Easter fun

Choosing to live in Guatemala means missing out on life-long traditions.  And it is hard to do.  Especially for my kids; it is all they have known, moving here wasn’t their choice, and now they are missing things they found great joy in. But on the flip side, it also means new traditions can be […]

Semana Santa Fair

Continuing an accounting of our Easter weekend celebration.  During priesthood session, Lucy and I took our kids to the Semana Santa fair down at the lake.  I had been watching it come together throughout the week; we had even walked down on Wednesday afternoon to ride some rides, assuming it didn’t take more than three […]

Semana Santa

This was originally going to be a part of the previous post, but that went longer than anticipated.  So now it gets its own. Semana Santa is Holy Week.  I didn’t see much happening most of the week, but I knew Good Friday would be something special.  Friday morning I was up bright and early […]


It is no secret that Latin American countries take the celebration of Holy Week seriously. OK, it’s actually Terry who knew (honestly, I had no idea; but I am learning just how ethnocentric I am). One night while lying in bed he showed me pictures of street carpets (again, had no idea what that was) […]

A Day in the Life, part 1

It has been two weeks since I have written; how does this keep happening?!  It isn’t because there is so much excitement going on.  I guess life happens, and the blog obviously hasn’t become a habit yet. And honestly, I have no idea what to write.  We have a life here very similar to the […]

The Orphanage

Service, this is one thing I wanted to do a lot of when we started homeschooling.  I wanted it to be an important aspect of our lifestyle.  Yet as with so many other things I wanted to accomplish with homeschooling, I just never seemed able to make time for this.  So when we made the […]

An Unknown Treasure

To most who read this entry, these look like ordinary garbage cans.  Little did we know when we moved to Panajachel that these simple garbage cans are valuable property. These are the second pair of cans we have purchased since being here. During our first week in Panajachel, we were introduced to the way garbage […]

Growing up

Nothing negative here today.  My cousin, Tera, is spending a portion of her family’s immersion into learning Spanish here in Panajachel with us.  She knows I have been struggling to find my footing here; she is a very positive person and is loving her time here in this beautiful city by the lake, so she […]