December Dazzle

[[[EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO]]] I should probably blog before something happens that will drastically change our lives.  Whatever that might be. December has been an amazing month.  So many cool things have been happening.  I’ve been transitioning into my new job at our church as a ministry assistant.  I get to be a part of an…

Thoughts on the American Race…

Have you bought a house yet?  How many kids do you have?  Which fun and trendy toys, trinkets, or tools do you have?  What apple products do you own?  What kind of car do you drive? These are questions I hear all the time from people our age.  Not in those words exactly, but that’s…

The Unbelievable Transportation Adventures in the D.R. Part 3!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve updated you on the Unbelievable Transportation adventures.  I’m sure you are DYING to find out the rest of them.  So here is the final Unbelievable Transportation Adventures of Osi & Dam.  Enjoy! The OMSA Bus The OMSA bus is a BIG GREEN bus that is quite organized.  It…

The UNBELIEVABLE Transportation Adventures in the D.R. Part 2

Hello, Friends! I hope you enjoyed learning about our crazy transportation adventures in my previous post!  Today, I will share about three more methods of transportation in the Dominican.  I hope you enjoy! Pirate Cars  (25 pesos… sometimes) Pirate cars are like copycat Public Cars.  They are NOT a part of a public car association…

The UNBELIEVABLE Transportation Adventures in the D.R. Part 1

PARENTAL DISCLAIMER:  For my mom, other people who see themselves as my mom, my mentioned friends’ mothers- I apologize for any fear or worry the following stories bring to your wonderful hearts.  Please know that we are all safe and everything is okay… except for the motorcycle guy that our bus hit.  But everyone else is…

Cuture & Adapting: WATER

Water This is the story about water. We love water.  In America, it came to me in two forms:  hot and/or cold.  I could choose one or the other.  Or blend them and enjoy both forms at once. In the Dominican, however, it comes in one form:  cold.  Some of you might gasp and think…

Imaginary Music

“Living in Honduras for the first [several] years was the best decision we could have made for our marriage,” one wonderful lady said to me a few weeks before leaving my life behind to live with my future husband in the Dominican Republic. Today as we were walking into the grocery store, I noticed the…

Runners, Run.

Al arbol que da fruta, a ese le tiran piedras. – – – The tree that gives fruit is the tree they throw rocks at. -anonymous Osiris shared that local saying with me the other day after receiving several obnoxious comments from onlookers as we ran past them at 7:00 a.m. This is what we…

Molding Us.

God has been so good in providing for us this month. Not just in providing for our physical needs, but for our spiritual and mental needs. It’s not easy to wait on something that you’ve worked so hard for but you don’t know when it will come. It can make us go crazy to think that…

Luther. Bonhoeffer. Gutenberg.

I must begin this post by celebrating that at least one of my favorite teams has made it to the World Cup FINAL: GERMANY!   Did you know I spent a couple of summers in Germany?  Did you know how much I love the German language and the German people?  Did you know that some…

Jesus whispers “Patience.”

Pardon me for missing the weekly blog post last Friday.  It’s been a series of wild events keeping us busy recently.  Spring Break has come and gone, and I’m seriously feeling it wasn’t enough.  But let me update you… Last week, Osiris’ sweet mom had a surgery.  Thankfully, everything went smoothly and she’s doing great…

Culture & Adapting: Knowledge

KNOWLEDGE – information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education. Based on this definition, I would say I entered this country with a brain full of information acquired in Texas public schools and multiple universities.  I’ve had enough travel experience to understand cultural differences, and the ability to not panic in culturally…