Saturday, June 26, 2010
Our first night in Costa Rica we were awakened to a Mariachi band that started to play at 10:00 p.m. next door. We wondered what we were in for. What we discovered was a beautiful, but very loud culture that likes to celebrate late in the evening....often to all hours.
It is our first night in Quito (we are finally here!!). It is just after 10:00 p.m. and the Mariachi band started a few minutes ago. Apparently the people of Ecuador celebrate in much the same fashion (from what we understand it is fairly normal for most of Latin America). At least in this area we know what we are in for!
The kids are having a hard time. One has been acting out hugely - worse than her normal....which is already pretty difficult. One is very clingy. And one is weepy and wanting to go home (I'm interpreting that as being California). They are certainly not going through easy times.
I just read this (before settling in to enjoy the Mariachi): "The only thing we absolutely could not survive would be the loss of God's love. And that is a loss we'll never have to try." It is a quote from Beth Moore. Definitely something I need to share with the kids tomorrow a.m. To remind them, and myself, that we will survive this - even thrive in it - because we have God's love. You've got that, you've got it all.