Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Picture post!

This post is going to be a little bit random, but it includes a few shots of my parents' visit, as well as some photos from around Guatemala. Enjoy!

Shopping in the market. Strawberries were less than fifty cents a pound!

Checking out the chickens..

Busy in the kitchen one morning.

At the Iglesia Bautista La Esperanza.

Going shopping near downtown Xela.

Mom & me at a restaurant in Antigua. I {heart} my mom!

Hospital Privado in Quetzaltenango, where we took Dad to have blood work done while he was here. (Doctor's orders.) See the smile on his face? That's relief that it wasn't so bad after all! ;o)

Artwork in the market.

A park in Parramos.

These are the pilas, where women come to scrub their family's clothes over stone surfaces, rinsing them with the water you see. Most homes here have their own pila, including mine. It really comes in handy for big clean-up jobs and for scrubbing stains or rinsing mops. But as for my laundry? I'm so blessed to have a washing machine! :o)

This is Oscar, our weasel - er, Dog, I mean.

This is Mom & Dad at the airport. Sad day!

Here is one of the pieces of Mayan stoneware dug up by a neighbor of ours. Many pieces of ancient Mayan artifacts are kept and preserved by the government and/or in museums, but who knows how much pottery and statuary are in the homes of the people who find them? Some of them appreciate the history and take care of it, like this fellow does. I want one!

Jocote marañón, a fruit brought up from the coast. Notice the strangely-shaped "stem"? That contains what you know as a cashew nut!

Woman in Guatemala City.


Elizabeth said...

I truly enjoyed this post. :-)

You asked a while back about resizing the text in my posts? What I do is when you're in the "new post" screen, type your post out like you normally do. Then take your mouse and highlight whatever you want to make smaller/bigger. Then, up where your buttons are along the top, over to the left you'll see a drop-down box where you can change your fonts, and next to it is a little "T" next to a big "T." That's the font size button. Click it and you can pick if you want it bigger, smaller, whatever. That's all I do to change my font size...hopefully it's not a different interface than mine! :-)

Have a great day!!

Tammy said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! Mine doesn't have that handy little button to adjust text size. :o/ Maybe it's time to update my stuff?

Paulina said...

Great pictures! It's so wonderful that you're able to do ministry in Guatemala!

Anonymous said...

David's parents were just here,too. Left yesterday! This was their second time to visit us in Guatemala. We too, took them to Antigua... one of these days we'll cross paths again! I did see your husband on a bus headed up to the Seminary a few weeks ago. We're down to the nitty gritty of making some tough decisions regarding staying or going. Can't believe it's been nearly two years. I see how 7 or 8 could go quickly!

How are you feeling??


Tammy said...

Tammy, Love the pretty music now playing on your blog! When did you add that and how? Enjoyed the pics. Now, did you say the cashew comes from that fruit or from it's stem? What does the fruit taste like - what is it comparable to?

Tori said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with your parants. What could be nice than to share the people and place you love with the family you love.

Have a great day Tammy!

Randy said...

Really nice pictures Tammy. Must of been nice to have your folks there for a visit. Sure it was a treat for the children too. Your cabinets look like they are made out of the same kind of wood that our friends in Costa Rica have, her sons made the cabinets for her. Praise the Lord that your Dads health seems to be doing good.

Lords blessing on you.

Dani Joy said...

I recognized the washing pool! I remember those.

How wonderful you parents could make the trip! Those long trips are hard on our folks. Mine have come twice to Spain but I don´t know if they will come again. But boy did it open their eyes to missions.

Love the picture of you and your mom. So special!

Persuaded said...

tammy... it was such a delight to see these pictures and get a little window into your world. i liked seeing the "laundromat"- my goodness it never occurred to me that there would be something public like that! My favorite was the picture of you and your sweet mama... i never realized what a *beautiful* young woman you are! Your parents must be so proud of you and your sweet little family♥

Tammy said...

Amy, we should just get together in Xela, on purpose, lol! I need to get out of San Juan from time to time. :o)

Tammy said...

Tammy, thanks! I've had the music on my blog since I started it, though, lol! Maybe you just recently turned on your speakers? Scroll down, looking at my right column until you come to "Lovely Music". There is a link on that box to "create your free playlist" which will take you to the website I used. You have to weed through a lot of bad music, but they do have some good stuff on there, too.

The cashew nut is inside the stem of the jocote marañón. The fruit itself is very juicy and sweet, like a grape, but the flesh is very, ummmm, elastic? Hard to describe. It's hard to chew. Most people just suck the juice out, lol!

Tammy said...

Love ya, Tori! :o)

Thanks, Randy, we did have a very nice visit. It was difficult to say good-bye.

Dani Joy, a trip like that sure can be hard on them. I'm so glad they were able to make it :o)

Thank you, Diane! <3

Tammy said...

OH, by the way, Bro. Randy, I am SO thankful for my kitchen cabinets!! They were already in the house when we came. They are beautiful, and give me plenty of storage space. :o)

Tammy said...

Tammy, My speakers are on and once again I'm not hearing any music. For two or three days as soon as I started scrolling music would start but it is not anymore. Huh? Wonder what is wrong with my computer. It's getting kinda old!

Tammy said...

The playlist has been slow to load on my computer, too, lately. Come to think of it, my computer is getting old as well!

Jungle Mom said...

great photos! I love the last one and would hang it on my wall!

Our church here is Iglesia Bautista Esperanza!

DariLolis said...

Beautiful pictures, my dear and missed Tammy!!!

Your parents must be so thankful with our Lord for having such a great and godly daughter!!! They seem to be sweet & very kind people. God bless them.

Guatemalan people are so blessed through you & your family.

I remember my "pilas" in Mexico. We call them there "lavaderos" to the stones where we wash the clothes, and the dishes, & "tanques" to those that keep the water for the "lavaderos"... Such memories you brought to my mind.

My kids enjoy to help grandma to wash the dishes & the clothes in the pilas when we go to Mexico. They have washer but they still wash some of them in the pilas. Every traditional home has one in Mexico, too.

Do you speak Spanish? Do your kids speak it, too?

Love you in Jesus,

Tammy said...

Yes, we speak Spanish. Our three eldest children speak it, and our eldest daughter has figured out on her own how to write it! Children are so quick to learn languages.

DariLolis said...

It's a great blessing to be bilingual! We can do many things for the glory of God with two, or more languages! I pray for my kids use that skill to do God's work.

We speak Spanish at home. Kids got the English at church, and school.

When we go to Mexico, my kids can communicate with my parents, and the rest of the family. It's a great blessing!!

Dios los bendiga muchísimo.

Con amor en nuestro Señor Jesucristo: