Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Out of Touch

Sorry it's been so long! Just after my last post (in February), dear friends Brenda Zenk & Scott Stover arrived for a visit. Yes, I cried when they left. Scott made a name for himself by eating raw congo peppers at a "cook" hosted by some friends in honor of the Caribbean 20-20 Cricket Finals (Trinidad won!) while Brenda and I had a nice long chat about matters of the heart (I really miss those). Our time together flew by and before we knew it they were headed back home to Nicole (their daughter) in FL.

Just after they left, my Dad and his wife Janice came for a visit. I cried when they left too. They got to experience Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Pentecostal-style and we all thoroughly enjoyed touring Trinidad & Tobago together.

Just after they left, someone "thiefed" (that's Trini for stole) the telephone cable in our area (for the copper in it) and we were without a home phone and internet service for the next 6 weeks. We got by on our cell phones, but missed a few important phone calls and emails. It certainly reminded us how dependent we've become! In the midst of that, I had my first residency interview, which went just fine (thanks for all the prayers). I am good to stay in Trinidad until my next interview (sometime in spring 2009). Apparently permanent residency usually takes 3 years, but we're praying to get through in 1 year. Always dream big:).

Next we took the old roof off our house and put a new one on. We had one night without a roof at all and praise God it didn't rain. Then we had a week with a 1 ft section missing down the east side of the house; it only rained hard for about 10 minutes one night that week. The kitchen cupboard got a little wet, but everything survived pretty well in the end. We are SO thankful for the incredible crew of volunteers who worked on the house and on the food to feed the people who worked on the house. It was really a fun project.

We took a short break to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and my birthday in Tobago for a couple glorious days. Then our new windows (for the upstairs) arrived and we jumped back into house-project mode, knocking out the old louvre windows (half of which were broken or rusted shut) and installing burglar-proof windows with tinted glass that can be shut tight enough to make air-conditioning some of the rooms feasible in the future. And the biggest bonus of all, since the new roof and windows we are now bat and wasp-free!

In the midst of the windows, Andrew's brother Clint's wife Lydia and daughters Kimberly and Kaylee arrived for a visit. It was wonderful to finally meet them all and we did manage to sneak away one day to Manzanilla beach with them. They are a joy.

So when I left Aug 4 for NY to help my sister Sherry with her wedding, the house was full of dust and people and laughter and I'm looking forward to returning the end of the month to more new adventures.

MN folks, I'll be in town briefly and am hosting a grill out & games at my Dad's house in Mtka from 3-9pm on Sunday, Aug 24. All are welcome - please pass the word around and RSVP to me at lisa_sinanan@yahoo.com.


Blogger Jan said...

May God cover you with his feathers,
May his wings you be your refuge;
May his faithfulness be your shield and rampart.

I won't be able to see you when you return but consider yourself hugged. : )

8/12/2008 4:23 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Hey Lisa - this is Lisa (3?) L.
Just found your blog through Jan's and a post that you left for her. What a surpise!
Glad to hear house stuff is moving along - always nice to have a good roof over your head to keep out the rain. Fall is moving in here and I am looking forward to all of the colors...this is my most favorite of the seasons.
Missed your trip home - I was out of town at the time on a work trip I think. Was very sad when Karen mentioned it to me and I knew I wouldn't make it.
I have taken up a grand new hobby/adventure since you trotted off to the tropics. I am now a practical shooter and shoot a pistol league with a big ole 1911 .45 automatic pistol! haha! Two weekends ago now I attended a women's shooters training camp and learned a TON! Made new friends and look forward to seeing some of them next weekend when I shoot my first pistol match! Yep, I run around with a gun shooting cardboard and steel targets trying to finish courses as fast as I can. It is a ton of fun...noise...fire...whoo hoo! I think I actually found something more fun than fireworks!
Blessings to you! Miss having the chance to visit, but very glad to have found you out in the ether of the internet.


10/02/2008 11:47 AM  

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