Friday, September 28, 2012

Brianna's class trip: day 1

I had the privilege of accompanying Brianna's class (5th and 6th grade) on their "big" field trip to the capital and other p[laces this past week. Will be posting pictures for some days, if that's alright with you (even if it's not alright with you!) 

This was on Monday at noon. The parents brought their kids and boxes full of yummy snacks for us. There were 25 students and 5 grown-ups and 1 teacher.

Saying good-bye to the kids...

Some of the kids had some masks and wigs along to pass the time in the bus. The trip took about 6 hours to the capital, Asunción.

Brianna liked the wig.

We stopped in front of the bridge that crosses the Paraguay River. The capital and its neighboring cities start right after the bridge. We walked across the bridge, I think it's 1,5 to 2 km long. But I'll check that out yet. The walk was good for the kids and grown-ups to let some pent up energy out.

The first day ended with beautiful moonlight. We stayed at the camp called Ranch Alegre, which is a lot like the camps I visited as a child in Canada. The kids played volleyball and soccer until midnight, then it was off to dreamland.

 We all had a great time, and I really enjoyed getting to know Brianna's friends a little more. The kids were all on their best behavior, but without forgetting they were kids. We grown-ups had some really good laughs along the way. I'll post more later!


Sunday, September 2, 2012


Please welcome the newest addition to our family: Brianna's puppy, Baxter

Love you!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Women's retreat 2012

Has anyone missed me yet? :)

I guess I really only post something when I've experienced something special. Like this week...

I was at a women's retreat from all of the Mennonite Brethern churches from Paraguay. There were 201 women there from the Chaco and east Paraguay!

This is the view from the fifth floor of our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Ex-condovac in San Bernardino. San Ber is a well liked resort city, known for it's lake, called the Ypacaraí.

Here you can see the sun set over the lake, we went down to the lake a few times, and for a parched-out Chaqueño, it's a sight for sore eyes.

This was a deck on the water. It was beautiful in the morning. We did our homework (for the retreat) sitting here, but the view did distract us:)

This used to be a restaurant when I was in ninth grade. I remember coming here. It's called the Mexican Sombrero. But it looked deserted now.

My friend and roommate doing here homework. (Is it OK that I posted this? You can't really recognize who you are, R! By the way, I had a great time with you!)

In the background you can see the top of the hotel.

Andrea Rouf from Germany, she was the invited speaker. Our motto of the retreat was: called to freedom. I enjoyed her lectures.We also did a personality test, where I was very surprised of the results!

This was the line-up for meals. We stood on some stairs and the women stood in line at least 30 m long.
One downside of the retreat was that the hotel personnel were probably new and not practiced in serving food to so many people at once. The quality of the food wasn't too great either, but we came to hear God's word and not gain weight, after all.

All in all, it was a blessed experience and I'm thankful for the coordinators of the retreat (MBG church of Concordia Asuncion) and my family for giving me the opportunity to go.

Another thing that bugged me was that I forgot the battery for my camera, and all of the above pictures were made on my phone. Sorry for the bad quality, but I stopped beating myself up for it.

So, talking of cameras, Amy bought a new camera 2 weeks ago, and she is loving it! I'm so in awe of what her camera (and Amy) can do, I'd like to show you some of her pictures (with her permission:)

Cindy got a new female rabbit at the rodeo, isn't she cute? Her name is Xaffi. Don't ask me where she comes up with these names.

I absolutely love this picture!
Amy took it on the high school yard, while all the students were having their siesta. She made another picture even better than this one, but I don't want to post it, because she's entering it in a contest soon.
Isn't it pretty? Or is that just her proud mom speaking? :)

Brianna finally got her hearts desire and picked up her puppy today. So next post will be pics of Baxter and Brianna!

Thanks for dropping in and come back again!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May things

We hosted some barbecues last month and I always try to mix up the menu a bit. I like to serve a vegetable platter rather than a stirred-up salad. 
This was my attempt at decorating with veggies!

I also made two cakes from a new recipe book I bought last month. This is a typical German cake called: Frankfurter Kranz. Without my sister's interest in this cake, I wouldn't have tried to make it myself. (Thanks, D!)
The next time I'll make the recipe slightly larger. The cake turned out great, but a little on the small side.

This is the second cake I made from the book: Backen macht Freude from Dr. Oetker. It's marble cake. Simple and sweet!

I also got some sewing done. :) 
This is an owl bag I made for a swap. The lovely lady that loves owls was very delighted to receive this:)

Ever since our store has ordered fabric from Pilar (a Paraguayan town with a fabric factory), I go crazy with ideas for all of the heavy and medium weight cottons. This is my creation slightly changed from the original pattern from Sew4home. You can't see it very well, but the edges are open zippers. The pattern calls for zipper trim that you can get by the meter in the civilised world, but I slaughtered 3 zippers to make this bag:)

My next project is a tablecloth that I want to give to the Thanksgiving church service on Sunday. They always have an auction after lunch where they auction off fruit, vegetables, cows, chickens, crafts, etc.

And now back to my sewing room! The weather finally turned cold and I love sitting with my Pfaff and a cup of coffee sewing all (or at least 10%)  the ideas swimming around in my head!

Thanks for the visit!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Things that happened in April 2012

Hi folks,
I know it's almost the end of May already, but I wanted to share some special pictures of April with you. If I remember (remind me!) I'll post the highlights of May next week.

These past two months have been the rainiest fall months that I can remember. We are going into winter with full cisterns, full water holes, green pasture and a lot of muddy roads and dirty trucks that need to washed often.

The picture above and below were taken on Easter Sunday, when we were sliding on muddy roads to town for a family gathering. (I was driving and to distract the girls, they took pictures)

I love watching Brianna play with Chester! She is begging for a Lab, but we just can't seem to want two dogs on our yard. Chester is a great watch dog, but he's on the chain in the daytime. Except when Brianna plays!
He just loves her!

When we were going to my parents ranch one morning, we saw the school bus and a semi in opposite ditches. Our neighbor helped them out. (School bus is left and way in the back on the right side you can see the semi filled with a farmers crop of sorghum. He had slipped in the ditch the night before and spent the night in there:()

At my parents ranch. Their sow had 17 piglets!

Mom loves baby animals.

This was my favorite:)

I know I post way too many pics of my cat Eskimo. But I just love how he likes to sleep in this position:)

We spent a lazy Sunday and a neighbors field. The men were shooting pigeons, and the ladies lazed! I loved the little picturesque waterhole close by...

You could forget we lived in the place called : the green hell...

Another exciting thing happened in April. My oldest best friend (oldest because I've known her forever) (she's only 3 months older than I), had a baby girl! Her name is Tiffany René and she is one of the cutest babies around. I know I say that about all babies, but I just love all babies:)

Thanks for taking the time to browse through my pictures! I love having visitors on my blog and I LOVE your comments. I'll be back sometime soon!

Love, Brenda