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Posted on Dec 26, 2011 | 2 comments

Glimpses into a Rancher’s Life.

Glimpses into a Rancher’s Life.

  Life on the ranch in La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica and in neighboring Florencia allowed us to experience so much we had never touched or tasted before. From hitchhiking on the back of an open trucks, to rainforest exhibitions by kindly neighbors, to working on the farm to fishing to volunteering, to getting really bored… Here’s a smattersborge(?) of some of that precious, crazy, new life. Holy Cow Scared the Hell Out of Me   Our second week on the ranch, I wrote this entry: Just about five minutes ago a cow WALKED INTO THE HOUSE. It’s pitch dark outside and pouring rain. Kobi went to the store with Kendall. The kids and i are sitting at the table in the non-enclosed dining room section of the house. And….. wth, and a cow almost walks into us! Out of nowhere, there’s a cow! Full-sized, as fully confused as we are I bet. We all start screaming (which didn’t help the cow, I’m sure!) The girls start...

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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 |

La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica- June 20

You never fall in love for the first time, again. This was our first taste of Latin America: strong, sweet, and now, bittersweet. La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica. (I can’t say it without a sigh). A loving glimpse back at a simplier life, one that was ours not that long ago; and yet, it feels like a lifetime ago. The following is a touching entry from my personal journal on Monday, June 20th, 2011. Then, we were living life as volunteers, life as locals, life in a rural school, life on the ranch. Ahh. Teary-eyed as I read it. 1-Woke Up I Don’t Know When We don’t use a clock on the days we don’t volunteer in the school and have to be there at a particular time. So, on two big mattresses on the floor, lay Gabi, with Orazi and Solai snuggled up on either side. Kobi and Dahnya are in Panama buying a car (which we can sell in the end for maybe even more...

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Posted on Sep 20, 2011 |

Bad Ideas and Precious Moments

Bad Ideas and Precious Moments

As a nomadic family, it is hard to describe what our lives were like living on the ranch in La Lucha de la Tigra for 6 weeks. Sort of like your first summer camp experience, ranch life was one of our first steps in Latin America and our first time to volunteer on our trip. We were wrapped in total love and friendship; and fell in love. (One of the reasons we’ve pulled back from volunteering as a family in Panama. For it really hurt to fall in love, and then say goodbye).   In this entry, we’ve summarized a few cool days; glimpses, if you will, into the honored lives we were blessed to taste. Integrating into the School    Finally, finally, finally (thank God!) they are integrating into the school.They spent days holding onto my pant’s leg, begging me to take them home. Orazi begged me to take him fishing. They begged for school uniforms. A lot of begging in those first few days.  We had the...

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Posted on Jul 25, 2011 |

Ugly Gifts Too

Ugly Gifts Too

We’ve spent a week travelling from central Costa Rica to Northern Panama. While in transit, we have had the joy of briefly meeting beautiful souls who have blessed us with their unique gifts. These gifts have come in all sorts of packages. Some of them I didn’t like. They hurt. But those, too, have left us with something precious we’re supposed to receive. We met David in the youth hostel in La Fortuna. David’s super fun to talk to. He’s excited about life, easy to laugh with, and is happy to just hang out and share stories. He hurt his leg pretty badly when he was jumped in the streets of Nicaragua too late one night. He’s postponed bungee jumping to get his leg looked at in San Jose. His three-month solo Central American adventure is inspirational. He’s heading south in our direction and we hope to have more time to hang out with him. Claire and Josh are a couple enjoying 6 weeks on the road before Josh...

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Posted on Jul 24, 2011 |

En Route to Panama

En Route to Panama

En route from Costa Rica to Panama, we discover all sorts of fun things: our rockiest movie yet, candy health commercials, and It’s your typical family road trip but in Central American! Cloud Forest 4 x 4  In this movie, Kobi drives off the main road into a cloud forest using the 4 x 4 drive for the first time. He loved it! I just got my head banged around a lot. This and a few more things we bumped into in Costa Rica, during our road trip. We’ve stopped backpacking for as long as each Latin American country will allow us to cross its borders with our new 4 x 4. We’re suddenly able to do more than volunteer, but to actually see the countries we’re volunteering in. How cool is that?   Candy Health Commercial Orazi made this adorable commercial up in Hebrew, and then (how kind is God!) recorded it just for mama in English too. WE LOVE IT WHEN THEY SPEAK IN ENGLISH! We’ve spoken...

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