Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We had a wonderful Easter, as I reminded the children this is the day we celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. It was so neat to see how they each pondered about it. Titus said it was easier to remember down here in Guatemala because you see and hear more things about Jesus and His death rather than the Easter bunny. Isaac is my quiet thinker and did not say anything. Chloe Ann asked "Did He just die or was it a long long time ago?" It's hard to get it all straight when you are just five.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I don't pride myself in being an excellent driver but I still cannot believe I drive through these things. There are concrete obstacles you have to drive through to get in town. To keep out big buses and trucks. I asked Danny if maybe we were considered too big to go in town? He said "We fit don't we." It took me several months to get up the nerve to go through them, I found a route that went around. One day I went too far and HAD to go through. Isaac was in the front seat and said "Don't worry Mom, I'll guide you through". Sure thing I said (then thought my SEVEN year old is guiding me through. yikes!!). I said a quick prayer, lined it up, and drove through.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The processions completely bombard the senses. The incense is used for cleansing and purification. The alfombras are street carpets made from flowers, dyed sawdust, corozo palm and pine needles. R ight before the procession goes in front of the peoples house or business they decorate a beautiful carpet. As the precession goes by they trample all that beautiful art work. The carpets are a way to give thanks for favours granted, it is an obligation to a revered image.It is wild how long some of these carpets were. They were almost as long as the block.
Ladies who walked on the outside of the procession with staffs.
This is one of the procession floats which is carried by by thousands of men during a 12 hour period. This is a very desired job. As you can see they are about to turn the corner that we are standing on. It was incredible to see all those men carring such a heavy load.