It has become very apparent to us that Brigitte really likes animals. One of the things she is most looking forward to in the States is seeing our dog Simba. We've watched some videos and looked at lots of pictures of Simba, and Brigitte never tires of seeing Simba. With this love for animals we thought it would be exciting for Brigitte to experience her first zoo. We were right! The Lima zoo is nicer than we expected, and has the unique feature of having several areas highlighting animals from South America. In the "Selva" section we actually felt like we were in the jungle! Brigitte has learned about most of these animals in school but now has been able to experience them up close and personal.
After our sunny day at the zoo we thought we would stop by the coast on our way back. We got within 1/2 mile of the ocean and we again hit fog! Needless to say we didn't stay long! After we cleaned up and changed we decided to walk back down to Larcomar, dispite the fog, for dinner. Guess what--no fog! Brigitte got to see the beautiful view of the Lima coastline at night and eat her first babyback ribs. I think she's still getting use to what we consider really good food!
This morning we found a local bilingual church to attend. Potential Church is a multisite style church with the main campus in Miami. The satellite locations, including this one in Miraflores, have live worship, and then they watch the sermon on the screen from the main campus. We got to chat some with Daniel, the Lima campus pastor, about this church and their ministry.
We also were not surprised at all to meet another couple at the church who are thinking about adopting! They are Americans who work here in Lima, and have been thinking about adopton for quite some time. They might be able to connect up with our attorney, Maria Elena, to get help knowing how to adopt while they are here.
After a relaxing Sunday afternoon, we spent the evening with our Compassion translator, Natalia, (who we met a few weeks ago) and her son, Santiago, at the Lima Magic Water Park. Brigitte loved seeing the light and water displays and we had a wonderful time getting to know Natalia better and playing with her son. What a blessing they are!
Brigitte is starting to understand more and more English, and we're getting a bit better with our Spanish as well. We all still have a long way to go, though, as we start this journey together, and we're realizing that the past 19 month period since we started this adoption journey was just the prelude. Now the symphony begins!
|"Everyone's got a Water Buffalo..."|
|Dinner on the coast.|
|Walking to church|
|The Lima Coast|
|AHHHHHH!!! He's everywhere!!!|
|Natalia and Santiago met us at the Magic Water Circuit|