Wednesday, December 05, 2012

November At Our House

This last month has been filled with so many things, but here are the highlights....

Jamen and Jade dressed up for church in front of our Christmas tree. 
My maggot soup...what you see are the bugs (the black dots) and yes there were little maggots all cooked into the chicken soup. The dog ate very well for two weeks.
I started homeschooling Jamen and Jade on Nov. 5th. Its been a huge learning curve for me, just cause I've never done it before. I'm learning to better manage my time so that I can teach school, do house hold chores and still study Spanish. Jamen is quick learner so he is keeping me on my toes with school. 

One thing about homeschooling that I like is doing crafts, one day I made homemade finger paints.

Another day we made cinnamon salt dough cookies Christmas tree ornaments. 

Jonas continues to grow, he is now 7 months old and is finally rolling both ways, he can sit up for all of 5 seconds by himself before tipping over. He loves to be with Jamen and Jade when they are playing especially now that he does roll more cause he can reach things. He is not eating solids yet but he is big (18-20lbs) and health as can be! 
We received some fruit snacks in a package the other day and I found it very interesting how my kids organized their snacks. I really love learning styles and how people in general learn. I am loving watching my kids learn and to be able to teach them the way they learn best.
Jamen and Jade with their snow flakes, we tried to make the 100 degree house feel more like Christmas by making snowflakes. I don't think it helps, but it was fun.
Jonas with some cold water in his bottle which he only uses as chew toy, same with his sippy cup.
This year we enjoyed Thanksgiving with friends, what a colorful plates we had! Its hard to eat the same way for holidays here as we use to in the states, most things you cannot find or are very expensive but this year we got close, it was exciting and we were thankful for ever bite!
The desserts were a hit, peanut butter pie, apple crisp, and two kinds of fudge! YUM!

Jamen talking to his Grandparents on Thanksgiving day, it brought tears to my eyes being so far away but it was so great to see my son talking to family.

Stay tuned for next months post...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Birthday Strawberries

This month we took a trip to see where we get our strawberries from. 
We have been enjoying strawberries for the last three months now, we buy them from people who walk door to door selling them. Its a great way to get some speaking time in and get something we all enjoy!
The man above talked to us for about 30min explaining everything we wanted to know about strawberries, 
from how they grow them, how many they harvest, who owns and works the fields.  
Then we all enjoyed some very yummy fresh strawberry ice-cream! 
Well everyone that is but Jonas  
A quick update on Jonas, he is 5 months now. He is rolling from his belly to his back. Jade wanted to do Jonas's hair the other day so she put her clip "in his hair" 
 I did catch him coming off of his mat the other day. He is a very happy baby, and is by far the biggest of the three. He also likes to snuggle. He is the first of our kids that has liked and is willing to snuggle, its great!
This month was also my birthday. Its crazy to be 27, have three kids, a wonderful husband, great friends and living life to the fullest! 
This was the first birthday since I was like 10 that I wanted to do something. So, we went to a park and walked around in the 110F degree heat (crazy I know), then we went out to lunch to eat some yummy Paraguayan foods. Later that night our wonderful friends came to say happy birthday and brought me a gluten free cake! We grilled out, ate corn on the cob and Jon and the kids found me muffin tins!! We also experience a very bad storm that evening with F1 winds and hail. We lost power for about an hour and thankfully that was all. Other places had sever damage, housed destroyed and people were killed. It was pretty intense. 

Well, that was September in a nut shell, what did you do?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Times of My Life

There are times when...
...left to themselves they get creative... more ways than one! 
There are time when even moms get scared... 
...of giant moths! 
There are times when you need a new hair style and a new stylist.
Then there are times when they play so nice all together!

I am continuing to study Spanish, live life and enjoy the times the Lord has given me to enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


As always it seems time gets way from me. In the last 5 months since my last post tons of things have happened. I have since been trying to reorganize my life so that I have time to keep you all updated. Since it would take too much time to cover the last 5 months I'll cover the last 8 weeks. 
Its time you were introduced to Jonas Daniels Quast, born April 27th at 1:29am.  I was really nervous about having a baby overseas and all the details involved in having a baby in a strange place. The Lord was good and gracious, he answered all my prayers and calmed my worried heart! I had the quickest labor ever, 3.5 hours! It was way better than the 15 and 12 hour labors from the other two. Jonas also came on his due date, the other two were both late (Jamen a week and Jade 10 days). The hospital staff was great, way better than another hospital experience I had previously had. My doctor was in town for the delivery which is was a big deal cause he spoke English and I wasn't ready to have a baby and not be able to communicate with my doctor, it was hard enough remembering what to say to the nursing staff. I was only in the hospital for 18 hours and I had the quickest recovery than ever before. Also, both the kids loved Jonas from the start!!
Jade and Jonas 
Jamen and Jonas

Also, in the last 8 weeks we have moved into a bigger house, which has made living much easier. I don't have pictures of the new house yet but here are Jamen and Jade playing. 
Jamen made an ant trap 
Jade feeding her baby like mommy

Well, about a week after we moved and 6 weeks after Jonas was born we made a trip to the Chaco of PY, the area we hope to work in. There were lots of new things for us to experience, like Jon stopping to ask directions from this man on horse, driving 6 hours on one road with no exits for bathroom stops, McDonalds or coffee breaks...
But the view was amazing! 
Finally we arrived and got to see all the wilds of the Chaco, mostly all the thorns but we did get to see LOTS of birds and some little hamster looking things. 
While in the Chaco we visited a tribal location and got to go to church, it was crazy to hear another language and not know a thing! I mean it was one thing to not know any Spanish but I at least had heard the language spoken and knew a few words, but here we didn't know anything, not even how to say "hi". 
We to experience the Chaco dust and the mud. The mud limited us in visiting other location on our week trip do to roads being closed. And when I say mud I mean mud that if you stop it drags you off the road and you get stuck or  if you try to stop you can't cause its like ice, no traction. I had a hard time with the mud, it was kinda scary but we made it and it was a good experience cause that's life out there and I had better get use to it. 
Its been a very busy 8 weeks but a good 8 weeks. Stay tuned for more pictures and new adventures in our lives 
Bet you didn't know that aloe flowered...I didn't

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time Flies

I can't believe I haven't written since Jades birthday. I guess I could say that haven't had time but I think the truth would be that I hadn't stopped long enough to make time. So, today I'm making time. We have had busy two months but good, the Lord is always growing us and providing in ways we never would have guessed. So, here is what we've been up to...
Baby Jonas growing bigger and bigger, last week marked 30 weeks, only 10 or so to go! Its been fun this pregnancy having Jamen and Jade more aware of whats going on. I think Jade is more excited, she likes to say "Hi" to my tummy or pat her belly and say "here is my baby Jonas". We practice being nice to her baby dolls and holding them with our hands under the head and bottom, Jade says "I hold baby nice" when she does it right. What a joy this pregnancy had been despite the summer heat and normal pregnancy highs and lows. 
The real excitement this past month starts with replacing of our bedroom floors (ours and the kids). Looking back I can say it was a great time for learning work ethic and culture. I will admit in the middle of it all it was very hard and long. In-order for this work to go on, we had to move everything out of our bedroom and the kids bedroom and into the dinning room/living room. 
Jade thought this was the best thing ever! It did have its perks at time but mostly it was hard (just being honest). We have one entrance to the house so all the cement and dirt came in through the living room area and into the bedrooms. I should note that the actual construction time was only 4 days but with moving everything out of the rooms and then back in and cleaning it took a total of 7 days. 
On day three of living in one room, doing gymnastics over the bathroom floor and bedroom floors, not sleeping cause of the heat, I took the day off. I made cookies and had a tea party with the kids.  
Here is the bathroom floor! 
After two months and 4 days of having cockroaches, bad smells and having to walk funny to get in the bathroom, here is the new bathroom floor! It took us a few days to get use to walk into the bathroom normally. 
Here is Jamen playing on the new bedroom floor. We are loving the new floors! They are easy to clean and brighten up the rooms. So in those two weeks (including  the time it took to fix the bathroom) we learned a ton, I'd say the biggest thing we learned was that we are in another country. We cannot expect things to go how we would normally think, that is a very hard thing to wrap your mind around. We learned how the houses are built here, how they lay floors, how workers get jobs, how they are paid and so much more. 
Before the construction started I want to go back a few weeks and tell a quick story. About mid January I reached point of frustration, I had had enough of feeling like I didn't know anything. I had reached a point in my language study were even though I was getting in 40 hours a week I wasn't getting enough time speaking one-on-one with people. Every time we were with people they would talk to Jon, which is totally understandable, he can speak the language. Me on the other hand could only manage to understand a few words and by the time I did figure out what was said the conversation had moved on. I was only getting 2 hours a week of speaking time with people. I had looked into trying to get more time with people but it wasn't working out, I was kinda out of options. One day I finally asked a friend "what should I do?" and got some new ideas, I was ready to start them the next day. However later that night we got a phone call from the friend whom I had asked advice and she told us she had just gotten a phone call from one of ladies that I normally have language sessions with. The lady said she "wanted to help Jen more and the only days she wasn't free were Wednesdays." Jon had answered the phone and when he told me everything I started to cry. It was such a God thing, I hadn't told this lady that I needed more talking time, nor did she know that Wednesdays, at the time, was the worst day of week for us as well. We worked out the details and now I have 7-8 hours totally of language time, which is big jump for the 2 hours a week. Already I have found that in the last 6 weeks my speaking has gotten a lot better, I can at least get some words out before the conversation moves on. My goal is to keep studying very hard these last few weeks before my next evaluation mid April and before Jonas arrives, sometime end of April. Just wanted to share how the Lord continues to provide when you think all is lost!