Friday, December 28, 2007

Day Seven in Guatemala -- # 7 of 8, Part One of Two

I'll be out today. Going Bowling. No, not with pins.

My alma mater, The University of Houston, has their final game this year, the
Texas Bowl.

So Mrs. Jim, Karen, Billy (U/H is one of his schools also), BP, and I will get there in plenty of time for the Cougar pregame activities.

Thought then, "
this would be a good time to post 'Day Seven in Guatemala.'" I have been working on this for some time, so hang on. It will be long. So long that I decided to have it in two parts, the first today.

A group from our church spent six days in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Mrs. Jim and I both were working there at a state orphanage.

This was a work trip arranged by Buckner International. The seventh day, posted here in Part One, and soon in Part Two, were spent sightseeing.

Day Seven in Guatemala -- # 7 of 8:

On the road again! After six days of work

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We left our hotel early, luggage was out at 6:00 a.m. for the luggage van. Our work was finised for this year, today we would be tourists.

Click on the picture. You will see that valley is full of houses. Not many crops could be grown down there.


A potty and snack stop at the Shell station

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Clean too (link)


Wild flowers and corn

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Taxi, anyone?

We had to work hard to get around these fellows. Then we all came to a stop.

They use these pickups to get into the villages not large enough or without good enough roads for the busses.

About twenty-four people can ride, all standing up.

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Our destination for the afternoon, Lake Atitlán

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These little taxis were running all around in Guatemala

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We would boat around Lake Atitlan

You can see our boat a little later, it was smaller one. In fact it took two to carry our party. (link for Lake Atitlan information article)(link with lots of pictures)
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The southeastern shore

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We would stop at this village for about an hour

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This little town did a lot of weaving

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That IS a dog on the roof

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There were twelve villages around the lake, we stopped here

We stopped at this village, one of twelve surounding Lake Atitlán, each named for one of Jesus' appostles. I forgot the name of this one.
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Our interpreter, Jessica

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She was enjoying the ride.

Jessica had been with us all week.
None of us spoke Spanish fluently.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Boxer Day!

You don't celebrate that holiday? Well, you aren't in the U.K. or you would be.

In the U.K. it is a national holiday. Always it is the day after Christmas. What do you do on Boxer Day?
Go here to find out.

You might just call in sick next year and do your own boxing. Or perhaps you do that anyway. Lots do.

Q: What is Dr. Jim discussing today? (link)
A: That second of coffee, how to enjoy it

[The real thing this time]
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

from Mrs. Jim and Jim

Taken on the bridge at the Burt County Museum, Tekamaha, Nebraska. The above picture is edited from this picture.
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From Adi,

She is soooo intelligent.

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She works too!
Here Adi has just gotten back
from helping Santa.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa shops, did you know that?

Where does Santa shop? The Tractor Supply Store, at least Rudolph shops there, I saw him today, and his car. He was buying Ertl toys.

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Our Tractor Supply Store was having a 30% off sale today. I hear Santa and Rudolph get things for half price.

Santa knows I want an Ertl (1:16) John Deere "B" for Christmas. That was the first tractor my dad ever had.

For more picture ideas for John Deere toy shopping, click here.

Just the picture:

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Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keep Jim legal and going!

Adi says, "You're legal now, let us go."

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"Obey the government , for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don't want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose."
It's in the Bible, Romans 13:1-4, TLB (or NIV).

Now that's better!

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