We took this picture last night after supper to send to one of the sisters on our staff who is on her home visit in Canada at present. So, I might as well take the opportunity to use it for my blog as well. These folks are part of our family here in Guayaquil.
From left to right: Ronny, Luísa, Marsha, Ruth, Jorge, Moisés, María
If not for all the flowers surrounding this house, I would have a hard time knowing when to get out of the taxi. I didn't get any really good pictures but managed to snap a few while we were waiting for transportation on Sunday morning.
I wish I had kept track of how long Little J and I played with these colored "coins" yesterday morning. We traced them on paper, sorted them by color, filled the cup with them and dumped them out again. It was all great fun! So much fun, in fact, that we just kept doing these things over and over and over again! Who needs fancy toys and electronics when little plastic circles will do the trick?!
Last Tuesday we had a little meeting don Martín and Sra. Barbarita in the home of their son, Carlos. They aren't at all well and can't get to regular meetings anymore, so we try to visit them every other week. This time Sra. Olivia, along with her daughter and son-in-law accompanied us to the meeting. Sra. O has been friends with don M and Sra. B for years and years, so they enjoyed talking a little about old times after the meeting. It was sweet to see them enjoying their time together.
Don Martín can't see or hear anymore, so he misses out on a lot. He does know who we are, however, and is always delighted when we come. He perks up when we sing his favorite hymn, "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken," at high volume.
I tried encebollado, a typical coastal Ecuadorian dish, for the first time a week ago Saturday. Encebollado is a fish soup with onion, yucca and cilantro. It's not bad, but I wouldn't need to order it off a menu again.
You can add lemon if you desire, and our meal came with chiles as well.
Jaime shows off his jumbo bowl of soup. (I ordered a junior portion, and did just fine!)