Wednesday, 8 January 2014

January 8, 2014
Ay Chihuahua!

They say, "Home is where the heart is."  So did we leave home or are we home?  Our hearts are most definitely in Canada, with our children, but are so very content here in Chihuahua, with our other family.  It has been wonderful to reconnect with old friends and reminisce over shared memories.  

Aldo & Rebecca

Last night we spent with some very dear friends, the family of Aldo Gonzales, who passed away last year at this time.  Many tears were shed, long hugs given, and pain shared.  We spent the first part of the evening talking about our shared pain over Aldo's passing.  The hurt is still very real and deeply painful for his family.  Please pray for them as they continue to grieve and heal.  They lost not only a son, husband, brother, mentor, but also their pastor - so church is a somewhat painful place, filled with many memories of Aldo.

Ernie & Diane with Aldo's mom
As the evening wore on we shared many memories, about the good times we had with one another.  Coffee and pastry was enjoyed together, and the stories continued. Then we moved to supper!  We laughed, we cried, we grieved and we reconnected - all part of the healing.  

We are also enjoying reconnecting with our neighbours who were like our extended family when we lived here.  We arrived in Chihuahua on January 6 (which is Dia de Reyes), the day they celebrate the arrival of the 3 Wise Men.  They traditionally get together with friends or family and share a 'rosca'.  This is a sweet bread, shaped in the form of a ring and has several little plastic figurines inside.  Every guest cuts their piece of the pastry and, if you 'get' a figurine, you host a party in February, where they typically serve Tamales.  We met new people and made new friends.  And, as God works, one of the couple's have children who live in Guadalajara and they  gave us travel tips to get to our destination safely.  A great evening.

On Thursday we are getting together to celebrate Diane's birthday.  This was a tradition the neighbour ladies had - brunch to celebrate birthdays.  They are excited that Diane's is now, but they would have found an excuse to meet regardless.  Good food, good friends, good times.  

We are settling into latin culture very naturally and are anticipating life in Guadalajara.  We are feeling the confirmation of God leading us and can hardly wait to get settled in and begin.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. We will pray for you and the family of Aldo, what a difficult time it must be for them.
    Jody

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    1. Have so enjoyed sharing our journey, makes us feel connected. Appreciate the prayers for Aldo's family. Blessings

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