Monday, September 29, 2008
Grocery stores here in Santo Domingo aren't like US stores...in the US you can pretty much guarantee that if you bought something there before, you will be able to find it the next time you go (a certain kind of pasta, salsa, brats (El's fav), sour cream etc). Not here. Because most of the items are imported, you never really know what you are going to find. It makes shopping alot more exciting (or disappointing). Let me give you an example....the other day Elliott and I were out for our weekly shopping trip. I was headed to the checkout line when all of a sudden I see Elliott running/skipping towards me with the BIGGEST grin on his face. It took me a second to figure out why he was so excited....and then I saw it....a can of Dr. Pepper in his hands. Then, I joined in on the celebration...jumping up and down shouting "no way, dr. pepper, no way!!" Needless to say, we made a scene. Elliott showed me where he found them...and we pretty much cleaned out the stock of Dr. Pepper (not knowing when, if ever, they would have Dr. Pepper again).
Monday, September 15, 2008
The other morning I was having a bad start to the day. I was missing home, we didn't have power so I couldn't do laundry that had been piling up and starting to smell, etc. Then I heard, "Sallllluuuudooosss," "Elllllioooo, Liiiishhhhiii (Lindsay)." I went to the door and saw our neighbors Rafa and Charo...plants and machete in hand. They had come to plant some plants in our yard. Charo is a wonderful gardener and has a beautiful yard full of plants, flowers, and palms. They had dug up some of their very own plants from their yard and brought them down to us. Charo went straight to work...
This blessed me so much. I felt like the Lord was smiling down on me saying, "I see you, I know where you are at, and I'm sending you a little something to brighten your day." Elliott and I had been wanting to plant some things in our yard for weeks, but hadn't had the time to do so. And then, in a matter of a half hour we had 5 new plants!