The Paraguayan Adventure: Part V

On Monday, December 5, the staff of Clinica Luz y Esperanza went to Aquatica Nautica, a local park beside a beautiful lake, for Staff Day, while former staff (who’d come for Johanna’s wedding) took care of the clinic. Eric and Dad had left that morning for Uruguay, so I was left with little choice but to enjoy their day with them πŸ™‚ It was a very relaxing day for everyone, with good food and good company and very little stress to mar the day. We also had very much fun in the water, and right after we got there, Phoebe and Isaiah jumped into the lake as if they hadn’t a moment to lose! πŸ™‚

Maynard and Cynthia enjoying time off:

Priscilla and Kelly watching over little Lily Shalom:

Here’s a few of the amazing staff at Luz y Esperansa:

from L to R: Maria, Dorcas, Charlene, Amy, Priscilla, Elsie

Phoebe got her hands a li’l dirty playing with mud πŸ™‚

And Amy didn’t appreciate me trying to photograph her siesta time πŸ™‚

After we all did our own thing for a while, we had a dee-licious lunch grilled by Jay…

…then we all sat back while Brenda read us a storybook to us. The book was called Good Old Archibald and it was very interesting! πŸ™‚

Then the committee disappeared to rig up a piΓ±ata for us:

After many, many! tries, we finally got the thing popped and got to chew on all the goodies.

After that, we start playing EckaBalla on the beach, and somehow we all ended up in the water! Unfortunately, we had to end the fun and pack up to go home, dripping and cold but happy πŸ™‚

And here we is! back row L to R: Jay, Maynard, Cynthia holding Lily. middle row: Dorcas, Brenda, Priscilla, Elsie. front row: Isaiah, Kelly, Maria, Amy, Charlene, Phoebe.

That was Staff Day!

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The Paraguayan Adventure: Part IV

Johanna and Asael got married while we were in Paraguay! I was muy honrado to help Charlene Stoltzfoos with their wedding photography. It was the first wedding both of us had ever photographed! Needless to say, we were both glad that Johanna and Asael weren’t very particular about their photos πŸ™‚ It was so much fun though, to say the least. We had a blast that day, but we were both very tired by the end. Charlene had additional responsibilities in the wedding besides photography, so I handled most of the detail shots, while she took charge of the formals. His family couldn’t understand English, so I just stepped back and let her work magic πŸ™‚ Oh, it was all so much fun…

And here are the photos! It all began on a beautiful morning…

They were an ecstatic, radiant couple about to be married:

The beautiful bridal party:

Anson suggested I get a photo of the groomsmens’ dusty shoes. When I saw them, I couldn’t help but oblige πŸ™‚

On the way to the wedding, Johanna was all giggles and smiles:

Her lovely family:

and his large and equally photogenic family:

The singing party was made up of clinic staff, including Charlene.

This is their beaming “We just got married!!” look πŸ™‚

The cake servers with the lovely cake:

The drink servers who never got to do anything with the drinks πŸ™‚

And the getaway car, appropriately dressed up for the occasion πŸ™‚

And that’s it! Of course, Charlene has many more photos in her collection than just these, thank goodness. Thank you so much, Asael y Johanna, for being so kind and gracious and allowing me this opportunity! It was an amazing dream come true to photograph a wedding, and I was so honored to work with ya’ll. May God bless you richly as you bless others in your life together!

The Paraguayan Adventure Part III

This is the part where I shall reminisce about the youth retreat that happened while we were in Paraguay. It happened at a beautiful place of which I’ve forgotten the name. It had a spacious volleyball court which we utilized very much on Saturday. Eric, I, and a few girls joined them that afternoon for the volleyball tournaments. It was so much fun to get to know the youth that day! Here are a few photos from the afternoon:

Watching the game…

A water jug for the ever-present terere!

Volleyball!

Our team:

Another edition of My Feet in Strange and Unusual Places. This time, they’re at the Lucero Youth Retreat.

The daughters of the youth sponsors were playing quite charmingly on the sidewalk.

These are wild Paraguayan plants that we’ve been trying very hard to grow in our living room — and they’re all over South America!

I told you it was beautiful!

The End! Please stay tuned for Part IV!