For those of you who missed our email or facebook posts, we are now the proud parents of Caleb Elías! He was born on August 25th at 8:00 p.m. and weighed 3.74 kg (about 8 lb 4 oz) and was 53 cm (about 21 inches) long.
(Caleb’s middle name, Elías, is the Spanish equivalent of Elijah and is pronounced like “alias” but with the stress on the i.)
We are enjoying having Caleb at home and are slowly adjusting to life with a newborn. It is amazing to see how he is growing (he’s been holding his head up for several days already!) and how alert he is when he’s awake. We’ve been out of the house a few times with him now – his first outing was a walk to the bakery a few blocks from our apartment where we enjoyed some treats and he slept the entire time. And on his one week “birthday,” we celebrated by going to the clinic to get his first vaccination, for tuberculosis. The whole experience was more traumatic for Lindsay than for Caleb, who barely fussed when he got the shot.
You can find more photos of Caleb on our flickr stream.
Today I (Lindsay) spent my morning with the elementary English teacher at a school in Quillacollo, where I am observing classes to learn about the Bolivian system of education. The English teacher also teaches Quechua, one of the official languages of Bolivia, and I tagged along for that class, too. Who would have thought that the word “maki” (mah-key) means “hand” in Quechua?
If you’d like to see more pictures from my time at the school, check out our flickr account.
Every once in a while we get asked “What can we send you in a care package?” or “What do you need us to send down?” To be honest, we’ve had a hard time answering that. There’s been a few things we’ve wanted and have had sent (like a rotary cutter for Lindsay), but we can get most everything here, either imported or made in Bolivia.
This afternoon we picked up a package from the post office – with a return address of Bethany Baptist Church. We had no idea what was in it, and were touched by what we found.
Dozens of papers and valentines colored by the 2-3s class at Bethany were accompanied by M&Ms, cookie mix, and a blue bowl “to remind you of the snow up here and to encourage you when you feel down and ‘blue.'” We were told that the class would be praying for us though February and March. Also tucked in the box was a very encouraging hand-written letter from a supporter.
We don’t know who the teachers of the 2-3’s class are this year, but we want to strongly thank them and the kids for the love packed in this box. Every time we use that blue bowl, we’ll think of this class. There was nothing we “needed” in this box except the love that was contained in it. And what a wonderful gift!
So to answer the question of what we want or need send down, we would have to emphatically answer “Love!” That could be in the form of a package, or just a letter. At Christmastime we received an envelope full of letters from the Dood’s Bible study in the Heights. It was a great encouragement simply because they took the time to sit down and write letters to us. And there’s a number of others that have supported us through letters, packages, and phone calls. We just want to thank you for your love!
Hans & Lindsay Nyberg
Phone (rings on our computer): 906-523-2577
Today was the first day of school in the Bolivia school system. It’s summer here, so they just finished summer break.
But that doesn’t really have anything to do with this post.
Tomorrow, I (Lindsay) start my first day of school. Sort of… For the past few months I’ve been feeling the urge to teach and so my survey of different Cochabamba ministries has morphed into an observation period at three different schools.
First I’ll be at Carachipampa Christian School, run by the SIM mission. Classes are taught in English and over half of the students are children of missionaries. The school runs on the American schedule, so they’ve been back at school for about a month. I’ll be observing all of the 7-12 science classes and some math classes twice a week for the month of February. I’m excited to see how the school works, get to know some of the students, and hopefully have a chance to help in some of the classrooms.
In March and April I plan to observe in a Bolivian Christian school and a Bolivian non-Christian school in order to get familiar with the Bolivian school system. After visiting all three schools, I’ll be able to make a better decision about where I would like to work.
I’m really excited to see how it all turns out! Stay tuned for updates! 😉