Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Girls - New Sisters

We’re becoming more Mexican with each day. With handling the schedules of everyone involved we decided to have our Thanksgiving on Sunday afternoon. We had a houseful of friends, family and children and it was a great time for all. It was nice to see the playground full of happy laughing children running around and playing hard. The expansion of our swing set was a good decision, we had someone at every station and kids doing the slide all at the same time. Running the tires was also a big hit.
Our new addition, 7 year old Gabriella Alejandra, is getting right into the swing of things. Luckily for her she is not bashful; she politely lets you know what she thinks and doesn’t let anyone push her around. We are getting her started in the same school as the other girls and she is really anxious to get started. We’re waiting for the records from the other school to arrive so we can complete the process, but patience is something to be cherished here.

We are having a Christmas Brunch at Pete’s Camp on Saturday, December 10th. Norma is planning a sumptuous spread and we’ll be having a silent auction as well. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Swapmeet, Pete’s Camp and various locations around town.

Last week I mentioned that people have asked for a list of things that we need here so they can know what to get instead of guessing. I have put a Needs list as well as a Christmas Wish list on the Needs page of our website. If you want to check it out and then give Carol an email she can coordinate donations to help make things more efficient. We have been very blessed by you all and are always amazed at how the Lord seems to put the right people in front of us at exactly the right time of need.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Now we are 5!!!

This is Amanda showing off her new yoga figure
We have something to be very thankful for this year with our new arrival of Gabriella Alejandra. She is a 7 year old bundle of energy and always has a big smile. She fits right in, is always ready to help and is especially helpful with Amanda and Rosita. We are going through the process of getting her enrolled in school and are lucky that she can go to the same school as the older girls. They are really taking to the new school and it seems to be doing them good; they have just received their grades and are doing about 8.5 ( B+ for people my age) between the 2 of them. We haven’t taken any photos yet to give everyone a chance to get acquainted.
We have been excited to see so many of our friends returning to San Felipe and have been blessed with new friends that have come down and found us. We are always excited to meet new friends in town or at the swap meet at El Dorado on Saturdays. We are there every week.
We have been asked to put up a list of needs for Casa de Fe by many of you to make it easier for you to bring things down without having to guess. I’m going to put this out next week to let people have a chance to see what they can choose from. If you have any questions please feel free to email Carol at casadefecarol@gmail.com and she will get back to you as soon as she can.
We are reminded everyday how blessed we are and are so very thankful for being able to help these girls. Our friends still laugh and tell us we’re crazy and some days I strongly agree with them, but seeing them grow and blossom is absolutely worth it.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and God bless.

Monday, November 7, 2011

We had a great turn out at our 1st year anniversary party at Rumors last Thursday night. With more than 100 people it was a fun time had by all and the band, 2AM, played the whole time with country western music soft enough for people to talk but rockin’ enough to keep it hopping. We had lots of door prizes. Jeannie and the Rumors crew did a great job with the food and drink and we had nothing but compliments for the whole event. Our silent auction was a hit with donations from many business friends in town. A special item was a painting from our good friend Louis Cogley.
Thanks to Connie, Kim and Paula, who stepped in at the last minute to set up and take care of the silent auction and Judi and Vanice who helped at the ticket and raffle table.
We are really getting used to the change in the weather, it’s nice to be able to go outside and enjoy the day. We had a group from Washington visiting San Felipe come for Amanda’s 3rd birthday on Sunday and it was nice to have a group of 10 – 12 kids outside playing on the swings and tires without worrying about the heat and sun. Now is when we know why we live here, the weather is just about perfect.
Perla and Alejandra are getting used to their new school and it is apparent that it is more challenging for them. How many of us learned about pacemakers, cardiac disease and muscular structure in the 3rd grade? They are learning more and their homework is more extensive than the old school. We’re happy with the change even though it is farther to take them to school.