Friday, July 30, 2010

Guate Day 10!

Woke up early still feeling pretty sick this morning. I came back to the gringo house and took a shower and got dressed to go shopping with Patty. I skipped devotion because it was outside and I didn't think that cold weather would be good for my health. I kinda missed it!
I messed around for a long time waiting on Patty to come and get me. We left about 11 and went everywhere to get the food. We went to Taco Bell and Patty was very funny. I promised her I wouldn't post on Facebook what it was. Shopping was interesting because we were buying for 64 total. The people couldn't believe how much stuff we had!!
We got back, unloaded and I left with the gringos who were here first and a team of girls from Casa and Elias. We went to a village (that I had actually been to before) and threw a block party. I couldn't play with any of the kids because I'm sick and I didn't want to spread it but I picked music to play and enjoyed watching them. It was a nice day overall.
I would write a good bit more but I'm too sick to really remember very much. I keep taking medicine and it makes me excited for about 30 minutes and then mellows me out hardcore after that.
I couldn't really function very well today.
We came back and ate dinner and now I'm at Chris' with the boys. They are always fun to hang out with.
Well I hope you all are doing well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow!!
-courtney leigh

Guate Day 9!

Woke up early and did the usual. After I ate breakfast, I put my head down on the table and accidentally took a nap. It was actually quite lovely. I talked to Chus for a while before I went to paint. I painted doors of the cabinets which took lots of concentration. I didn't mess up that bad except once when I was dancing and painting. But I fixed it!! We came back and ate lunch. I took a shower and got ready for the day. I got to talk to Daddy for a while. He called mom on speakerphone and I got to talk to her as well!! I was so happy to hear her voice.
After that, I went to watch band practice. Adriana's profe was playing her drum and cracking us up. So we danced and walked around to watch. It was fun. I sat outside with the girls before dinner and then came to the gringo house to eat dinner with the gringos. The new gringos are very nice. I ate a hamburger and some corn then packed to go to Julisa's. I thought I was going to seminary with Adriana but Mike cancelled it. I hung out with Chus and Elias for a while and then about 7:30, went to Esperanza. I saw Tim on the way.
We talked to Jessie for a while last night. I, by this time, was really sick. My throat was killing and my nose was running like crazy. Elias had it and Adriana has it as well. She and I got it at the same time because it hit us at the same time last night. The girls went and got me some Benadryl I think. I'm not actually sure what it was. I had taken some other cold medicine so I went absolutely crazy for a while. I couldn't stop laughing and doing ridiculous things. When I went to the restroom, Anna was there and she turned out the lights on me. I cracked up. It was a fun night. About 9:30, the girls were tapped out so I told Jessie we would talk to her tomorrow and I went to sleep. Chica tried to wake me up but it didn't work. They stayed up for a while longer.
Julisa didn't sleep with me because I'm sick. She woke me up about 5:30 and I came back over. I'm still sick but instead of running a fever, I'm running at 95. I took more medicine and hopefully I'll live. I think I'm going shopping with Patty today.
I hope everything is going well with you all!! I may be sick but I'm happy!!
-courtney leigh

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Guate Day 8!

Got up, ate breakfast, went to devotion like normal. Adam shared his testimony so it took a while for us to get started. I painted a little, washed a lot of brushes and helped Patty with the groceries. We ate lunch and took a shower. Then I got to Skype with Dad which made my day. I went to watch band practice in the afternoon. The sun was so warm on my back that I almost fell asleep sitting up all afternoon. Julisa saw me and was laughing really hard. After band, I walked over with all of the girls and hung out with them until dinner. I went into dinner with them and had a bite of Celeste's bean sandwich. I was tempted to just eat with them but I returned to the gringo house.
We had a fabulous dinner. As always! After dinner, I went to Esperanza and played and sang because I had missed doing it for the last couple of days. Bible was really good and I like Mike's sermon a lot. He spoke about not letting our emotions control us. Elias and I hung out for a little while afterward. He's sick so I feel bad for him :(.
I went to Esperanza at 9:20 and they were all asleep. Band ran 30 minutes late and they were so tired that they all went to sleep right after Bible.
Roberto messaged me and I miss him a lot. He and Denis want me to come back and hang out with them. I really love being here but I also miss them a lot. I wish everyone was still in the same place!!! It's even hard then but less hard. Last night I was kinda bummed but I'll see them hopefully Saturday and Sunday. Those boys are amazing.
I'm posting pictures on Facebook today so go check them out!!
Overall, a pretty normal day but still a good one.
Hope you all are doing well. I'm doing fabulous!
-courtney leigh

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Guate Day 7!

Hey guys! This is the first blog I've actually written online in the past few days. I'm writing this on Wednesday morning but it's fine. I'll get back on track tonight hopefully.
Yesterday morning was quite rough after not sleeping. I was pretty tired. But we went to paint Vencedores and I had a good time. I was elected to ceilings because I'm tall. I just went after everyone and did the ceilings and the stuff that they couldn't reach. Elias came to help which was lots of fun as usual. At noon, we quit to eat lunch. They ate lunch and went back to work but I took a shower and ate and went to play. I didn't want to miss any fun.
At 2, I went to watch band practice. It was really funny. Julisa and Adriana are playing bass drums and Vera, Chica, and Celeste are playing snares. I had fun watching them even though it was quite loud. It rained a lot all day including during practice. It ended at four and I kinda fooled around until the girls went to dinner. After that, I went to the gringo house to help out with dinner but as usual, Mrs. Maria and everyone else had it going on. We had leftovers from fajitas. It was the meat, rice, black beans, and some corn that they fixed. I had some meat but I mostly ate rice & beans and corn. I love rice and beans. The gringos went to hear Mike's story and I went with Elias to Chris' apartment. We watched a show on snipers and Elias talked to Jessie on Skype. It was raining the whole time. About 9, we all left. I came back to the gringo house and they were having devo so I sat in on the last part of it then changed and went to Esperanza. I tried to wake up Julisa to talk to Jessie but she was out. The other girls did for a while but we were asleep before 10:15. It was such a long day... but only because I was so sleepy.
Today I'm feeling pretty good!! Mrs. Maria and Mr. Jesse made biscuits this morning with sausage and eggs. Yum... they are lovely.
I hope you all are doing well!! I'm excited about painting and playing today.
-courtney leigh

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Guate Day 6!

Woke up early at Julisa’s this morning. When I came back at 5:45, Mrs. Maria and Mr. Jessie were already making breakfast. They are always up early! I took a shower and put on my work clothes. We had devotion, which was really good. The boys went off to work on some plumbing while I stayed with the girls and we sorted the shoes and socks that they brought. They brought over 200 pairs of tennis shoes in all sizes. Mrs. Dottie came and showed us how to sort them and then we took them to their respective places. After that, we didn’t really have much else to do. We toured Lee and Candy’s dorm because we will be painting it. I was laughing the entire time and when he started talking the last team that painted it I was dying. He figured out that I was on that team and everyone started laughing. So I’m going to feel at home tomorrow. It’ll be easier than last time because it’s just a darker shade of what we did and we won’t have to prime it all.
After lunch, I went to play. Julisa took me to her room and told me to stay there with Vera because she was going with Mike somewhere. After about twenty minutes, she still wasn’t back. Three hours later, she woke me up. The girls had put a blanket on me and everything. Lol. They’re so sweet. We hung out in the dorm because it was raining. About 4, we went to look at the new gringos because the girls wanted to see if there was anyone cute. We walked around. It was freezing all day! They went to dinner and I came to the gringo house. About 6:45, Elias came over and ate dinner with us. He and I went to Chris’ apartment so that Elias could show him pictures. I finally got back over to Esperanza about 10. Julisa and some other gringos were helping her with a project. Her group had left it all to her so they were her group. She decided to go to sleep at 10:30 and I was out pretty soon. At 11, Chica came and got in bed with us. By 11:45, I still wasn’t asleep because I was in the middle and they were burning me up! I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sweating like a fool. I finally gave up and went to sit on the end of the bed. I tried to lay at their feet but they kept kicking me. Julisa told me to make sure that she got up at 3 so I pretty much just sat there until 3 when I bothered her enough that she got up. I slept until 5:15 when they went to breakfast. Needless to say, I’m pooped this morning. I refused to take a shower until after we work so I threw on a hat. I’m going to go to work and then take a shower and a nap after lunch.
It’s really cold here. I like it. I had to bundle up last night to go out. I had on Taylor’s sweatpants over shorts and a t-shirt, fleece and rain jacket. It was rainy too. I like it though!
Hopefully I’ll get internet today and I’ll actually be able to post this online and I’ll be in a good rhythm again.
Hope you all are well. I’m still having a blast.
-courtney leigh

Guate Day 5!

Sorry that I didn’t post this on Sunday. I didn’t have internet yet. BUT I got up and wrote it early this morning before I forgot what had happened.

I woke up around 6:30 and got up to get ready for church. I was finishing getting ready when Patty came in and said, “Hey! Are you ready to go?” Bible started early because Michael W. Smith was coming. I packed everything else up and headed toward the car. Carlos was kind enough to help me out with my luggage. We rode to Casa and when we got there, everyone was outside and very excited. We waited a while then went in and Mrs. Dottie was playing piano and Mike was leading songs. They sang a bunch of different stuff. I actually got to sit with the girls.. Julisa, Adriana, Vera, etc. At 9:20 or so, Michael W. Smith arrived and came in. He was funny because he didn’t know any Spanish or what the kids knew in English or Spanish. Josue translated for him. He sang songs and if the kids knew it in Spanish, he would just play piano and let them sing it. It was really cool to see them excited about him. He played for a while and then told them, “I wanna hear a song that you guys sing!” so they all screamed, “TOMALO!” Tomalo came on and we all danced and sung and jumped. He videoed it and laughed. I personally thought it was funny because Tomalo is so far from his style and it’s their favorite song.

After that, Mike preached and we had translators. He didn’t want to have gringo church too. Denis was the translator for our group. He did a pretty good job but tagged out and Roberto finished up. He was excellent. Of course. I expected no less.

Denis drew a picture of me and put my name at the top, “Popcorn Leg Cats” because apparently that’s what “Courtney Leigh Coxe” sounds like to him.

After church Roberto and I ate some lunch and then Patty took us to SanBar to watch the soccer game. For the first half, Roberto and I sat in the shade. For the second half, we laid out on the concrete. He took a nap but I watched the game. It was such a nice day outside. It always is. Chris brought us back and we sat around for a while. All of the kids were outside and we just watched them play and stuff. He left and Elias came and talked with me and Adriana for a while. It started raining so he and I walked back to the gringo house. He had to go get ready for Michael W. Smith’s concert in the City. I unpacked all of my stuff upstairs and got it ready. The gringos had gone to Antigua and they came back as I was finishing up. This group is so nice. I really like them a lot. It’ll be fun to work with them. We ate grilled cheese for dinner and I went to Esperanza at 7:45. I played with the girls as always. We watched TV, talked a bunch and finally went to bed around 10:30. It was an awesome day.

Hope you all are doing well. I’m doing fabulous.

-courtney leigh

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Guate Day 4!

Today was the weirdest experience I've had in Guatemala. I think that was the boys' plan and they by far succeeded. But let's start over at the beginning.
Woke up at 5:15 and took a shower. I got dressed and was ready at 6:29 because Patty said we were leaving at 6:30. When we went to leave, she said, "Oops. I forgot to tell you that we should go later because the second store doesn't open until 10!" But we went to Hiper Paiz and got some stuff for the gringos. I wasn't the best shopping partner for her because I wasn't quite sure what to get or how much of it.. but I tried and we got through it. After that, we went to Price Smart and sat there for about an hour and half until the store opened. Patty and I talked which was very nice. I like talking to her even though I don't have much to say sometimes. It opened at like 9:45 so we went in and got two buggy-fulls of food. By 10:15, we were in the check out line. We loaded everything in the van and it was pretty full. We went to Casa and unloaded the food into the two different houses. I was carrying three cartons of 60 eggs each... 180 eggs... when the bottom carton broke in my hands and I dropped them!!! EWW!! It was pretty okay. Only the bottom carton had broken eggs in it and not all of them were broken. I felt bad but it wasn't something I could've predicted. The little girls laughed and helped me carry it all in. By this time, I had woken Julisa up from her nap to come and help me. She was mad at me for that but I didn't really care lol.
I stayed at Casa through their lunchtime and then came back. Adam, his mom, his cousin and Aaron rode with Patty and I back to the house so that they could pick up Adam's truck. Adam drove and I sat shotgun so it was fun. Tim, Patty, Roberto and I sat around for a while hanging out then I went out with the boys. And so began the true adventure.
We walked to get Roberto's hair cut and then we walked to the bus stop. By we I mean Roberto, Denis and I. I got to ride the city buses for the first time!! We got on and Roberto and Denis told me to be quiet hahahahahaha.. They said, "Please don't talk loud." So I tried to follow their advice. We ended up by Price Smart and we went to the first of three malls. We had frappucinos from a froyo stand and then walked upstairs. The boys played DDR and it was pretty cool to watch them!! As soon as they were done, all nice and sweaty, we walked to the mall across the street where the indoor roller coaster and Chuck E. Cheese was.
This is where the most ridiculous thing I've done in Guatemala occurred. The boys really didn't give me an option so I was pretty much forced into it.. but I'm kinda glad I did it. I rode the indoor roller coaster!! For those of you who know me, I don't do roller coasters. My family is not a theme park kind of family. We went to Disney once and we rode It's a Small World. I cried.
I was so mad at Roberto when we started going up the hill. I screamed even though I had committed myself not to. I got off of it and my whole body was shaking. I couldn't see straight and I wasn't quite sure how I was gonna make it down the stairs. Lesson learned.. roller coasters=not fun. lol. They both just laughed at me. For those who are already balanced impaired.. roller coasters aren't a good idea. I had to focus for like twenty minutes just not to fall over.
We then went to another mall and it was so pretty. We walked back and got on the bus again. We got off and walked to McDonald's where we ate dinner. I may have made Denis spill a Coke but that's only a maybe. Or for sure. Either way it was funny.
We came back to the house and the kids were asleep so we sat in the garage and hung out. It was so nice. After a while, Denis went to bed and then it started raining so I was freezing and had to go inside as well.
Hanging out with both of the boys was pretty fun. They would grab my backpack when I was going the wrong way and steer me in the right direction. They told what to do and what not to do and were really nice. On the street, I was almost always in the middle of them.. one in front and one in back or both on the sides of me. I don't really get worried about anything but I especially didn't care with two of them with me. They were very patient with my silliness and for that, I am grateful.
Tomorrow I will go to Casa and spend the rest of my time there. I'm excited although I will miss everyone here. It's been and adventure for sure so far.
For some reason, I keep coming back to the two ideas that God is worthy of all worship and that God is powerful enough to save from any situation. I've been reading Daniel and although I know the story, there is more to it than a VBS lesson. A VBS lesson does this book no justice. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were crazy to defy the king's orders and they knew what would come to them. But God was so worth it to them that they "yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God." (Daniel 3:28) I still find that amazing. The thought of "would you denounce Christ at the barrel of a gun" has been playing in my head and this story so much reminds me of it. I don't know what it's all about but God truly is worthy of all worship and sacrifice. Just knowing Him leads me to believe that. John Piper said, "Some of you will die in the service of Christ. This is not a tragedy. Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy." To truly grasp this will be hard and counter-intuitive to our very nature of self preservation but I think wanting to grasp this idea means that I will have to move very close to the heart of Christ and let Him show me and prove that who He is really is more important than life, which is a good thing. Not that life is unimportant, because without it, we can do what we were created to do. But there is a priority list and being alive doesn't come before God and our devotion to Him. It surely did not come between Jesus and His devotion for us. Hopefully one day, I will have full understanding.
As for now, I'm stupid enough to ride an indoor roller coaster so who knows what's gonna happen!!
I hope that you all are doing well. Have a great day of worship tomorrow. He's worthy of our time and attention!
Take care,
-courtney leigh

Friday, July 23, 2010

Guate Day 3!

Today was a long one!! I started out by not even waking up until 9:45. I'm not quite sure how that happened but I guess I was super tired. I got a shower and got ready and was pleasantly surprised to see that the jeans I just bought were too big. Oh the small victories in life. After that, Patty took me to Casa with her to pick up some girls for Mishelle's birthday party. I wanted to go see the girls at P.E. but Patty said the passerella was locked. I was uber excited when Julisa walked over! I got to see her for a while and talk to her. I got to see all of the other girls too. We then left for Chuck E. Cheese. I'd never been in a van with 15 girls on the way to a birthday party that were so quiet. We got to the mall and they were amazed when they saw the escalator. They were so cute getting on and off of it. We went to Chuck E. Cheese and they had popcorn, pizza, soda, ice cream and Dora the Explorer cake. They had fun signing Feliz Cumpleanos and dancing with Chuck E. After that, they each got tokens and went to play games. I watched them all having fun and just played around. Patty and I played the basketball game and she schooled me. She's awesome. After I while I noticed the girls were taking handfuls of tickets to Patty. I realized that they had won a bunch of games! By the end of the day, they had given Patty over 2,000 tickets!! It was NUTS.
We left Chuck E. Cheese and it took us a while to get back to Casa because of the bad traffic in the city. We got them back and they said that they had fun. Patty and I checked the gringo houses for food so that we can go shopping for tomorrow. A bunch of gringos are coming in tomorrow. But while I was in the blue gringo house, I met two women and two girls about my age. They saw my owl and the mom said, "Like Chi O!" and I said "I AM a Chi O!! That's why I have it!" Turns out that the two girls go to different schools but all three of us are Chi Omegas!
How weird is that?! I was excited to meet sisters from different parts of the country in a completely different country. So odd but so cool.
Patty, Mishelle, Michael and I then headed back to the house. We stopped and picked up dinner. Michael started eating his fries in the car and by the time we got back, he was out like a light. He woke right back up when we got back.
The boys had waited around for me to get back to go the movies but I didn't make it back in time. Tim called them to see where they were so that he could take me but none of them answered. So Tim and I got to talking about music. I had no idea that he used to sing a bunch. It was nice to have someone to talk about it with. I don't often get the chance to speak intelligently with someone about music outside of school and church. Most people are too stuck in their genres and they are unwilling to explore.
Well enough about that. I got to Skype with Taylor and he showed me his armpit hair. It was truly lovely. Now I'm ready for bed and I'm getting up really early to go shopping with Patty in the morning.
I hope you all are doing well.. I'm having a blast. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Tim said after I get done shopping with Patty, I should be able to hang out with the boys. That should be lots of fun.
As for now, I'm pooped so Aslan and I are going to take a nap. Hope you all have a nice day tomorrow!!
Take care,
-courtney leigh
"Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that, the fruit of our lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.' - Hebrews 13:15-16
P.S.- In case you haven't read Mike's blog.. Michael W Smith will be at Casa on Sunday. Can you say, "Exciting!!"???

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Guate Day 2!

Today was a long but great day! I woke up earlier than everyone else but I just sat around and got everything organized and neat. I got clean and then went with Patty on errands. We went to Casa which was awesome!!!!!!! I got to see Julisa, Adriana, Vera, Tomasa, Elias, Chus, Franklin and a few others! I was there for only a short time but I was so happy to see everyone. I love them so much..
After that, Patty and I went to Chuck E. Cheese to get a party together for Mishelle for tomorrow because it is her birthday. I got to see an indoor roller coaster! It was pretty cool. We came home after that. I demanded that Roberto come down to play with me and we went for a walk. I got to see where he works. It's a really nice building and looks pretty cool. I hadn't eaten since lunch yesterday so we went to McDonald's for dinner. He made fun of me for not liking anything on my hamburger but he was nice enough to order for me so that I didn't have to look stupid. We had dinner (which was uncommonly delicious to my empty tummy) and came back. As soon as we got back, Roberto, Denis and I walked back to McDonald's to get ice cream and stuff for Tim and Patty. Denis asked me how I felt walking on the streets of Guatemala and I said fine but I feel kinda funny sometimes. I asked him the same question and he laughed and said normal. I taught him a few chords on guitar and he practiced a lot. He now knows how to play "Open the Eyes of My Heart."
I feel like a giant here. Whenever I go out, there aren't many people that are taller than me. I know that seems ridiculous but for some reason, I felt self conscious all day about it. I really do see the ridiculousness of that as I write it but whatever. It's the truth.
I'm so happy to be back. I was excited to see Roberto yesterday.. and I am still excited to see him. I forget how much of my heart I leave here until I come back and find it. Seeing Julisa and the rest of them today made me SO happy!!!!!!! I was excited to hear how they are doing in school and everything. Apparently, they have LOTS of homework and projects this week so it wouldn't be good for me to be there. Julisa said that I would be a distraction which in all honesty, I can't disagree with. That's not a haughty statement.. I think I would be annoyed without anyone to hang out with because of all the homework and that would make me bored and therefore cause me to try to distract them. lol. True though.
Right now I'm skyping Roberto because we are both in our rooms. He's singing along with his music and I love it. I'm listening to "Cancion del Desierto" from Hillsong's new CD Con Todo. I'm really digging this CD! Well I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the adventures it will bring. Patty may need me to drive to Chuck E. Cheese from Casa. That should be interesting to say the least!
I'll write more tomorrow! If I stink at this blogging thing, feel free to give me tips. Or just stop reading. Unless you are my Momma and Daddy cuz you're required by an unspoken "Parent Contract" to always read this!
Love you all very much. And for those of you who supported me in any way.. prayers, words of encouragement, or financially.. Thank you so much in case I didn't get to tell you. I appreciate you more than you'll ever know. "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to YOUR credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied..." -Philippians 4:17-18
Thank you guys!

Take care,
-courtney leigh

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guate Day 1!

Everytime that I come to Guatemala, I write emails to my parents and they end up getting forwarded around to everyone that we know so I'm trying blogging this year. Today wasn't the most eventful day that I'll have but if I'm gonna start, I probably need to start with Day 1!
After a sleepless night, a quick shower was all I needed to get on that plane this morning. I was all too excited and ready to go. For the past two months I've been that way!
After an easy flight to Houston, I sat alone in the Houston airport at my gate for two hours before Tim got there and we waited together. I tried to sleep on the plane but that just wasn't happening.
We landed in Guatemala City and to our surprise, neither of us had our bags searched. That was completely awesome. After getting to the house, I went with Patty to take care of the cell phone bill which was fun. I always like getting out and seeing new stuff. Plus most people here look at my blonde hair pretty funny. Lots of stares but it doesn't ruffle my feathers.
I came back only to find that Roberto was at the house but SLEEPING! I made Tim go wake him up so that he would come play with me. He and I watched The Fairly OddParents with Mishelle and then House for a while and just hung out. I sure do love that kid. He's awesome to the max.
I finally got the internet to work on my computer. Mishelle and I played most of the evening and she's my new shadow. Today wasn't too eventful but I feel like I'm at home. It's so nice to be back. Now I'm off to bed because I'm pooped.
Sorry if this was boring. I promise it won't be this boring everyday. I re-read it and it must sound boring to you guys but I had a blast!! Tomorrow I'll be much more well-rested and ready to write. Plus there might be some cool stuff to post.
Take care,
-courtney leigh