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.

30 November 2016

“Thankful Lists!”

This year E and DJ made “Thankful Lists” in group settings. E made yet another variation on a “Thankful Turkey” at a Ladies’ Tea that she and I attended in mid-November, and DJ made a “Thankful Pumpkin” right before Thanksgiving Break in his first grade class at BJA.

I love both ideas!

E’s list (written on the turkey feathers) includes:
My Bible
My family
food  (This only applies to yummy food.)

DJ’s list (written on the pumpkin strips) says:
I am thankful for
My country
that I am a michinery [missionary]
My toys

I’m so thankful for all that these lists represent!

And it’s always fun to look back at lists from previous years!

[hand-print “Thankful Turkey” projects, varied from the previous year and done at home]

[hand-print “Thankful Turkey” projects, done at home]

[a spontaneous list, compiled at the dining room table]

[hand-prints “Thankful Turkey” project, compiled in Children’s Church]

[a spontaneous list, compiled in the car while driving home]

So much to be thankful for!

22 November 2016

Autumn Leaves!

We’ve been enjoying the fall colors here in the Upstate since we arrived about a month ago – but they’ve been especially beautiful this week!

What variety of vibrant color!

SO thankful!

14 November 2016


About an hour ago, we stepped outside to snap a few pictures of tonight's SuperMoon. The haze from the forest fires (to the north of us) influenced the lighting, making for some cool effects.


The heavens are telling of the glory of God...

And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands...

Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge...

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

10 November 2016


Hoy, 10 de noviembre: Uruguay vs Ecuador en el Estadio Centenario

[foto de Wendy Díaz]

Espero que el resultado de hoy se parezca al de Dani en el recreo ayer. Su equipo ganó 3 a 0. Y entiendo que ¡él anotó los tres goles! Pero fue según “las reglas” inventadas por los alumnos de primero de escuela. (¡jejeje!)

¡Si supieran cuánto anhelo estar allí esta noche!

03 November 2016

Tidbits from our Trip

October 25:
That awkward moment when you take your children from their current highly relational culture to their passport culture, and they ask:

“How are we supposed to greet people here?!”

[In Uruguay, we usually greet with a kiss. And I now appreciate the “ice breaker” quality of that custom more than ever!]

~ ~ ~

When I told E that I wanted /RASP-berry/ yogurt, she immediately replied:

Do you want to eat it in /FEB-RU-ary/ on a /WED-NES-day/?

October 27:
DJ, to me, after taking placement tests (hoping to get into first grade): “Mrs. T said that I made an A plus!”

Then, after a short pause: “A plus B plus C plus D plus E...”

Growing up in another culture, he has no idea what an A+ means! But tone of voice told him that it’s positive.

♥ ♥ 

October 29:
The pace of a baseball game just might be making me more nervous than the pace of a soccer game does...

(Just sayin’...)
~ ~ ~

Overheard recently in conversation (by bilingual Little People):

“Electrodomestics” don’t count!

Are “creatures” seres vivos?

November 3:
Trying to watch Game 7 of the World Series...

Baseball just might be officially bad for my health!

30 October 2016

“Happy Birthday, Little Man!”

This evening marks the sixth anniversary of our seeing – for the very first time – the face of a Baby Boy with whom we had already fallen deeply in love! For months we had called him by name, sung to him, spoken to him, and held him – all with him hidden away, in secret.

Hearing his first cry that night (a vigorous one!), I’d spoken comfortingly to my “Itty Bitty Boy” (causing one of the nurses to exclaim: I’m not sure he’s so “itty bitty” – at almost ten pounds!) He weighed 9 lbs. 14 oz. to be exact!

Upon hearing my voice, our Baby Boy had immediately stopped crying, amazing the nurses.

And when JM had spoken to him right afterward, he’d strained to open his eyes to see his Daddy for the very first time.

And that alert attitude has continued non-stop these past six years.

The kindergarten staff in Montevideo recently listed his “attentive, observant posture” (toward learning) as one of his academic strengths. And just this past week, he performed very well on standardized placement tests here in the USA. Looking back over the challenges of the past two years, we are especially thankful...

We love you, Little Man!

27 October 2016

Making Memories! ♥

Just a few glimpses of our first week of travel...

Pronto... Listo... ¡Ya!  [Ready... Set... Go!]
(Or maybe: “Ready or not, here we go!”)

We’re thankful for time with these precious friends – people who’ve impacted our lives because of their consistent love for Christ.

And I wonder if Brody the Bruin realized how privileged he was to have had his photo taken with two of the most avid soccer fans in the world?!

#SomosCelestes  #UruguayNoMá

¡Estamos re-felices de habernos encontrado
con una uruguaya muy querida!

And we’re especially thankful for time with extended family...

Love ‘em!

Bike, baseball, books! (And acorns!)

And a bonfire! (And birthdays!)