Monday, August 31, 2009

Storm's a-comin'

Well, I've been a little absent around blogworld for the past week. Our furlough is going well and God is (as always) very good!!!

We have a quick prayer request (before I head for bed!). As many of you know, there is a hurricane brewing off the western coast of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center (see link to left), Hurricane Jimena is a class 4 (big sucker) headed pretty much right for our village.

Please pray that God would blow this storm back out to sea and that Cabo San Lucas and the other fishing villages along the coast would be spared. Pray that God would be glorified, because He is worthy!!!

News from home says that all the animals are doing great and the pool is green. (Those of you with pools know that that is not too surprising!!!) Pray that peace would reign over our house while we are gone!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


From the Greek root "saurus" meaning lizard comes the latest addition to our family...


Here she is getting a bath in my turkey roaster just after Seth bought her.

I've just about lost count, but I think this is Seth's 4th iguana. His first, Felicita, was almost 4 feet long when we got her and she escaped while we were gone on furlough two years ago. Next was a young green iguana who didn't stick around long enough to be named. Then we lizard-sat an adult male iguana for Esteban for a few weeks -- after that, we decided that females were better and the young ones are nicer than the adults. A year and a half ago, Seth purchased Neo. Neo was a wonderful iguana and practically lived on Seth's shoulder...until he died. We have hard luck with pets when we go on furloughs!

Anyway, a year after Neo's demise, Sauris has come into the picture. And I'm beginning to think she's going to bankrupt Seth! I've never seen a lizard eat as much as this critter!!! We stumbled upon the fact that hibiscus and tulipan flowers are her favorite snack, so every once in a while we treat her to one. She snatches it out of your hand and tears it to shreads. If I thought I'd be able to upload the video in a reasonable amount of time, I'd do it. You'll just have to take my word for it. She's a hoot.

She's just about doubled in size in the past two months that Seth has had her. I'm glad she only eats vegetables!!! I'd have to start worrying about the cats soon if she was carnivorous!!! Sauris certainly does have personality. I never thought I'd say that about an iguana. (Please pray that she's still here when we get back from our furlough in September!!!)

Andrew's Cot

Not a very original title, I know. Sorry. My goal in this post is to share with Grandma and Grandpa what Andrew has been working on. He's pretty excited to have finally finished it!

About two months ago, Andrew purchased an old wooden cot frame from one of the brothers in the church and then began saving to purchase camoflauge (did I spell that correctly?) fabric to cover it with. The old canvas that was on it had most definitely seen better days!

So, he finally gathered the $10 he needed for the fabric and then we set to work...

As usually happens, Esteban showed up in the middle of the project, and also as usually happens he took over and did a way better job than we would have. He has his share of experience building cots and I'm glad that he stopped by to share his expertise!

I think that Doug was helping Esteban here, but one can never really be sure with those two! Andrew made the mistake of teasing Esteban while he was stuck inside the cot, so...

Andrew is pretty excited about his new cot. He claims that it's much more comfortable and much cooler than his old mattress. Who knows? He's content, and that's what's important. We even had some scraps of canvas left over to make a camo soon as I get around to it!!!