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Blog Updates as the Smiths minister the Gospel in Peru

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Trip to Colca Canyon

Allen and I took a trip to the south Peruvian Andes visiting the romantic city of Arequipa and Colca Canyon. It was a much needed refreshment away from our dusty city of Trujillo and Allen's busy ministry schedule.

Colca Canyon is located about a 3-4 bus ride out of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and known for it's large Candor birds.

The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with towns founded in Spanish Colonial times and formerly inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas.

At the peak of our travels to the canyon, at 16,000 ft., we found a glacier and a '57 Chevy. . .

Dinning at La Trattoria del Monasterio in Arequipa . . .

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Friday, August 14, 2009

10 years ago. . .

10 Great Years!

August 14th, marks our 10 year wedding anniversary. I could not have imagined ten years ago we would be living in South America and have three little girls. How the Lord has blessed us in so many ways. I am so thankful for my loving, faithful husband and the life God has given us together!

Sandi's Birthday

Yesterday marked my 32nd year. I had a great time relaxing at Starbucks with my family, a fun lunch with my North American friends and a great date with Allen that night.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beasley's in Trujillo

My parents came to visit us in Peru for the third time. It was an encouraging and fun time as always. Their week was spent loving on the girls, going to the beach to fly kites, riding horses, touring the different aspects of the mission, a concert from Muyupampa, celebrating Abigail's birthday and much more!
Flying kites at Huanchaco Beach. . .

Riding Caballos de Paso (smooth riding spanish horses). . .

Visiting our new adobe church building and community in Clementina. . .

We even moved Abigail's birthday party up a month so Poppa and Grammy could celebrate it with us!
I am so blessed to have such wonderful, loving and supportive parents. We already miss them and look forward to seeing them next year when we go to the U.S. for our year furlough.

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