Jan 18, 2010

Always an adventure . . . .

"Always an adventure!" he said as he stepped into the van. 
I said, "What?  Shopping in the Dominican (which is, in FACT, an adventure for MANY reasons)?"
He said, "No, just life."

That got my ticker ticking, and I thought about how I am really NOT adventurous.  SERIOUSLY.  I'm the kind of homebody gal that likes to put on pajamas while it's still light outside and hunker down in my comfy little nest with kids and hubby.  I'd never even been camping until last summer, for pete's sakes.  I am not an ADVENTURER by nature.  I am a default ANTI-ADVENTURER!  However, when I consider where the Lord has placed me, a place that outright screams adventure - even in the small things like trying to communicate what type of cheese you want and whether you want it whole or sliced, I know that it is the Lord working in my life somehow - because I would never have chosen this, and yet HE KNEW THAT I WOULD HAVE TO CLING TO HIM, and that the more of me that was stripped away, THE MORE OF HIM WOULD SHINE.  None of the credit can go to my "adventurous side" because I don't have one - unless of course we are talking about hair colors or funky clothes, but beyond that - I GOT NOTHIN.  So I praise the Lord that he set little old unadventurous me on a daily adventure that constantly directs me back to Him.

Jan 13, 2010

Earthquake Update

As many of you know, yesterday afternoon there was a major earthquake registering 7.0 that impacted Haiti.  The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island of Hispanola, and so many of our friends and family have sent us emails or called us to make sure that we are okay.  We are in fact, fine, and at our house did not experience any tremors, though several of our neighbors on campus felt some major shakes.  One of our friends here from California said that what they experienced felt like a 4.0 type of shake.  They are just a 5 minute walk from our house, which makes me wonder why we didn't feel a thing (for which I am grateful!)  Thank you for your thoughts, cares and concerns.  Please pray for the country of Haiti and those that have been led there to serve.

Jan 12, 2010

Happy New Year = Happy New HAIR

So I sat down in his chair and I said (In Spanish with help from my friend), "Harby, make me young and fashionable, por favor."

And away I walked with fire-y red hair with brassy orange highlights and a lopsided bob (super short on one side, chin length on the other).

My birthday is nearby and I was losing a battle with my wire-y gray hairs that were having a party on my forehead.  And then Harby had his way with them. HA!

I don't know what it is about a new hairdo that I LOVE so much.  Could it be instant gratification?  feeling reinvented?  Instantly losing weight (there was quite a bit of hair on the floor when he was done - work with me on this one :)?  Or maybe this love has just been instilled in me because I was my sister's guinea pig for hair cuts, colors, perms when she was in beauty school - when I was like 8.  I dunno.

Jan 10, 2010

Jan 8, 2010

Dominican Winter Weather ADVISORY

Just thought that you would want to know that here in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, we are getting dangerously close to wearing long sleeves and socks (yes, with flip flops of course :) almost all day long!  It is CHILLY!  Time to break out our tuques, eh?

Jan 7, 2010

Christmas 2009 Review

Annabelle began un-decorating our Christmas tree as soon as it was decorated.
There was no shortage of excitement every day of December in casa de Sawyers. The kids practically wore holes in their santa hats this season.
Tate's class performed "Jingle Bell Rock" for the JCS Christmas concert. It took some convincing for him to let me put the red hair spray in his hair.
Many cotton balls were sacrificed in the making of this sheep costume for Gracie, whose class did a short nativity play during the JCS concert. You can't get much cuter than a bunch of 4 year olds in animal costumes!
Gracie with her fellow sheep and good friend, Marcela.
Tate went the conservative route and decided to be an Indiana Jones type of rocker and put his hat on to hide the red streaks in his hair.
The 3 amigos at a Christmas Banquet.
The fourth amigo had to be captured and held in place for this photo!
I have an entire collection of Gracie with this expression. Good times.
Jon and his "mini me." The kids gave Jon red converse for Christmas to match all of theirs.
There are not many things scarier to me than my 5 year old son with a lit candle in a church, except for maybe knowing that Gracie is right beside him with one.
Allie on the other hand keeps her candle at a very safe distance, unless of course you consider that it is almost touching the chair in front of her. At least her hair was safe, right?
Allie trying to contain Annabelle while she sings her the Twelve Days of Christmas!
Ahhh the glow of the Christmas tree in the wee early hours of the morning.
That alligator can really bake! Santa brought some non-princess like costumes to add to our dress up collection. Go Santa!
After everything is unwrapped, the most exciting thing for Annabelle is sitting in this little crate!

What a great Christmas we had celebrating the birth of our saviour, Jesus.

This post is for my dear friend, Carrie, to whom I once offered my christmas tree and then rescinded the offer by decorating it while she was out of town, leaving her to fend for herself in a foreign land. I know: FOR SHAME! She loved me that much that she still even called me a friend after that and even willingly stayed by my side during a c-section, where she literally had the privilege to see my insides. Boy do I LOVE HER!

Because she has mentioned that she keeps checking the blog for updates, I have highlighted some of my favorite parts of this last Christmas season, which I cherished and enjoyed tremendously.