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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Family Update

Hey everyone (all 3 of you that read this blog)! I just wanted to give a quick update on the family. All is going well here in Costa Rica. We are about halfway through our studies at the language institute. Jenn is really learning a lot. She is not totally comfortable speaking yet but she has really improved over the past couple of months. She has been studying circles around me this trimester. Shame on me!

Jordan will probably end up being the best Spanish speaker in our family. He tries to say stuff constantly and practices the stuff he learns each day. He has no fear of being wrong.

Trevor keeps his Spanish abilities a mystery. He really doesn't like to speak in English to people he is not comfortable with, so he definitely doesn't want to use Spanish. He is probably like a Spanish speaking Ninja. One day he will probably appear out of nowhere and destroy everyone with his linguistic abilities. Until that day comes, I will continue to wonder if he can say anything more than "hola" and "gracias."

My experience this trimester has been a little weird. My teacher was flying through the book early on in the term. I barely had time to figure out the rule we were about to be tested over before she moved on to the next rule. I feel like my speaking ability has digressed a little but I'm not sure. I just have a ton of grammatical rules floating around in the empty space between my ears. Some days it comes out of my mouth better than others.

One difficult thing about our life is having to say goodbye all the time. In a little over a month many of the friends we have made at school will leave for their countries of service. Realistically, we will never see most of them again. That kind of stinks when we've already had to do that once when we left the states. But that is the life to which God has called us and we are excited about being used by Him.


Jenny McLamb, Peru said...

Great update- thanks!! Loved the ninja analogy!!! :) Sorry about the sadness of peeps leaving- y'all will soon be the seniors- fun times!! Love you all bunches and more!!

DeHart Happenings said...

maybe you should try writing your blog in english, then translating it in spanish!! i'm glad things are going well for you all.

Anonymous said...

I remember the day that I realized that being in ministry meant saying goodbye, it stunk. I know a guy a lot like Jordan when it comes to fearlessly making language mistakes, so he came by it honestly, I'm glad. I am praying for our little language ninja and God is going to love him right into greatness. I believe that you and Jenn are far greater with your Spanish than you think. Thank you for the update. Always know that we are praying for each of you and that God has wonderful, beautiful plans for you.

Anonymous said...

hola amigos:) I miss you. Brian, I wish I could hear your Spanish BUT I have NO doubt that it is incredible. You are an awesome communicator & I read recently that only 7% of communication is verbal...hum, so, keep on sharing with your self induced haircut art and speak with your heart and not your brain! Thank you for the sacrifice you are making. I know people are feeling Jesus' love through you just like in Mexico and here. LOVE YOU ALL.

MooreClan said...

Good words! We miss you guys so very much!

Anonymous said...

We need another update.

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