Tuesday, July 14, 2009

10 Reasons Why I Love Ecuador....

1. CHIFLES...my new addiction. These are fried plantain chips that are like potato chips...but MUCH better.

2. Ants everywhere...I've found that they especially love peanut butter. They often magically appear in my coffee cup in the morning as well.

3. Rainbows... we get to see a rainbow at least once a week, if not more. You also can often see where it touches the earth at both ends. The beauty fo the landscape here is just awesome.

4. The simple life...no tv, walking everywhere, reading more books than I can count... I love the peace and quiet.

5. MOLD... on my Bible cover, leather sandals, wooden mirror, suitcases... nothing is safe from the mold here.

6. Buenos dias, tardes and noches...When you walk around town, everyone greets each other. I love it! Shell is a great community, and this culture is so warm and inviting.

7. Jungle lice...This is what my friends and I named them as we combed them out of each other's hair the other night. They are AT LEAST 5 times bigger than the ones in the States. ugh...

8. $2 Almuerzo (Lunch) that includes 5 courses...$10 for the best steak of your life.... $3 Tablitas with yuca fries and grilled barbecue... Oh my... the list goes on.

9. 3 inch long cockroaches... They enjoy waiting for me in the kitchen especially...even like to surprise me as I open the silverware drawer. They also enjoy hiding in Bible covers in case you were unaware. Fabulous.

10. Hearing Dwight scream as we killed a spider together the other night was pretty priceless.

Ok...there are more than 10...

11. 56 children who can't wait to wrap their arms around my neck every time I see them. It just can't get any better than that!

Really.... I can't begin to think of all of the things that I love about this place. It is so refreshing to be a part of a culture that does not focus on so many of the things that consume America right now. Life is still very simple here, and Dwight and I are loving our time here. We feel like we've been on a honeymoon since we got married! We feel so blessed, b/c we know that if we were in the States...we would never get this much time together! We're so thankful that God has put us here for the time being!


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  2. Well, I did not spell cockroaches correctly so I tried to edit it my comment. Then I deleted the whole thing. My goodness.
    Glad to hear that things are going well there for you both. You have a true gift Tandy. You make mold, lice, spiders and roaches sound "good". Give all the kiddos hugs from the Elliotts. We continue to keep you in our prayers.

  3. Sounds amazing... when do I sign up. Ha ha. jk. No doubt in my mind it would be fun!!

  4. Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries in South America. The weather, the colonial cities and the people are just fantastic. Islands

  5. Yeah, I like this post. Glad you are still enjoying and soaking it all in.

  6. Dan, Tammy, Connor and SeanJuly 17, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    What a fun post. Thanks for sharing! As I imagine your life in Ecuador I picture the simplicity you mentioned. That sounds so appealing. Praise God for this opportunity that you have. Praise God that your hearts and minds were open to going! Enjoy as you build this firm foundation for your life together.