Missing tooth

It’s been awhile since one of the girls lost a tooth so we thought we would post the loss of Natali’s 3rd tooth!  She pulled it herself even though she was told to leave it alone!  

                                                 Natali’s 3rd tooth

This week (actually the entire month) has been a crazy one in Cusco.  Today is Cusco’s anniversary and they celebrate it by celebrating nearly the entire month of June.  But today, the 24th, they celebrate by reenacting an Inca ritual called “Inti Raymi”.  It is a festival to commemorate the sun god – Inti.  Today they will celebrate nearly the entire day in downtown Cusco.

                                Peru’s flag (left), Cusco’s flag (right)

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s and to the many men who are like dad’s to so many children without one!  I am privileged to be Neomi and Natali’s dad.  Being a parent is a huge responsibility but it is also a huge blessing! I am so thankful for the godly dad who raised me along with my godly mother.  My dad is one of my heroes, not only as a dad, but as a Christian.  I have also been blessed with a godly father-in-law who raised a wonderful daughter for me to marry! I never dreamed being a dad would be all that it has been. I have a long way to go in improving my “dad skills”, but thankfully Neomi and Natali let most of mistakes slide, for now!

The Lord blessed us with great services this morning!  We had 3 visitors – 2 of whom were dads!  It was very encouraging to have these first time visitors.  Looking forward to this evenings service!

       Natali and me with the tie she made!
         Neomi and the guitar she made me!

Fellowship Sunday

The Lord blessed us with a good services today!  We had 2 first time visitors and 3 returning visitors for a total of 13! Every Sunday should be a day of fellowship with those that come but often it is hard to get people to stay around after the services.  After this morning’s service we had lunch prepared by Rebecca!  She prepared a ton of arroz chaufa con pollo (chicken fried rice) and manwich, or as we like to call it “sloppy joe’s”.  After lunch we went to a local park and played volleyball and soccer together.  We had a great time of fellowship.  You can really get to know people playing games together.  Most of the time it is hard to get non-church goers to loosen up while they are at church so it was good to see everyone loosen up and have fun together.

Trip to Lima

Bowling for the 1st or 2nd time in their lives


All the girls with the ocean in the background
The Marks Family – with baby Amadea!

This week we had to travel to Lima to do some paperwork for our resident visas.  We lost our residents status being in the U.S. for over 6 months and we are in the process of regaining it.  We had to go to Interpol and get fingerprinted, as well as fill out some other paperwork.  They will send our fingerprints to the F.B.I. in the U.S. and then once the background check is back we can get our resident cards.  This normally takes 20 to 30 days.  While in Lima we took advantage of the opportunity to eat at the American restaurants there (Chili’s, Friday’s, Pizza Hut).  We also were able to do some other activities as a family that we are not able to do in Cusco.  The Marks family – Todd, Rosalinda, and baby Amadea happened to be in Lima at the same time doing some paperwork so we got to spend some time with them also.  We worked with them for almost 2 years in Arequipa.  It was good to see them after nearly 3 years.