At the end of September two of our friends from Oregon came to visit us, Lauren Dealy and Elyssa Emel. Elyssa is one of our employees at our coffee shop in Yoncalla and Lauren and her family go to our church. Lauren has also been a good friend of Emily's for a long time. It has been a real treat to have visitors from home! It hasn't been good for our Spanish though, because we talk so much in English! Much to Rudi's chagrin I have stayed up late talking way to many nights since they have arrived!
|Lauren helping out with Leo|
Elyssa originally came to Bolivia to visit just us, but our local private Christian school found out that she was coming for a visit and asked her to fill in between fifth grade teachers for them. Elyssa recently graduated with her teaching degree, so she came very qualified for the job! Many an evening would find her at the kitchen table grading papers! On the weekends we had fun going out to eat or going to some local tourist type things. The last two weeks, of the six she was here, she was free from teaching and we were able to do more stuff during the day with her!
|Elyssa hard at work in Bolivia|
|Enjoying Chicharron for the first time!|
We saw Elyssa off last Sunday night. It was such a blessing having her visit and we will miss her much! We are thankful that Lauren gets to stay with us a couple months longer. The way time flies we will be saying goodbye to her all too soon!