Saturday, May 17, 2014

On the ground in Paraguay

It is fall here in Paraguay, and for the last week and a half we have been staying in a guest house of the Lutheran Church here in Asuncion.  It seems to house mostly college students studying at one of the many universities here in the Capital.  It has been a bit difficult to have 3 small children in such close quarters with people who need to study.  Trying to keep them quiet at night, or between 12:00 and 3:00 for the mandatory resting/studying/sleeping times, has led us all to some frazzled nerves.
Tomorrow we are supposed to be moving to Friendship Mission tomorrow.  There is an elementary school housed there, so I assume lots of kid noises during the day won't be a problem.  Then, at night, there is only one other family that we have to worry about disturbing, the Marecos.
The Marecos family has been awesome here...inviting us to dinner and even taking us to celebrate Mother's day with their family.  Maria (mother to Augustine, Facundo, and Flores, wife to Cristobal) even baked the most delicious cake for Anya's birthday.  They have been very gracious and friendly.
There have been ups and downs.  For the first 2-3 days, we had a banking snafu.  And there was (and still is) some cultural adjustments to be made, but I am very proud of how well the kids are taking it.
Look back here soon for posts on silly mistakes we have made, and hard lessons learned.

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