First week in Costa Rica!!!!

Here are some pictures from our first week here in Costa Rica.  Things have been going well and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us while we are here.  Isabela is very excited to be attending school and I myself am excited to be in language school.  Today was my first day.  All of my classes are completely in spanish.  The teacher won’t even allow us to talk to each other or ask questions in english.  I am very happy about this because it will challenge me and develop my speaking abilities.  I think I tested into the higher group and so my other four classmates all seem to be at the same level as me.  A level of being able to understand most of what is being said, but fumbling all over the place when trying to speak it ourselves.  So, it is good to be in a group with others who are at the same level.

We went to church on Sunday and it was great.  It was all in spanish.  I was able to understand about 65% of the message.  That was exciting.  That gets me happy thinking that I am on my way to learning spanish…until my bubble bursts shortly after when I can’t understand one single thing that the cab driver says while on our way home.  Oh well, it keeps me humble.

I am excited that there are chapel services two times a week at the institute.  Today was our first.  It is awesome to keep our hearts centered on worshiping God above all else even while being devoted to studying the language.  I will be teaching at the chapel some time in March and also will probably help lead worship a few times.

Maria and I are excited to get involved in some of the local ministries.  We don’t know what we will get involved with, but we know that we will serve the Lord while we are here.  Its just in us.  Our desire is to tell people about Jesus and share His amazing love with the world around us.  So, once we get ourselves a little situated, we will look for opportunities to serve in various ministries.

Amidst the excitement of being here, there is also the pain in our hearts that we continue to have regarding Susana.  I miss that little girl so much.  Today, Isabela found Susana’s old ipod and was playing some songs that she used to play all the time.  It brought back a flood of memories in an instant, and both Maria and I both had to leave the room rather quickly and shed some tears.  The songs were from the Barbie movie “Diamond Castle” that her and Isabela used to watch.  Amazingly, I was listening to the words this morning as Isabela was playing the ipod, and I was blown away by how much the lyrics fit our situation of missing Susana and longing to be with her again, and pressing on in the Lord to be faithful until He also calls us home.  The first song was called “Connected” and it had a chorus that went  like this:

So here I go, takin’ a curve,
But I know that I’m never alone.
I think of you, I know you’d never let me go.
I feel connected, protected, it’s like you’re sitting right with me all the time.
You hear me, you’re near me,
And everything else’s gonna be alright.
‘Cause nothin’ can break this, nothin’ can break this, nothin’ can break this tie.
Connected…connected inside.
It’s not an accident, the time we spent apart.
But now we’re so close, I can always find you right here in my heart.
You’ve given me somethin’ I need, and I don’t ever want it to end.
Because of you, I know I’ve found my strength again.
I feel connected, protected, it’s like you’re sitting right with me all the time.
You hear me, you’re near me,
And everything else’s gonna be alright.
‘Cause nothin’ can break this, nothin’ can break this, nothin’ can break this tie.
Connected…connected inside.

Oh my goodness, my heart was just breaking as I heard this song and it felt like every lyric, which I never really listened intently to until today, was directly related to Susana.  And then Isabela played the other song “We’re gonna find it” and some of the lyrics to that were:

Here we are far from home little bit hungry and a littler alone but it’s alright yes it’s alright ’cause in this room there might be friends can’t see how the story ends but it’s alright yeah it’s alright we can start anew

can’t go back so we gotta go on we’ll stick together staying strong there’s a diamond castle in my mind and someday soon we’re gonna find it (we’re gonna find it) we’re gonna find it (we’re gonna find it) together

Yeah, so I really was blown away as I was listening to these lyrics just before I was leaving for school.  I ended up being rushed because I had to go in my bedroom and cry.  Oh how my heart just aches for my little princess.  But someday, soon, we’re gonna find the real diamond castle in the sky, the dwelling place of God Almighty, and we shall be together worshiping Him in all of His glory for eternity.  Yes, it is the promise of God bound by Him in covenant.  We’re gonna find it…together.

So, Costa Rica has been great so far.  No, we’re not living in a vacation paradise by any means.  We’re living in a city that doesn’t have any special beauty.  We don’t spend our days traveling to the beach or zip lining across the country.  We spend our days gathered together with other brothers and sisters who are also sold out for the gospel and are burdened to reach the nations of the world, and we worship together, study and learn together, pray together, and serve the Lord here in the city together.  I do hope however that we will have an occasion from time to time to do some zip lining or travel to the coast.  But seriously, what is most important to every one of us here is the ability to learn the spanish language so that we can testify of His goodness, mercy, and love all throughout the spanish speaking countries of the world.

Anyway, here are some pictures of our first week here in Costa Rica.  Please continue to pray for us.  Thanks so much to all of you who have been faithfully praying for our family.  May the Lord be glorified in our lives.  May our hearts be fully surrendered to Him.  Gloria a Dios!

Our apartment. It is about a 15 minute walk to the institute.








Our bedroom. Es muy pequena.












Isabela's bedroom. Es mas pequena de que nuestros. It's smaller than ours.













Our living room. Yes, that is a flat screen 32 inch Vizio. No, we do not have cable. We just watch Little House on the Prairie DVD's every night.














Me on my first day of orientation at the language institute.










Yes, I'm excited! Yes, I'm a dork! Haha










Isabela outside her classroom the day before school starts. Yes, she's excited! Yes, she's beautiful!











Isabela at a friend's birthday party in Costa Rica. Time to hit the pinata!











And now time to fight for the candy!!!!










And now it's a surprise for somebody else's birthday!!!!










Was she really surprised???? I don't know...










...But she was really happy. Here's to my beautiful wife!!! Happy Birthday Babe!! Te amo mas que las estrellas en los cielos!!!!











Jake is all smiles on Mommy's birthday too!!!! Que rico!!!!













First day of school for mi princesa. Que bonita!!!













Honored to send my little girl to such a school...










Isabela's 2nd grade classroom. I'm such a proud Daddy!!!!










My class schedule for my first trimester...Vamanos!!!!










View of the mountains on my walk home from school every day. No, we don't have a car here...We walk everywhere!












4 thoughts on “First week in Costa Rica!!!!

  1. This update and pictures made me smile! Miss you all terribly but know we’ll have eternity together! Jake is so big!!!! I doubt he’d be as content in my arms as he was in those early days. 🙂

  2. May God continue to bless your ministry and praying that you learn Spanish very quickly. Hoping God continues to grant you peace and strength.

  3. Hello Cody, Maria, Isabela, and Jake!

    God is so GOOD!! Praise God as He again and again shows how Great and Faithful He is! I was so blessed and encouraged by your FB post Maria! I will continue to lift you all in prayer! Praising the Lord for His continued provision for your family. I am so excited for you Isabela as you start a new school! It looks wonderful! Keep on writing your precious and wonderful stories and shine the light of Christ where ever you go! He will use you in a Mighty way! Give ALL Glory and PRAISE to God! Jake is sooo cute and getting big! I have clothes for Jake if you want me to mail a box of stuff to you. May the Lord cause His face to continue to shine upon you all and give you the daily strength, encouragement, and wisdom you need day to day! May He continue to be your passion and treasure! May He sustain you and give you the rest you need. Praying that you learn the language quickly Cody! 🙂

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