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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Listen Up!

from now on, all our blog posts will be on the main page of our new website, not on this site. check it out:

Monday, October 20, 2008


here's a video from our time with the kids in mexico city. more on that later...

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Monday, October 13, 2008

Isaiah. Or as my dad would say, "I-zi-uh"

I have found these verses to be encouraging and wanted to share the encouragement.

Isaiah 58:10-11

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Guagua

Have you ever wondered what happened to the guagua that burned? You probably thought that it was taken away and used to find parts for other guaguas. You are wrong. Our guagua was taken away, repaired, and is now running as public transportation (the Puerto Plata-Rio San Juan run). Cara and I were lucky enough to ride in it on our way to Sosua for some grocery shopping. Here are some pictures of the new and improved MAK guagua:

Cara next to the sign on the window: Puerto Plata - Rio San Juan

The dashboard...look familiar?

There it is, our old guagua bustling with life

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


This is Cristina. She is one of the teachers at our school. She's Dominican. I suppose a lot of you won't be able to understand her but I wanted everyone to get an idea of what she looks like, sounds like and see her smile that overflows with love and joy!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Ambiolix and Estiven

Ambiolix is one of our preschool students. He's so little! His mom is Evelina; a wonderful, hardworking single mom (her husband died suddenly about 14 months ago) who wants to learn English and always has a sweet smile on her face. Ambiolix doesn't talk too often. He's missing his front 2 teeth (pulled by dentist because they were rotting) and has about 4 other rotting teeth in his mouth. He calls me Lubi (Robin here sounds like Row-been and is sometimes shorten to Rubi because Robin is too difficult) because he is Haitian and therefore switches the 'l' and the 'r' sound...I think it's precious! Today Cara and I went to spend some time in Chichigua, just sitting around, hanging out. After about 45 minutes, Ambiolix come running out of his house with the most precious hat on! Here are some pictures of my little Ambiolix:

Estiven has huge ears, a wide nose, and a big smile! He recently has a little accident with a bicycle and has a wound on his foot. Cara Jane has been trying to help it heal but it's difficult. She's cleans it and wraps it but an hour or 2 after arriving back to Chichigua, the bandage has fallen off and the wound is full of dirt! Today when we arrived the bandage was still on but fell off about half an hour later. He then began hopping on one foot to keep the wound off the dirt. Cara decided to look for a walking stick for him to help him keep his foot off the ground. Here's the result:

Estiven already looks like an old man and with the walking stick he looks even more so! I know that his right ear looks strange, but fear not! His ears are so big that he can tuck them in. He gets a kick out of tucking in his ears!

Diori in his glasses!


This is Ashley. She is a chunky, solid little lady with a sassy attitude and a precious lisp. Here she says: Soy Ashley y estoy comiendo sancocho (I'm Ashley and I'm eating sanchoco)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Some videos from preschool


Singing in line before entering the school



Memorizing scripture with Cristina (Genesis 1:1- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth)


Videos of Jakob and Isaak

Sharla and I were going out to eat one morning but arrived a little too early to the restaurant so we decided to visit the grocery store (it's in the same building). The twins decided that they would go shopping for us and here are the videos of our time in Tropical:

Jakob is closest to me and Isaak is with Sharla. We're in the cereal aisle.


Isaak had, just before this video was taken, run full force into the cooler with the apples! It was funny. But look at their skill. They can turn corners, reverse, and stay clear of the obstacles that stand in the way!


Jakob gets around tights corners, runs into the plungers and looks for Mama. He's decided to start talking recently! And Isaak has as well. He says 'mama' and 'powpow' and some other things. It's all very exciting!

Playing with pillows is fun! Isaak is in white and Jakob is in maroon.

Garrett beats up on the twins

Cara teaches Jakob Spanish and Isaak continues to take the wrath of Garrett.



Today for the first time our Doña Cristina made sancocho! It's a kind of soup/stew with yautilla (a root crop which is grown and eaten like potatoes), ahuyama (a very large pumpkin-like squash with orange flesh that is moister and sweeter than pumpkin), zanahoria (carrots), cilantro (same in English), yuca (also called cassava), plátano (plantain), pollo (chicken) and it is delicious!

Doesn't it look yummy?!

Our Doña cooking some rice to go with sancocho

Monday, September 08, 2008


it's really exciting to see the house go up. it will be even more exciting to see how God provides the money that we'll need to finish the house! prices on construction materials have more than tripled since we began the project. i think God just wants to show how nothing can slow Him down, so i look forward to seeing His provision unfold. here are some pictures of the house.

side view of the house from the road

the men and the container

front carport view

you gotta buy it all before the prices go up again!

the back staff area

view from the back

looks like a living room, right?

this is where you'll sleep

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

roller blades and the start of a new school year

here ronni is wearing pink roller blades. let's discuss. where did he get roller blades? i hadn't seen them in this country until recently, and i'm seeing them in poorer areas. so this makes me wonder if a big shipment of used roller blades came down from the US. also, he's wearing these in chichigua. if you have ever been to chichigua, you might remember that there is no flat, paved surface. all dirt and rock. ronni was just walking around awkwardly in them. it didn't seem fun. but what i do i know about fun in chichigua? maybe it was a fashion statement.

on a different note, this week is what one might call "the calm before the storm." although now that i say that, it's not all that fitting because hurricane hannah has been raining on us since sunday. but from a school perspective, it is quiet - the summer program has ended and monday is the first day of the new school year. i think it's gonna be great! stay tuned for pictures and posts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


There will not be students over the age of twelve in the upcoming school year, so we had our first graduation ceremony and party for all of the older students in our program. It was really special planning the event for my students, and having them and their parents come all dressed up and participate. We showed a quick slide show and then had the ceremony. Preparing for the graduation.













Ronni (who at first hid under the table after hearing his name called)

The whole graduating class
plus Weston, Robin, me, Kate, and Cristina

Ernesto and Ronni, the two from Chichigua, were wearing new clothes (that were matching). They both also got haircuts. It was really precious!

Ronal was one of my former students. He moved to Haiti and was gone for a majority of the year. This graduation was the first time for me to see him since coming back, it was really exciting.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

some pictures i like

we're in the process of redoing our website, so i've been going through lots of new pics. here are some of my favs.

Friday, August 08, 2008

A tour of our garden

Behind the school we have a little fenced in area and some unfenced landed that is teeming with life! Here's a little picture tour of the food growing in our backyard:

The ranchito with the garden behind it. Our little cunuco (vegetable garden)


Picante o Aji
Hot peppers

Okra (the pictures is poorly focused, sorry)

Egg plant
Dominican Spanish saying: En lo que dice berenjena (In what the eggplant says)
It means to go quickly. If someone were trying to catch up with a group, but they were walking, you would say En lo que dice berenjena and they would begin to run!

Cherry Tomatoes

Frijoles o Habichuelas

I don't know what it's called but it's pretty

Cereza (not to be confused with Cerveza)



Our composed heap. We put all the egg shells, banana peels, and left over food from the school

Melon o Sandia
Cantelope or Watermelon (I can't remember)



I don't know what it's called in English. It looks like a watermelon on the outside but a pumpkin on the inside.

Ronni told me that it's called Ñami or something similar. I have no idea, really!

This tree is just beginning so it didn't produce this year. It is currently mango season here, so if anyone really likes mango, plan a trip down to the DR during late summer. They are huge and cheap here. If you are like me and detest mangoes, you should still come down here during late summer because it's the season for:

They are also large and cheap during this season!

This is one of my least favorite fruits ever! The tree is kind of strange because the papaya grows like a goiter on the main stem on the tree. This is a baby tree on our fence line.

That's a lot of what we have in the garden, but I'm sure that I have missed quite a few things with my untrained eye.