Since picking up our friends over the weekend, I've been busy talking.
Gotta squeeze every minute of talking time out of this last week with them!
They had a restful two weeks in Sta. Rosa but also took drives to surrounding towns, seeing a bit bigger slice of Argentina. Wally has been blogging about their experiences and some have made me laugh out loud. His battle with the dogs over the garbage makes me giggle every time I think about it. Other posts have been more serious and thought-provoking; another perspective on missionary life in Argentina.
They found a wonderful tea house in Belgrano that opened nine months ago and we went twice over the weekend. I had some of the best tea ever the first night and the second time I enjoyed a mug of hot cocoa, Argentine style. And what is that?, you may wonder. They serve you a mug of very hot milk that's been frothed a little, and you add a small bar of chocolate and stir until melted. I see infinite possibilities! Switch out the milk chocolate with either dark or white, use a peppermint stick to stir, or sprinkle a fine dusting of cinnamon powder over, or add a touch of flavored syrup (hazelnut or almond comes to mind)...
This week the big Feria de Artisanias starts in Cordoba and we're planning to go on Thursday. Last year there were over 700 vendors and it took several hours just to walk from one end to the other without spending a lot of time stopping to look.
Good friends from the U.S. sent us the movie Fireproof in Spanish along with a variety of teaching materials. We watched it with our co-workers the other night and brainstormed afterward, coming up with a couple of ideas for how to use it; both one-on-one and in a small group setting, depending on the needs of those involved. Since marriage is held in even lower esteem here than the U.S., there's a great need to share the truth that marriage is a covenant.
I've been meaning to share some blog posts and web sites that are particularly meaningful or just plain fun. Here they are in no particular order:
A thoughtful post on being intentional. Amy Beth may be only 25, but she shows some serious wisdom in this area. Beautifully written and heartfelt, you don't want to miss it.
Debbie always writes with humor, but her post on being a fuddy-duddy just killed me. We have become our grandmothers.
I both laughed and cried at Dee's cathartic post about her mom. Most of us have such complicated relationships with our mothers and our daughters and Dee's done a wonderful job articulating that.
A totally fun website I was just introduced to is woot.com. Each day they have one item for sale at a really great price. But the descriptions are priceless! Seriously hysterical! Hoot for the woot!
That's all I have time for today. Time to get back to the talking.