We are back in Honduras tonight after a quick trip back to NH to renew our visas and take care of some things there. We were in the states for five days. They are a blur in my memory now. We did get to spend some time with Brian's dad which was good for all of us. We told him how there were people praying for his recovery all over. (Please keep that prayer cover up! He is not regressing, but the progress is in such tiny increments, that it is easy to feel discouraged.) The kids enjoyed feeding the ducks and fish in the river near the rehab hospital where Dad is staying.
We spent a day with all of my family. The kids were thrilled to see their cousins again. Jonathan got to catch some creepy crawlies in the states. The girls and Andrew enjoyed their bikes. They all got a ton of black fly bites, which our bodies aren't used to so they swell and itch like crazy. (I did say that I was glad to leave them behind and could look forward to malaria infected mosquitoes. They are far less annoying!)
We took care of our evaluation for home schooling and a friend jumped through hoops to help us get the books we need for school in time to bring them back this trip. We had hoped to acquire a gently used laptop to replace the one we did have for the kids. It is barely limping along on its last leg, but it looks like for now, we will have to make do with that.
We stayed in our house which is vacant as our renters moved out much, much earlier than planned. My family helped us move some of our things out of the parts of the house we were using for storage back into the bedrooms. It was so nice to sleep in our own beds again! And I couldn't believe how wonderful the flower beds looked. There are many things in bloom and many that will be in their prime in the next couple of weeks. We had hoped to get some things in place as far as having someone living in the house until we return, but that didn't work out either.
Our trip back was the best traveling experience we've had yet. Leaving SPS last week had been the worst so we wondered what we were in for on our return. The lines were longer than usual due to some extra steps in the immigration process because of the swine flu scare. Once we got through that, we were home free. We didn't even have to deal with the officials searching through our luggage/totes. Usually they have to open at least one to determine we aren't a threat.
We will spend a couple of days here in San Pedro Sula to do some shopping and hopefully some resting before we head back to Trujillo on Monday morning. We are adjusting to the hot humid weather again. Doesn't seem like we were gone long enough to need to do that, but right now it feel REALLY hot to us!
We are missing our family at home, but glad to be back and looking forward getting back to Little Hands and our work there.