Saturday, October 18, 2008

You know you live in Bolivia when... find tarantulas in your yard

...cows in the field in front of your house

...and a rotting car frame in the lot next door where little girls and street dogs play inside.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Having the kids over

This last Saturday we all the kids from Villa Israel (one of our orphanages) to our house. It was a lot of fun with some swimming, playing and hanging out...

(P.S. I couldn't figure out how to turn off the underlining.)

Neydi, Katie and Brandon

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Visiting Chapare

We went to Chapare (jungle region of Cochabamba) last Friday to visit a few of our orphanages there. One of them is done and waiting to be inspected and approved by child welfare and the other is in the beginning stages of being built. This is the one being built...

Working on the foundation of house number 5

Matt, Jeff and Kristin in front of the newest house

These kids were just so cute. They lived in the second village we were in that day. We were at the site of the house that is complete. These kids shyly walked up to us asking our names and they ended up hanging out with us for a while.

Since we were in the jungle it was very hot and a popular activity for playing and bathing is going down to the river. So we walked down to the river with the kids and put our feet in while they all stripped down to their undies and jumped in. It was fun until all the kids ganged up on us and decided to splash us until we were soaked. But it did feel good to cool off.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

So our friends and teammates Nate and Kate went home to Australia for four months on Sunday. We are sad to see them go for so long and will especially miss not hearing all of those Australian phrases when we just have to say to each other "we have no idea what you're talking about". But we'll be excited to meet their new baby when they return since Kate is pregnant and will have the baby while at home. This will be their second as they have a one year old named Lily.

So Kate and I tried many times to get some good pictures of the two of us but came up with a lot of funny pictures. And there are a ton more bad pictures that I didn't even put up.

Matt and Nate. They didn't have any problems taking some good pictures.

Here is an actual good shot of Kate and I.

And below are some mess-ups.

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