Thursday, January 29, 2009

Casa de Pancho Villa

This is our class at the Pancho Villa Museum:

The rest is architecture from Pancho Villa's actual house, and a little green!  Don't get to see too much green here in the desert.  :-)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Did you know...

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This blog is to serve you and keep you informed about my life and progress here, and I want to do the best I can to make it work for YOU!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More Downtown Pictures:

Oh The Things You Will See

Things I saw on the way to Wal-Mart yesterday:

-Home Depot
-Office Depot
-Sam's Club
-Burger King

"And to think that I saw them..." in Mexico! 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Learning a Language... a lot like filling up a Tonka truck with a shovel!  

During the past two weeks, I have had many people ask, "How is your Spanish?"  Well.  My Spanish has not improved much--but my comprehension has!  By learning through immersion, I am learning much like a child does.  I am hearing everything, and very slowly learning the words I am hearing.  Think about a child you've seen grow up; he did not speak immediately!   Babies listen for around a year before beginning to speak.  Thankfully, I will not have to wait that long.  In the next few weeks I will begin learning more words--and their meanings--and gaining the ability to form these new sounds with my mouth.  Please pray for me during this time, that I will be patient: "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry" (James 1:19).  This time can be frustrating because I don't know what is going on around me, and it is difficult to communicate.  Pray that I will quickly comprehend and gain the ability to speak Spanish fluently and correctly!

Downtown Chihuahua

Today, Louisa, Tanya, Jason, and I went on a trolley tour to see the history of Chihuahua.  Louisa, as a Chihuahuense, was our official tour guide for the day.

First we went through all the stores.
Then we saw a musical group.

This cathedral took 96 years to build!
This "angel" behind us is like our Statue of Liberty to Chihuahua.
This is inside the building where Hidalgo was killed, 
and a flame shines in memory of him.

More pictures to come of our special "downtown Chihuahua" food, that you have to eat when you go downtown.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mi Casa

Here's the promised picture of my house!  The white door is where a family lives.  To the left of that door is a staircase that takes us up to our apartment.  The guys live down in the basement.  

Friday, January 16, 2009


...I am an "auntie" again!  My very good friends Geoff and Melissa were blessed with Ethan Daniel Gill last night at 11 PM.  Congratulations dear friends!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Sylvia, Tanya, Carrie, y Nazareth

Step 1: Warm-Up

This week & next, we are officially in "warm-up" stage.  This means that we're not speaking very much Spanish right now--mostly listening.  This is not difficult, as I am in a dorm with three Spanish speakers!  Our class schedule is sort of on a daily basis right now, so each day we figure out what the next will look like.  Warm-up is a time to become accustomed to new sounds and culture aspects, and to be willing to make mistakes.  (Email if you'd like to hear some fun mistakes...)  One student today said, "The peace of God has fried my brain!"  This is so true!!  My "normal" is to have my life planned out to the nth degree, yet this week, God has provided the peace to be in "warm-up."  Praise Him with me this week for His peace which DOES pass all understanding, continued good health, and good relationships with my dorm mates.  

For His glory,

Monday, January 05, 2009

Some Pictures

This is the view from the front of my house
The kitchen: my room is on the other side of the wall.

And fireworks in Shreveport.  We even got to do "sparklies" for Zoe!

The pictures are backwards, but it works! :-)

Sunday, January 04, 2009


We made it safely into Chihuahua around 1PM mountain time Saturday.  I am living in the Mexican Bible school dorm with 2 Spanish-speakers & 1 English-speaker.  I am finding my Spanish-English dictionary very helpful; I was able to have a slow "conversation" with one of my roommates this morning over breakfast.  She is 23, is from Chihuahua, & likes tea.  I'll post pictures soon of my view & house.  :-) 

Thursday, January 01, 2009

El Paso

We arrived tonight after 12 hours of driving today--27 hours total for me, 35 hours for Jason.  Needless to say, we're ready to be out of the truck for a while!  


Well, we've had a great time in Shreveport--all 12 hours of it. We'll be back on the road shortly, for another 12 hours of driving. We've been able to rest up here & get good sleep--while spending time with great friends, eating great food, and shooting off fireworks! We covet your prayers as we get back into the truck to continue driving to El Paso. More later!

Love Carrie