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In October, 1997, my husband Mark and I, decided to move to Ecuador. We settled in Cuenca, the third largest city. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountain range. It has been an amazing aventure.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It's So Cold!

It's June now and the weather is beginning to change...it's cold. This morning it was 48 degrees. It may not sound like much, but when you don't have any central heat in the house, it is bone chilling. It's weird that people up north in the U.S. and Canada are going into summer, but we are freezing in the Southern Hemisphere. Time to put on the Alpaca sweaters.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Memorial 2015

We had a lovely Memorial this year. 375 in attendance and 2 families we are studying with attended. It really is encouraging to see bible studies making progress.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Chola Cuencana Dress

If you are in Cuenca you will certainly see the indigenous women walking around in their native costume. So I decided to tell you a bit about it.

The women are called Chola Cuencanas and they wear their outfits with dignity. The outfit consists of a skirt called a pollera, a lace blouse, shawl and is topped off with a Panama Hat and as you can see from the photo it is beautifully embroidered.

It takes approximately 9 yards of material to make the skirt and it is rather heavy. I swear I burn hundreds of calories every time I where mine. The blouse is made up of beautiful lace and sequins and the shawl is edged with crocheted lace.

They have outfits for everyday and special ones for special occasions. Additionally, gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets can be worn as accessories. One of these ornate outfits can cost from $700.00 to $1000.00 (not including the jewelry, just the costume) depending on the detail and fabric. I was fortunate that a very dear Ecuadorian friend made mine and give it to me as a gift. I am so proud to be the owner of this awesome piece of local history.

And here's the final look...of course I don't have the long, dark braids...but you get the idea.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Problem Has Been Fixed

Many of you may have tried to access my blog only to be directed to another site. Someone hacked into my blog and caused this problem. In any case, thanks to information given to me by a friend, I was able to solve the problem and I´m back in business. I hope my readers will return.
Here are some new pictures of our little Critters. Believe it or not they keep us sane and happy. Hope you enjoy. Oh, by the way, the last one is Mark, he's not a critter. Smile.

It´s Finally Official

It's finally done. Today we received our Ecuadorian Citizen Cedulas (identity cards). After two and a half years in the process and another four months trying to get the names straightened out, we got them. We are now duel citizens. It is a glorious day.

Our Territory in the Campo

This is a scene from our territory. We have spectacular views, but it means walking a lot uphill. It's great when you go downhill, but you know what that means...you have to go up again. However, it is beautiful and it keeps us in shape.
I had the pleasure to be accompanied by these two handsome fellows. The one on the right is a regular pioneer. So precious.