Peace be with you!
Monday, July 26, 2010
My ministry at the school is to work with the English-Conversation classes for grades 1-6. Since every student is expected to learn English as well as to continue their studies of Spanish, there is a class dedicated just to conversation in English. Each grade also has English class where they learn grammar, spelling, and such. I will help the teachers to encourage the students to speak and practice their English. I will be teaching or conversing each day with various grades from 8:25am until 2:30pm. There are breaks throughout the day so I am not teaching constantly. On Mondays and Wednesdays I will go to Spanish class from 3pm-5pm and on Fridays I will go to Spanish class from 1pm-5pm.
An interesting observation I made today was that in Spanish a teacher is called maestro/a or profesor/a, but in the Primary School the teachers are called teachers. I thought that this was only in the English Class, but I found out that even in the Spanish Class the teachers are called teachers - the Spanish translation of the world is not used.
Well until next time....ciao!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Tomorrow begins my first day of teaching! I meet with the director of the primary school tomorrow to find out what I will be doing! Wish me luck!
Monday, July 19, 2010
VISIT OF THE BAPTISTINES: On May 20 and 21st I was blessed to spend time visiting with Brothers David (One of my Novitiate classmates) and Augustine who recently formed The Brothers of St. John the Baptist; an Association of the Faithful in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. They are a newly formed contemplative community of religious brothers who rely on the work of their hands to support themselves (ie. soap, incense, candle making, and tailoring), as well as donations from benefactors.
Br. David and I
Brs. Augustine, David and I
VISITING WITH MAKRANCE: Lauren and I got the pleasure of seeing other during my visit home. I did not get a picture of her and I, but I do have a picture of her and my niece. Lauren and I did enjoy a great dinner out at P.F. Chang's which has a great gluten free menu.
VISIT BACK TO THE NOVITIATE: After two years since my last visit I had the grace to go back to the Novitiate. From those that do not know, the Novitiate is where I received my habit and where I professed my first vows after a year of study, prayer, discernment, and work. Below are two pictures: one is of the novices from the past year and their directors and the other is of me with the novices and Br. Paschal.
(This picture was taken by Fr. Robert)
VISIT WITH VINCENT: During my visit to the Novitiate I drove out to Carey, OH and spend some time with Vincent. Vincent and I lived in San Antonio for two years and he discerned to leave the novitiate during the past year. Carey is a very small village and it did not have a bowling alley so we drove to Findlay to be able to bowl. Below are three pictures of us at the bowling alley. First, there is one of Vincent bowling a spare. Second, is one of me bowling a strike. Third, is a picture of our final score: I won 146 to 108 and had 4 strikes that game. *Note: this is the first game I have ever won against Vincent*
Lastly is a picture of Vincent and I outside the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation before I drove back into the Novitiate.
VISITING THE ROGER'S FAMILY FOR THE FIRST TIME: On Saturday, July 7 was the Baptism on Ruth Cecilia, the first born child of Ed and Liz Rogers. Funny story, I never actually saw the Baptism, I was stuck in traffic with Erin, Rick, Ricky, and Lauren and never saw the Baptism live. I did have the chance to watch the video of the Baptism while at the party at Ed and Liz's. Below are some pictures from that day. First, is of Ed, Liz, and Ruthie talking through Skype with Liz's family in Texas. Next, is a picture of Ed and Ruthie; followed by a picture of Liz and Ruthie. Finally in this set is a picture of Ruth and I.
VISITING THE CRAINE FAMILY: As usual, I enjoyed a lovely Sunday dinner with Erin, Rick, Ricky, Lauren, Ryan, and Laura. Here are great pictures of this fun evening. First, is a picture of Ricky, isn't he cute! Next, is a picture of Ricky and I. Then there is a picture of Rick and Ricky and one of Erin, Lauren, and Ricky. Lastly, there is a picture of Ryan and Laura.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Me trying to look at Sophia was looking at.
Sophia and I
Sophia Sleeping in my Arms
(The pictures in this post were not taken by me)
Here are the Facts:
Name: Sophia Anne
Date: March 17, 2010
Time: 4:25pm (EST)
Weight: 7 pounds and 7 ounces
Length: 20.5 inches long
Above is a picture of Sophia Anne inside the womb and below is a picture of Sophia Anne outside the womb on her birthday!
(Note that Sophia is wearing a green knit hat because it is St. Patrick's Day, if she was born on any other day she would be wearing a pink hat)
The New Family: Nancy, Pete, and Sophia Anne!
My brother bearing many gifts! You can't see them in this picture, but one balloon says "Mazel Tov" and another one says "Es Nina."
Proud Uncle Alex
Proud Grandparents - My Mom and Dad
Proud Omo and Opa - Pete's Parents
Proud Taunt Sue
Sophia Yawning on Her Birthday
Isn't she precious! Next post will be of pictures of Sophia and I!
(The pictures in this post were not taken by me)
The next two pictures are of a coffee plantation. I never knew that coffee beans grew on a tree. These coffee beans will go from green to yellow and finally to red when they are ready for harvesting.
Below are pictures of mangos on a mango tree and mango that is broken open to prove it. I still like mangos though I am not supposed to eat them. I believe this is the first time I have seen a mango tree in my life.
Here are pictures of a chicken coop that the sister's have on their property. It was pretty cool to watch them during feeding time. The sister's have about 80 chickens that are separated into two rooms.
And last but not least is a picture of the friary as of Sunday. I say this because David will be going to the friary in Alajuela, CR by the end of this week and Peter will only be here until August 2.
Above are the friars that I have the pleasure of living with for the summer and for the next year. From right to left are Friars: Maury, Francisco (or Chico), Jorge, Victor, Walter, Peter, David, and Me!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ok now back to the story, I was getting the cake all ready, but there was one problem; I could not turn the oven on! So I asked two of the friars and they said that they have never used the oven, but finally one of the friars did. Anyway they loved the dessert and it was a joy to be in the kitchen again. Besides that my day was interesting because we had a day of reflection and a house chapter on the grounds of a convent and I saw three things that I had never seen before. One was mango trees. Two was a coffee plantation, and red coffee and that. And three was a chicken barn.
Well it is time for me to go to bed, I will post pictures from today tomorrow. Adios
Thursday, July 8, 2010
1) Fructose present in fruits and honey (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
2) Sucrose – Table Sugar (Equal glucose + fructose) In 1st 3 ingredients – NO
3) Fructans – complex molecule of fructose
No Sobitol, xylitol, isomalt, maltitol, mannitol, erythritol, and FOS/inulin
Limit/Questionable – The Specifics
Fruit: Apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, all berries, pineapple, all citrus, kiwi, passion fruit, avocado, rhubarb, tamarillo, + jackfruit
One serving per meal – 1 cup, the size of a baseball – fresh or fresh-frozen.
½ cup of water packed canned.
1 medium ripe banana.
½ cup fresh cantaloupe.
Apples, pear, guava, melons, mango, papaya, quince, star fruit (carambola).
Fruit: juice, concentrates, drinks, juice in canned fruit, and cider.
All dried fruits and fruit bars.
Tomato paste, chutney/fruit salsa, relish, plum sauce, sweet + sour sauce, + barbecue sauce.
Cherry, grape, persimmon, pomegranate seeds + lychee.
Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, fresh tomato, green pepper, celery, potatoes (not sweet), cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, okra, eggplant, all types of squash, fresh herbs, turnip greens, mushrooms, hot chili peppers, brussel sprouts, jicama, cactus, + dill pickles.
Not limit to the amounts.
Fresh Garlic: limit to 1 clove per day.
Globe artichoke, dandelion greens, chicory root and greens, Belgian endive, radicchio, + garlic dill pickles
*It is okay to cook with onions, but not to eat them – cut large and remove when eating.
Onion*, leek, shallot, asparagus, green beans, + Jerusalem artichoke.
Beets, carrots, peas (green, purple hull, chick, black-eyed, sugar, and snap), sweet potatoes, corn, pea pods, parsnips, turnips, + sweet pickles.
Tomato products (puree, paste, sundried, canned, and juice)
Dairy: Lactose Intolerant, but can use lactaid pills.
Rice milk, soymilk, or flavored milk.
Sugar sweetened yogurt with allowed fruits.
Real milk w/pill is better than non at all.
Coconut milk + cream. Fructose sweetened yogurt.
Ice Cream and sherbet.
Wheat-free products: bread, pasta, cereals, cakes, crackers, pastries + cookies.
Rice products: rice, noodles, crispbreads, + crackers.
Wheat-free corn products: cornflakes, cornmeal, + cripsbreads.
Limited to one serving per day:
Barley – ½ cup
Corn Chips/tortillas – 2 oz (1 tortilla = 1 oz)
Popcorn: 2 cups popped
Oatmeal okay if processed in gluten-free factories
Wheat-based foods – where wheat is the main ingredient (flour, bread, pasta, crackers, + couscous). Ezekial Bread.
Cereals sweetened with fructose, sorbitol, + dried fruits.
Cheetoes and granolas bars
Meats/Beans/Eggs/Nuts/Seeds: All plain meats, fish, and poultry. All eggs. Dried beans, lentils, + seed as tolerated. Unsweetened nuts.
Peanut Butter (Natural is better than low fat).
*Regular bacon is okay.
Honey cured ham, bacon*, + lunch meats. Beans may need to be avoided if they cause uncomfortable gas. Dried peas.
Sweets: Equal or Nutrasweet (aspartame). Sweet ‘n Low (saccharin). Sunette or Sweet One (acesulfame-K), Dextrins, Dextrose + Sucrose (sugar) consumed in moderation. Glucose: tablets, powder, + syrup.
Stevia – but check for sugar alcohols.
All sucrose in excess – cane, beet, date, palm, turbinado, brown, vanilla, invert, + confectioner’s. Carmel. Rice syrup.
Desserts with minimal sugar. Sugar-free mints. Diet and diabetic foods.
Splenda (sucralose), agave syrup, honey, jam, jelly, marmalade, syrup, molasses, coconut, treacle, high fructose corn syrup, + fructose sweeteners.
Sugar alcohols + FOS.
Beverages: Tea, coffee, herbal teas + infusions. Water. Diet beverages artificially sweetened without Splenda (sucralose). Cocoa power.
Glucose – sweetened energy/sports drinks.
Sucrose Sweetened soft drinks – limited to 1 cup.
*Gatorade: Only 1 cup per day.
*Alcohol (1-2 drinks per week) Distilled spirits: vodka, whisky, rum, gin and dry white wine.
Fortified Wines (sherry, port, etc.). Chicory-based coffee. Sugary drinks ending in ade*, punch, drink or cocktail. Tonic.
Alcohol* (See limit list). Not wine coolers champagne, beers, sweet drink mixes or tequila.
Others: Butter, margarine, oil, distilled vinegar, mayonnaise, + homemade dressings with distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Mustard (unsweetened). Horseradish. Pure spices and herbs. Tahini, but no humus.
Miracle Whip – limit to less than ¼ cup.
Balsamic vinegar – limit to 2 tbsp.
Eat 1 bite of candy after a meal particularly with meat.
Cider and Red Wine Vinegar. Honey mustard. Soy sauce made with wheat. Chewing gum. Sugar coated pills and syrups.
All children’s medicines.
Diabetic liquid supplements.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I am St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv. St. Maximilian was arrested and sent to a concentration camp in Auschwitz in 1941. I am wearing the identification that he wore with my father's old stripped pajamas from Egypt. St. Maximilian eventually chose to die for a young husband and father while in the concentration camp and was killed by lethal injection on August 14.