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24 July, 2015

Our Life in Cuenca 2015

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buy generic viagra priligy online As many of you know we set out to try life in Cuenca Ecuador.  We wanted to go where there is a greater need.  Our sons got us interested in Ecuador.  Actually Ecuador has been a subject that has come up here and there throughout my life as well as my married years.  We have had friends that were in Ecuador at one time and returned, friends who are from Ecuador, and young friends that moved to Ecuador.  Jonathon, our boys friend was the one who encouraged our son’s to check it out.  They loved Ecuador, now Jonathon hasn’t lived in the bigger cities, and life is very simple at yet my boys loved it, maybe because of the preaching work, there is a lot to be said about that.  You can almost tolerate the conditions you live in.  James and Celestina are in Progreso, near the coast and although it can be a little warm there and as you expect from a tropical area you deal with humidity and insects.  But the preaching work is amazing, we have been to visit and it is an experience you will not forget.  When we went as a family last year my mom and aunt, and I were remembering life when I was very young and they were reminded of when they were very young in South Texas.  We didn’t have air condition but we did have fans and we sat outside a lot so we could cool down in the summer heat.  So the point is that it can be tolerated.  But we couldn’t see ourselves there, maybe because of Jenna saying absolutely not, so what could we do :), so we moved to Cuenca.

benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide price It’s up in the Andes Mountains, almost 8000 feet, in a valley or bowl, that’s what the word Cuenca means, bowl.  The climate is very different here than the coast, nice and cool, very comfortable. We are glad Jenna chose Cuenca!  We have never lived away from the coast so we are enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains all around us.  It’s a nice change.  Paul also interestingly has reconnected with an old friend that we knew well early in our marriage.  He lives in Cuenca and called Paul out of the blue one day several years ago.  We visited him here in Cuenca when we came last fall.  There are many congregations here, only one English congregation.  All of the congregations typically have no more than two or three elders.  Most publishers are very new, baptized only a few years.  We have come to the congregation where our friend lives, Central Congregation.  We are actually living in an apartment next door to him and his wife and we love it.  Never did I imagine that we would be living in Ecuador near a good old friend, from almost 30 years ago.

Many people wonder about the sacrifices we have made in living here “in a third world country”.  Our children sure have made sacrifices living in Progreso and we are very proud of them, but you will laugh to know about our sacrifices we have made here.  For one we do not own a vehicle, we have to walk or catch a taxi.  After the meeting we either walk home or look pitiful hoping some one might give us a ride home.  But 20 pounds later I’m not quite sure if we really need a car.  Paul’s nickname here in our house is “burro”.  He is always warning me that there is a limit to what he can carry.  We still think about buying a washer and dryer or at least a washer.  But the outside laundry room has a sink designed for washing clothes and clothes lines to hang.  So far that works, but about 5 blocks from here is a laundry services where Paul can take the laundry and by the evening he picks it up $4.00 or so, it’s usually what we do.  We do not have air condition nor heating, but we don’t miss it at all, (the temperature is usually 70’s during the day and 50’s in the evening, all year round).  We do not have a microwave, I must admit I miss the convenience of it but we find other ways to reheat food.  We do not have a garbage disposal, but we use the Rachel Ray way, the trash bowl.  Now Paul has made comments about not having a dishwasher but he seems to be adapting pretty good.  My stove is impressive better than the one back home.  A six burner, no complaints here.  My refrigerator does have an ice maker and water dispenser, but it’s manual.  We fill the little tray with water and we turn the knob when the water has frozen and it falls in the receptacle to get as we need.  For the water dispenser we fill a little jug that with gravity you can get your cold water from the dispenser.  I fill it every night.  The water here is one of best in several of the cities in Ecuador, it is delicious and comes right from the tap.

I smile about the sacrifices we have made in living here, but the greatest sacrifice is leaving our family and friends that we so much love.  But we certainly see Jehovah’s blessings!

 

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