Today is the first day of Fall and we are not anywhere near the cool temps most are enjoying back in the states. But, hey, we do live on a tropical island with year round warm temperature and beautiful blue water & white sandy beaches....some trade off, huh?
Parker just had her 4th birthday, it was so much fun. We had a Tinkerbell pinata that was bigger than her and the power was out the whole party too. Roatan! Gotta love not worrying about such things as melting icecream and the blistering heat and bugs while celebrating a young persons birthday. She had a blast and never even noticed that we didn't spend much but instead enjoyed every minute of us showering her with love.
This past weekend we welcomed a new guest, Holden Smith - 19, he will be here for four weeks helping out in the community and getting to know the island. He arrived with three giant suitcases full of medical supplies for Clinica Experanza, they were so excited and appreciative of the efforts from way back home in Montgomery, Texas. Thank you to each of you that went above and beyond to ensure that the medical needs of the poorest in the community will continue to be met. One of the other big things that Holden wanted to bring was the colonia baseball team shirts and hats. His mom had them printed up and sent with Holden. These are such special items for the kids on the team, they cherish these items for they have never been on a team or had a uniform before. This week we will be taking team pictures and individual photos for them, a surprise for the kids that will blow them away. Each week they continue to progress and will soon be ready for their first scrimmage and game.
Trey and I have taken a day here and there while Holden has watched the kids for us, some much needed time to just chill and enjoy the island. We went on a scooter ride across the island with our friends Jeremy and Melissa. It was like a mini vacation for us and we were only gone a few hours! This island is so beautiful. It is hard to believe that within such beauty there can be the inner areas that are so poverty stricken and in need while surrounded by abundance. We definitely have made a priority of making sure people that we know and meet are aware of what they can do to help.
Anna and Wiley were in the Honduras Indpendence Day parade, the first time their school has participated in this, so it was a very special day. It rained like crazy through the entire parade, sooo much fun for the kids and of course it gave us parents and teachers an excuse to act like kids too.
Please continue to pray for our family as we begin making some major decisions about where we will go as our year here on Roatan comes to a close....sounds so weird to say that out loud.