Sleepless in Santa Cruz

Yesterday was a hard day for Jadzia. We were visiting with my sister Eliza, when Jadzia fell asleep. After a while, I decided to go to the supermarket, and took my time, thinking she would be sleeping. But the other children were loud and she had woken up 15 minutes after I left. When I was back, she looked very tired and unhappy.

I bought grapes for her, but she wouldnñt eat them. So I decided to go back to El Jordan. Once there, I gave her a bath and tried to make her sleep. But she got happy and playful and didnñt want to sleep.

Later she found a picture on the fridge that she wanted. The picture showed Corinañs parents, Josh and I. I gave her the magnets around it instead, but she kept pointing at the picture saying ñBah, Bahñ (means dad). I gave her the picture and she played with it for a while. Around 8:30 p.m. she wanted a phone, so I gave her one and she was talking, but there was no answer on the other side. Then she cried. I put the phone away, but she kept signing for phone saying ñBah, Bah.ñ I realized all she wanted was talk to Josh before going to sleep, like she usually does back home. But I couldnñt do that.

I took her to her bedroom, and I sang for her for a while, but she kept signing phone and saying ñBah, Bahñ. She was breaking my heart when somebody was ringing the door. I was wondering if somebody came to see me, but I had all my lights off. It was my sister Eliza and Boris, at 9 p.m. They were worried I didnñt have enough cash, so they wanted to see if I needed anything. They visited for 2 hours, and Jadzia was with us, but she would not sleep.

Once our visitors were gone, I tried singing again, to make her sleep. It was easier this time. It was 11:30 p.m., and she was very, very tired. My poor girl. I donñt want to separate her from her dad again.

Then I was able to work on my icing. I took the two-pound bag of powder sugar and mixed it with one cup of corn starch. Then I sifted it 3 times. I also used an Argentinean shortening that Corina gave me. It was cool at that time. I donñt know which one of those three factors (or more) helped to get a nice buttercream, but it worked.

The girls in the class were very excited, though only one was on time. They learned to use the star tip, and also to write greetings. We decorated mini bear cupcakes. They were very happy, and I felt much more confident for next class. I took a picture of them holding their cupcakes. Youñll have to wait a while to see them.

Thanks to all who have been praying for us. I could feel the power of prayer when my buttercream turned out better last night.

2 Replies to “Sleepless in Santa Cruz”

  1. Josh will be with Jadzia in no time. I’m glad that your buttercream worked out better. Cooking sometimes is science and art. I hope your time in Bolivia is smooth and safe. Your family is in my thoughts.

  2. Hi –
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