the room.
I could feel and hear the rest of the staff following behind as we
marched through the dining room. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw booth
after booth of grinning truckers empty and join the procession. We
stopped in front of the big table. Its surface was covered with coffee
cups, saucers and dinner plates, all sitting slightly crooked on dozens
of folded paper napkins. “First thing you have to do, Stevie, is clean
up this mess,” I said. I tried to sound stern.
Stevie looked at me, and then at his mother, then pulled out one of the
napkins. It had “Something for Stevie” printed on the outside. As he
picked it up, two $10 bills fell onto the table.
Stevie stared at the money, then at all the napkins peeking from
beneath the tableware, each with his name printed or scrawled on it. I
turned to his mother. “There’s more than $10,000 in cash and checks on
that table, all from truckers and trucking companies that heard about
your problems. “Happy Thanksgiving,”.
Well, it got real noisy about that time, with everybody hollering and
shouting, and there were a few tears, as well.
But you know what’s funny? While everybody else was busy shaking hands
and hugging each other, Stevie, with a big, big smile on his face, was
busy clearing all the cups and dishes from the table.
Best worker I ever hired.
Plant a seed and watch it grow.
If you shed a tear, hug yourself, because you are a compassionate person.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
  Hmmm so I’ve been tagged by katielsfield and I’m required to share 5 things few people know about me and then tag 5 people to do the same. So here goes nothing . . .1.  I have never ridden in a helicopter.

2. I do not like tomatoes.

3. I have ridden on the back of a motorcycle for an afternoon with my man. 

4. I can not touch my nose with my tongue. 

5. I am not a friend of spiders, except Mrs. Spider.

I tag Nicolas, Katie H., Kathryn, Jesse, and Kristen



Thursday, December 08, 2005
  Ok, here are some new pics of Silas – he’s so big now!!!  I can’t wait to see him in Jan.Isn’t he just so cute!! Silas, that is not Josh – although I do admit my bro is good looking    Love you bro!!



Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Well, it is snowing again, or rather snowed all day!  It is so cold, but when the sun shines on it, it will be so beautiful!!

So I don’t know why I’m still up at this time of night let alone awake!!  Oh well, It’s not that I can’t sleep, just a fun night of shopping, baking and being with Nicolas has given me enough to not really want to go to bed yet, probably because I know tomorrow I get to work a lovely 11 hr day!!!  Yuck!!!

It’s ok – only 7 more days of school left before vacation!!!  YEA!!!




Thursday, December 01, 2005
  Hi Friends, Have some holiday fun and go take my quiz to see how much you really know about me.  Don’t worry, some of them are easy!Take my Quiz on!


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Currently Listening
Holiday Inn & White Christmas
By Bing Crosby
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

There are so many things I am thankful for this year.  It is interesting how some years it is easier to be thankful than others. . . yet I still cannot but help think about those who are struggling with life things.  Once again I was reminded this week of life’s hurts and pains caused by sin in the world.  So sad, but it gives us much more of a view toward heaven and our eternal home, or at least it should!

Hope you had a good one with friends and family.




Sunday, November 20, 2005

Currently Listening
By Coldplay
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peace: quietness of soul
joy: peace at heart
contentment: inner joy despite circumstances 

Holidays are fun and exciting but it is almost important to keep focused on what’s important in life.  Family and friends are fun to visit with but there is nothing better in life than finding solitude in God and in yourself.  It’s easier to interact with others and minister with others when you are at peace within you.
Monday, November 14, 2005

Currently Listening
WOW Christmas: 30 Top Christian Artists and Holiday Songs
By Various Artists
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It is so beautiful!!!!
“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.  Where the tree top glistens and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.”

Yes, it is snowing in Denver and that means in my mind at least that Christmas is comming!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2005
  Is there ever a time when people can become too important.  Putting or loving people ahead of things or duties is right, but what if that becomes to much?  People above God is not right, but some people above others?
Hurts . . . they are everywhere.  We can’t hide from them or avoid them, but it would be nice.  What hurts??  Everyone is different I guess, some are hurt by casual, unthoughtful words, others are hurt more by unspoken words.  Yet we cannot avoid hurt.  In order to avoid hurt it would mean living secluded, alone, by yourself, lonely.  We are not called to that kind of life. 

Flipping, my Bible falls open to Ecclesiastes 12 – “the Conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person”  Solomon’s life search for fulfillment concluded with those words: fear God and keep His commandments.  Then the question that should be raised is what are His commandments? The law can be assumed as His commandments, but all of Torah, there is no way we must or even perceive that we can keep all of the law.  Or is it just the 10 Commandments: Luke 18: 20, “You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and mother.’ ”  It is possible that we can physically keep the 10 Commandments, until Jesus says in Matt 5, “. . . you have heard . . . but I say. . . ” and essentially tears apart the commandments and the law as they and we see them at times.  So then my thought is Mark 12:28-34:

             One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”  Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  The scribe said to Him, “Right Teacher; you have truly stated that He is One and there is no one else besides Him; and to love Him with all the heart and will all the understanding and with all the strength and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, ” You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one would venture to ask Him any more questions. 

I would like to say to this scribe, duhh!!  However I’d be also saying that to myself, because how often to I think that doing something can replace loving someone, even if in that doing I am showing them love, if I am getting anything out of it then is it real love? 

Love: What is it??  It’s a fruit of the spirit: Gal. 5:22
1 Cor. 13:4  Love is patient, kind, is not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does  not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all thinks, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.

I know I don’t have this kind of love for anyone, definitely not for God, my “love” is always failing.

Hurts, love hurts, life hurts, but if we are called to love God and love others that means that we WILL be hurt, it is unavoidable.  God is alone able to heal the hurts, however how then can it be explained when it seems that God causes the hurt in indirect ways.  He leads people away from us, they leave because “God called” but it hurts.  God takes someone home to heaven, they leave, it hurts.  Not much in life happens without hurts.



Friday, November 04, 2005

Currently Listening
By Thousand Foot Krutch
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WOW, it has been so long!!!  Life has finally caught up to me. . . maybe!  I am enjoying having a life again and people to go out with and do things with!

Work: School has been fun, I enjoy my students, however I still want my own classroom.  I am continuing to make the connections that I need to get a classroom in my district.  I am also still working at JJill.  It keeps me very busy, but I would like to get more involved in my church.  My new thoughts are in trying to find some tutoring jobs, so please keep me in prayer for that.

Social scene has been lots of fun. I am continuing to get to know all my many new friends out here.  It seems unreal that 3 months ago I was depressed and not wanting to stay in CO because I didn’t have friends.  God is so good, in His perfect timing.

The other BIG news is the fact that I’m dating an incredible guy.  If you’ve kept up with my xanga posts you would remember a story back a ways about getting locked out of my house and a friend, Nick, breaking into the kitchen window, only for me to find my keys in my purse the whole time.  Oh well, despite my stupid moments, he has stuck around and we have a lot of fun hanging out and getting to know each other.  Please pray for my heart and mind.  My mind continually gives me fears that sometimes don’t enable my heart to open.  I was encouraged recently by this verse from a friend.  1 John 4:18-19.  Nick is amazing and very patient with me. 

God continues to press and stretch me in many ways – most recently in areas of ministry and commitment at church – opening up to others to let them see my struggles!  At work, I’m struggling with knowing how to love and be kind to a coworker.  It seems that just when we think we are doing good, God reaches behind another door to reveal more ugliness.

Praise Him thought that He doesn’t give up on us!!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Currently Listening
Third Verse
By Smalltown Poets
Beautiful, Scandalous Night
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered who was looking back at you?

Yesterday, after working on my childhood scrapbook for a couple of hours, I got ready for work and when I went upstairs to brush my teeth before leaving, I looked in the mirror and hardly recognized what I saw.  I had been looking at all these pictures and I realized how much I’d changed.  I would hope that I’d change in 10 years, but I just hadn’t thought about it for a while. 

We can’t see the change that God does on our hearts and in our lives, but I believe that sometimes that change can protrude outside ourselves to where at times, especially after long lapses of time, we can see the change.  While in Kansas City the past 2 weekends many people told me how different I looked and I believe that after this year especially that inward change has come out in evident ways.

Monday, October 10, 2005
  So I’ve been reading the book Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli.  It is a great, easy read, but lots to chew on.  This story totally hit home, especially because I work with SPED kids.  I love reading and it takes my mind off current things, but I was reading this in the airport traveling to or from Detroit and I probablly looked like a complete fool because I was bawling!!Read and see why . . .

Little League baseball can be a brutal sport, especially for nine- and ten-year-olds who compete in national tournaments.  It was the area Little League championship game.  The stands were packed with families of each of the players.  One young man brought his mother and father, both grandparents and three uncles and aunts to watch him play.

The bottom of the seventh inning was a nail-biter. The other team was ahead by one run, the bases were loaded, two outs, and the little boy with the large family was up to bat.  You can probably guess where this is going? If he made an out, the game would be over and his team would lose.  If he walked or hit the ball he would be the hero of the game.

He swung at the first pitch and missed.

“Strike One!” the umpire yelled.

The families from the other team cheered, but his family cheered even louder.  “It’s okay, Carl, No problem.  You almost hit the ball! Now clobber the next pitch.”

“Strike Two!” the umpire yelled after the next pitch.

Pandemonium broke out.  Both teams and their families were yelling back and forth at each other.  Carl’s family and team were encouraging him; the players and family of the defensive team were taunting.  No one could hear themselves think.

Wrinkles appeared on the nine-year-old’s forehead as he waited for the next pitch.  As the ball left the pitcher’s hand, it became very quiet.  The ball sped toward Carl.  It seemed like it took forever to cross the plate, but cross the plate it did, and Carl swung with all his might.

“Strike Three! You’re out!”

Not only was Carl out, the game was over. And he was the cause of the loss.

The winning team went crazy, their families swarmed onto the field and everyone was dancing, laughing cheering, and celebrating. Except Carl’s team.  As Carl’s team walked off the field, dejected, they mingled with their families and headed back to their cars in silence.

Except for Carl.

Carl was still standing at the plate, devastated, alone, his head down in disgrace.

Suddenly someone yelled, “Okay Carl, play ball!” Startled, Carl looked up to see his family spread out over the field.  Grandpa was pitching, Dad was catching, Mom was at first base, Uncle David was at second, and the rest of the family had covered the other positions.

“Come on, Carl, pick up the bat.  Grandpa’s pitching.”

Bewildered, Carl slowly picked up the bat and swung at Grandpa’s first pitch.  He missed, and he missed the next six pitches as well. But on the seventh pitch, determined to get a hit, Carl smacked the ball to left field.  His aunt ran, picked up the ball, and threw it to first base in plenty of time, but the first baseman, Mom, must have lost the ball in the sun, because it went right through her hands into the dugout. “Run!” everyone yelled.  As Carl was running to second, the first baseman recovered the ball and threw it.  Amazingly, Uncle David was blinded by the sun as well.  “Keep running!” yelled someone, and Carl headed for third, where the throw went at least two feet over the head of the third baseman.  “Keep running, Carl!” and Carl raced for home, running as hard as he had ever run.  The ball was thrown with deadly accuracy as the catcher, blocking the plate, waited to tag him out, but just as Carl reached home plate, the ball bounced in and out of the catcher’s mitt and Carl was safe!

Before he knew what happened, Carl found himself being carried around on Uncle David’s shoulders while the rest of the family crowded around cheering Carl’s name. 

One person who was watching this amazing event commented to a friend, “I’ve watched a little boy fall victim to a conspiracy of grace!”

Wow, Isn’t God’s grace like that!!  Touching story – there are more in this great book!  You should pick it up.  Maybe I’ll post another . . . later.

So. . . what’s really sad is the fact that as I read this over to make sure it’s all there and at least most of the spelling is correct, my eyes are welling up again with tears!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Such a cutie! He’s a bit scrawny, but he’ll fill out.  Back up to 7lb4oz today at the Dr. He had dropped to 7.1 on Monday.

I’m so proud, but it makes me sad I’m not closer! I guess that’s what webcams are good for! 

I am enjoying my time in MI with my brother and family.  Especially Silas!  I have found out that there is no real significance to the name except that he looks like a Silas and not like other names they were thinking of and that Silas is a “cool” character in the Bible.  I have found out that Silas means “man of the woods or forest” and Kaden means “companion/friend” or  “fighter” depending on which website you go to.   

Anyway, here’s some more pics.  It’s great at this point because he’s 12 days old and sleeps “like a baby”.  Ha ha. But really, he sleeps all the time and it’s the baby sleep where you can move them all around and play with them and they don’t wake up.  Yesterday we were trying to wake him up so he could eat at an appropriate time that would not disturb with plans for the evening.  He just would not wake up.  Josh made a comment that his son is like himself.  Definately true!! 

Check out that head of hair!!!

Look at these lips!! Aren’t they so cute!!

This is a very proud daddy!!!



Monday, October 03, 2005
  Well, after a busy few days in Kansas City visiting people and catching up with many friends and “family”, I have completely decided that things are going well and I am really, truly supposed to be in CO.  It is a great revelation from God and confirmation also about staying home from Bolivia.  God continues to reveal to me in small ways how He’s changing me to be more like Him.  Praise God for change even though it is hard.Some verses and songs that have been encouraging to me are:
Is. 43:18-19 

Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.  Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”

Jer. 29:11-14 “ I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you” – God’s Decree – “bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.”

There are also some songs that have totally kept me going.  One I was able to sing again this weekend for the first time in months without tears. 

In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost it’s grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Brought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Invitation Fountain
Michael J. Pritzl

All who are weak, all who are weary
Come to the rock, come to the fountain
All who have sailed on the rivers of heartache
Come to the sea, come on be set free

If You lead me Lord I will follow
Where You lead me Lord I will go
Come and heal me Lord I will follow
Where You lead me Lord I will go
I will go, I will go

All who are weak, all who are weary_
Come to the rock, come to the fountain_
All who have climbed on the mountains of heartache_
Reach to the stars, come on give your life_

Heal me, heal me
Heal me, heal me__All who are weak, all who are weary_All who are tired, all who are thirsty_All who have failed, all who have broken_Come to the rock, come to the fountain
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Sunday, September 25, 2005
  Look at my beautiful nephew and sister-in-law!!!

Proud Daddy! 

  Silas Kaden Reimer 

Currently Listening
The Sound of White
By Missy Higgins
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I’m an AUNT!!! 

Josh and Teresa had a beautiful baby boy Saturday Sep. 24th in the morning around 9am.  7 lb 10 oz.  No name yet, so if you have any suggestions for baby boy Reimer, I’ll be sure to pass them along!

Again, thanks to Katherine Paterson I have a great manly description! 


– Low Masculine Voice
– Young, Lean Face
– Eyes shining with mirth
-Warm manish odor of clean healthy skin




Tuesday, September 20, 2005


    Then one day when Goro and Takiko were working in the shop, Fusa burst in.  “Ichiro! Ichiro!  We can’t find him!” 
    Takiko and Goro jumped up and raced into the courtyard where a distracted Chieko was scurrying about, peering behind sacks and into barrels. 
    “He was here.” Chieko said. “Not a moment ago.”        
Without a word Goro began to run.  Above his short legs, his large torso swung crazily. Takiko watched for a moment and then took off after him.  Across the rice-field path he went with Takiko just behind. He was headed for the river. Takiko dared not think what he had found when she saw his body slide down over the bank out of site.
    She reached the top of the bank and stood there panting.  Below, Goro held a startled Ichiro, who was kicking and struggling to get free of his iron grip.
    “You fool!” The little man was shouting.  “You silly little fool!  You might have fallen in and drowned.”
“No! No!” The boy cried, beating his father’s shoulder with his fists.
    With one large hand, the
potter grasped Ichiro’s arm. Then he reached up and pulled a switch from the willow tree above his head.
    Takiko gasped, but Goro never looked up.  In a
quiet fury he stung the child’s fat little legs until red marks stood out against the tan flesh.
    At last he dropped the switch and swung the screaming child to his huge shoulder.  “Tell them my son is safe,” he said, looking up at Takiko.  There were
tears rolling down his brown cheeks.
    The girl nodded.  Something in her throat stopped any words that might have come.  She fled back to the farmhouse with the father and son following slowly behind.  From that day it was
Ichiro who followed the potter wherever he went.

From Of Nightingales That Weep

by Katherine Paterson

Isn’t this a pretty amazing connection and correlation to what God our Father does for us.  Look at the bold words or phrases. . . He runs after us to save us from a certain death.  Once saved, He sometimes must punish us for our wrongdoing so that we will not do it again.  Sometimes that “punishment” seems like it is from God, however it is the effects of wrong choices that we make and He allows the consequences to affect our lives.  The shaping of our character is painful and so even though it is good for us, we do not or cannot see that in the moment, so we cry out NO to our loving Father.  The potter, our Father, knows what’s best and how to best shape our lives into the character of His Son.  I do  not believe our Father ever punishes us in furry, but always in love, He does however get angry at the sin in our lives.  In our sin and in our punishment and consequences, God our Father continues to love us and in this love there will be tears which he sheds for that love.  Tears of joy when we do right and tears of sorrow when we AGAIN do what our flesh desires, against God’s will.  Once we get to the point of ultimate and complete surrender and the knowledge that He has our best interest in mind we will desire to follow Him wherever He goes.


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Sunday, September 18, 2005

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By Jason Upton
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Ok, I’m having some weird moments of revelation!  I took 2 classes this summer towards a Master’s Degree entitled Intercultural Communications and Growth and Development of the 3rd Culture Kid.  Anyway, I took the classes and  now I have to read 2 books and write a 10 page paper.  Not bad for 4 credits of grad work. 

Anyway, while reading Third Culture Kids by Dave Pollock for the second time now I realized a bit more why I think I want to work with Special Education and specifically Autistic students.  The TCK experience is the experience of children who have lived  in a cross cultural environment with high mobility during a significant portion of their development years.  The transition back to their “home” culture or country is often a difficult transition. 

For many years I thought I wanted to teach and work with TCKs overseas.  I’m not throwing that out the window, however I don’t relate as much with TCKs at a boarding school or overseas for the simple fact that I didn’t experience much of their life.   I never went to boarding school, I am very monolingual, I didn’t grow up for 18 years in one place, or for that matter overseas then move back to the US.  I am very comfortable in the US with most of the cultural norms, I may value and believe different things, but some of that comes with being a Christian.

Well, in reading through this book and thinking about it today, I realized how much TCKs are like SPED kids specifically students with Autism.  They are forced into a world and culture they don’t understand, often a language they can’t full communicate in.  The more high functional ones can “learn” the cultural norms however most have to be explicitly taught and usually even taught in a variety of contexts because these student’s can’t generalize. 

Wow, I can relate to the lost feeling of not belonging, not understanding and not really knowing how to act.  These students also don’t judge me for not being autistic.  Some adults might, but I’m not trying to be like them, I’m trying to use my prior knowledge and experience to help them manage better through life and specifically the cultural needs they have.

Well, lots of thoughts to ponder, think, and pray about. .


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Monday, September 12, 2005


Come, let us return to the LORD!  He has torn us in pieces; now He will heal us.  He has injured us; now He will bandage our wounds.  In just a short time, He will restore us so we can live in His presence.  Oh, that we might know the LORD!  Let us press on to know Him! Then He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.  (Hosea 6:1-3)

Ah, women, that you are here on earth, that you
move here among us, grief-filled,
no more watched over than we and yet able
to bless like the blessed.

From what region,
when the loved one appears,
do you take the future?

More than will ever exit.
He who knows distances
up to the outermost fixed star
is amazed to find this,
your mafnificent heartspace.

How, in the crush, do you keep it free?

Rainer Maria Rilke “Antistrophes” in

Uncollected Poems


A great book to pick up for females to really get into the heart of God is The Allure of Hope

by Jan Meyers. Thanks to a friend in Bolivia I had a great experience reading this quality book.

Ok, so I was thinking and praying and remembering 911 yesterday and  came across this picture I took in NYC! 
Let’s not forget what happened – even amongst the trama of the recent huricane! 


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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

  WoW!!! Total BLOND moment!!Yesterday I was trying to retrieve my parent’s van from the station where they left it to go to the airport. I had my friend Nick drive and help me because I wasn’t into running 3 miles. Anyway, we got it back to the house, went through the house, locked up and left for church only for me to realize that I had my dad’s set of keys not mine. We were locked out of the house, completely with no way to get in.

So we started walking around the house looking for an open window. The kitchen was open so Nick cut the screen and climbed through

only for me to realize once we got in




that I had my keys in my purse all along!!!!! Wow, I felt so stupid and it put us out 15 min late for church. Oh well. Those times you just have to laugh. So sometime this week before mom and dad get back I need to hit Ace Hardware to get a new screen. Oh well.


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Monday, September 05, 2005

  The new profile picture is of Gaby.  My girl from church in KC, MO!  Aren’t we cute!!!

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Monday, September 05, 2005

  Wow, awesome weekend in the mountains.  Check out some pictures!!!  I hiked a mountain, crawled around big rocks and started a fire all by myself.  Sleeping out under the stars was awesome!!  I was so blessed to spend this time to get to know many others in my group from church. 

Yes, I am woman. . . hear me roar on my big rock!!! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

  Sorry no pics yet, been way to busy working my 2 lovely jobs!Anyway, some random thoughts. . .

I have been studying prayer recently and came across some interesting thoughts I wanted to through out to you and see what you thought. 

I’ve always been told or thought that prayer was dialogue, well, then studying prayer though scripture – specifically Paul’s prayers in Eph. 1 and Col. 1 and now that I think about it even Jesus’ prayer for the believers in John 17- I have found a lot of prayer and intercession for others.  So as part of my study and search into this I started to pray, intercedingly for others, many others in my life and what has been affecting them recently.  I don’t think that is a bad thing, it is a very good thing but is that all there is to a “prayer life” and if so is that enough?? 

It seems like all my intercession was asking “God do this, and God do that, God bless so and so, God strengthen uphold them, encourage them.   THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS, BUT WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE??

So then the other night I was at church (here in CO called The Next Level Church) and they were finishing a series on The Lord’s Prayer.  I was challenged again by the idea that prayer is dialogue!!  And much more challenged in the way that I

listen to God in my prayer.  Well, to be honest I haven’t listened a whole lot.  Even in my dialoging throughout the day, which I still think helps me to focus on others and on God, it is very much one sided.  I know I would never like a relationship that is only one sided and I do all the talking – or vice versa and they do all the talking. 


1 SAMUEL 3:10 “. . . Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’ “

I just did a search at for listen or hear.  In the whole Bible the word listen comes up 275 times, the word hear comes up 373 times.  The words quiet and silent produce about 100 responses.  Granted there are many different contexts, but that is a lot!!!! 

Another challenge to me in general communication has been in the area of when I’m finished talking do I really listen.  Do I listen trying to think of the next thing to say, or do I listen with my whole mind and body.  WE all know that body language talks 70% more than our verbal words, what do we communicate?

Anyway, lots of random thoughts, I need to go to bed, Good night.

Monday, August 22, 2005

  I got a car!!!!I’ll post pictures sometime this week, but it’s a great cute car – Black 99 Honda Civic 2 dr Coupe – loaded!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

  Well, another job in tow.  Actually it’s a really good thing. I’m working for JJill, a high class women’s clothing shop.  The only down side is I have to buy their clothing to wear to work, so I’m broke and I have to buy at least a $50 shirt.  I don’t know how that’s going to work, but whatever.  God is so good to continue to provide. 

Oh and the woman in my interview who I thought was the SPED supervisor I realized during my 2nd day of work that she’s the head principal.  WOW.  But good news is that I think I made a good impression!!  So that’s good.

Still working on the car thing – I’m still looking and looking for a better deal.  I just hate borrowing so much money, the ghetto van still works pretty good.  I average about 2-3 stalls each time I”m driving around.  Oh well.  Although it was almost to my benefit; the other weekend I was hanging out with new friends and we were going from Old Chicago restaurant to the bowling alley and my van kept stalling, the guy that I was following noticed, backed up and asked,   But of course by that time the van was working properly, so I had to admit that I was ok and didn’t need help, although it would have been nice. 

I continue to try to make new friends – It is going well, since I started doing things with this group from Grace Chapel.  One of the girls that I really clicked with is going to the Peace Corps, so that is exciting, but continually difficult in my struggle to be intimate and close despite what “might” happen.

Oh, Yeah for an awesome prayer vigil last night that I went to!!!  It was an awesome idea, this church felt like they needed to really pray and seek God more, so dedicated 12 hrs of prayer, asked people to sign up then organized the event very well.  It was very quiet and serene in the rooms.  We were at the church’s office since they don’t have a building of their own.  Every room was dedicated to something different – the church’s history, communion, praise and worship through music and dancing, prayer positions, books and magazines on prayer, who am I in Christ, pray for government and our country, missions and the world, private prayer closet, prayer for children.  It was absolutely amazing!!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

  I got a job!!!!I have been officially offered a job as an Educational Assistant for a Severe Specialized Needs class (K-6).  The classes are organized differently, so I’ll be working with all levels.  I start tomorrow so we’ll see how it goes. 

I do have a cell phone now, so e-mail me if you want the number.  Ok.




Tuesday, August 09, 2005

  Don’t you love the background picture???  I think it is beautiful!!! 


I had a great interview today.  It was with 4 people from the district!!!  Talk about freaking out, I interviewed with 2 Vice Principals, a SPED teacher and supervisor.  YIKES!!  It must have gone well though because one of the Vice Principals called me back already today about 2 hrs later to say that he was checking my references and so far had heard all positive things and that I would likely hear from him again tomorrow.  WOW, That would be awesome.  

 I’m still in search of a part time evening and weekend job, so we’ll see how that search goes. 

And still searching for a car . . .

If I can pray for anything, please let me know!!  I’m starting a prayers journal/binder for my friends and family.  So please help me pray for you.

Oh, I have to share this story . . .

Sunday we were driving around the mountains trying to find a good picnic area to eat lunch.  We finally stopped and walked over to this table.  I noticed what looked like a Mexican family reunion or something in the same area, but found a table that they were not using.  Well. there were some empty soda cans on the table so we put our stuff down on the other end.  Well, then these two guys came up behind us and wanted to clean up their stuff.  Ok, thanks.  Then they invited us to have some meat.  They insisted a few times, so we conceeded and went over.  They gave us plates which we loaded with fresh quacamole and salsa, potatoes and beans and T-bone steak and pork.  It was so good and they were so friendly.  They were indeed all from Mexico, but were friends not family.  After eating we realized it would be culturally rude not to offer something to them, so we had a small bag of Recees Peanut Butter Cups to share.  God totally blessed in a great situation.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Currently Listening
Healing Rain
By Michael W. Smith
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The new profile pic is me and my girl Beca in La Paz.  I miss her, she is such a sweety little 3 year old. 

Well, I’m aranged in my basement room now.  It’s cozy – and I have as many pics of friends around that I can find and set up since I can’t really hang anything.  It works.  I am excited to have some books on the shelves!!  

Anyway, off to a new church tomorrow, we’ll see how it goes. 

Friday, August 05, 2005


Have you ever been running through the fountains down in Crown Center?  If not you have to take some friends and go run!!!  It is so much fun!!


Well, it is a little depressing to be sitting at home on a Friday night with my parents, but such is the life of one without a job new to the area.  Oh well. 

On the up side. . . I do have an interview on Monday for a local school for an assistant position.  I think it would be in a SPED classroom, so similar to what I’ve done before, although with older students.  I dropped off my application this afternoon and about 2 hrs later got the phone call, so that was exciting.  I’ve submitted probably a dozen apps and resumes by now with not so much as an e-mail back, so things are looking better.

Oh, another note, I went shopping today after realizing that I have absolutly no clothes for cool weather.  Not good for living in CO.  So I spent a bunch of money, actually only $60 to get about 5 pants, 3 sweaters, 6 long sleeved shirts, shorts, a robe and a cd.  I think I did pretty well!!!!

In other news, I found a singles worship time on Thursday nights at a local EFree church.  It was fun to get out and meet some people single and my age.  No prospects of any guys though, bummer. . . oh well, God knows

Saturday, July 23, 2005

  Well, the verdict is finally in . . . I’M NOT GOING BACK TO BOLIVIA!!! I am so excited to finally have an answer. Now the question is KC or CO??? I also need a job, so we’ll see what happens.


Thursday, July 14, 2005

  WOW!!!! How Wonderful to be back in KC. I am feeling refreshed and encouraged to be here again. Confusion and question marks still cloud my view as I look to God to direct my paths.
Thursday, June 30, 2005

  At a break today, in the midst of the meetings in AC.  I had to warm up a bit.  We walked around outside and enjoyed watching 4 killdear birds.  We knew that there was a nest close, but it was absolutly histerical to watch these little birds try to run away so we would follow them away from their nest.  Well, we found their nest and it was a bit of fun to watch these birds freak out.  These little birds don’t really fly much, they run on these long bird legs.  Here’s a link I found on-line of some pictures if you don’t know what kind of bird I’m talking about.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

  Well, I am enjoying the heat and humidity of northern Miss.  I got out last night and ran/walked with Rachel.  It was a great feeling to be able to exercise and yet be able to breathe.  It felt great to sweat for real, not only because I have more clothes on.  Oh well.  I’m learning a lot about myself and feeling encouragement.  I’m still frustrated and not quite sure what to do, but things are getting better.  Please keep praying.

See you soon


Sunday, June 26, 2005


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Ok, I’m done playing now, only question now is why are the pics so large. Can I make them smaller?? Not the thumbnail size, that’s too small. Oh well.



I think I’m getting this, what do you think?


Times Square


Dear Friends,
Hi, I’m trying to do pictures again. If this works I am showing you pictures from my trip to NYC and the beach with my roommates from college. We went to Coney Island and Times Square and Ocean City, New Jersey. Hope this works.

Friday, June 24, 2005

  Wow, lots of craziness.  I had a wonderful day in NYC and on the beach!!  Yea for beaches and big cities!!  Anyway, I’ll try to figure out how to post pictures some day and show you the beauty of the city!!

Still in PA and heading to MS on Monday.  See all you crazy folks in KC soon!




Friday, June 10, 2005

  I’m out I’m HOME!!!!!!! It is so wonderful to be home and see green grass, green trees, take a nice HOT shower and hear quiet!!!

God bless America, the land that I love!! I have never felt more happy to be on US ground and out of the mess in La Paz.

Check out the news, New President – The marchers got who they wanted in, so we will see what that does to the country.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

  Thank you for so many prayers and e-mails.

I am trying to get out of the city Thursday morning early and we´ll leave our house probably 2am to get through to the airport.  Please pray for Big Angels!!!

I hope to see you Thursday night at the airport or sometime later.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

  Well more Strike Days!!!  It is getting to the point of frustration now.  Imagine about a week before Christmas vacation (because it is cold) and it is snowing so you have snow days.  I can´t really finish anything.  Thankfully my students are pretty much finished, we have just been working on new stuff that they will get again next year anyway.  It is frustrating also because I am not doing anything here so I am getting more anxious to just leave and come home, however the Bolivian government has my passport so I can´t leave.

We have pretty much had two completely wasted weeks of school and we get to go back next week to clean up and check out.  Yikes.  I´m ready for this to just be done or to be home.

8 More Days!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

  Well, Rachel is better and home.  She is still very weak and we have no idea what it is except that it is an infamous bacterial infection that is very easy to get here.  Thanks for your prayers.

Half Day again today because of the marches and riots.  Craziness!!  Some of our students who live down town couldn´t even get home because we let out too late.  Please continue to pray for safety if we have school this week.  Personally I would not mind cancelling school, but we need to go.  I have a bad case of spring fever though that doesn´t help.

It was interesting today, my roommate found some church bulletin bloopers and printed it out.  I took it to school today thinking to give my kids a break with a laugh.  Almost all of them I had to explain to at least one student.  Most all my students English is their second language, so some basic words they don´t know or understand.  And play on words such as those then to be at times, they definitely do not understand.  It has been fun however to see their creativity in writing narrative stories.  It has been a lot of fun!!!  Maybe I´ll share some later when they are finished.  We will see.

Love ya,  10 more days!!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

  Well, as anticipated this weekend was calm.  We have no idea what Monday holds, but at this point we are still going to school, so we may be fine, we may have an early dismissal.  If we do, hopefully this time Ron will call parents to let them know that their kids are on their way home on the bus instead of just dropping them off without anyone home.  Yikes!!

Anyway, I knew coming to Bolivia that I would experience many different situations, however I never thought I´d do what I did last night.  Rache was still feeling bad, so the Dr. wanted to admit her into the hospital, so I took her and stayed with her all night.  It was an interesting experience!!  The nurses do not bug as much here,  I don´t know if that is good or bad, but I was able to sleep a few hours and another friend is staying tonight, because I could not handle staying again then teaching tomorrow. 

The room was very plain and they did not offer much amenities, although we did have cable tv, so that is really nice!  I got to catch up on some BBC and CNN news as well as old reruns of Growing Pains and other great classic shows. 

Anyway, Please keep praying for Rachel´s health and for the political situation.  At this point nothing has been solved yet, so we expect things to again get worse before they get better.

Thanks for your prayers!!  I will be home in 12 days!!!



Saturday, May 28, 2005

  Well, I experienced some of the health care system here, in taking my roommate to the Doctor.  Thank God that we have connections and actually got to a real office, with a real Doctor.  However we still had to go down the street for the lab office to do the tests and then somewhere else for the Pharamacy.  Prase God that I have been healthy since being here and have not had to do that by myself.  If I do get sick, though now, I know a doctor who speaks English!!!

Well, taking care of Rachel today has kept me close to home, however my nerves are still on edge because of the gas bombs or something that goes off almost every hour.  It is pretty loud, and I do not know what it is, which is why it is so nerve wracking.  We were at an office to see the Dr. uptown a ways today and did not really see anything unusual, except for two major roads that were closed for no apparent reason. 

Please keep praying.  Things seem to be ok, but I am constantly hearing talk.  Thanks.  Love ya.

Friday, May 27, 2005


Well, you would think that I would have applied and obtained my VISA to stay here long before now since I have now been here 5 months, but no! We had to wait till the last minute and now I am asking God for another VISA miracle!!!  I submitted it for the last time today to Immigration office and they expect to have it till the 10th, well anyone who remembers my itinerary should remember that I leave the 10th, so that is a problem.  So I am praying for a miracle and that I can get it on the 8th of June with plenty of time left. 

So needless to say, even if I wanted to leave without getting evacuated I cannot because I do not have my passport.  Oh well.

SO I had to go downtown today to meet with the lawyer for this VISA stuff and I actually felt safe and did not see anything unusual so I went further up to the governmental area, but there is also tourist shopping there.  I did not go all the way to Plaza Murillo, but toward that area, there are people standing around idly protesting, but nothing like we have seen this week.  Please continue to pray as things are expected to get worse again on Tuesday.  We expect a pretty calm weekend, so that is good, maybe we can actually get out a bit!! 

We did have school today, despite the fact that there were marches and protests starting this morning in El Alto, but that is far from us.  We are also praying that school will be normal on Wednesday because we have a parents day celebration that has already been postponed twice now. 

Please continue to Pray!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Another great article about La Paz.  I´ve heard rumored that a war reporter from CNN has come from Iraq to La Paz.  Now that is encouraging isn´t it.  Yikes!!


Today things calmed down a bit in the city.  It is a national holiday for the Catholics, so that encouraged them to stop for the day.  We actually ventured uptown a bit, but not to the bad area, but did not see anything unusual. 

 Tomorrow is Bolivian Mother´s day so the protests and strikes in La Paz are on hold until Tuesday, so we´ve heard from the news and friends at the Embassy.  Tomorrow might be bad or it might now, we really do not know.  Right now at 8pm we are still scheduled to have school with many families informing us that they do not plan on sending their student´s to school tomorrow.  Please continue to pray for the country. 

I have heard that American Airlines plans to resume flights tomorrow.  There are many families from my church leaving this week or next so pray that they will be able to get out.  There is a possibility that if they won´t fly internationally out of La Paz that they will have to go to Santa Cruz and fly from there, but from what I´ve heard the airlines are not offering help for this. 

There is also a problem with the strikes because there is a shortage of fuel for vehicles including airplanes.  Although I did see gas trucks at gas stations today, so that is good.  We saw markets opperating normally, which is also a good sign. 


Thank you for your continued prayers and e-mails of encouragement.  I would not mind leaving early, but it is pretty dangerous to go to the airport right now.  Please keep praying!!!



Wednesday, May 25, 2005

  Please Pray!!!  Craziness going on here in Bolivia. Most of you should have received my update asking for prayer and sharing more specifically, if you did not let me know and I will forward it to you. Please pray for safety.  If you want to check out some news links see these below.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

  STRIKE DAY!!!  Well, you have snow days and we have strike days.  The past couple weeks have been building and we have been expecting something to happen, but not really sure what is going to happen.  Well, last night we were called with the news that people were camping in the area called Mallasa which is beside Mallasilla where the school is located.  The protestors tend to try to block off the city, like a siege, so they block off the outer roads to get in.  The school is far away enough that it was supposed to be blocked off.  There are huge crowds downtown in the main government plaza and marches down the main streets.  So we are pretty much staying around home today. 


I was reading scripture and listening to some great music when I came across this song that I wanted to share with you.  It is by Christopher Adam on an album called Prayer Meeting in a Box.

When you hold me in your arms, I feel like I can fly.  It´s been raining in this storm so you can never see me cry.  I ust need a little love right now.  I just need a little shelter.  I just need to get away from myself.  Will you let me rest my weary head?  Will you let me fall asleep in your arms?  Will you help me be the man you want me to be?

Chorus: My arms are outstretched, I´m crying out to you.  Lord have your way in me I´ll to what you want me to.  My arms are out stretched, I´m crying out to you, and there is nothing is this world I would not give, for you alone I long to live, just let me know that all the while you´re my father and I am your child.


This song was extra touching right now.  Please pray that I can feel the loving arms of my Father right now!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

  Well, Interesting happenings in La Paz and Bolivian in general.  We have been warned by many people the past week or so that there are going to be some big political things going on.  They have cut or blocked gas lines from Santa Cruz here, so the gas lines hare been crazy long.  I was downtown this week at the post office picking up a package and after spending a few minutes on the internet, I walked out only to look up the street and see a crowd marching towards me.  I was curious, but knew that it would not be wise to get in amongst the crowd being very white and mostly blond.  They were throwing loud bomb things that just made a lot of noise, but if one were to get hit, it would hurt.  Well, the crowd coming down the street caused all vehicles to go another way because obviously they could not drive.  So I started walking the the crowd ahead of the mob of protestors hoping to get down enough that I would get to a place where transportation could get through.  YIKES.  I finally got on a bus and got home, but it was a bit scary. 

On a lighter note, I was able to attend a gringo party last night.  Well, it felt that way at least.  Two families from church were playing Irish music at a local British Pub that is conected to a Thai restraunt.  Go figure all the nationalities there.  Well, it was a lot of fun and made me for a moment forget where I was and the struggles I deal with. 

See you soon!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

  Oh for the day when I can access Intenet from the comfort of my own home without having to wait. We came up to the Internet cafe only to find all the working computers busy with boys playing games. . . I do not understand boys and their computer games. OH well. After waiting 30 minutes I finally got on a computer only to discover that the Yahoo website is having issues, so I might go to another cafe. Oh well, 4 weeks and I will be home. I cannot wait!!!!

This week of testing went well! It was an easy week for me since I just had to supervise and did not have to teach except for Bible and health. We have a full week this week, then a partial week, then a full week, then 2 and a half days and I am DONE!!!!

Please do not brag, I know most of you at home are finished before Memorial Day or the end of May.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Praise God I leave Bolivia in One month to come back to the beautiful US of A.  I´m cold and lonely and ready to be among friends and family, and even strangers that I can understand!!!  I´m looking forward to the heat, humidity, Wendy´s, Smokehouse, Cheesecake Factory, Ikea, driving a vehicle, go when and where I want, talking on the phone for hours, seeing green trees, peanut butter, Internet in the comfort of a home, Good coffee at Friendly Bean and many, many other things. 

Please continue to pray for strength and endurance.  Pray also for Iggy, my student.  He cut his shin at camp and has had to have surgery 2 times now and it may still be infected.  He has missed a week of school with no much hope of coming back soon.  This is adversly affecting me and his learning as well, which makes things difficult.  Please pray that he will heal soon and will be able to join us back at school.  Thanks.



Tuesday, May 03, 2005

  Well, despite the craziness I have been reminded that this is a process where God is strengthening and working on me as much if not more as others.  I was passed along this fwd which I don´t usually read, but God led me to read this one.  Check it out.

Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at the next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.

If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would  be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” He smiled at her

and answered, “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

“Life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.”

Saturday, April 23, 2005

  Well, Things take time, for instance Internet.  We´ve now been in our apartment over a month and are still waiting for the Internet.  I´ve survived at the cafe´that is close to the house, but it will be nice to have it in my bedroom.

Bolivia Story about neighbors.

The other week we were hearing lots of noise from upstairs and then found out they were moving.  We heard from our landlord that the neighbors downstairs were moving in May but didn´t know about upstairs.  Well, it was confirmed when we saw the elpliada (maid) carring the stove, and refrig on her back down 2 flights of stairs.  With the family directing her were to go not at all helping.  YIKES!!!  So anyway, the neighbors upstairs had the line outside to hang laundry and they took it with them including the hooks in the wall.  So the next day we saw a line out and hung up wet clothing only to get yelled at by the neighbor downstairs because it is her line and her hooks.  Well, Rachel, the one with the most Spanish, talks to her and they decide that we will put of line on hooks that she is going to lend us then we will share the 2 lines.  WEll, Friday I came home to fine laundry hanging on both lines.  About 10 min after I got home she took it down and went inside.  Then I did some laundry and when I took it outside about an hour later, she had taken her laundry down and taken the line inside as well, so we couldn´t use it.    Oh well, She´s moving out soon.

Happy Sunday and last week of April!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

  Two Funny Stories

Well, this happened Saturday that I forgot to write about.  When we had Praise and Pizza at our house we had a great group of people over. After the night was mostly over, I was messing around and dancing and sliding around in my socks on our wood floors.  It is pretty slick, so . . . I ran over to get some more water and totally slid into the table and crashed on the floor.  I was so embarassed especially with the company, but couldn´t get up b-c I was laughing so much.  Anyway, they all said it was the most graceful fall they´d seen in a long time.  YIKES!!


Today at school  my students were asking for music. I told them my computer is acting funny so I couldn´t bring it to school for music.  Iggy replies, can you tell us a joke.  I totally didn´t get it and was like. . . What? So he explained, your computer is acting funny so you should be able to tell us a joke.  Oh my.  I couldn´t help but laugh.



Sunday, April 17, 2005

  Well, what a great weekend!!!!  It was beautiful and sunny enough to even get burnt while out ¨thrift store¨ shopping in El Alto.  It was so much fun!!  We were able to find all kinds of good bargins.  I was able to find a REI camping backpack for less than $20.  What a deal. 

Saturday, after relaxing and reading a book for a while, we cleaned the apartment to host Praise and Pizza at our house.  It was a lot of fun.  Usually it is on Sunday nights, except last time we stayed way too late and completely crashed on Monday, so we decided to have it on Saturday instead so everyone could stay late, however then everyone left so we ended up watching a movie.  Oh well. 

Well, I hope and pray that this week continues to get better, please pray as well.  Thanks.

Friday, April 15, 2005

  Wow, it´s been a while and a lot has happened.  You have probably received my other updates and know a bit of what´s going on down here.  Life is crazy, but God continues to provide strength and wisdom. 

Please continue to pray for widsom in decisions and meetings that still need to happen.  Thanks.

I´m also looking and praying about applying for grad school with my university so you can pray for this situation as well.  thanks so much.  

I´ll try to make time to get some pictures and get a funny story up here soon.  Life is just busy.  Thanks for understanding. 



Sunday, April 03, 2005


Well, a day shopping with 3 gringas is quite an interesting experience.  We did however manage to get a washer and TV and DVD player on Saturday.  We were completely exhausted by the end of the day however and we even started in the afternoon after a relaxing morning.  Oh well. I learned that when buying something large and needing a taxi don’t get the taxi yet until the items are on the curb.  The taxi driver that we got ended up waiting about 30 minutes since we had to wait for them to box up the stuff, find the remote, antena and all kinds of stuff that just took forever since they were not in a hurry.

Another thing learned from shopping and buying a coffeemaker is to make sure if something seems wierd don’t buy it.  I bought a coffee maker that the place that holds the grounds doesn’t stay up, it rests on the coffeepot.  It is so annoying that I may just try to sell it to someone at school for cheap then spend another $5 to get a better one.

Lesson #3 Make sure everything is plugged into converters and transformers if necessary.  I was so excited to finally have a 3 way converter and 220 transformer for my printer that I forgot to plug it all together before turning it on and completely blew my printer.  All this nasty smoke came billowing out from the printer and it sounded horrible.  I’ve been asking to see if I can get it fixed, but I don’t know if it’s worth it.  Oh well.

That’s all for now, however the lessons that I’m learning continue daily about general life in Bolivia.  Life is never dull from trying to figure out the electric water heater in the shower and the gas stove and the postage system to get packages and mail.  Transportation is also one of those fun things to learn and even the Spanish keyboard at the internet cafe’s.  Life is always fun. 

Have a wonderf ul week.


I’m trying a picture, let me know if it works.  Thanks

Thursday, March 31, 2005

  Well, I´m still working on getting pictures again.  I have them on website now, so I´m one step closer.  Soon you will see my life instead of just hearing about it.

3rd Quarter ended this week and we had report cards go out.  My first time doing report cards. It went fairly well I think, despite computer and disk problems.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Well, after another tiring 60 hours of traveling we finally made it back to La Paz on Sunday afternoon 2pm.  We ended up staying overnight in the town of La Quica,  Argentina.  Saturday morning we crossed the boarder and got on a train to Oruro, we had 17 hrs on a train.  It was very nice service with a server that would bring food that you had to buy extra.  Oh well, it was nice to at least have it excessable.  I met a lady traveling through South America.  She is from England and has been here for about a year traveling.  I was able to share the gospel with her, but it was difficult because she is Jewish by heritage and quite closed to any religion.  Please pray for her if you think about it.  I at least planted the seed.

WEll, back to work after a crazy week.  It is kind of good to be back, but I did enjoy the time off.  WE have grades due Thursday as today was the last day of the 3rd quarter, so I am going nuts trying to get that ready and coach gymnastics afterschool and organize the singles dinners for our church with Rachel. I feel quite busy, but it makes the time go by quickly.

Well, look soon for pictures. I am trying to get all the Buenos Aires pictures together so I can burn a CD and show you the best ones, so hopefully by this weekend I will have time to do that.

Love you all!  KJR

Friday, March 25, 2005


Well, back on the road again with the gang.  We left Buenos Aires Thursday night at 7.30 and now we have a layover on JuJuy, Argentina.  We´ll get to the boarder before tonight and hopefully be on another bus on our way to La Paz to go through the night.  The last bus is the worse so I´m hoping it will be at night.  Part of the roads in Bolivia are lovely dirt roads with creeks running through the road that we just drive across.  It is definately not for the weak stomach!  The last bus we got off was very nice.  2 stories with movies in English and a stewardess to serve food and drinks.  That´s the way I´d like to ride the whole time, however those only come in Argentina and Chile (I´m told).

Anyway, we went all the way to Buenos Aires to spend 2 full days there and one of those we went to Uruaguay.  That´s  bit disapointing.  Oh well.  I think I´ll be rocking quite a bit for a few days between the movement of the bus and the boat.

Well, thanks for your continued prayers.  We are still trying to figure out what I¨ll teach next year, so hopefully that will be settled soon.

Thursday, March 24, 2005


Well, indoor plumbing is great TJ and I am very thankful for the Mc Donalds that we found in Buenos Aires.  We don´t have that in La Paz.  Mc Donalds at least in my family is known for always having bathrooms and usually toilet paper all over the world.  That was a great view of home, even though I don´t go to Mc Donalds very much at home.   It was still however very South American in the sense that you can´t just get a cup of water, bottled water and that you can´t throw tp in the toilet.  Yes in every bathroom public or priviate there is always a trash can beside to put your paper.  YUCK!!! But the plumbing is not good, so paper can not be disposed of.

No there is not Dr. Pepper that I´ve ever seen down here.  Only Coke products, but not always Coke light- sorry Diet Coke.  We did actually find a TGI Friday´s in Buenos Aires, but no time to indulge.  The only restraunt in La Paz that is American is Burger King.  There is however a place that looks like Taco Bell that I¨ve heard was in the states and started this small chain of La Champa (I think that´s the name) in La Paz.  I have yet to try.

Anyway, Wednesday we enjoyed a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Uruaguay.  We went to this really cute town called Colonia.  It really was an only colony town and the city wall and lighthouse are still there.  Very cute.  WE actually did a totaly tourist thing and went on a paid all inclusive tour which included the boat, lunch, and a city bus tour with a guide.  It was a bit too touristy for the guys in our group, but it was nice since we didn´t have much time. 

Well, we are maybe getting on a bus tonight.  I would rather wait and get good sleep at least on more night, but it depends on times and it´s really long, so the guys would rather do it at night when you can ¨sleep¨.We will see what happens.

More stories when I get back home to La Paz, ok.  IF you have questions ask away.  I´d love to hear from you!!



Tuesday, March 22, 2005

  Buenos Aires, Argentina!!!! 

Wow, what a beautiful city.  There is so much about this place that makes me want to move down here.  Yikes.  It is very European in culture and even the people. 

Anyway, after almost 60 hrs of traveling we made it to Buenos Aires Monday morning around 5.30am.  We waited around for a few hours trying to figure out where to stay and how to get around since we could not get a taxi because there are 5 of us and they actually follow the laws about seatbelts here.  Wow, what a thought, we just can not cram in as many as possible.  So we tried to use the bus, well the next interesting issue was how do you get on the bus.  In sophisticated Argentina the busses actually have stops that one gets on and off.  In Bolivia you just wave one down whereever you are and yell when you want to get off.  The hardships of a developed country.  I hope you can sense the sarcasim here.    I am absoltly loving staying here and enjoying the new scenery.  Real malls and real grass and trees.  It is socuh a beautiful change.  I actually feel short here as well, since there is much more of a European flavor than in La Paz. 

Well, after 45 hrs on a bus to get here Rachel and I are thinking of flying back at least part of the way.  The busses in Bolivia are much worse and there was a stretch of ¨road¨ that was dirt and we were definately just going along on a path that of which I would not have called it a road.  Anyway, so flying at least in Bolivia would be nice. 

Please keep praying for Bolivia and the politics here.  Apparently Bolivia was featured on the front page of one of the major magazines in Chicago, that does not suprise me since it is kind of crazy here.  Please pray for a peaceful transition of power from the current president to whoever is going to take charge till the August elections.  Thank you so much.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

I will post pictures as soon as I can from this beautiful city. 


Saturday, March 19, 2005

  Spring Break!!!!!

Friday was an absolutly crazy day.  I had to go do a medical check for my visa processing, so I missed our Friday morning prayer and praise.  But praise the Lord that the medical exam went well despite my lack of language.  The doctors and nurses were very understanding and patient.  I felt however that I went back many years with ancient x-ray equipment.  Sanitary requirements definately not like the states.  Oh well, I continue to pray that the Lord will protect me here in circumstances like that.

AFter a crazy morning with students as anxious as I was to leave, we finally left and went down town to try to book our flights.  We had found a SA pass and wanted to travel to Caracas, Buenos Aires, and Santiago.  Well, talking to the travel agent we realized that I needed yellow fever vacine to travel to Venezuela, that of which I hadn´t gotten yet.  So we ran to a really sleezy clinic up down paid the man more money to get the shot and pre date the paper the required 10 days.  When we went back to the LAB office we realized the silliness of trying to book a vacation like that the day before and two of our other friends wanted also to travel with us but didn´t have the money to fly. SO. . .

We go to the bus station to check out the plans for our origional thought of bussing down to Buenos Aires.  WEll I had also arranged in the middle of this to meet with two other women from school for a Birthday tea, so I left the bus station and went down to meet them only to get a call after 5 min. saying we bought tickets we leave in 2 hrs.  So raced home packed, ate and raced back up to the terminal. 

We left La Paz around 7.30 pm and traveled all night and all day and arrived in the boader town in Bolivia.  We walked across the boarder into Argentina by a miracle since I didn´t have some paper and one of the guys was past his 90 day visa.  WEll, God continues to be with us in traveling.  We will get on another bus tonight at 11pm and travel all night and all day and arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina early MOnday morning.  What a way to spend a birthday, on a bus all day with friends.  Oh well, the week will make up for it.  Although I think at least Rachel and I will fly part way back next weekend.  This is crazy, but lots of fun!!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

  Well, after an absolutly crazy week. We now have only half a day before spring break.  One of my students the other day asked why we have a break for a WHOLE week.  I told her if she didn´t need a break that´s fine but I did.  They laughed, they definately know when I´m getting frustrated with them.  Sometimes I feel bad for showing so much, but they have to know I´m real.


Praise God we´ve had some awesome talks and discussions in Bible class, by far my favorite class to teach.  They didn´t want to stop today and most days.  I´m working my way through the Old Testament stories.  I wish I could show them the video clips and such from the VBS at Avondale this summer on the Israelites, they would enjoy the hands on stuff.  Oh well, I can´t do it all.  Please continue to pray that these students will want to study the Bible and that I will have wisdom in teaching and answering questions.


Well, politics continues to be interesting down here.  The president again is saying that he wants to resign.  He has called for early elections and is stepping down.  He as supposed to be in till 2007, he was just elected this fall, but can´t handle the junk that the people put him through. 

We were concerned that with all the blockades on the roads everywhere that we might not be able to go anywhere for spring break.  I think at least Rachel and I have decided to fly and travel some places.  We are still trying to figure it out though.  Please pray for safety in travel and a fun relaxing time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

  Praise the Lord!!  I think we are starting to again really listen to God´s voice and now Satan is attacking!!  Please pray.  There were many incidents this weekend that I experienced first hand miracles of God´s protection.  First was of the life of a baby when a man on a motorcycle rode on the side walk where we were standing (3 adults and 6 kids under age 8 and one baby).  At the same moment that he drove up a large metal sign blew over and hit him, but had he not been there it would have landed on the baby.  Wow, God´s hand.  Sunday went went to a huge market up in the mountians in El Alto to buy furniture and stuff for our apartment.  I got my purse slashed, but nothing taken since I had all my money and phone on my body, not even my lotion was stolen.  Praise God.  On the way home from El Alto we were in a taxi with a bed frame and matress on top of the car.  It was raining very hard and we were driving down cobblestone streets that were very steep!!!  AT one point another taxi coming from another street to the right of us went out of control and did a 360 a few feet in front of us- had we been there a few seconds earlier we would have been toast!!!  WOW!!!!  God continues to provide in many ways!!!


Our first gymnastics class went well, we have a maxed out class at 16 with 2 teachers.  It is lots of fun, but I´m sore.  Oh well.  With more students than expected we were able to order more mats.  PTL  Please pray they will come in quickly so we can better use our time.



Saturday, March 12, 2005

  Wow, parent-teacher conferences were very interesting!!!  I´m here a first year teacher and most all of my parents were asking me for parental advise for their preteen.  Well, I told them that, sorry to say to you that are in this category, this is a wierd phase their student is going through that in about 6-8 years they will grow out of.  I was also able to bless my parents and praise their wisdom in raising me.  How exciting to have an opportunity to brag on your parents! 


Well, the administrator got back from his time in the US for training and stuff.  He was very encouraged by all that he learned.  I was encouraged to hear that the other administrators are all about helping Ron.  He is going to Peru to learn and watch the school there.  The school in Korea has offered to at their cost bring some teachers here to La Paz next year to offer in-services for us.  YEA!!!  That is so awesome!!!  Liberty University has offered to come down and start our special education program this next semester and help us get that going.  Please continue to pray for the many changes and new things that Ron learned. 

Life continues to be exciting!  Spring break starting the 18-26.  The choices of where to go are mind boggling.  We´ve narrowed it down to Buenos Aires, Argentina or Iguassu Falls.  We´ll see, either way it will mean at least 48 hrs in a bus over some interesting roads, but it´s with friends so that helps. 



Wednesday, March 09, 2005

  PRAISE GOD we have a fridge in our apartment now.  By the way, I´m using all Internet cafe´s now so if you have MSN or if you want to chat that´s what I have available to use.  So sign on and chat with me at Karareimer.  Anyway, please keep praying for stuff down here.  I have parent-teacher conferences tomorrow, so that will be fun.  I hope to hear from you. 
Monday, March 07, 2005

          Well Praise the Lord I finally have a bedroom!!!!  We moved into our new apartment on Saturday late afternoon.  We still do not have our fridge, which is still in another apartment and just needs to be moved over, the hardship is getting a truck and finding men to help.  Thankfully we only live on the 2nd floor so carrying stuff is not that bad.  I have my own bedroom now with a bed and desk.  There is a beautiful view when I lay on my bed of the mountains and houses.  It is very warm from big windows and sun, which will be nice for beginning in April when it starts to get cold here and there is no heat. 
I will try to send pictures when I can however I don´t have internet yet, so I have to figure how to do it through the Internet cafe´s or a friend´s house.
          Please continue to pray, I don´t know if any of you heard, but there have been political stuff going on here in La Paz this weekend.  The president resigned and we didn´t know how that would affect things, so Rachel with the counsel of many parents and other staff closed school today, just in case anything would happen against Americans.  Well, I got out early this morning to get food just in case we get stuck at home if transportation shuts down (has happened in the past) and things seemed relatively normal.  So some friends called to go out and we went out shopping for more apartment stuff.  Praise God that yesterday we went shopping in the markets and I was able to buy a desk for very cheap.  It is a nice oak wood one too!   Anyway, we went out and ended up at the center of the city where there were people in protest of the president´s resignation.  They were trying to encourage him to go back.  So at this point I really don´t know what´s going on, but we have not met any hostility toward Americans just a lot more looks than normal.  Please continue to pray for the political scene here.
Also please continue to pray for the school and the Wende´s.  They return on Thursday and we are praying for many things to be changed and changes for the better.  We have deeply felt the need for more of God and the Holy Spirit around the school.  So we have started a Friday morning prayer and praise time, a monthly prayer y postres for staff and faculty.  There are many things that that we see here that Satan is working so please pray a covering over us and the students.  There is much Satanic worship here in Bolivia and many of our families who are not Christian are very open and at times have sought out things they did not know was demonic.  Please pray against this!! 
Friday, March 04, 2005

  Funny Kid Story,

My kids were doing what we call “choice day” today.  They are given a list of all the work that must be accomplished in the day.  This includes all subjects and they can work at their own pace on anything they want on that list in any order.  They love it and it’s a treat for me to not really have to teach, so I usually catch up on grading and planning.  Anyway, they were working and I always play music while they work.  On choice day they can also choose to bring in their CDs from home to share.  Someone brought POD so we listened to that for a while, someone else brought a WOW 2004 DVD so I played that to listen to the songs.  Well, one of the songs on the WOW was a more rap-ish getto black song (I say that in the nicest ways possible b/c I was thourghly enjoying it).  Anyway, I started to dance around to the words “put your hands up, put your hands up”  The kids were dying.  They were all like look at Miss Reimer.   I was laughing and asked them if they thought I was wierd.  One of my students, Christopher, “No, you are just special.”  Wow, thanks, now my mind takes that comment and puts me in with the “special kids”.  Anyway then Iggy (I love him.) made the best comment, “you know that there are many meanings for the word special, like the special kids, you know you can’t say retarded, they are special.”  Wow, thanks Iggy.  I was laughing so much by this point.  I love this age – they say some of the greatest things.

Well, Praise God today I found out that I have been given enough gifts this month that I have just enough to buy my airplane ticket!  Praise the Lord.

You know what a great snack is. . . pretzels and cream cheese, well here we use Bonle, and chocolate icing, we actually have great Betty Crocker frosting.  It’s pretty expensive, but we had splurged for V-day for our kids and now the left over works well with pretzels.  haha

Happy Friday



Tuesday, March 01, 2005

  Updated address and phone number of where I can be reached is:

Phone number: 011-591- 720-85360
Address: Highlands International School, 2320 Ave. Sanchez Lima, La Paz Bolivia, South America
The phone number is my cell phone since when I move on Saturday I will not have a phone in the apartment.  We are working on the landlady on getting DSL hooked up but it may be a while.  I’ll be at internet cafes as much as possible in order to stay in touch. 
There is another family from the school who live down the street that we will probably be borrowing their washer and internet as much as they allow us to. 
Anyway, please be in prayer for the school and Rachel as many things continue to come up while Ron is away.  Thanks for your prayers.
Sunday, February 27, 2005


Sunday Lessons

WOw, It’s God’s timing amazing.  It was so interesting, today at church the sermon was on God’s soverignty in specifically Joseph’s life – wrapping up the sermon series.  Very touching considering my last few months.  Then I was reading this afternoon and found a very touching verse in Ps. 25:12-13 “Who is the man who fears the Lord?  He(God) will instruct him(me or you) in the way he(I or you) should choose.  His(our) soul will abide in prosperity and His (our) descendants will inherit the land.”  Wow, so God will direct and INSTRUCT us so that we CHOOSE the path He wants us to take.  A good lesson today on the fact that God’s plans the end of the path, we choose the journey to take.  He will teach us in all we do.  Anyway, just my lessons from today. 

Songs for today are: It is Well and Take my Life

It Is Well








Take My Life and Let it Be

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.




Friday, February 25, 2005



Yea!!! It’s Friday.  After a week of not really feeling well, I finally could kind of breathe today and had enough energy to survive the whole day! 

The big moral of this week is that I’m not ready to have kids!  I’ve stayed with 2 very spoiled crazy boys.  It is crazy taking care of a 2nd and 4th grader while teaching full time!  I have a lot more respect for working moms who can still raise their kids well.  I also have the help of a full time maid to cook and clean.  YIKES!!!  Although the G-ma that lives at home is often more a hindurance than a help when the kids go behind my back to get something they want from her even after I say no.  OH well, only a few more days!

Happy Friday to all – Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

  Wow, crazy day in La Paz.  With the administrator gone, the students are crazy, “forgetting” rules and doing all kinds of things.  Half of my class is in lunch detention tomorrow for getting into a mud fight in an area of school property they weren’t supposed to be in without a teacher.  Rachel, the stand in principal, is going nuts.  She’s doing 3 jobs: teacher, principal and accademic coordinator.  Way to much stress. Please pray for her.

On a lighter note. . .

Well, here’s a funny story from yesterday.  My students read stories and give me comprehension sheets or other type handouts.  Yesterday we talked about predictions based on pictures in the text.   So before they read they had to look at the pictures and make predictions.  The prediction I got from Iggy yesterday went like this: 

“Some men go on a journey with their houses, but while traveling in the wilderness they decide to rest a little bit.  Then one of them disapears. He is a trator, then while everybody is in a circle around the fire, ‘the time has come,’ He said.  Then silently ran to a horse and pt a bomb in its food.  But they discovered him so he escapes on another horse.  One man saw how the horse swallowed the bomb. ‘I’ll shoot the horse!’ said a man.  ‘No, let’s just go to Kansas City I know a man that takes bombs out of horses stomachs.’ So they went there.”  

I have no idea why he thought of Kansas City, but Rachel and I had a good laugh about it!  HAHa. Hopefully you can get a good laugh at it too.  Needless to say the story had nothing to do with this elaborate prediction.


The one thing that made my day was going to the grocery store and finding cans of Guarana from Brazil.  I was so excited! 

Monday, February 21, 2005


American Idol and Soup

It’s wierd to think of living in Bolivia yet following American Idol.  Of course it is  from at least last year, however since I didn’t really watch TV last year, I haven’t seen it yet.  Oh well. 

I tried to make Chicken Corn Soup tonight.  I used Ramen noodles (actually pretty expensive here- well, for Ramen noodles) and a can of corn and some chicken Rachel cooked.  It turned out pretty good.  I needed something to soothe my sore throat.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

  Anybody ever taken a personality type test that is colors.  If you have then you can relate.  I’m blue.  The options are white, blue, red, or yellow.  I found a color test on line the other night when I was surfing with nothing better to do.  Anyway.

Sunday finally seems like Sunday now, I enjoy church.  I actually look forward to seeing others at church, am working on names and connections, but it is fun to finally enjoy it. Today I sang with 4 other women for worship team. We learned 3 new songs yesterday which was fun and most of the time just winged it.  Oh well, I was told we sounded good.  That’s nice to hear.

Music helps to heal the soul. At least mine.  Thank you God for music.  I don’t know what I’d do if I could hear or appreciate music.  Wow. 

Anyway, I’m hoping to add some more pictures soon.  My batteries in my camera were dead so I couldn’t take it.

I don’t think I posted my camera story!  Wow, we were in Oruro and sitting on these bleachers like sardines watching the parade.  It was fun and I was enjoying taking pictures and stuff, well something happened and my camera slipped out of my hand and fell through my legs down to the ground about 10-12 feet down.  Rachel immediately looked down and made eye contact with the chalita (Bolivian woman – in traditional outfit – like the picture posted a bit ago).  Anyway, Rachel asked nicely told me to give some money and for 2Bs – about 25 cents- I was able to get my digital camera back and after examining  it I realized that I lost a battery, but otherwise it was working fine.  With a bit of a more bump and scratch, but working fine.  WOW!! Praise the Lord!!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

   Rachel and I have been out nearly all day “thrift store” shopping in the markets.
 It’s funny b/c it’s all American brands and clothes, but they are used, so really like a thrift store, although you can’t really try anything on, except over top of your clothes.   I found all kinds of fun stuff: pair of pants, hoodie, long sleeved t-shirt, and a sweater.  It’s more fun though because you don’t have to sift through everything, it is all nicely displayed.  You can also barter more with them on things.

Well, I’m singing in the worship team on Sunday, so we had practice today.  It will be interesting.  There are 4 all together singing then we’ll have some instruments.  They rotate a lot, so this is not going to be a regular thing.  We are also doing offaritory.  I’m glad to be getting involved in church however and it is also fun to get to know others.



Thursday, February 17, 2005

  It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. . .  So the other night it rained and stormed so bad that the river was flooding.  The river which is pathed thorugh the city by “cement” paths took over part of the wall and caved out the road beside.  A whole big enough for a car to fall in and two young men died.  It’s just another ironic thing about how life here in Bolivia works.  Many times here the “roads” just cave in or wash away.  Got to love the third world country.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

  Kids say the darnest things. . . I had the greatest comment from one of my students this week.  We were working on Math doing word problems and the students were working independently on some homework.  One of my 5th graders, Iggy, raised his hand, “Miss Reimer, I don’t get it”  So I read through the problem with him.  “If Bob goes fishing for 6 days out of his 11 day vacation and catches a total of 42 fish what was the average number of fish Bob caught each day?”  I look at Iggy to ask what he didn’t understand: if it was the English, or the actual problem.  He looks at me and remarks, “He doesn’t know how to catch fish if he can only catch 7 in a whole day of fishing.”  I died laughing – maybe you had to be there, it doesn’t sound very funny now that I’m writing it down.  OH well.

I’ve recently been encouraged by many verses and notes by loved ones from all over.  Here are some that were especially encouraging.  2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And GOD IS ABLE to make all grace abound unto you:  that you, having all sufficiency in all things at all times may ABOUND unto every good work.  His grace is all-abounding sufficient to meet your needs”

I’ve also been reading through a Max Lucado book on Ps. 23 and a Vineyard suplamentary devotion to a sermon series on Ps. 23.  Both of these things have been very encouraging to my spirit.  Most recently the encouraging verse was from  2 Corinthians  4:18 ” So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen.  For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”

Wow, this was a great encouragement to my spirit.  Thank you all for your many thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

  Sunday sometimes seems the hardest day.  I’m not usually busy with school except grading and planning so there is more time to think.  Well, God has given me some extra strength and grace this weekend so that today was a good day.  I was able to contact and connect with more people at La Paz Community Church.  Rachel and I are going to be in the worship team next week so that should be fun.  Tonight I was able to spend some time worshiping with other young singles who are working in La Paz.  It was a great night of fellowship.  I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard in a long time!

Please keep praying.  It looks like we have decided to move into the apartment.  We talked with another teacher tonight who will move in with us so that it will be cheaper.  So now the challenge is finding furniture.  We went shopping Saturday at the Black Market to price furniture and see what we are getting ourselves into.  We ended up buying stools and a table and benches and a little kitchen hutch thing.  It is so interesting because you walk down the street and all you see is furniture lining the streets.  We bought the stuff then had to get a taxi to take it all home.  It was so funny we looked at a table and benches but it seemed too tall for Rachel’s 2nd graders, so we were trying to measure but found it easier to borrow a child off the street to sit down to measure.  It was funny, he felt very uncomfortable posing for the gringas.  Oh well.  So my stool for my class cost about $4, which is the nice thing about living here is things are fairly inexpensive, but it will cost quite a bit to try to outfit an apartment even with the minimun. 

Well, that’s all for now.  Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 11, 2005

  Happy Friday to all!  It’s been cold and dreary all day today.  Lovely rainy season.  OH well.  Have a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, February 10, 2005

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Carnival del Oruro – I spent one day at Carnival to watch the parades and cultural dances.  It was very neat to see the colors and coreography.  I had enough with one day though because in Bolivia it’s the traditional Carnival stuff and water.  Everyone throws water balloons, sprays water guns, or sprays foam spray.  In Oruro there were 7 gringos which were prime targets, so even with our purchased ponchos we were soaked after a few hours.  They love to spray foam right in your face or burst balloons of water right down your back.  It was a fun experience, but one that I do not wish to repeat.  Oh well.  One must experience some culture. right?





Here’s a typical picture of the street/market.  Women dress like this all over the city.  Higher class people wear more western dress.



Monday, February 07, 2005


Here is La Paz, you can see some of the mountains in the background and all the valley area is the city.






Here’s a picture of Lake Titicaca – I didn’t take it but I was there.




Here ‘s a link to Bolivian history which is pretty interesting.



Sunday, February 06, 2005

Hi, I was introduced to Xanga from the youth group at Avondale Baptist Church, so decided to try it.  I’ll periodically post messages and stories of my life here in Bolivia.  So check it out periodically and you can get updates from me.  OK.

Hopefully I’ll post pictures soon as well.  As soon as I get it figured it out.