I really love good pasta. When we lived state-side it was always a treat to buy a package of gourmet tortellini—mmmm. Since that is impossible to come by in our little market town in Mexico, I’ve had to improvise!
Actually I never thought of making my own pasta until one night I walked into the mission base kitchen (years ago) and found one of the college summer staff girls making ravioli! What??? You can MAKE that???
Since then I’ve made it a handful of times. It’s surprisingly easy to do and hard to mess up. It IS slightly time-consuming though.
We made it a fun activity with the girls—kind of like playing playdough and making dinner all at once!
My good friend and mentor Rhonda and I went to the city for an over-night stay last week. She and her husband live here in Mexico and work with us but will be leaving shortly to pursue the next phase of ministry in their lives.
It was a wonderful break for me and a fun time to hang out together before she leaves. We got to do all the fun things WE wanted to do there that the guys would never want to do! Usually our trips to the big city are for a very specific purpose—which usually involves waiting in offices and getting 759 copies of our documents and fun stuff like that. Since my husband is so efficient, he likes to get ALL of his big city stuff done in one trip. So that sometimes means many offices in one day. Not too fun but just part of life I guess.
Wow, I got a little off subject there. My point is that we had so much fun!!!! No offices, no copies, no confusion—just fun!
I was wanting to share a funny picture that still just kills me for some reason. You know how some things just hit you and you can’t help but fold in half with laughter? These hilarious thoughts or memories often come to me at night when I’m about to fall asleep. Chris pretends he’s asleep…maybe he’s really asleep…I don’t know.
We stopped at a pharmacy to pick up a few waters and saw the sign below. It was taped on the screen of an ATM machine that was apparentely out of order.
I LOVE decorating but have been unable to get over the impracticality of it all. I look around us here in Mexico and see that some, not all, but some are barely able to afford a place to LIVE. The problem is, this has kept me from embracing my job as homemaker! Chris is out and about so who’s job is it to make our place homey and restful? Mine. No, our house doesn’t need to be decorated perfectly and look AMAZING for it to be homey but there is something to making it lovely. It’s good for it to be a place we like to just BE sometimes.
I decided when we were in the States visiting that I would pick up some fabric to make pillows and curtains for our living room and also try to make our bedroom a more lovely place. The bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night so it is important to have an orderly, restful and nice bedroom….at least that’s what I believe.
A while back my mom ordered us some new sheets so while we were visiting we kept our eyes open for a good deal on some kind of bedspread and OH we found the PERFECT one.
I haven’t gotten around to fixing up our living room but I finally did our bedroom and now I LOVE it. I now read books to the girls before bed in there and just enjoy being there. Our bedroom has often been the dumping zone–ya know–the place I’d throw the pile of clean laundry to fold later and then the box of magazines that need to be gone through and any other usightly mess that I didn’t want in the front room. Well not now!!
We had two girls very close in age, waited a few years then had two more girls very close in age. It’s funny how similar number 1 and 3 are to each other and even CRAZIER how similar number 2 and 4 are to each other! I came across these pictures recently…it’s like deja vu!!
Chris rotates taking each of our girls out on a daddy date every few weeks or so. They get so excited for this time with Daddy! I think it’s so special and so important for our girls to have this time to connect with him.
I thought I’d start occasionally sharing some of the interesting food we eat here in Mexico!
This is chayote. This particular type of chayote with the spiney, pokey things on them are only available in the Fall. They are delicious! You can buy them raw and boil them forEVER yourself or what I prefer to do, is go up to the market where the little old village ladies sell them already cooked!
To me, it tastes like a big giant artichoke heart. It’s almost a creamy consistency like avocado and a very mild taste. If you’d like to know more about them you can check it out here.
Blogging is a hobby for me. If a hobby ever begins to feel like an obligation…it has to go bye bye…or at least take a hike for a while. So there’s the explanation for why I have been absent from the blog world
I’m back to give an update on life. Here are some pics of what we’ve been up to…