Friday, June 16, 2017

Visitors from Uriangato

 A couple of weeks ago the Voans came and visited us here in Puebla. The Voans are missionaries in Uriangato, Guanajuato. In case you were wondering, that is here in Mexico - lol! A young lady from Tulsa came with them as well and I was pretty happy about that! I love having visitors! It is especially rare for them to be of around my age. 
The reason for the Voan's visit was for an organizational meeting having to do with the pastors of all the churches. After the meeting we went to lunch.
 

Brooklyn ended up staying with me and we got to hang out and chat and even went touristing around the city before church Sunday morning. We had such a good time!
The once never-fail breakfast option of a fruit platter actually failed me. 
We ordered this but it ended up tasting really off.

We felt really guilty leaving a half-eaten fruit platter but...our taste buds wouldn't accept any more of it.

 

 

 After breakfast we observed the ladies exercise class in front of the cathedral. They put on quite a show! 
 

In front of the cathedral.... 
Nothing as refreshing was walking in the cool morning breeze and sunshine!

 We then headed over to Elder and Sis. Wakefield's church where Bro. Voan was to be preaching. I didn't get any pictures except for this one! 
Sis. Gloria seeking the Holy Ghost.

 After the morning service, Bro. Voan came and preached for our church on the other side of town.

I didn't get any pictures of Sis. Voan, but she came as well and as always was a riot! Bro. and Sis. Voan got to telling stories on each other and had us rolling laughing. They are a hoot!!!! 
What a great weekend! 

~Bethany~


Monday, June 12, 2017

House Tour!

When I first moved into my house this is what it looked like. It was very bare. It came with a kitchen sink, and a bathroom sink - that was it. No closets, cupboards, shelves, or light fixtures. 
This was what the kitchen looked like -
Orange, orange everywhere!

This was the living room -
Nicole and I kind of split the house in half since the bedrooms were so tiny and wouldn't fit our dressers in them. Hers was on one end and mine was on the other.
Nicole moved out after a couple months LOL. She moved on to bigger and better things, as in marriage and family! And her own big-O house! 
Now it is just me, but I can't even express how much I love my little house and being on my own! 
ANYways - it's been my little project and little by little it has become a home. A few weeks ago I bought kitchen cabinets. My dad and Valentin sanded, painted, and installed them. I am so pleased with how they turned out!

I am going to get the bottom cupboard/counter part, but it has to be custom-made since my kitchen is soooo tiny! For now, this little table works just fine!





And that's my house! It is my constant project.

Some pictures of the cabinet process...
Picking out the cabinets...
Sealing the cabinets...
Hanging the cabinets...
Putting the doors back on the cabinets...
It sure is nice having a handy dad! He knows how to do everything! 

~Bethany~

Monday, June 5, 2017

I'm Inspired

Hi guys! I've been on a cooking and baking kick lately which is why I didn't blog last week. I've been working on a "house renovation" this past month and I think that's what got me all inspired. It's much more fun working in my kitchen now...since it actually FEELS like a kitchen! I will show before and after pictures soon and you all will see exactly what I mean by that. I am enjoying this burst of inspiration, thus the blog's bit of neglect.

In other news -













This has caused me no end of giggles during school. Olive enjoys being messed with. We are in our last couple of weeks and I am anxious for summer vacation to start! This has helped the time pass. 

~Bethany~


Friday, May 26, 2017

Abner's Trip to Belize Pt. 3

For the last day and half of my time in Belize, I wanted to go back to Orange Walk to be with the Joiner and Harris families and the church. Again I had to cross the ocean by boat in a two and a half hour trip back to the mainland. When I arrived in Corozal I grabbed a taxi instead of repeating that whole bus ordeal that I wrote about in my first blog post.

I was anxious to be able to preach and finally my chance arrived!
I had to have a translator which was a weird experience. I'd never preached like this and in my opinion I preach really fast without pausing. The translator "took out my crazy" and forced me to slow down. It took me a little bit to get used to, but in the end the presence of God visited us.


After church the first night, Sis. Lorraine Joiner prepared this delicious meal. A handmade flour tortilla, beans, and egg mixture that was very tasty. Over everything was sprinkled a chile powder. 
(Los huevitos con su chilito y los frijolitos calientitos, recien saliditos y la tortillita con su chilito....)
 
El Salvadorian food - Pupusas - this one's for you, Mary! Tortillas filled with beans, and sprinkled on top with lettuce and shredded carrot.
 The next morning we went out too see the Mennonite German families and how they live.
The little German kids were adorable. Blond-haired, blue eyed and wearing overalls. 

Lunch - 
Belizian tacos

After sight-seeing for a while we came back to the house and I started preparing for the service that night.

Thank God for his help - His presence descended in a powerful way.
My translator and friend, Bro. Richard
I had a really good time with the Joiner and Harris families. They are wonderful people.
The Joiner family
The Harris family
After church we went out to eat shrimp ceviche.

Lemon Pie
After dinner that night we got back pretty late. I went went to bed at one in the morning and woke up at two for my flight back to Mexico.
I got to the border and there was not one taxi or form of transportation to get me to the airport in Chetumal. This was pretty worrisome - it was 3:30am and I was at a dark and deserted border in Belize.

A very tall black man with dreadlocks to his waist and driving a truck drove by and offered me a ride to the airport - for a small price. I'd already tried calling a taxi, but it never arrived. I didn't want to trust this guy, but after talking to him for a bit, I had to. He was my only hope at getting back home. 
 This 20-minute ride started out with him taking a route I did not recognize. I was already on edge and felt the need to point out that this was not the same way I came. The man turned to me and said, "Amigo, don't be so mistrustful!" I replied, "Well, this is a little weird, I think you can understand my position!" He told me this way was shorter and after a few minutes we pulled up to the Mexican border. There were plenty of guards there and we got out of the truck to talk to them. They wanted to see my papers and asked me where I was from. I told them, "I'm from Mexico! Can't you see the cactus on my forehead??" (Since a cactus is the most emblematic thing about Mexico, this is a common saying used here.) The guards thought this was hilarious and cracked up laughing. I was so glad to be back in my country! 
We were then ordered to unload everything from the truck. The guards were pretty suspicious of my chauffeur and asked him a bunch of questions. They began taking out the seats from the truck, removing all the rugs, inspecting everything, leaving no stone unturned. A terrifying thought hit me - if this man was smuggling drugs, we were ALL about to be in MAJOR problems. 

THANKFULLY, no drugs were found and we continued on our way to the airport. This was a very exhausting morning, to say the least.

Finally I was flying back to Mexico...
Puebla's volcanoes from above
I arrived in Mexico City and from there took a bus home to Puebla. 
My whole trip was quite an experience and I could see God's blessing on it. I'm very content and thankful to God for helping make my dreams come true, for allowing me to take his Word to places I'd never imagined. 
God is so good. 

Thank you, Beth for letting me tell my story.

God bless you all.
-Abner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Abner's Trip to Belize Pt.2

During my trip, I was on the lookout for anything that said "San Pedro, Belize". I had a hard time finding something, but finally ran across this. Zoom in and look closely to see "San Pedro, Belize" inside the red circle on these guys' chests.
 

After going diving, I went to my aunt's house where a bunch of my family was gathered for dinner.
When I first saw this food, my expression was one of disgust. When I tasted it though, I loved it. This was carrot bread with raisins on a bed of chips and shredded chicken and creme. After tasting this, I asked for three more servings - it was delicious.
 

Very early the next day, I woke up to the aroma of this being cooked...
Rice and beans, coleslaw, and fried Huron fish. It tasted even better than it smelled. 
My favorite Belizian food
 That afternoon, my uncles took me to see more interesting sights. Again we took a boat to the middle of the ocean...
My uncle told me, "This is where many tourists come to visit. Welcome to the party!" 
All of a sudden they tell me took look over the left of the boat because there were sharks. 
There are sharks here??
Yep, sharks.


Everyone was jumping in to swim with the sharks so I decided to experience the adventure as well. 
I lived to tell about it! 
The dark spot below me is a shark! Their skin feels very soft and sticky and slimy. I was told I could touch them, but to not put my hands near their mouths because they could grab my fingers and suck the blood out of them. 
**From Beth: the above statement sounds very suspicious and weird to me, but we've sat here and argued about it for the past five minutes so I'm giving in. I am just translating what Abner is telling me! I didn't know sharks doubled as vampires....**

 There were a ton of sharks passing us all over the place, swimming very fast. To get all of their attention, my uncles threw these tube-like things out in to the water that were covered in fish blood. It took a little bit of time, but all of a sudden masses of sharks gathered, big and small.

When this little gal saw we were feeding the sharks, she came close to get her share.  

After demanding and insisting, she received her reward. 
 

Dinner later that night:
BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes and rice 'n red beans
Later on in the evening, I went souvenir shopping here.

Breakfast the next morning:
This is what they call a Johnny cake - sort of like a chicken sandwich. It was very very good!
The next morning, I went outside very early to walk the beach and admire the beauty of the ocean one last time.
My final post will be up next!
-Abner

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