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*(This post was originally posted at Manifold Musings of a Missionary Mom, which has since moved to A Pilgrim's Project)

Thirteen Things To PRAY For
- For all of us to pray -

1. Supernatural, self-sacrificial love for our husband and our children
2. That we would LOVE Christ and show that love to the people around us
3. Our kids' salvation
4. That we would seriously desire to walk in step with the Spirit
5. That the Holy Spirit would remind us (convict us) to yield to His leading
6. Opportunities to be a light to our neighbors
7. That we would not attempt to appease God with our actions, but that we out of thankful hearts would rest in HIM.

- and then on a personal note -

8. We are being audited by the IRS 9. Healing for a lady in our Spanish Bible Study who is suffering from severe bleeding
10. Leonel, the new believer in our study - that he would remain faithful and learn/grow much in the upcoming months
11. That Micah would be sensitive to the Lord's leading and guidance for our lives/ministry
12. Micah in his studies and ministries
13. That I would be diligent in maintaining my priorities -
a.Obedience to Christ,
b. Service - Micah, my kids, etc., and
c. Ministry outside our family

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...in Peru since 2001 ~ Enjoying Iowa for the time being. Servant of the Living God, Wife to one, Mommy to four and Friend to all. Thanks for reading! :)

*(This post was originally posted at Manifold Musings of a Missionary Mom, which has since moved to A Pilgrim's Project)

Here's where we're going! - take a look at that drive, it is almost from top to bottom of the US! Cool. -and- It's only estimated to be a 21 hour, 38 minute drive!

We are currently somewhere in Kansas... oh, Ottowa to be exact. We are at a Best Western, we drove an extra hour and a half at 1am trying to find one! You gotta love the free wireless in every room and the kids stay free! Quality Inn actually said that we had too many people to stay there!! Can you believe it?! They wanted us and our four littles (all under 8) to stay in two different rooms. How RUDE. Anyway, we decided to hold out for a Best Western... so glad we did! Anyway, we drove 8 hours yesterday and have a few hours left :) The kids are doing well, but it's hot! We have air conditioning but it is either seriously arctic cold or off. We have a conversion van and something is up with the air in the back too. The air conditioning for the back blows HOT air as I figured out after 6 hours or so with it on and off. The kids had been complaining, but I told them, it's just hot outside, it'll cool off eventually with the AC! Yikes. They were red faced and sweating...

Okay, we plan to arrive in Houston tonight or tomorrow morning. This is a change of plans as we had planned to arrive Saturday night, but my dearest has some stuff he wants to get ready for his sermon on Sunday.


...in Peru since 2001 ~ Proud mammy of 4, was soon-to-be five chillin's but that littlest is in heaven

Friday, August 11, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by mistresninos (
I hate those room capacity rules. They are so stupid. Like winning a trip for a "family" of four. Sheesh. When we took the kids to Legoland for their birthdays in January I thought it would be good to stay at a Courtyard because they have kitchens and we had just been given Louis' Celiac diagnosis. They wanted us to take two rooms just because we had three kids. I told them that the youngest child was only a 2yo but they didn't care. They lost our business, which, considering we travel every month, is quite a bit. Now we stay at Hampton Suites everywhere we go. They don't mind that we have three kids, and they are a lot bigger than the average hotel room. :-)

Have a safe drive and I hope your a/c kicks in.

Friday, August 11, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Rebeca (
Hi Amy,
I haven't been by in a while. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet baby and you and your family are in my prayers. Also, I pray that your time in the U.S. will be good, and restul if possible. I know furlough is usually far from restful, but I do pray the Lord will give you times of refreshing from His Spirit and special times together with friends and loved ones.

Friday, August 11, 2006 - 21 Hours!!

Posted by jdoriot (
I think I would have to stick a fork in my eye!! lol!! I can't make it two hours down the road to see my parents...we always have to stop somewhere just so I can move...I just can't sit still!!

Have a fun trip!

Saturday, August 12, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by sagerats (
Hurray for Best Western! We once came to a town without reservations and hit hotel after motel trying to find a place that would have room for four children, Dear Man and me. They wanted us to split up too! No thanks!

I'm glad you are enjoying the trip. Just don't bake the children!

Saturday, August 12, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Prncsstefy (
Sounds like you guys are having a nice trip! Prayers for your safety.

I'm so sorry to hear about your little one. Maybe God continue to comfort you.

Monday, August 14, 2006 - All the best!

Posted by Fiffi (
Hi Amy
Enjoy your LONG trip with all it's adventures! I'm so sorry to read about the passing on of your 5th Baby. I too have been through this......but isn't it just so reasuring that we can come into our Father's presence, cry on his lap, and receive His peace and love!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by esperanzavallero (
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby. Whenever it happens it is a heartbreak. We will be praying for your cross country trip, since we started mission work in Mexico we have done a few, and while fun, it has been a challenge to find ways to feed us all in a healthy and inexpensive way while on the road.

*(This post was originally posted at Manifold Musings of a Missionary Mom, which has since moved to A Pilgrim's Project)

I cannot believe it! I found Cajamarca from space!

Here's the sattelite view of our city:

Click here for Google's sattelite map of Cajamarca!

or copy and paste this:


And I can see **our house on this one!!!!

Click here to see our little plaza, neighborhood and house!!

or copy and paste this:


**Right in the middle of the map is a diagonal light grey rectangle with a circle in the middle, that is the Plazuela Miquel Grau where my kids play street soccer EVERY day! It is right across the street from our house. The orange rectangular rooftop to the right bottom side directly across the street is MY HOUSE!

If you zoom out a little you'll see how there is just absolutely nothing around us except brown, green mountains!

I still cannot believe it! I feel like this is the most amazing thing! First of all that you can see my house from space... second of all that I actually found it on the sattelite - 'twas no easy task!


...in Peru since 2001 ~ Proud mammy of 4, soon-to-be 5 chillins

Monday, July 17, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by CTdittmar (
My husband loves playing with google's satelite maps! It's really fun to see favorite places!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Prncsstefy (
Love the new look! Although for a moment I thought I was at the wrong blog. LOL

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - Google maps

Posted by Dad (
Wow now people can see where you live and your going to move again so it will be history. If you would google all the places you have lived you could do a geography lesson for the kids or would it be history ? Google has improved a lot lately. We were doing the Cajmarca thing a while ago but not in this good of detail. I think I see you hanging clothes on the roof clothes line.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (
Pretty cool, huh?

And why did you doubt yourself even for a minute? Just because you feel like you're in the boonies sometimes, doesn't mean that you don't exist, silly!

Whenever I see pics like that, I always wonder what viewpoint God prefers to see things...zoomed in, zoomed out, black/white, color, inside out, who knows?!

Yup, these are the weird thoughts I have BEFORE my morning cup of coffee!


Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by KarenW (
Isn't technology amazing! What will they think of next?

We have been in Constanta, Romania for four years. We are trying to start a church. Right now we have a small group of people meeting in our home every Sunday. My dh has led them to the Lord and we are working on reaching out to many others.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - Hi Amada,

Posted by lindafay (
I am also surprised that the folks here think it so strange to have more than 2 children. I knew Europe was that way, but it looks as if the whole world is moving that way-except for homeschoolers.

I think you asked about vintage graphics. I don't use vintage very much but I find most of my pictures by googling. Usually I get them from online art museums such as artchive.com.

I like your pink look. I have IE browser and your right side bar is trailing off my screen so that I can't read part of it. Maybe you could tweak a little.


Alright, now that I/we have been sick so long, I've forgotten what it is like to write a normal blog entry!

At first glance, I cannot think of a thing to write.

So... today everyone is feeling alright (definition of alright = not vomiting, not in bed in agony, no fevers). Several of us still have recurring stomach aches, but overall, we're doing much better.

Tomorrow, our friends arrive. That will be neat, as long as we don't make them sick!

Consequently, because of our visitors, we have a pretty busy week planned for this next week. I'll have to blog about it as we go along.

Dearest Beloved Micah and I discussed the upcoming months last night and put some finishing touches on our plans. As always, looking beyond next week takes some serious concentration and decision-making skills! We realized we have (after our guests leave) only 3 1/2 weeks to pack up our house and move all our things into storage (we'll get rid of some stuff). After that we will take a two week trip to Trujillo for the Bible Institute. After that we will be in Lima for a week. After that we will fly to the States where we basically will be living out of suitcases again for 3 more weeks, while driving around the U.S.! When we counted them up, we realized we will be living out of suitcases for something insane like 5 or 6 weeks! ...with four little kids! Oh my. Needless to say, last night I felt a little bit daunted by that. But I woke up this morning. And I realized... This is my life! How can I complain?! It is how the Lord has chosen to bless me! Besides, if I worry about tomorrow it only serves to ruin today. So, be happy, self, I say, and be grateful for what the Lord has given you today!

"...for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning.

Great is your Faithfulness.

I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion, I will wait for him."

~ Lamentations 3:22-23

"...yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The sovereign Lord is my strength,

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to go on the heights."

~Habbakuk 3:18-19

Amy :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Attitude

Posted by dad (
It's all about attitudes. You have made good choices before and I'm sure it will all turn out fine again. Looking forward to seeing my grandkids soon !

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by ccmmum (
Suitcase living-not fun. I estimate between our time in Thailand and then our across the USA trip, we will be doing it for 11 weeks straight!! Am I crazy or what? If I'm not yet, I will be by then!

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Your Dad's right!

Posted by PinayMom (
It is a matter of attitude. I had to check on mine often. I am actually experiencing a different kind of homesickness from my family back home. Plus the fact that after 2 months, we are still a squatter here in my in laws. Not very comfortable and I am getting anxious everyday when we could move to our own place. But I do have a husband who still adores me and is really working hard. You're right, your post reminds me that this is the life that God has choose for me to bless.

Great is thy faithfulness, O God!
Thank you,
~ Melanie
ps. yes the rss feed works, thanks again!

Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Hi

Posted by MominIreland (
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm enjoying yours, too. Medical care in Ireland sounds so similar to what you're describing in Peru!

Enjoy your trip,

Sunday, June 11, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (
I'll be praying for safe travels and a good, sturdy, very large suitcase for each of you!

Marsha :-)

Monday, June 12, 2006 - Hi there!

Posted by dawilli (
Sorry to hear about all the sickness, no fun at all! Glad things are looking up...
Sounds like you have an insanely busy few weeks coming up, may the Lord grant you energy, stamina, and a joyful attitude to get through it all. And safe traveling!

Monday, June 12, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by mistresninos (
I'm glad you are feeling better. I will be praying for your travels. My youngest absolutely flips when we travel. We usually go away once a month and he just can't deal. I will be praying your children will do well and enjoy the "adventure."

God Bless.


Thursday, June 15, 2006 - Yah....you're better!

Posted by Fiffi (
Hi there
So So glad that you are feeling better. Enjoy your friends

Saturday, June 17, 2006 - hi there!

Posted by Jimmie (
Hi, Amy. You've been sick, and I've been moving. All settled now. WHEW!!! That is a job. I totally understand about the living out of suitcase and the transition issues for the kids. We're going through the transition AGAIN of a new city. It's hard. God has been saying over and over to me the very same verse you quoted. NEW EVERY MORNING! That's a good thing because I think I used them all up yesterday... :-) And take it one day at a time. When we plan too much, it's overwhelming. At least for me it is.

Will you be able to blog from the road? Hope so.

Saturday, June 17, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by momanna98 (
Enjoy your travels! You are so blessed to be able to see so much of the world! When you guys are driving the US, are you stopping at different churches to preach?

Sunday, June 18, 2006 - Happy Father's Day..

Posted by PinayMom (
to your Beloved! I'm sure you had great time today!

Blessings, Melanie <><

We are still alive

...albeit painfully :) I have been dutifully taking my turn at being sick, and although I am somewhat better than before, I am wondering if it will ever end.

Micah got sick AGAIN. He was in bed all afternoon yesterday and miserable through the night. And now GuerillaGuy is groaning again.


I have debated whether or not to keep blogging about this, but as there has been little else to write about... and there are people who do pray... and well, I have to let you all know we are not dead!

Okay, so I've got to be going now.

Back to bed.


Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by momanna98 (
I'm sorry you all have been so sick for so long. It seems like once someone gets sick, it just goes around and around for a while. Ugh....

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by KayinMaine (
I'm so sorry you're feeling sick. I hope you are all feeling better very soon.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - I will be praying

Posted by SuperAngel (
I am sorry that everyone is sick! When we feel sick we always take some honey and we feel 10000000% better!

Take Care

Hope you have a GREAT Week! Come by my blog soon!
SuperAngel Kryptonite Angel
*Rosie-Posie Iris Hardbottle* ~Luthien Alatariel Elanesse~
Stop by “Daily” at “The Planet”

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - I hate being sick!!

Posted by Jocelyndixon (
That stinks! we don't get sick very often but when we do we all get sick!!!! Lots of popsicles!!! Thank you for commenting on my blog. We (Mom and I) had just visited your blog that same day!

Myrtle Hardbottle

Friday, June 9, 2006 - Praying for you..

Posted by PinayMom (
Our family had been sick too except for my husband we are feeling much better now.

Love those wedding pics. I am still longing to have something like that. We had a quick wedding and never had the chance to wear a wedding gown :-) 10 Years, Wow! I have a long way to go.

Oh.. and before I forget can you turn on your RSS Feed? Or can you give me the url so I won't miss your posts. Thanks!

~ Melanie

*(This post was originally posted at Manifold Musings of a Missionary Mom, which has since moved to A Pilgrim's Project)

I'm tired because it's late. I'm sick because it seems to be my lot in life for this week. Afterall, it is my turn...

It all started almost 2 weeks ago with dear Micah being agonizingly sick, and then Javen with a very bad stomach ache. From there it passed to Cullen who has been vomiting for the past several days. Just tonight Bria came down with a fever and is feeling quite crummy. I guess it is my turn now. I won't describe my symptoms for those of you weak of heart.

So, I apologize that this post doesn't not mark the turn of the tide for the more cheerful side of this blog.* This sickness stuff surely has stifled our regular life/school/ministry activities... I've started to wonder if it is not some kind of spiritual attack. I'm not sure how those kind of things actually work. But you can keep on praying for us :) The Lord, of course, remains faithful.

I guess we may be headed back to the doctor's office afterall...

(see my last post for details about medical care)


Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Thanks for dropping by

Posted by iluvtheland (
I'm sorry your family is sick! We have 2 out of 3 sick, but at least dh is healthy. My oldest kids are grown and on their own, or we would have 5 out of 6 sick. DH NEVER gets sick!!! I don't know how he gets so lucky.
Curious....you said you have lived lots of places. Are you a military family or missionaries? Just curious how you ended up in Peru! I have a friend in church who lived in Peru for several years.
I'll be praying that your family is well soon!

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Prncsstefy (
Oh what a rough time you all are having. Prayers that you are all healthy really soon!

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (
Oh NO! Not the doctor!!!

Praying for God's healing, strength and BLESSINGS on you and your family, my friend! May you be blessed with a wonderful day of rest and NO sickness! :-)


Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Lord, let this pass quickly. Thank you Lord.

Posted by (
Oh , how I understand. That is sooo hard when the domino effect happens. My heart does go out to you. I pray when you feel better you will come and visit. I too am curious to how you ended up in Peru. I am now in Canada who is origianly from WA., USA. My story is on my blogg. Hope you feel better.
In Him,
PS I am putting you on my friend list and I found you on JacqueDixonSoulRestES blogg, if you are wondering how I found you.

PSS I am also a Charlotte Mason HS Mom. (0:

Edited by Canadagirl on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Saturday, June 3, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Anonymous (

Monday, June 5, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (
Si senora! Since you WANT to live in Texas, you definitely count!!!

I know your time here is probably too short, but if you ever want to get together for lunch or something, LET ME KNOW! I would LOVE to meet you! And I'd even drive to the ends of the earth (aka Sugarland) to meet up with you. :-)

Hope you have a great week, Amy.


Well, the results are in.

  • Micah doesn't have Giardia but another bacteria.
  • Everyone's blood is fine.
  • We have yet to produce a sample for LooneyTune's intestinal content - who cannot bring himself to eat and continues to have severe nausea/stomach pain AND,
  • When Micah was at the Doctor's he found out that PrettyPinkPrincess' throat culture from a month and a half ago came out positive in several points! Nice of the office to let us know the results came in! Oh my. She had something (we can't read the little lab note) and they never let us know! Grrrr. Well, she might still have it so I suppose we will be taking a trip to see our doctor.

Medical attention is beyond amazing here in PERU. It actually is enough to drive me crazy. I can't believe I actually had a baby here!!!!!! Our fourth, LittlestBubby is Peruvian/American, and was born in the clinic where we go for everything medical related. Besides the 5-6 doctor's offices, there are 3 hospital-like rooms downstairs w/ 6 beds and an operating room. (I wish I had pictures!) It really is the only clinic within 5 hours that is anywhere near N.American standards.

When someone needs to go to the doctor, they cannot set an appointment; it is first come first served. The pediatrician's hours for example are 8am - 2pm and some days he works 5pm - 8pm and on other days 8pm- 9pm. (I'm not sure how anyone is supposed to keep track, but I digress...) So, depending on when you show up and how many people are ahead of you, you could spend over an hour with lots of other sick people in close quarters... just waiting to be seen!!!! We have tried to figure out when the least busy hours are and have had some luck. If we can manage to be first there in the morning that is usually best. But with 4 kiddies living in this less than developed city we take MANY trips to the doctor for various problems and spend WAY too much time at the doctor's office. We've tried to talk them into setting appointments, but unfortunately, they are right that the majority of the time it wouldn't work in this culture, where people are always running late, or changing without notice, etc, etc. Because Micah has been sick lately as well, he's taken the kids with him to be seen together, so I actually don't have much to complain about lately... I'm just not really excited to have to wait so long to find out with PrettyPinkPrincess what she had a month ago or might still have and possibly catching any bugs that we don't already have.

Okay, there's my rant for the day. :) I should learn to be thankful for the trials in patience!


Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by nsremom (
Whoa...not telling a patient about a positive lab test??? That's grounds for firing in the U.S. MAJOR mistake. What if it was serious? God Bless you guys for having a vision and devotion to our GOD that you willingly suffer such things.

And you had a baby in Peru?????


and yes, pictures would be a great addition to this post.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (
Praying for you, Amy! It's always harder when the children are sick...we'd be willing to suffer more, but hate to see the little ones hurting.


Thursday, June 1, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Rebeca (
Oh, I can (kind of ) relate to the frustration (Except that I was single when I was in SE Asia and dealt with similar medical situations. I can imagine it though, with small children! Bless you all, and I do hope for quick recovery!
Do you know about GSE? It really helped keep the stomach bugs at bay for me and my team who used it.


Well, we're pretty sure that Micah and eldest child have Giardiasis. Their symptoms are diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and fatigue. Not fun. And, tomorrow's Micah's birthday. :(

Please pray for us!

It is possible that the rest of us could have it already or get it as it is VERY contagious. We are hoping that won't happen.

Thanks for your prayers in advance,


Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - Giardiasis

Posted by Dad (
Dosen't sound like fun. Hope you got medicine for your clan and your self. We will as always be praying for you all !

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by ccmmum (
Been there. Done that. It is not fun!
My prayers are with you.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by CTdittmar (
Praying you will remain unscathed and your dear ones will recover quickly. Your blog about the party was a wower. Those latin americans sure know how to throw a fiesta GRANDE! Five tiers of cake! Wild!

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - How odd!

Posted by EEEEMommy (
My mother-in-law was just telling me about how my father-in-law got this the day after my sister-in-law's wedding. (They'd been hiking the week before and it took a week to affect him!) I'd never heard of it before, but only he and the other Scout leader got it, none of the kids or any of the family!
I will be praying and especially that no one else gets sick!
My kids are passing around the stomach flu. Yesterday, I had two kids throw up on the kitchen floor within a minute of eachother. YUK!

Trip to Huanchaco

(Click the picture to see our other pictures from our trip)

We got back last night from a 5-day trip to the coast. We went to discuss plans for the Bible Institute that we are helping to start. The second session of IBEM (Instituto Biblico de Entrenamiento Misionero) will be held in Trujillo in July. We looked at possible locations and talked about the website. Guess who the website's author is... drumroll... me. I feel so pleased. I asked a guy there how much he would typically charge for designing and writing a website, you know what he said?! ...around $200. So I figure my work IS worth something!

My apologies to those of you who read our blog, that I haven't been posting in real time... you see, there is no such thing as wireless internet that you might log in to at Panera or your local library or whatever other wonderful place in the States that has wireless access for FREE. Matter of fact, in our hotel, they charge by the 1/4 hour for internet access. So, I was only able to read the most urgent e-mails. That's okay. We had a nice break from the norm.

Speaking of Panera, anyone out there want to send me a cinnamon crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese? And, while you're at it, go ahead and send a Bare Burrito from Baja Fresh too - with extra red salsa! I'm drooling thinking of these places!

Okay, so back to the stats of this last week: We stayed in an awesome hotel about 15min away. We kept up on school.... sort of.

The kids did manage to get some math done each day, we read our AO readings for week (wk.8 of Y1 in 18 weeks). And they did a WHOLE BUNCH of nature study stuff. We found a crab and kept him prisoner for the week (very interesting), we saw lots of birds (I can't name any of them except one of them was a hummingbird of some sort - I'm new to this nature study stuff.), and the kids drew quite a few pages in their nature sketch books. FUN.

There he/she is! What a beauty...

LooneyTune's rendition of our friend crab

And GuerillaGuy's version.

Observation in action of a drowning cricket found in the pool - they fished it out themselves!

This trip was so busy of a time. When we weren't in meetings or driving around looking at possible locations or whatever, we did manage to have quite a bit of fun. But, it is a 6 hour drive both ways, and one day while we were there, we were all in the car for 5 hours! So we're all glad to be back even if we ALL do miss the sunshine! We live at 2,750m above sea level in the Andes mountains, so although it isn't freezing, it definitely isn't sultry either. But we LOVE the green of the mountains!


Saturday, May 6, 2006 - Sounds like a wonderful time!

Posted by CTdittmar (

What adventures you have! It sounds like you are loving life and are encouraged. I will keep praying that God fills your cup every day. I would love to send you a yummy from Panera! It would probably be a little stale though,eh? Great post!

Saturday, May 6, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by nsremom (

Wonderful pictures. The memories your kids will have are priceless. Cool crab BTW. :)

Saturday, May 6, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by drewsfamilytx (

Sounds like lots of learning by your kiddos-- at least stuff they will actually remember! I tried nature notebooks once, but my boys currently hate to draw. I think they just don't really know how and would like detailed instructions. So I am planning on teaching them a little basic drawing over the summer so we can actually do a notebook in the fall without crying...by both them and me! ;-)

I couldn't imagine living in lush, green mountains...sounds lovely! Every day must be an adventure for you.

And yes, your time is very valuable and has more worth than can ever be expressed in dollars-- so don't be discouraged, my friend!


Monday, May 8, 2006 - I love the pictures

Posted by LadyPoet33 (

The pictures of the nature notebooks, and the joy on their faces. What fun you must have had.

I always think that traveling as a family brings families closer together.

You have some budding artists!


Monday, May 8, 2006 - You are and active girl!

Posted by Fiffi (

Sounds like you had fun ....but also accomplished much!! Well done! Another reason why homeschooling is #1... You can take the kids on such a trip and they would have seen you doing things for the Kingdom of God, as well as learnt a whole load on the journey!!
Glad to have you back though!

My Micah's Ministry

**Originally posted on Manifold Musings of a Missionary Mom blog which has been moved here: A Pilgrim's Project

My husband is very cool. He is a missionary. He knows Jesus. He LOVES to share. Micah is an evangelist.

Every couple of months Micah rounds up several young guys to accompany him, they load up the Tuttle Trooper, and drive several miles out into the Andes mountains of Peru. We're talking about some pretty isolated places, while some places you can get to with a 4x4 vehicle, others you could only arrive at by donkey. Out there in these places he finds a regular sized group gathered of poor campesino people who want to know more about following Jesus. These gatherings are planned ahead of time to take place several times a year in different places. Many of them are the leaders of their small isolated churches, while others are just people who are hungry for more truth from God's Word.

Once at the "conferences", they usually stay 2-3 days depending on how long it takes to get there. The sleeping arrangements are "roughing it" to say the least, and the food is quite simple. Sometimes they sleep on benches, other times on the dirt floor, or just outside. But every time Micah comes back, he is very encouraged by the men's response to what they've learned. What fun to see people excited to hear God's truth!

This time around, Micah told us about the plates and plates of rice and lentils they gave him. Just when he managed to down one plate... they gave him another. Their feelings would be hurt if he turned them down, so on he trudged. Let me vouch for him here, it isn't that the food is bad, it is just SO plain. No meat, no sauce, no salt, no lime, no flavor. Just rice, just lentils. He is so brave! As usual, he was astounded at these campesino men. They are much smaller than he is, and yet they eat WAY more!

Another interesting thing he told us was, while he was sitting next to one of the guys he took with him, his buddy found a scorpion in his stuff!! Yikes. The campesinos went on to tell him the scorpion's sting is about 5x worse than a severe bee-sting! Does not sound pleasant. After asking around, just about everyone who had come to the conference could attest to being stung by one of these scorpions. This news somewhat dissuaded my kids from wanting to go "next time".

This is just a little bit of what my husband does as a missionary, for those of you who are interested.


PS- our website: www.thetuttletribe.blogspot.com

Monday, May 1, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by Anonymous (

Yikes! Scorpions in the food! Here in Colorado we have scorpions too but never in the food--just one on the kitchen floor last summer!

I will be bookmarking your blog and will be back to visit!


Monday, May 1, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by nsremom (

I loved hearing about the every day workings of a missionary. That's something I obviously don't do but love hearing about....That sounds corny, but I'm inspired by stories of people doing the everyday things while all the while...those things are extraordinary if you dwell on them. Cool guy you've got.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - Thanks for the enlightenment!

Posted by EEEEMommy (

I do appreciate hearing how mission work is actually accomplished!
I've always had a heart for missions, but the Lord has never sent me on a mission trip (physically anyway)...maybe someday, I keep praying!

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - Untitled Comment

Posted by CTdittmar (

Really enjoyed hearing all of this. It's wonderful to have brave and adventurous men who love to serve the Lord Jesus. What a gift to have a husband who is surrendured to Christ! How exciting to support him in his endeavors!

Friday, May 5, 2006 - eating

Posted by Jimmie (

Yeah, how do they do that? Chinese folks are the same. Tiny, tiny, but man can they eat! And the whole forcing you to eat more. OH, man! I'm about to explode and they just keep piling it on. Here they will use their own chopsticks go chose food and put it in MY bowl. I'm used to it now.

Glad you're bragging on your man. So neat o! Thanks for doing what you do.

Dentists and Campesinos

Well, I began writing this last night when the kids were in bed, Micah was out doing missionary stuff, and the house was quiet...

(...except for that occasional really loud annoying banging that is caused by the Sam the dog pawing the window to be let in).

It is no longer quiet, but I needed to get this up this morning!

My report on our weekend with a houseful of people.

An Irishman, a French woman and 3 Peruvians all went to stay in the house of some Americans...

No, wait a minute, that's not how it went... An Irish dentist named Tony, our friends Luis the Limeño and his French wife Anna-Laure and their two little guys, Peruvians Lizzy and Cecia, and Kate the Canadian plus our family of six Americans all in one house! Wow, that is quite the diverse multi-national group!

Just see the pictures...

Click the thumbnail to see my album...

I tried to put this collage on here, but I think it must be about 5MB or something... so, you'll have to click the link! :)

Here's my friend Lizzy and I taking down the patients' important information and a brief medical history before they got to have their teeth taken out.

The dentist (Tony) wasn't able to bring ALL his stuff (I never realized how many tools dentists have!), so he wasn't able to do fillings but he was able to take them out! He took out the teeth that were just too rotten; and those were at least 75 in that one day! There were about 60 patients (I wish we would have counted exactly). And let me tell you, it was AMAZING. These people do NOT brush their teeth, and they suffer the terrible consequences... Many, many, many of them (including children), had such rotten teeth that the tooth part broke off at the root and that's all they had in their gums!! I could NOT believe it. Tony had to dig in and pull! Yuck. And you might not believe it, but seriously, the root part of the tooth is bigger than the part that you can see. I NEVER knew how seriously HUGE teeth were until now! There were only a couple faintings (the helpers- the patients were all fine), and one seriously close call (Micah had to run out of the room before he fainted).

(Click picture to see Gallery of photos)

Okay, well, I'll try to get more up on the Gallery if you'd like to see more (click one of the photos). I think that about does it for my summary. I guess that will fill my quoto of Peru pictures too... for awhile anyway.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - Giving me goose bumps!

Posted by pajara (
And no not because of "dentist" pix. I looked at all the pix on the site. I love what you guys are doing there. The help you guys have been giving those people is amazing. God bless you all.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - fainting

Posted by Anonymous (
Micah, I think you got your athlithic abilities from your mom, but the fainting I think you got from me.


Fancy Fun contest

I cannot be frothy and foretell that the aforementioned contest will be one with a fantastic prize... but it WILL have a prize... (however frugal and frivolous it may be)

Here's our latest monthly letter with contest rules at the bottom...

Thanks to all of you faithful friends and fellow followers of Jesus for not
forgetting us!

We are feeling some fun coming on! See the PS at the finish for the friendly competition! We just wanted you to know that YOU are among our favorite people in the world! Here is a challenge for you... you must encourage all the people you know to sign up for our feeble attempt
at a newsletter and soon! We will be sending our next letter in approximately 2 weeks to fill you in on what's been happening of late. I know that you are all waiting on pins and needles, but we figure that looking at some of our fotos might tide you over until we can fellowship again. When you click on this link: Our Photo Gallery (if it doesn't work, try copy and pasting it into your browser address bar) you might feel a little flighty or lightheaded at the sight of some of the frightening scenes... I mean, Micah saw it fresh and HE just about fell over and fainted! I've posted pictures of the missions team we just hosted, we were amazingly multi-national around here with five nationalities including a French woman and a fine dentist. He practically flew pulling teeth (seventy-five in one day), and those things are far from fragile! He fed them anesthetic to dull the feeling and then after a big YANK, the teeth practically fell out! Well, visit our Gallery full of fotografías, and we´ll fill you in on all the fun foibles fairly by the finish of the week following next.

We covet your fervent and frequent prayers on behalf of our family!

Amy Tuttle

PS. CONTEST #1- To play: The FIRST and FIFTH person to e-mail me
with the theme-letter-of-the-alphabet used frequently throughout this
note, will win a fresh flower! Frantic now! You COULD BE the first... or
the fifth!
CONTEST #2- To play: Count the number of times the theme letter is
used throughout this note (PS's included) and e-mail me to win! -By
the way, I haven't the foggiest idea! :)

Feel free to leave friendly feedback!

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