Christmas in… I don’t know what month it is…

So. Last week was pretty cool. 
First, these guys showed up:
Our first work team of the year arrived carrying blood pressure medication, fiber supplements, a C-PAP machine, and T-shirts that bore the image of Charlton Heston as Moses and read “Old Guys Rule!” 
And these old guys did. 
This was a tough bunch.  They dug, formed, and poured concrete, laid tile, did some painting, and built some benches.  But despite their exterior badassness, they were also a very tender group.  Holding hands and talking sweetly with the shriveled up old-folks at the assisted care facility in town came as easily to these guys as moving boulders and renovating the walkway there.
Aaaaand.  One of them passed a kidney stone here.  With no morphine.  
They were such a cool group of guys.  Seriously.  And they even made El Chupacabra an honorary member by giving him his very own t-shirt, which I thought was funny.  Not, like, funny/haha – like, funny/rad.

And then this happened:                         
This is a picture of the North American style football team (to which El Chupacabra has recently been named “head-coach”) celebrating their very first victory on the field!  
It was awesome.  And it made my husband very, very happy.  And that made me very, very happy.
He had 31 players show up!  And, the really cool part is that there was enough gear for every player.  Enough pads, enough helmets, enough stretchy pants for everybody.  That’s a really big deal considering that a lot of that stuff comes from donors and usually the guys have to share – yes, share! – sweaty, smelly pads and helmets and junk.  Ew. 
But the coolest thing is that El Chupacabra invited these guys to join him in studying the life of Christ, and he’s now meeting with four of them on Wednesdays before practice, and another guy, individually, on Thursdays.  One of the guys just asked if he could bring some friends!  
Doesn’t he look cute? All serious and coachy and everything?  …I think it’s hot.  
 And then, as if our week wasn’t already bordering on perfect, all of this came out of a suitcase and landed in our hands:
Do you know what you’re looking at?
Our friends, Brian and Theo, came to Costa Rica, and they brought their friends, John and Brent, and they all worked on the windmill project, but also, they brought treats.  Not just any treats… You see peanut butter, and chocolate chips, and Craisins – and those are a major score! – but it’s that other stuff, the thermometer, the little plastic doodads, the pink packages of brewers yeast and the silver wrapped hops that have El Chupacabra skipping around the house like a little girl.  
He has always wanted to brew his own beer. And now, thanks to this gift, he can!
Also? This is the best chocolate I’ve EVER had.  Find some, buy it, eat it.
         We opened all of them in one night. And it was glorious! 
That brown one, Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt, good God – it’s AMAZING!
So, it was a good week.  A great week, actually.
I feel just like he looks. 



  1. Brook (two10eleven) on April 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Dang, I need some silver-wrapped hops here in Thailand. Can you give out contact information for your supplier 😉

    Congrats on a great week you guys. Us missionaries need those every now and then!

  2. Lee on April 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Dear VWM,

    April. Its Christmas in April. At least it would be here in the states. I don't what month it is in Costa Rica.

    Craisins rock. As does Jesus. I'm not sure about home brew. But then I'm Southern Baptist, so what would I know?

    Yours, Lee

  3. Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras on April 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    That's SO COOL Jamie! How awesome that these guys came to be a part of the Great Commission! I LOVE people – I LOVE missionaries – so I must LOVE these guys 🙂 And how cool that they came "loaded" with goodies like hops?! How so COOL is that?! Nice! And congrats on the football game (as in American football – oh it's so confusing here…) – you get it 🙂 Love ya girl!

  4. Susie White on April 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I'm amazed that you saved some chocolate for later! Or did you just take a picture before you finished it off? Hmmm…

  5. Zac on April 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Yay for the Jaguars, homebrew kit, chocolate, old guys, and peanut butter, but most of of all yay for you and El Chupacabra being happy! Keep on smiling and have a safe trip to and from the states. 🙂

  6. Cynthia Reese on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Oh, it's the little things in life that give us the greatest pleasures, isn't it?! Glad you got your chocolate fix!

  7. Theo V. on April 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I like the thought of those hops making Mr. Chupacabra skip like a little girl… I'm sure there's very few things that would make him appear girlish but I can see it… hops are near and dear to a man's heart!

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