22 April 2010
Today is the day we arrived here in Guadalajara, one
year ago. We have very much enjoyed our time here, even
with the uncertainty at times of what we were and are
going to do. Now that we've settled on staying here in
Guadalajara in our van in the
San Jose del Tajo RV Park,
we feel relieved and are enjoying life overall much
Andrew received a surprise call two days ago. It was
from a school where one of his private clients sends her
two daughters. He had previously applied there and was
told they would be conducting interviews in May. One of
their teachers just left without notice, and they need a
replacement very soon. Andrew interviewed at the school
for two hours yesterday, including an English exam and a
tour of the school, and he'll conduct a one hour and
twenty minute class this coming Monday. His topic is
present perfect time expression, for fifth graders. I'm
not even sure what that is! The school will make their
decision and let him know by this coming Wednesday, and
he would start, if he is accepted, on Monday, May 3.
Please pray concerning this, and that the pay is
significantly better than he is presently being paid at
his other school.
This past weekend the three of us (including Mela,
remember) drove to the beach area south of Colima,
Mexico. We stayed Friday night in La Manzanilla. The
beach there is very long and fairly level, with mellow
waves. There are many birds and few people. Mela loved
racing up and down the beach, chasing the seabirds from
one end of the beach to the other. We've never seen her
run so fast for so far, but needless to say, she
couldn't catch one. She came into the water with us a
few times, but after a six inch wave swamped her, she
decided the ocean was not for her. So, she returned to
chasing birds. She sure did enjoy chasing them, but we
think she learned her lesson because the next few days
she had no energy for long fruitless chases!
Saturday we drove from La Manzanilla to Barra de Navidad,
a sleepy little town situated on an estuary peninsula.
Our hotel there had a large swimming pool, and Andrew
enjoyed it a lot. We didn't go into the ocean there,
because the beach was steep and the waves were breaking
roughly right on the beach with a strong undertow. We
did walk to and along the beach twice, though. For
dinner, we selected a small sidewalk cafe, and the food
was amazingly good. I had a chicken stew with refried
beans, and Andrew had shrimp a la Mexicana with a salad.
Of course, we also received with our meal the typical
free soft, warmed tortillas, crispy tortilla chips and
salsas. All of this, plus two drinks, cost us $100 pesos
(about $7.70 US).
Sunday we moved to Manzanillo and found an inexpensive
but nice hotel a few blocks from the Santiago Bay beach.
Andrew rented a boogie board, and we spent many hours
riding the waves. The beach here had higher waves, and
the funny thing about them is that the waves also flowed
outward sometimes, causing large splashes when the
incoming waves hit the outgoing waves. This made it
possible to ride a wave into shore all the way, and then
to ride another one back out to meet the incoming waves.
It was wonderful fun.
This Sunday, Andrew will be reading the Scripture
passages in church. This service will be bilingual, with
both the English speaking and Spanish speaking
congregations at the same time. Usually, the English
service is at 10:30, and the Spanish service is at
12:30. Occasionally, for special times, the two are
combined like they will be this Sunday.
I guess that's it for now. Please be praying for
Andrew's teaching the fifth grade class.
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