It was probably 8 o'clock in the morning. Maybe a tad earlier. I must have been going to work or church that day because I was already awake, had showered, and I was in the middle of doing my hair. Wade had worked the night shift and was on his hour-long drive home. The phone rang and it was him. I don't remember what we were talking about, or if he just came out and said it, but my eyes went wide when I heard him say the words, "I think we should move to Mexico."

It's something we had talked about since before we were married and were planning to do far in the future. For a while, I had wanted to go sooner, but the Lord taught me to have patience for His will and timing. So to hear Wade make that statement came as a shock! I asked if he was kidding and he said no, he was not. He felt that this was what the Lord wanted us to do.

You see, we had tried the building, the buying, the renting, and each time we felt the Lord say "no." But with this, it was different. It wasn't as extremely exciting as I thought it would be, and was often the source of anxiety, but it still felt right.

We spent the next year waiting on some things to work out with Wade's job and so as not to rush into anything. His call never changed, and neither did our growing anxiety and anticipation!

We've now been living on  the Mexico/South Texas border for a few weeks and life our life is very different from what it was a mere month ago.

But one thing is sure: we are where God wants us right now. There is no doubt about that.

Wade now works Thursdays and Fridays in Texas which means that Wednesday night - Saturday/Sunday we are in Texas. During this time I am doing laundry, shopping for the always growing list of needs and requests made while in Mexico, meal planning, blogging, and working on blog design.

Saturday or Sunday through Wednesday afternoon we are in Mexico, and I thought it would be a good time to give you a little tour of the Mexico side of things:

These kids (and a whole lot more) can be found at our house every afternoon, from when school gets out until dark.
We are currently living in this house where another missionary family stays as do the large groups that come down.
This is our room in the mission house, which has an A/C window unit that we turn on for a few hours a night, with the help of a generator, in order to cool things down so we can sleep.
Our bathrooms are by far the nicest in the village with actual working American toilets (hallelujah!) There are two rules: no toilet paper in the toilet (put it in the trashcan) and "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." You're welcome. 
Water conservation is important so we try not to waste. The water containers sit on top of the bath house so that we can take a gravity fed shower! (This is a huge upgrade from our previous "bucket baths") The water's cold, but in the summer that's a wonderful thing.  In the winter... well, let's just say there's a lot of hollering going on. ;)
The porch here is where I sit each morning to read my Bible and journal. These chairs are not empty, however, but are filled with our neighbors, Mama Sylvia and Doña Esther, who just watch me. Sometimes we will talk, but mostly in the mornings we just sit.
The water man comes by in his pickup truck every day or so to refill the water jugs (one jug costs 13 pesos... about $1) We go through a good bit because the kids really like to drink our water. They have the same kind at home, but for some reason, ours is more desirable ;)

There are some powerlines, which are new, but I'm pretty sure they don't run more than a small lightbulb here and there. There is no garbage service, so when the trash bags get full, Wade tossed them out back by the smaller canal and burns them.
The trampoline is the most popular attraction in the village. If the kids know any words in English, it's trampoline! They love to jump (who doesn't?) and would do it all day everyday if we'd let them. Unfortunately, we had to decide on only certain days for this activity because there are so many kids and you have to rotate them every 5 minutes. It get's hectic. Let's just say that. We do other things here as well, like color and play with play dough, which they also LOVE to do.
Because they're so darn cute, I thought I'd also show you guys some of the animals on the property. The cat belongs to the missionary family who is back in Alabama right now, and the dogs belong to Mama Sylvia.


Speaking of Mama Sylvia, this is her house. It will one day (we think) be our house. She and her husband are in the process of finishing their cement home which they are building onto the back of her store just next door to this one. She has made it clear that we are to live in this home once they move out. I love the color and the yard and the pink fence. Basically everything. It's the exact type of house groups build when they come down, incase you were curious.
Well, that's pretty much it! I did forget to take photos of Sylvia's store, so I'll have to make that a post of it's own. She's got the best glass bottle cokes and Taki's in town ;)  Now that you've seen it, consider coming for a visit ok? I've got a rocker with your name on it.

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