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Archive for April, 2009

Apr
28

Manuel Antonio National Park

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img_1363The beach at Manuel Antonio National Park

We just returned from Manuel Antonio which is about 3 to 4 hours from San Jose.  It is a national park with lush forests and beautiful beaches.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  We stayed at a hotel that has direct beach access but has no phone, TV, or Internet.  The kids loved it, and I think we did the impossible…we wore them out!  In the mornings, we would hike through the rain forest, and in the afternoons we would hit the beach.

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We saw these guys on the way to Quepos.

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Another beach in Manuel Antonio.

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Just perfect

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Jill and Kaya emerge from the forest.

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We were able to see lots of monkeys.

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Kaya had a blast looking for seashells.

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img_1272The sun going down on Playa Espadilla.

The wildlife was amazing.  I said I would not leave until I saw a sloth.  The pressure was on…we not only saw one sloth, but 4 sloths.  They are so cute, but I hear they can be quite grumpy.  That is the only thing that stopped me from trying to hold them…that and their really long, sharp claws.  We also saw monkeys, tons of happy monkeys.  They were everywhere, and boy can those guys jump!  Big iguanas crossed our paths, and beautifully colored butterflies gently hovered over the rich landscape.  The only frightening things we saw were a swarm of the African  bees that were the big scare several years ago.

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Jill’s idea of “happy monkeys”

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They were everywhere

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Looking for food

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Monkey see… Monkey do

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The reason Jill came.  The three toed sloth.

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Jill and Kaya in the park

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We were to cheap too pay for a tour so we just waited for the tour in front of us and stop and look up.  My plan worked to perfection.  They even let us use their spotting scope.

The beaches were breathtaking!  They attract serious surfers because of the rip tide that creates huge waves.  We had to be careful with the kids because the lifeguards have to save 5 to 10 people daily.  And of course the beach attracts all different types.  We met people from all over the world there – France, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, the US.  The area itself was very dark.  People make a living off of selling little crafts and tourist gifts just to get by.  They seemed to have no joy and no purpose.  I am reminded that the only hope in this world is Jesus.  Without him, life is meaningless and hopeless no matter where you are or what you are doing.  All the more that we let our light shine so those who live in darkness will be drawn to Him.

Now that we are back we are buckling down to begin orientation Wednesday and start school the following week.  Please pray for the kids to adjust well…especially Micaiah since she has never been away from me.

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History buffs… Read about the history of this airplane here!

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A break from the beach

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Carson could not wait for Kaya to wake up so he took matters into his own hands.

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The ride back to San Jose.

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Apr
23

Our First Week

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One week has passed since we arrived in beautiful Costa Rica!  We have settled in rather nicely and have begun to find our way around.  The kids really like it because we walk everywhere and there are kids parks on the way to every destination.  We have found grocery stores, restaurants, museums, and new friends.

Pizza PlaceMicaiah enjoying a local pizza restaurant.

Kids with a new friend A new friend.

We have met many different missionaries here from China, New York, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and you guessed it Bryan, Texas.  They will be leaving here for Ecuador, Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, and NYC.  It is really encouraging to see God’s plans being carried out.  “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses starting in Jerusalem, Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

A sweet woman from Hong Kong came over last night and reminded us of the importance of prayer.  She moved to Costa Rica years ago to be a missionary here.  She speaks Chinese, Spanish, and is learning English.  She is very sweet and wants to be prayer partners.  She shared many stories about bringing people to the Lord here and warned that it can be dangerous.  I don’t know if I have been ignorant or just really trust the Lord.  The Lord assured me that “He who is in me is greater than He who is in the world.”  The Lord will protect us so that we can fulfill His purpose wherever we are.  When our day is up, He will take us.  He holds the keys to Hades and Death.  Until that day, nothing can take us before He says, unless we remove ourselves from His protection.  That is very comforting in the day we live in!

Costa Rica actually chose to disassemble their army and put money into building up their children.   They have a fantastic children’s museum that would take hours to tour.  The kids really enjoyed it as they have old trains, helicopters, planes, and fire engines that you can enter.  We would love to go back!

Museo de Ninos

MilkingThis went real well until Carson learned he could squirt his little sister!

Micaiahs TurnMicaiah thought this was the best thing ever.

CopterWhat a great place for kids!

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Train ConducterTrain operator

FirewomanReady to squirt Carson. Payback!

Fire truckCarson with a fire truck from El Paso, Texas

CockpitCarson was able to go in the cockpit and take the controls.

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San JosePark in downtown San Jose

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Carson with firepower Carson at the Costa Rica National Museum

Also, something funny…most people do not have hot water heaters because they are very expensive, but they do have these little devises on the shower heads.  When you turn the water on in the shower, you hear this little clicking noise, and warm water will trickle out.  I did not know how to work these little things, and I asked Brian what they were.  He said they call them “widow makers.”  That’s comforting isn’t it?  There are these electric wires hanging over the shower head.  Everyone assures us they are perfectly safe…well, we do have warm water to shower in.  I told Brian we are going to call them something else.  I do not want that contraption to live up to its name.

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Tomorrow we plan to visit the Pacific side of the country where there are beautiful beaches, rain forests, and fun, wild animals!  We wanted to be able to do this before school starts and things get really busy.  It sounds like it will be quite an adventure!

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Again, we miss everyone and thank you for your prayers and love!

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Minnix Family Future Plans

This April we will move to Costa Rica to attend language school. The kids will be enrolled in school there also. Please pray for our transition to Costa Rica and the ability to learn Spanish quickly. We will keep everyone updated via this blog. The Minnix Family

March Quote

"Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give." - David Livingstone