Thursday, June 27, 2013

What I've Been Doing...

How do I look?
June has been a crazy month!  There's been so many times I've thought, "I need to update my blog!"  Then time slips by, and know how it goes!  So instead of trying to tell you about everything that's been happening, I thought I'd show you!
Missions Conference was June 12-15.  We did a play about Jonathan Goforth, Missionary to China.  One of the parts Matt had required a beard, so I made a yarn beard.  After the play, Ian begged me to let him try it on!
Map of China
Chinese Temple
 My friend Elena, who is Deaf, made this map of China for our play. I copied the images that are on the map, and glued them on, but she did all the rest.  She also painted this picture of the Chinese temple!  She is so talented!  I have two paintings in my house that she painted - I'll put them on here some time so you can enjoy them with me!
Uncle Sam visits Morocco!
Representing Morocco
Chinese Cart for the Play
Sharing Morocco with others
While we were preparing for the play, we were also preparing for the International Banquet!  The banquet was on Saturday of the conference.  We had the privilege of representing Morocco for the banquet.  So for a while, my house was a mixture of Chinese and Moroccan culture!

Before Missions Conference Elena and I started a project of making "Witnessing Books" for the Deaf to use.  She already had a book.  We made
copies and now were are in the process of covering them with contact paper and putting them onto rings.  So now we are back to work on that project.
Making Witnessing Books
In the middle of all this, we have made certain to have time for fun, and of course time for coffee and chocolate!  My honey certainly knows how to win my heart (as if he didn't have it already)!  He recently bought me the coffee cup in the last picture.  Most girls swoon over roses....I swoon over coffee cups!  What a sweetie!  I love him SO much (and not just because of the coffee and chocolate, either)!!!
Ahoy there, Mateys!!

Chocolate, anyone???
Two of my favorite things -
Coffee and Chocolate!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Day of the Potato

 The Day of the Potato was on May 30, 2012.  Here at Efata, we celebrated on Friday...what a fun school day!  Here are some pictures from our celebration of The Day of the Potato!
Grade 5 (Deaf School) - makers of Causa
Causa - a yummy Peruvian tradition!
Each grade in the Deaf school and in the Bilingual School made a different dish with potatoes.  Did you know that here in Peru there are over 3,000 kinds of potatoes?  You may be laughing and thinking, "How different can one potato be from another?"  I used to think the same thing until I started cooking here!  I am still learning what each kind of potato is used for, but one thing I have learned....not all potatoes in Peru are the same, nor do they all make good mashed potatoes - they have a potato just for that!  And in case you are wondering.....sweet potatoes (at least here, anyway) do not fit under the category of potato at all!  Sorry, all you sweet potato's not really a potato, it's a tuber.....
Up close view of Cause
  Some potatoes are for boiling, some for mashing, and I'm not sure what all the other ones are for except for eating!  They even have purple potatoes!
 Of course, my little family enjoyed all the sights, sounds, and tastes!
Can we eat it now???

So the next time you eat a potato....think of Peru!  After all, Peru is the birthplace of the potato!  
(And I get to live here with all these yummy potatoes!!)