A Moment Away

This past week we were able to find a little time to “get away.”  We had an appointment with our midwife at her ranch near Cabarete, which is a beach town on the northern part of the island.  It’s close to another town called Sosua, which we like even better.  We decided to extend the trip and stay in Sosua the night before the appointment.

Monday morning we sent Grady and Stella off to school, packed the car, and went about our normal Monday routine in the classroom.  At 12 o’clock, we had another staff member take over for the last half hour and headed to the car.  We arrived at the school, helped Grady and Stella change out of their school uniforms, and were off.

It felt like a real road trip, complete with tuna salad sandwiches (and peanut butter and jelly for Grady).

The kids ate, played, looked out the window, read, and slept.

While we travelled, I made sure to take lots of photos and videos.  I wanted to give you the feel of having “visited” with us.  I want you to see what we saw.  Here are some of the road sights on the way to Sosua.

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a decorated tunnel we passed through
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a stop for cool drinks
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Can you see the tourist truck? Open sides and full of gringos
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a cruise ship we saw just off the road
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a look at some of the houses we passed on the way
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a look at the kind of traffic we saw
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the open road

We arrived at the hotel with an hour or two to play at the beach before we needed to find supper.  The hotel owner let us into our room, which held a queen bed, a couch that could fold down, a bathroom, a table, and a mini fridge.  It was perfect for what we needed and all for $59.  He gave us directions to the small, nearby beach, and we were off.  It was a short two minute walk.  As you can see from the pictures below, our first trip to this beach was a success! (Click on the photos below and they will become full size.  Also, each photo has a caption, if you are interested.)

The next day we were scheduled for an afternoon appointment with our midwife at her ranch.  Of course, that gave us a morning at the beach.

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One of our fun projects on the second day was making a volcanic island.  We made it close enough to the water so that a wave could fill the trench around the island but not so close that a wave could destroy it . . . or so we thought.  Check out the pictures below.

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Did I mention that our inexpensive hotel had a pool?  Just another highlight of our visit.  We’d walk back from the beach, rinse off the sand, and jump in the pool.  Though it looks like a warm, sunny day (and it was), the water was just cool enough to turn the kids a bit purple.

The trip from the hotel to our midwife’s ranch was about forty five minutes, but we made it much longer by stopping at Gordito’s for lunch.  It’s a Mexican version of Chipotle.  The prices are reasonable, and the food is delicious.  As you can see, Tommy thought that the restaurant was “number one”.  After all, his favorite food seems to be rice and beans.

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After this brief stop for lunch, we were on our way to Wise Mountain Ranch to see the midwife.  As you can see by her website, her ranch is home to many animals: horses, dogs, cats, and goats.  We were able to take a little tour, and of course, I forgot to pull out the camera.  I have no pictures of the ranch or the animals, but trust me when I say that the baby goat was very cute.  Grady spent most of his time there trying to tell the many dogs, “No” to prevent them from jumping up on him.  He asked Leslie (the midwife) why the dogs followed us around while we took a tour.  She told him that it’s because she’s the lead dog of the pack.  He seemed to accept that.  All three of the kids enjoyed seeing the animals.

When we finished our time with Leslie, we were on the road again. (Click on the photos below and they will become full size.  Also, each photo has a caption, if you are interested.)

Even though it was a short trip, it was worth every minute we spent.

Being able to take 36 hours away from our “normal” life was so important for our family.  Sometimes, when you work in ministry day in and day out, you can become more than just physically tired.  Taking a day and refocusing is essential.  It reminds us of where we are, why we’re here, and that we are not alone.  God is here with us.  So, as you watch this compilation video, I hope you feel as refreshed as we did from our day away. (Disclaimer: I may have treated it a little more like a “home movie,” rather than a “highlights” video.)

Beach Trip – Playa Chiquita (music credit to  Casting Crowns – Holy One)

Bonus videos: So many fun things happen when you’re on the road.  Enjoy these moments with Stella.

Stella Counts

Stella Sings

Stella Sings (Again) – after much persuasion by Tommy

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