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Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 17, 2010

punta gorda

i have several places that i really love on this island
and punta gorda is one of them!

it is a small garifuna village
on the east side of the island
the people have built simple wooden homes along the tranquil shores
they fish for conch, lobster and fresh fish
they dance the punta dance
they drum
on cruise ship days they travel all the way to the dock and dance for the tourists
then they head back to their idyllic village.
they sit on porches and braid each other's hair
they walk slow
the children play football (soccer) on the beach
and they bathe in the sea water
they are poor materially but rich in culture and spirit
while we were walking the shores waiting for our dinner
i heard sound of the drums and sure enough they were dancing
in the middle of the road!!
why?
because they can


when i get out of the car in punta gorda
my whole being feels refreshed
it is a different pace
a slower way of living then other places on this island

do you have a place to go that refreshes your soul?
i hope so because it is so important for us to be able to
s.t.o.p
and get away
it's important to enjoy the beauty He has made
and listen to His still small voice once again.

This is what the Lord Almighty says:
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint
Jer. 31:25

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 16, 2010

my feathered friend

i have had 5 birds in my life
my first bird was amazingly smart and friendly
his name was sonny
he was a lovely light blue bird we bought through an ad in the paper
a young teenage boy sold him to us
the kids had wanted a bird and it was too expensive
bob was a pastor, i wasn't working we just couldn't  do it
but i said this:
if i find a bird plus the cage for 25.00 we will get it okay?

well... guess what?
the day came when i saw the ad in the paper and i kid you not
i didn't hesitate for one second!
i loaded up the kids in the car and headed right over and bought him!
sonny was the most incredible bird!
the teenage boy had handled him well and taught him many things
we were blessed to have sonny with us
he could fetch!
he would come when i called him!
(he was free flying so he could be anywhere and i'd call him and he'd
fly to me!)
he could talk!
(one time we had sonny do the phone message.. it was pretty funny!
simply.. hello, hello hello! over and over again!
then i said, sonny how many times have i told you don't answer the phone!)
he liked to take showers under running water in the kitchen
he played with our golden retriever, sandy
(training our sandy girl  to not eat the bird is another story!)
poor sweet sonny had a sorry end though
one blustery winter day he flew towards david, trying to land on his shoulder
but with david's winter jacket and someone going out the door,
he slipped and flew OUT
into the cold storm
my friend marsha and i searched for him for hours to no avail
i can honestly say my heart broke that day

so after about a year i tried another bird
this bird was a total dud (sorry to say that)
he was traumatized or something and barely moved
we called mr. statue
i took him back to the store

then we tried a hand raised baby budgie
gracie was her name
she was adorable
very friendly and loving
she would take naps with me, curled up along the curve of my neck
while i slept
she went everywhere i went
so sweet 
until one day,
the day she laid her first egg,
then she turned into a horror bird!
mrs. protective mama!!
she sat on those eggs but of course they weren't fertilized
and i think she just got more and more crazy!!
OY!
it was terrible
she started to bite and got very aggressive
i ended up giving her to another lady who had birds hoping she would mate
and you.. know.. fulfill her female dream of being a real mom.
the lady told me she refused to breed.
i left her with the lady when we moved west. 
hopefully gracie has accepted her lot about being female and childless
poor thing.

then i had mango
a beautiful beautiful beautiful lovebird that bob got me for christmas here in roatan
the unfortunate thing about him/her (we never knew)
was that he never really bonded with me
and would literally 'scream' and 'screech' calling to all the other tropical birds
ALL DAY LONG!
i am patient person by nature but i almost considered shooting that bird!
good thing i don't own a gun.
he drove me mad!
i ended up taking him back to the store and emily helped me pick
out our dear buddy

buddy 
is 
a buddy for sure!
he is the most kindest and most friendly bird i could ever ask for
he has never bite anyone!
that is remarkable

so yesterday 
after being in the shop all day
i came home to his sweet little chirps, 
i opened his cage and he hopped on my finger
gave me a few little kisses on the lips
and settled down on the couch to watch
wheel of fortune
with buddy on my finger saying sweet nothings to me,
giving me kisses and singing happily
:-)

what a sweet little friend he is!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

so stylish

i have bob to thank for this photo
this fine island lady was across the street all decked out 
with her british bag, umbrella and some plant she 'swiped' from somewhere!

we had such a busy day at the made in roatan shop
we are happy to be able to help so many people by selling their stuff right now
i asked the cruisers if they'd be interested in helping with an island wide
food drive that we are involved in and over the past two days 
we have raised 160.00
wow!
isn't that fantastic!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14, 2010

nativity

i love christmas
i do
it is by far, my most favorite season
i confess that when we moved to roatan i had to get rid
of alot of christmas paraphernalia and memorabilia
that i had collected over the years

okay confession time:
i had about 15 big plastic containers full of stuff!
garland galore, white lights, outdoor lights, decorations,
candles in shades of ivory or gold, platters, , glass containers 
that i filled to the brim with glass balls and lights,
oil lamps for a soft glow, a nutcracker collection,
christmas books and christmas music and the list goes on
it was tasteful stuff.. it was.

so when we came to roatan i reduced it to
2 boxes
it was an amazing feat!


this is one of my favorite things.
it creates such a soft glow
i could sit and stare at this for hours
thinking about the wonder of the nativity
of the ridiculous yet real plan of God to
make His appearance into the world via a baby
incarnate craziness i think
and to come to a young woman and overshadow her 
by the Holy Spirit
how bizarre
and to appear to simple shepherds on the night shift 
men who were hard working and unassuming
imagine the insanity of that dark night being invaded by glory and light 
of a myriad of holy angels.
no wonder they ran to 'see' this holy One who was born 
imagine the wise men
recognizing a strange yet powerful star in the sky
and following it til it rest over the humble abode of mary and joseph
imagine their shock and amazement when they laid before them
gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh 
 imagine mary looking into the eyes of Jesus and seeing all 
glories of heaven still bursting through Him
Immanuel:  GOD with us!

do i really believe this you ask?
absolutely?!
i believe this as much as i believe
the parting of the Red Sea, the water coming from a rock,
Moses standing on holy ground,
and Elijah calling forth fire from heaven.

all of those were divine moments from the Most High
and the nativity was the consummation of them all
the time when God made His finest appearing and dwelt among us

my heart cries out
O holy night

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010


all decked out

i have always loved christmas lights!
when we were kids we didn't own a car
so it was always a huge treat when either a relative or friend
would let all us kids pile into their car and
go driving around 
looking at the lights
you could hear the sounds of our ohhhs and ahhhs

it became tradition to do that  with our kids too
one year, while living in canmore, alberta we decided
to vote for our favorite house in the little town 
i think we shocked the owners when we all traipsed
up the steps, rang the door bell and happily told them
'your house is our all time favorite in the whole town!'
they were a little shocked at first and then they invited us inside
where we stood around, a little ackwardly and then went home
:-)

so...now the lights are coming to roatan too!
whoo hoo!
this isn't my favorite 
(no offence roatan rental)
but it was pretty enough to warrant a photo

for the record:
this place in west end has the best baleada's on the island!
truly

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010

over my shoulder

bob suggested we go to seadancer to watch the sunset
i took my photo of the day 'over my shoulder' 
as i was walking down the beach
looking for shells

why do we like to go there?
well it has one of the longest docks on the island and the view is stunning

bob is wearing jeans because it actually cold.. for us.

the weather is chilly for us
i had on my slippers earlier in the day
we got rained on
i ran for refuge under the sea grapes
and from my dry spot i could hear bob whistling from the dock
i looked where he was pointing and was blown away by a beautiful rainbow!


a lovely way to spend a december afternoon
hope you had a good sunday too