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.

26 December 2014

Christmas Eve Memories...

We spent Christmas Eve with extended and extended, extended family out in Totoral...

Grillin & Chillin!

The cousins love going out to Totoral!

We enjoyed our traditional walk up the lane from The Ranch. We love being out in the campo, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation...

Flora & Fauna!

The cousins once again assembled the Christmas Tree Cookie, made by Grandma Steel. This time, she was here to help put it together! (But we missed Marcos’ teasing...)

We celebrated Dosilas birthday one week early...

We’re so thankful for memories made with family.

Most of all, we’re thankful for Jesus, the Christ, who was born to save us from our sins!

23 December 2014

More Fun with PaPa & Grandma!

Since returning from their long weekend in 33” (where they had a wonderful time!), Dad and Mom haven’t stopped. They saw twin teens from Pando baptized, participated in our Christmas program (a simple, mostly congregational affair) in Pando, and attended Es end-of-the-school-year program.

Pictures are worth (more than!) 1000 words; Ill let em tell the stories...

Elizabeth is now a rising 4th grader!

We also spent some time playing the part of tourists in Montevideo...

We enjoyed an outing to La Pasiva.
(And ate chivito al plato.)

We rode the Bus Turístico...

...took pictures at Plaza Independencia...

...and at the Puerta de la Ciudadela...

...and got a little exercise on the way back home.

Since our tickets were good for 24 hours, we got back on the Bus Turístico the next morning... 

Montevideo has lots and lots of monuments!

We especially enjoyed our stop at the Mercado Agrícola...

Several days later we took a city bus to the southern-most tip of Montevideo and got there just in time to watch the sun set; we then walked a few block to one of our malls and checked out the Christmas decor and ice-cream cones there.

We packed the weekend full with a lunch-time visit to friends in San Jacinto on Saturday afternoon, a Christmas banquet in Montevideo on Saturday evening, and lunch with Daniel and Viviana and the girls in Pando on Sunday afternoon, complete with the rehearsal of several special numbers for the Christmas program for that evening.

D & V made sure Dad & Mom tried some typical Uruguayan goodies,
including pascualina, sandwiches olímpicos, masitas,
and real dulce de leche ice-cream.

On Monday we did some very last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoyed a picnic in the park – and the sunset  on the way home...


And this has been a very typical scene these days...

12 December 2014

Fun with PaPa & Grandma!

We’ve been having fun – and working hard – this past week with PaPa and Grandma.

So far, we’ve celebrated a boy’s (soccer-themed!) birthday with extended family. [I posted lots of pictures in an earlier post…]

We worked on dusting, moving, and dehumidifying the EMU Bible Institute books (which were basically in storage). The plan for next week is to organize the institute and college books into a usable library for all.

We made major steps in the much-needed clean-up of the back yard here at the “mission house” – and took advantage of the coals resulting from burning scrap wood to have a cook-out, complete with chorizos and hamburgers and all the trimmings!

We took them to Tres Cruces, our bus station & mall combination and showed off the Christmas decorations.

The cow choir, singing and swaying...
I love the wagon wheels!

Per DJ, we couldn’t break tradition and leave the mall without getting caramel popcorn from his favorite store, which we then had to share, sitting on a bench at the Plaza de la Democracia right across the street from the mall.

Yesterday afternoon, we took a bus out to Guazuvirá.

At the bus stop: Everyone looked cool in sunglasses!

The weather was perfect, and Dad and Mom got to see a lot en route. Once there, they got the grand tour of the camp – both inside and out – including the playground.

They loved the camp!

Mom especially noticed the plants and flowers at the camp and was amazed at the texture of the bark and the size of the red eucalyptus trees.

We spent the rest of the afternoon with Matías and Kristine and family at their extended family’s house in San Luis, the balneario next to Guazuvirá.

Dad and Mom are now on their way, with Chicha and Ursula, to Treinta y Tres, where they’ll spend the weekend. Today’s tearful good-byes were probably only a small-scale rehearsal of what December 29 will look like for the Little People... L

We four plan to head out to Pando this afternoon to set up for tomorrow’s “Christmas Tea” for the ladies. Please pray for a good turn-out this time – and, most of all, for God’s Name to be made big…

07 December 2014

Happy B-Day [Party], DJM!

Can you guess the theme of the party?!

Oh, Mommy! That is SO cool!
He then proceeded to name the three favorites.
(Notice his flag artwork as part of the decorations...)

We love our Little Man!

SO thankful for the time with extended family...


For this boy [we] prayed, and the Lord has given [us] [our] petition which [we] asked of Him. So [we] have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”