Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Peace Offering

I've done some studying on peace this year and one of the things that caught attention was a sacrifice in the Old Testament called the Peace Offering.  Unlike what you might be thinking, it wasn't to pacify God or to buy Him off.  Nope, in fact it was an offering of thanksgiving.  It was one of the only offerings that was allowed to be sacrificed any time someone felt like it.  One might offer the sacrifice for the completion of a vow, or out of thankfulness for some gift the Lord gave them.  One might also offer it as a thank offering for the Peace that they had with God.  After the animal was sacrificed, the one offering it ate the meat in community with their friends and family.

This year, that was our Thanksgiving meal.  We very consciously offered all the preparing, planing, time and money as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for the community He has blessed us with here and for the Peace that we have with Him. 

And what a fun day it was!!!

We had our growth group over on Saturday for a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a huge turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, mashed camotes, rolls, green beans, salad, pies, and ice cream! I love how this year, our tico friends brought  traditional dishes like pumpkin pie!!

There were games, zips on the zip line, jumping on the trampoline, watching the parade, eating, laughing and being together, to enjoy the Peace God has given us through Jesus.

Thankful. Very, very thankful.

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household" -Ephesians 2:19

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Update

If you didn't see our last month's update, here's a chance to!  Just click on the video below to catch a glimps of what's going on here in Costa Rica!

Kamper update Nov 2014 from nlkamper on Vimeo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

This and That. Again.

Remember I mentioned you'd be seeing a lot more bullet point posts over the next little while?  Yeah well, I am nothing if not truthful.

So here we go!

  • We had friends come and visit!  It was so refreshing to be with them.  We got to show them crazy traffic, our little mountain town, and we did hit a few of the tourist places too.  I told them repeatedly they need to come every year!  All the kids got along wonderfully and, yeah, it was just plain refreshing!

  • One of the things our friends really wanted to see was a volcano.  The one they mentioned has been acting fussy for a while now, so you can't go to the park.  I suggested Irazú which is a pretty sure bet to be able to see.  Wouldn't you know, the night before we were going to visit it, the next volcano over erupted!  Not with hot lava and stuff, but erupted nonetheless!  For a while Irazú was closed, but by mid morning the next day it was open again, so off we went like volcano chasers!  

  • After months of praying, God brought a family to rent our house while we are gone this winter!  We're thrilled.  They have 2 boys and one on the way, so the house and yard is the perfect set up for them and they are thrilled to take care of Minga while we're away!

  • We're still praying for Noah's car here to sell.  
  • We are also still in need of a vehicle in Michgian.  Will you pray with us about that?

  • The big boys talk almost daily about how many clothes they are going to have to wear in MI.  It's cracking us up.  We also realized we are going to work with they so they can get all their snow gear on by themselves by the time they start school in January!  What a tropical world problem huh?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Another 6 Year Old

Elliot turned six on the sixth!  What a kid he is!  He's inquisitive about everything from how a toilet works, to what type of bird is flying overhead.

He is thoughtful, always wanting to share what he is enjoying with others, be that food, or a special rock he's found or a bracelet he's made.

He has a care for the poor that is amazing and he has told us a couple times now that when he is a teenager (his ultimate goal in life) he wants to go to a school where they don't know about Jesus so he can tell them about Him.  We also foresee a lot of tool boxes and safety goggles in this kid's future.

Thankful for this sweet boy and what we see God doing in his heart and life!  Feliz Birthday mae!

Friday, October 24, 2014

This and That

I am afraid I am going to be resorting more and more to bullet points as we near our departure date.  I am amazed at how much normal life and wrapping up details need to happen in the next 8 weeks!  Yikes!

But I do want to keep you all up to date and in the know, so here goes:

  • My mom was able to come again!  This time it was for two weeks and it was great!  We got a lot accomplished around the house, like finally decorating the boys rooms (yes, that only took two years.) and learning about painting here.
  •  Yeah, paining here.  Not fun.  Not fun at all.  I have no idea why, but it was kinda the same but completely different than any painting I had done before!  The paint seemed sticky, the walls were porous, the roller was different, and well, it was simply a pain!  So glad I decided to only paint a wall or two in each room!

  • We also got to redo the little break room at church!  This room gets used for a lot of different things during the week!  Growth Groups meet there, teachers use it to eat their lunch, Moms' group sometimes meets there when it is rainy, and well, it needed some love and attention.  With the help of several college age girls and my mom, we made it quite the cute little place.  A bit of home at church!

  •  Our new system for water cups.  I am amazed at how well this has really worked!  Even Quinn understands the idea.  If you are just wanting a drink of water, use a red cup.  When you are done, hang it back up! No more water cups all over the counter or in the sink!  
  •  All the boys' stockings are finally finished and are now sitting in a suitcase ready for the trip to Michigan for this Christmas!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Límon Curd

Well.  That month went fast!  And while there is lots to fill you in on, I thought I would share one of our new favorite recipes!

Límon Curd.  Yes friends, we are approaching the apex of citrus season here and there are all sorts and colors of citrus at our fería each week.

I stole this recipe from a friend here and it was tart and wonderful and oh so easy to make!

So if you find yourself with 4 limes, or lemons, or límons or key limes, give this one a try!

Límon Curd
 4 límons (or lemons or limes), zest and juice
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
pinch salt
5 tablespoons butter

In a small saucepan whisk together lime juice and zest,sugar, eggs, and salt. Turn on the the burner to medium heat and whisk constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute, still stirring and remove from heat. Stir in butter and cool. Pour over graham cracker crust or eat it straight up!  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week.

It's that easy!  I made it twice in one week it was so good!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This and That

Well, life just seems to be clipping along.  Lots of little things.  A couple of big things too like

  • We bought our tickets to go to Michigan for the winter. A little surreal really! We haven't been back to Michigan in 2+ years.  We're just a mix of emotions about it.  On the one hand, we are thrilled to have Christmas with our families for the first time in 2 years, to experience the winter with the boys (I think Forrest is the only one who really remembers snow) and to be with people we dearly love and miss.  On the other hand, we are so sad to miss six month of life here!  We feel like we are just getting into a grove with Church and School, and we have friends and well, life keeps going while we aren't here.  Sigh. This living in two places is hard.

  •  Our weeks are full with all sorts of things.  Last night a young guy Noah has been meeting with came over for dinner and some time with Noah in the Word.  Thursday I haven Moms group, and I will probably be bringing two other moms and their kids with me.  Today Noah has chapels at school, Saturday night he's at Church, and well, yeah, the weeks are full.  And it's a good type of full!

  •  It's a good type of full, but we are still working on the balance for ministry and family.  It's a different pace working with church.  Camp has ebbs and flows, church flows from now until Jesus comes back.  So pray for us, for wisdom for when to say no and when to say yes.

  • Rainy season is at it's height.  We have mostly clear mornings and then the storms come in the afternoon.  Yesterday the boys were zipping in the midst of a cloud.  So strange!