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.

17 May 2017

“¡Felices Cumples!”

Esta noche, durante la pausa entre horas de clase, celebramos a todos los que cumplimos o vamos a cumplir en abril y mayo.

¡Gracias, chichos, por pausar para festejar la vida conmigo!

Les queremos muchísimo y les deseamos las más ricas bendiciones de parte de nuestro Dios.

15 May 2017

“Mother’s Day!”

“Mother’s Day!” is one of mixed emotions for meemotions that (among other things) make me thankful for the blessings that are mine today...

At school on Friday, I especially loved the smiles I got when E and DJ found me in the crowd!


DJ recited a poem from memory with his class – quite a bit more bravely than he did last year! E played the part of a little girl in her class skit and sang with the (newly-founded) school choir.

On Saturday evening E organized her own “Treasure Hunt” for me – with clues that led to further clues and finally to my gifts: a cuddly capybara (which I’d requested) and dark chocolate (which she’d purchased with her own pennies). DJ added a mint chocolate bar to complete the stash!


We tried to get some “good” pictures yesterday... And we ended up with snapshots of real life – which I love!

SO thankful for my family! 

DJ is in an especially mischievous stage right now; he loves to tease his favorite girl – in typical boy fashion!

12 May 2017

Congratulations to Marcos!

SO proud of this guy! SO thankful for technology that allowed us to be part of this important milestone in his life!



We you, Marcos!

05 May 2017

We ♥ Camp!

Camp ministry impacted both JM and me in our later teen and/or early adult years. Taxing though it is, our whole family loves camp ministry now – especially EMU’s Campamento Emanuel on Uruguay’s coast!

Due to the schedule this year – with the end of camp season overlapping the beginning of the academic year – I was not able to take (or post!) as many pictures as I have in past years (though I did post a few from Es week at camp).

Here are a few more favorites from this past summer camp season...

Showing off our Nigerian garb!









We always admire details in God’s creation when we’re at camp!



SO beautiful!

04 May 2017

Memory Lane: Maldonado

Going through snapshots while working with E on a school project, makes me thankful – all over again! – for the gift of photography and the potential to cherish moments from the past like the jewels they are, holding them up and turning them so they sparkle again...

Los Dedos (Punta del Este)



Sunset at Casa Pueblo (Punta Ballena)


Art detail by Carlos Páez Vilaró (Casa Pueblo)


Puente Ondulado (Punta del Este)

Rambla (Piriápolis)

Piriápolis

Cerro Pan de Azúcar

Looking (from Punta Ballena) toward Piriápolis and Pan de Azúcar


When life gets extra busy, snapshots remind me of memory-making breaks we have been able to take in the midst of all the busyness...

SO thankful!

03 May 2017

“So it begins...”

Seeing both Little People like this – with noses buried in books – thrills my educator-mom heart!


Ironically, books can also be a major distraction from assigned schoolwork these days! (Ahem!)

We recently started reading Little House in the Big Woods. I remember how much E loved that book when she was about DJ’s current age!

She was so pleased when she saw the theme of this cake!



Actually, we recently found ourselves alternating between DJ’s current favorites – the Mice series (written and illustrated by Tim Davis) – and Tolkien.

E was more than a little taken aback by the length of Tolkien’s “Prologue” in The Fellowship of the Ring; as fans know, he provides great detail in his building of Middle Earth.

When I pointed out that fact, DJ thought for just a moment and then commented:

“That’s why I prefer Davis these days!”

(That is, Tim Davis of the Mice series, his gift on the Twelfth Day of Christmas this year!) 😎

These are wonderfully hard to put down for early readers!

02 May 2017

Future Chef?!

In honor of “Día de los Trabajadores” [“Labor Day”] yesterday, part of DJ’s homework over the weekend was coloring a drawing, captioned “Animales Trabajando” [“Animals Working”].

I love the fact that the oven bird [hornero”] is the chef!


But my Little Man criticized the drawing!

According to him: “Cooking isn’t work!”