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.

11 October 2019

¡Somos Celestes!

Enjoying an outing to a favorite place in our neighborhood – in spite of rain off and on! World class soccer at less than $5.00 (dollars) per ticket: Hard to beat!

📷: “selfie” with Canon PowerShot Digital Elph (pocket camera) 😉


¡Fanáticos!

On the way home, Peruvian fans (our rivals in the friendly match this evening) asked if we would be willing to trade the little flag of Uruguay we’d taken to wave at tonight’s game for the t-shirt the boy was wearing!


Such a sweet gesture! I regret not getting a picture with them...

💙⚽💙

10 October 2019

Paseo a la Granja

Disfrutamos un hermoso paseo didáctico con el colegio el lunes pasado.

Este simpático nos dio la bienvenida... 😉






Y fútbol… ¡Siempre fútbol! ⚽

¡Re-agradecidos por la oportunidad!

05 October 2019

More Favorites!

Shortly after posting my top twelve favorites from our photo session, I saw that our photographer had highlighted ten of our family’s photos on his fb page.

It’s fun to notice where we coincided... 😉

We overlapped on this shot...



We both chose this one!



And we overlapped on this one...







We both chose this one!

And we overlapped on this one, too!

02 October 2019

Family Photo Shoot Faves!

Last week we finally managed to schedule a long overdue family photo shoot. (The last time we “officially” had “family photos” taken was over three years ago.) We’d aimed for our “spring break” (September 16 to 20) but ended up having to reschedule several times due to the gastrointestinal flu that’s currently making its rounds and was going through our (usually well) family that week!

The photo session finally materialized on Wednesday afternoon of last week. The weather was perfect, and even the azaleas were at their peak in the “Jardín Japonés” in the Prado neighborhood of MVD. As JM commented, that detail would have been practically impossible to plan ahead of time!

SO thankful!

I’m once again challenging myself to choose my top twelve favorites:
























And a bonus shot – just because there are so many favorites!


📷: FotoGonza

27 September 2019

Beauty Every Day!


From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.

Yesterday morning, on the drive to school...

Yesterday evening, on the Montevideo coast...

18 September 2019

Conference in Fray Bentos

This past weekend we returned to the “Litoral” (the western side of Uruguay). The drive, four hours west and north out of Montevideo, took us through the departments of San José, Colonia, and Soriano, across the Río Negro itself, and into the department of Río Negro, to Fray Bentos, the departmental capital, on the Río Uruguay.

Getting away for a bit, even on a drive to another area of ministry, is always refreshing.




¡Los amo!

This visit to Fray Bentos was a first for our family (and even for me), and I echo thoughts I penned almost one year ago when we traveled to Carmelo, also on the southwest side of Uruguay.
I love being in cities in the interior of Uruguay, where a major portion of my childhood memories were formed. Though I also love living in MVD, part of my heart will always be in these areas of Uruguay that seem to have remained largely untouched by so many of the daily challenges in the capital...

Looking back, I wish I’d taken pictures of our hotel, a colonial style household, complete with a central patio courtyard, full of springtime blooms.

This amazing architecture was across the street from our hotel!

Teatro Young: SorianoTurismo.com


JM and I both spoke at the one-day family conference, attended by about 90 from various area churches, including one from the Argentine city of Gualeguaychú, across the Río Uruguay.



I’m thankful once again for the opportunity to learn, to grow, to share... As I said last year, opportunities like these force me (to make more time) to do what I need and want to be doing anyway – studying Scripture (on a deeper level) in order to be better able to share Truth that I’m learning...

Responsibilities back in Montevideo kept us from staying longer, but we enjoyed the (almost) springtime scenery on the drive home...



E spied a Tarantula Hawk (“San Jorge” in Spanish),
the largest wasp with the most painful sting!

The “Barrio Anglo” (in Fray Bentos) was declared a World Heritage Site in 2015 because of its role in WWII. We need to return for a tour someday.





Thankful for these blessings!