We are concluding our time in Montanita, Ecuador and moving on to Peru tomorrow. After celebrating Christmas, New Year’s and Isaiah’s 14th birthday here, we have exhausted the town of celebration. Ha! That is not true. We barely partook in the celebrations around Montanita and it is just gearing up for their busy time here at the beach.
We have LOVED our time here and the people we have met. I would love to share about each of our new friends and the fun we had in talking, having dinner, playing games and just hanging out together but there just isn’t enough time. We know that nothing happens by “coincidence” and are confident that God led us to each new friendship. We are reminded of the verses in 1 Corinthians 3, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose. For we are God’s fellow workers…” We pray that as we invested our time into new friendships, that the Lord will make Truth known and cause seeds that were planted to grow. (Check out our new friends and some pictures on Facebook…we hope to stay connected through technology!)
We celebrated Isaiah’s birthday yesterday with his 2 simple requests: surfing and eating. He chose his favorite foods to eat and requested surfing with Don. We had a fabulous breakfast of bolon (authentic Ecuadorian: mashed plaintain with cheese, rolled into a big ball and fried) and fresh fruit smoothies. Then the guys hit the waves.
Isaiah has gotten to be a pro at surfing and is keeping up with all the locals. Don tangled with a wave and got hit by the fin of his surfboard. He thought he would have a good bruise, and kept surfing but later realized he was bleeding pretty well and needed stitches.
He grabbed a cab and took a quick trip to the hospital for 7 stitches. He is taking some penicillin to keep any infections out and is bummed that his surfing is over for the next few weeks. One of the hazards of living life to the fullest…but totally worth it!
Have I mentioned the laundry here?!? You drop off your laundry: they wash it, dry it, fold it and then you pick it up. It is $1/lb. I could get used it the laundry situation here. I need to go pick up our laundry today since all of my tank tops are in the wash. It is hot here today! Oh yeah, what is the weather like in Wisconsin?!?
I saw a rat. We were cooking in the outdoor kitchen here and decided to make a smoothie. I pulled out the blender, added the fruit and turned it on. Out ran a rat from the base of the blender. I screamed. I danced. I ran out of the kitchen. You probably heard me screaming in Wisconsin if you had been listening. Isaiah claims that we don’t need to worry about that rat again…I gave it a heart attack. My heart still races at the thought of that nasty thing running out at me.
Tomorrow we catch a bus back to Guayaguil and then board a bus for Lima, Peru. In all, we will have about 29 hours on a bus in the next two days. That should give us plenty of time to catch up on some sleep and school…