Planning & other news

Ben and I are thinking and planning a lot these days about the near future and where we want to be years from now. It is difficult to know what to do at this point because we have not only ourselves but the cafe to think about and, in a way, our friends, the Nichols, also factor in. If we move from the house where we are now will we have to rent a separate place for the cafe and can we afford that? Is it smart to be renting if we could find a place to buy and in that way “save” the money? If we buy, how long do we really want to live here? If we buy, will we be able to save enough money to move on some day to the other dreams we have? If we move, where do we move to?

It can be frustrating to have so many ideas and plans and not know what the next step should be. It is also tiring to go around and around making plans then changing them. That is where I’m at today – feeling a bit worn out. But the Lord has been consistently reminding and challenging me to be thankful for the “now” and to live in it.

  • Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted  and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  • Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In other news:

The weather is hot already and it’s only March! This makes me a little nervous about just how hot the summer is going to be!

The cafe is pluggin’ along. Every week I think that it might be the week that our business will finally slow down and die off but so far we continue to fill seats and sell coffee and baked goods as the foreigners come to say goodbye.

The waves have been huge the last few weeks! They break on the shore with a force that shakes the ground all the way back to our house. The palapas shake and quiver with the force.

We have decided to house sit over the summer and fall for a friend of ours who has a place on the beach here in Melaque. “But don’t you have a house?” you may ask, and yes, we do. We have this house until November 1st but as the season changes we are realizing that it may not be the ideal place for us. The mosquitoes are a serious issue here and the heat will be intense under the palapas. Add a very pregnant mama and then a brand new baby to the mix and house sitting a home on the beach with a consistent sea breeze sounds pretty attractive! Ben may end up spending a night in the rented house every once and a while.. we’ll see how it plays out. At this point, we are both really looking forward to watching the storms roll into the bay this summer!

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