Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

14 February 2018

Feeling loved!


With love from my Main People!

I didn’t bother to take a picture of the generous portion of Ricotta Cake they also got me! (But I did share it!) 😉

12 February 2018

(Mostly) Butterfly Party!

We celebrated E’s birthday with a few friends from camp and a simple (mostly) butterfly theme. (Her idea and one of her current loves!)

E designed her own cake, and we adapted ideas (from “Tía Tini”) for the butterfly cupcakes! (Thanks, K!)

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

We had fun developing the details and seeing them come together, and we enjoyed quality mommy-daughter time as we planned and then shopped for items to pull the theme off. I love these spontaneous opportunities to get to know the young lady my little girl is becoming...

While looking for long balloons (at our equivalent of a “dollar store” just a few blocks from home), we stumbled across some fun props!



Highlights also included a candy hunt and a butterfly craft.


Seeing E and her friends (and DJ) get so excited about the candy hunt – a favorite from my own childhood and my own Mommy’s birthday celebrations – was an extra special blessing for me. (I miss her so much!)

The girls also enjoyed completing a study on horses (another of E’s loves), translated from Topical Bible for Kids. (Thank you, Michelle!)


We picnicked in the backyard!


One of many laughs that day included the following anecdote:

Me: (grating carrots and beets to accompany the chorizos sizzling on the backyard grill)

Little Voice (behind me): “Salad is not a birthday party food. We need something like potato chips!”

(But we weren’t celebrating his birthday this time!) 😉

I love life with my Little People! 💕

05 February 2018

“Little Moments!”

Sometimes the little “everyday” moments become the ones that most stand out in family life!

Homemade Bread!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls!

Homemade Chocolate Sauce!

Extra Special “Sunday Coke” – on the bus!

We’re bettering the budget and making up for lost time over here... 😉

29 January 2018

Happy Birthday, Little Lady!

A dozen years ago, our lives were about to change forever! We were heading to the hospital – with contractions coming hard and fast! – “ready” to meet our Wee One in person for the very first time!

Back then, there were moments when we were tempted to want to speed up the proverbial clock – if only we could... Now I find myself wishing (more often than not!) that time would slow down!


Happy Birthday, Little Lady! We love you! More than ever!

We love the “adventure” of life with you!

26 January 2018

Flora & Fauna

¡Flora y fauna en un rinconcito favorito de nuestro querido Uruguay!

Totoral del Sauce, Canelones, Uruguay

Volvieron las lechucitas de campo – ¡y parece que tienen cría! 

25 January 2018

Cerro Pan de Azúcar & Piriápolis

On Wednesday we took a day trip over to Cerro Pan de Azúcar, near Piriápolis on the Maldonado coast. The outing was a “bonus” – “a hug” from our Loving Shepherd – that our family was not expecting...

This was JM’s and E’s and DJ’s first time. The last time I hiked up Cerro Pan de Azúcar, I was a pre-teen (I think).

The three littlest pilgrims in our group!

Our destination: The Cross at the Top


Going with friends – “old” and new – was icing on the cake” for us! We enjoyed many conversations along the way.

I echo thoughts shared by Pastor Jennings:

Our journey to the cross today reminded me of some great truths about the Cross. We must all come to the foot of the Cross. Like Pilgrim, we find our burden of sin removed there. The Lord has provided for us fellow pilgrims in the journey.


What great fellowship!



JM and DJ had been saying for a while now that Cerro Pan de Azúcar was going to be the first “mountain” they would climb together.



Mission accomplished!







Perspectives inside the cross (at the top)


We also got to tour the refuge for native flora and fauna at the base of the cerro.



Lots of capybaras!


We drove to Piriápolis and ended the evening with picnic leftovers, shared on a nearby beach...






Such a wonderful day together! SO thankful for all the blessings! Truly “a hug” from our Loving Shepherd!