A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
What a lovely Sunday! And also a turning point in our stay in Bolivia.
Our bishop was celebrating his birthday, and his wife is my good friend, so she invited us over to celebrate! So much fun! All of my bestest buddies together to laugh and eat! We enjoyed chatting together and just being together. While we were in the middle of our celebration, Luchy (the bishop's wife) yells out, "The President is stepping down!! It's on TV!!" We all ran into their TV room and watched live as the president Evo Morales read a statement that he was stepping down as president! What an incredible moment! Everyone was cheering and crying. Most of our friends ran out to jump and yell and celebrate with everyone in the streets. Out in the streets all the cars were honking non-stop and people were shooting off fireworks! It was crazy!! We spent a few more minutes with our friends, then Luchy drove us home.
This is when everything went crazy. Luchy barely made it home--as angry mobs started to roam the streets, attacking the celebrating people and throwing rocks at cars. Our friends who ran out to celebrate ended up sheltering in Luchy's house! These angry mobs roamed the streets all night and terrorized people. They vandalized cars, broke into stores and stole things, dragged people into the streets, and burned city busses! We were told to turn off all of our lights and stay far away from our windows. Claire and I sat at my window (on the third story of our house) where we had a view of the main road. We watched angry mobs roam the streets and shoot fireworks into people's houses. We watched as another group confronted the angry mob to stop them from entering the major grocery store across the street. We were terrified that they would come down our street. The police were overwhelmed, so we knew there would be no response. It was so frightening! This happened for 3 nights in a row. The local neighborhoods set up MAJOR road blocks (not just ropes with a few stones this time--we're talking the French Resistance from Les Miserables), called themselves "The Neighbors" ('Los Vecinos'), and rotated with each other in order to stay up all night to protect the women and children and their homes!! It was incredible.
But Monday night, we got the news: Ordered Departure. We were forced to leave our home and my hubby...we sort of thought it might be coming, so we decorated for Christmas and had Christmas morning the day before we left... Definitely the most memorable Christmas yet.
Sadly, our big Halloween party was canceled due to all the road blocks and protests. Eventually, they decided to have a low-key party where everyone could dress up. The kids were happy, because they worked so hard on their costumes this year!
We also held a Halloween party at our house for us and our neighbors (since we weren't technically supposed to leave our houses). The kids all had so much fun! They decorated and planned a haunted house, passed out candy, and we played games. Not so bad.
There is a young lady in our ward who is leaving for a mission. Her dad is a musical guy and asked if I would perform a musical number with him on my clarinet for her farewell. Of course I said yes!! :)
However, the cork on the top half of my clarinet body has been threatening to fall off for years. Sri Lanka did a number on my poor baby!! Luckily, since I knew it was coming, I was prepared and had purchased a kit for cork replacement. So when it finally fell off, while I was a bit freaked out, I figured I could make it right again.
It took FOREVER, but I was finally able to make it look beautiful again! If this ever happens again, though, I hope I'm near an instrument repair shop so someone a little more professional than me can fix it. (Sadly, I never got to play the musical number. We got evacuated instead.)
This is what protesting looks like in Bolivia. During the three weeks of protests and road blocks after the election, this is what we found at almost every intersection. I found it fascinating, though, that it was so peaceful! The people were so happy to be there! They sang songs and waved to us when we walked by. They were trying to show their feelings and their displeasure with their government in very peaceful ways. It was amazing to me to watch. There was an incredible feeling of unity!
Life has definitely been interesting the past few days. People are very angry about the election last Sunday. There were apparently some riots downtown here in La Paz and in other cities around the country. I'm really curious to see if things will just calm down, or if it will get more heated? Only time will tell.
This has been my dream for so long!! My children playing together!! I was playing with them, too, but I had to stop and take a picture of it, because it's just so cool! Claire and I were playing some Celtic duets, and we played some Christmas music together. It was super fun and we have lots of plans to do more together! :)
These two always have SO MUCH FUN together! They're always baking and making inventive things for everyone...and there's always a lot of giggling coming from the kitchen! :) This time, they made a fudge pie and a real British Trifle! I heard nothing but super amounts of praise from everyone who got to eat these deliciously beautiful desserts! :) A lovely feast for British Day at our house.
Conference Weekend is always fun. We eat a TON of candy...ok, the KIDS eat a ton of candy. They get rather silly, too...like sticking Pixie Stix up their nose and sleeping with giant plastic bags on their faces. Whatever. Besides, look who's finally home! It's so fun to have Josh home again after such a long time away!
I went to the RS president's house to watch the Women's session and it was a lot of fun to be with my Bolivian sisters and listen to the announcements and exciting changes that are going on. I loved conference so much this session. I always do, but there was just something so very special about this one. I'm grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm grateful to be a woman and I know that I am a special daughter of God who loves me. Life is hard and full of trials and things that can make us cry, but there is peace in knowing who you are and in having made covenants in the temple and knowing that families are forever. <3
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