Tuesday, October 06, 2015


The number shows up so often in the Bible that I have to wonder if there is a significance to ' Forty' As I examine a little closer I see that forty days usually emphasizes times of trial or hardship. let me show you ....When God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights . -After Moses killed the Egyptian, he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks . Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. He interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights . The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan. The Israelites wandered for 40 years
. . Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years . Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him. When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights. There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension I don't know if there is any significance in the number 40 and i can't find anywhere that God gives a meaning to the number 40 but what ever the meaning, it has been 39 days since Julie and Acel have been away. , they will land tomorrow morning .. making THE WAY ... 40 days

Monday, October 05, 2015

the end of THE WAY

Julie and Asel have spent a couple days in the Santiago region, and even spent a night out at the coast in Finistare .. this is truly the END OF THE WAY .. you can walk no farther ..

Today they will be flying back to Paris to get their connecting flight back to Bishkek tomorrow night. 

After a very busy few weeks followed by a team coming, then yesterday the short but always stressful trip to Kyrgyzstan to renew my 60 Day visa free status.. I am beat .. and I am taking a few days off.  

The girls have been busy cleaning the house.  all the carpets up and floors cleaned.  It seems to be a thing that every time the dining room is theraly  cleaned, it is set up different .. I don't really like the way it is now, but it makes them happy and its extremely clean so I will not say anything .. just live with it .  

I have been looking up different recipes for making pumpkin pie from scratch.  This Sunday is the Canadian Thanksgiving, so we will have a big supper out at the farm.  A full Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie for desert. 

The work on the farm continues , Vlady is putting in a new heating system and an indoor bathroom with hot water, a shower and a flush toilet.  We are also putting in new windows. so it will be all set for winter.  The ceilings are also going up right now in the three work rooms .  And later this week we will put down the floor and install electricity .  

I am doing my best to not think about all that right now, and just try to relax a bit.  But there is so much to think about .. 

Some of the things that we are looking at now it to arrange drivers training .. we have 6 kids to take the class, and we are wondering how many before we can have the class conducted out at the farm rather then them all coming to town a couple times a week.  Also our last boy has a very saver cleft that has not been repaired .  He is 26 years old now.  We need to get him in to the D's to be checked out to see what we can do about closing it up for him .  

I  also see the snow moving down the mountain every morning a little lower , and we are not ready with winter clothes yet .  They arrive with a plastic bag with everything they own , and I doubt that includes warm clothes .. not sure what we are going to do about that yet .. 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great day in the mountains

Up early and out to the farm to prepare breakfast for the team 

Then it was out to work in the garden.  we harvested the sunflowers and the last of the tomatoes in the front of the garden.  getting the land ready for the tractor to plow 

We had the kids from Dayspring and Jeremiah here today They were helping us, then bringing some of the produce home with them 

Since we were puling the stocks , we have a lot of green tomatoes , we will browse goggle and see what recipes we can come up with for canning . 

We have put aside about 1/2 dozen of the bigger heads for next years seed.

We then headed up into the mountain right behind the farm.  This is about 2 km from us , but you would think you were way into the mountains .  

 Vlady went up before us and had a picnic lunch ready .. Ploff and Shashleek .  

We also had 4 horses rented for a couple hours so everyone who wanted to got to go riding .

There were about 45 people in all.  They all had such a great time .  

A great couple days with all the kids .  

Friday, October 02, 2015


After 35 days and nearly 800 km, Julie and Acel have arrived in Santiago and have completed THE WAY.   

At the end of the trip, they have received there Compestelo that registers them as officially completing the pilgrimage 

Such an exciting moment for them .. 

After getting their certificates, they went to the Cathedral.  Once a week, custom has it that a huge incense ball is swung through the cathedral to mask the oder of the Pilgrims who have walked all that way .  The girls timed their trip so that they would arrive on a day that the ball was swinging ..

Tomorrow they will take a bus to finistare for a day of R &R before making the journey back to Paris. 

Back in Kyrgyzstan, we are almost finished the women's shelter and all the different business opportunities that involves, and Tonight we are hosting a team there . 


We wanted to have everything up and running by the time the girls completed the Camino.. no real pressure other then self imposed , but its good to have a target.

The kids all worked hard to have everything come together for today .. not just completing the projects, but getting ready for the team 

Making a salad for lunch 

 Misha giving the barn a god cleaning .. Dominic .. this sure is getting a good work out .  

The barn looks great , and despite what you might think , our pigs love to be clean .. 
Sunflower seeds were soak  in a salt bryn then are out to bake in the sun before bagging up for sale 

the bread is ready to go into the ovens

After lunch and a trip to the Baurana tower, we took all the kids to the mountain fishing. 

It was a much happier day then when this photo was taken a couple years ago. I love the concentration in there faces above, do you think they have anything in mind other then setting that hook ... 

We then went back home and while the evening chores were being done, we cooked the fish and made a salad, potatoes and a nice fruit salad for desert .