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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.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Art Lessons

Mark and I have started art lessons. It's a wonderfully relaxing time and helps us reenergize. These are some of the pieces we are working on.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hello Again

It has been some time since I have visited this site. It has been a difficult year, very busy, dealing will illnesses, stress and well, extactly what everyone else is dealing with. But, things are looking up and there have been so many changes it's hard to know where to begin. So I will start at the change that has had the most impact on our lives recently. In July the branch in Ecuador decided to redistibute all the territories in Cuenca and this change meant that everyone was to attend the congregation that corresponded to where they live. Since we were assigned to a congregation on the other side of town this meant that starting in July, we had to change congregations. This was quite hard since we were very happy in our assignment and loved the brothers deeply. However, to be obedient we opted to say our farewells and attend the new congregation. This has been a blessing beyond belief. First, we are in the territory and live 3 minutes from the Kingdom Hall; 18 minutes from our front door to the Hall if we choose to walk. Our first meeting I was a bit nervous,you know going into a new place and not knowing anyone. But, we received the warmest welcome from everyone and soon we felt like we have always been in this congregation. To make things even better, I already have 6 bible studies, a lot of support in the ministry and inummerable new friends that are like family. The territory is very productive and the congregation is very sociable so there is always something to do. The challenge is this congregation is the largest we have attended since we came to Ecuador, 162 publishers and an average attendance over 200; so it is difficult to talk to everyone, but little by little we are getting to know the brothers and sisters. Mark is having fun trying to remember everyone's name in the WT study and this generates quite a bit of laughter. After a long day in the ministry this morning with 77 at the group, we arrived home tired and happy and grateful to Jehovah for this wonderful new experience He has given us. And to top things off, Mark just came over and gave me a big kiss and said "H
appy anniversary. Did you realize that today we have been in Ecuador 15 years?" How happy I am that Mark talked me into going to serve where the need is great. It has been the happiest years of our lives. Oh one other item of interest. Meet Boo, the new member of our family and the most spoiled animal in all of South American, maybe the world.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Some Things Money Can't Buy

I know of a sister that works part time in Cuenca and tries to informal witness to her co workers whenever the opportunity presents itself. Recently her boss came to her with some personal problems and, of course, the best solution is the kingdom. Once again my friend began to witness to her and they had a very nice conversation, but since it was work, they had to keep the conversation short. Later that day her boss commented to her...and this is the part that money can't buy...she said "you really are a great witness for your God, Jehovah." I can't think of a nicer complement.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Still No Internet

I know you haven't heard from me in quite a while. First because we were moving, then Mark's illness, the drama and our trip to the states. However, I am still having problems with getting Internet at our new house. We have been without service since May and this is really getting old. I am told that perhaps Monday a new company will come and install service, but at this point I will believe it when I see it.

So for all you followers that think I have abandoned the blog or those who have written and never received an answer, you now know the reason. I plan to be up and running as soon as I have INTERNET!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Yet Sad

We have exciting news that has made us very happy and is very encouraging. Mark has been assigned to direct the drama for the district convention this year (in Spanish). Without disclosing details, it is very interesting and to the point and you all will enjoy it very much. What makes us sad is that the first presentation is scheduled for the weekend of our English District Convention which means we will not be able to attend it this year. Oh well, if it Jehovah´s will there will be another English convention next year and this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the drama. So, we decided to be possitive and enjoy this momment. Love to you all and I hope to post pictures of the drama after the convention. Please keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Update

Hi. I'm taking a moment to write a quick blog. We are moved into our new home and despite all the stress with Mark's illness, we absolutly are enjoying it!

Mark is going through the Social Security medical system to get all the tests done and see the specialists. We are very impressed with the Social Security system here. It is well managed and works very smoothly. The tests results should be back today or tomorrow and we will let all know what they reveal.

We got our first house warming gift! Fanny and William along with their girls came for lunch on Sunday and handed us a box. When we opened it there were two small chickens. The girls inform me they are a male and female named Bayly and Flippy. What a surprise! I guess you can say we are officially countryfied!

We still don't have internet so communication is sporatic. But, as soon as we do the blogs will continue.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What's Been Going On

Okay, so we finally get to go ahead to move. We started on a Monday morning and only one brother showed up to help (Mark J. you're a saint). Actually, 6 brothers committed to come, but I guess things came up. After a while, another husband and wife showed up and some sisters from the hall who helped me unpack the kitchen stuff.

It was Carnival week and everything shuts down for the holiday. Carnival is Ecuador's biggest holiday, even more revered than Christmas. So we were anxious to get everything done before the weekend and Mark's elder school. Just when you think you have everything planned, all goes haywired. Mark started running a high fever. By the next day the fever was spiking to 103 and we went to the Doctor. We thought he just had a bit of flu. Well, He was admitted to the hospital immediately. He had uerosepsis which attacked his bloodstream. The doctor told us had we waited one day more he would have died. This was very scary and they kept him overnight giving him strong, intravenious antibiotics. Then he was released and we had to go back every 12 hours to the emergency room for him to recieve 4 more introvenious antibiotics. We had to search the entire city for the medicine, it took us 6 hours to locate what he needed. Finally, we called the pharmecuetical rep and he located the 4 bottles that we needed. Each ampule costs $120 so you can imagine the added stress. He continues to be on strong antibiotics and will have to have a scan soon. Something unusual showed up on his kidney xray and it needs to be investigated as a possible cause for his infection. Mark is recovering slowly; he still is very weak and hasn't been able to work. He is depressed because not only does he feel horrible, this slowed down our move and to top things off he missed the Elder's school again...last time he missed because he broke his leg. So this is what has been happening...

We thank all our family and friends that have been supportive during this difficult time. Your calls and messages have been welcomed. I won't be able to write for a while because we still do not have internet or phone at the house. But, I will try to write once in while when at work when I have access to a computer.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.