Feliz Dia de la Independencia!
I hope you have all had an excellent day. I certainly have!
Saturday was our Independence Day in Honduras, and we had so much fun celebrating it. Every year, most every school marches in honor of Independence Day.
On Friday, all the smaller schools marched, and we were able to see two different parades in which some of our church young people were in. I
was am so proud of them!
While at the parade here in Roma, we had so much fun hanging out with some of the people from church who were coming to watch their kids and friends. My dad took his truck up to the side of the road and parked it, so some were sitting on the back of it while the rest of us stood around talking. We ended up buying soda and making a party of it 😀 …that is one of my favorite parts of the parade here; every year it is like that.
I didn’t get a picture of all of us hanging out together, but I did get a picture of Meredith with my sunglasses on…too cute!
After the parade finished here in Roma, we managed to get over to Corozal and watch Fabricio and Nicolas march, too!
Also, while we were there, we saw the Little Drummer Boy! He was so cute, right in the middle of the band!
I guess he kept forgetting what he was supposed to do, because he kept coming over to this other little boy and asking him.
We enjoyed these parades so much, and getting to see our “little brothers” marching was a big plus, too. It was the first year we’d been able to.
On Saturday morning, the big parades were going on in downtown La Ceiba; so early on Saturday morning we (Allana, Lydia, LaCrecia, Becca, Francis, and I) headed into town to watch. When I say early, I mean we left the house at 6:30 am, which should’ve been illegal on the only Saturday that we had off from Children’s Church.
Aron took us from the church to the place where all the parades started, and we had a full car on the way over!
We managed to get there before the city officials marched at seven o’clock. My good friend, Celeste, was Miss Independence representing all La Ceiba this year, and I’m so happy for her!
Also, something super cool happened this year! It was the first year ever that I’d been in town to watch the parades, and I just happened to get the opportunity to meet the Mayor of La Ceiba. I got a picture with him, too!
Honestly, if I would’ve been able to vote, I would have voted for him. He has done an amazing job since becoming mayor, but I was so excited to actually meet him, that I forgot all about thanking him! I guess it was one of my blonde moments. I can assure you that if I see him again, I will tell him all about the good job he’s doing!
I didn’t get many pictures in town, because I didn’t know anybody there. These are some pictures of the best band that I saw that day.
Another reason we were in town was to see Allana’s school march. She wanted to march so bad, but they told here she didn’t have to go march, so she just went to watch instead. Of course when they came by, she started shouting, “Go S.T.B.S.!” and embarrassing all of the students. Lol. I saw a few grin rather sheepishly while glancing at her.
When the teachers were going by, Miss Dixon, Allana’s boss, told her to join them, and so (of course) she did. She just stepped right into the parade and walked with them like it had been planned since the beginning.
We ended up walking all the way down to the center square, while waiting for Allana to walk in front of the TV cameras.
I also got one more picture of Celeste sitting in the stand with the big wigs. 😉 😛
Over all, I had a wonderful time, and I think the highlights of my day were: watching Coco walk as Miss Independence, ❤ meeting the Mayor, and watching Allana jump in the parade.
I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to witness these things, and I definitely want to go back next year!
Also, I just wanted to add this cute picture of me and Allana last Thursday:
Sorry to get this blog post out so late, but we have been incredibly busy lately! Tomorrow our speakers for the weekend fly in, and there is still so much to do before they get here. I knew that if I didn’t get this blog post out today, I’d never do it, so here it is!
Friday night is the start of our Ladies Retreat, and I’m expecting great things! I know God is going to move in a special way. If you remember and think about it, please say a prayer for us this year. There are going to be several ladies visiting who do not have the Holy Ghost, and we’d like to see God fill them this weekend!
Thanks again for reading, and you probably won’t hear from me again until next week.
Have a blessed night, and I’ll catch you later!