It's hard to believe but we have been in Costa Rica almost two months now. Language school for me (Trevor) and tutoring for Betsy has hit a pretty intense stride. Over the last few weeks almost everything we have been learning in my gramatics class has been new and in my conversation class we prepare presentations to give and discuss each day. Some of those have included: a man from the Old Testament, a woman from the Old Testament, a famous or historic person, as well as discussions and culture and family. It is hard work but I have learned a lot already! Betsy continues to grow in her language acquisition through doing four hours of tutoring per week along with homework every night. She recently did a presentation on our house in her tutoring. Our days are long, intense and tiring.
What does a typical week look like? Betsy, of course, is working hard at home homecoming the kids each weekday. Mondays and Fridays I get home from class just in time for Betsy to go to two hours of tutoring. Tuesdays and Thursdays I get home from class and Betsy takes the kids to Spanish Club where they are learning the language. We also have one team meeting per week, trips to the fruit stand a few times per week, and usually try to take the kids to the park each evening. After dinner, family worship and putting the kids to bed, Betsy and I do homework and then try to relax a little before bed. Throw in grocery shopping, church and Saturday adventures where we try to do something to learn more about the culture and you have one pretty tired gringo family.
However, it is all worth it as we think about those we will serve in Peru!