Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

We often get so busy in our lives that we don't take the time we need to relax and recharge. Our culture sometimes convinces us that not being busy is lazy and that we always have to be productive and purposeful; but often, just "being" and letting your mind clear and allowing time to just enjoy life and all that is around you is the best medicine you can "take" to revitalize your life.

Summer 2013 finds us doing just that, as well as moving from Guatemala to Colombia to see what God has in store for us there.We are excited, as always, about the possibilities, and this time Steve and I will both be teaching 8th grade at The Columbus School in Medellin so it will provide us opportunities to work together and learn from each other at school.

We took some time to visit our nephew in wild wonderful and wet West Virgina!
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Over the summer, we were able to spend some time visiting with family and enjoying the various scenery of the East Coast. In Colombia for the second time (new school, new town, same country) we will also be able to reconnect with students and friends and continue building those relationships. It will be a good opportunity to practice "one anothering one another".

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I had never thought of it that way before, but life should really be about "one anothering" such as loving one another, being at peace with one another, bearing one another's burdens, being kind to one another, greeting one another, and so on. Jesus sums it all up with "do unto one another as you would have done unto you." It is a simple but power principal to live your life by.

Before we left Guatemala, one project I was able to visit and get to know more about was an ecological recycled materials project run by Long Way Home. They are a group of engineers, educators, and concerned people who want to make a difference for poor rural communities. They build all their facilities with recyclable materials and have already started a local school in Comalopa. It is a really interesting project that can have a great environmental impact throughout the country as others have hired them to build similar structures on their facilities.

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They use old tires to build retaining walls and ponds, bottle bricks for walls and small buildings, a coil structure with a combination of manure/dirt and a poly material bag for more solid structure walls. They also use glass, aluminum, and tin for various windows, light, and filler/reinforcement materials. It was really exciting to see what they were doing and they are open to sharing how they do what they do so others can be a part of doing their part to care for our planet.

We are blessed to be here in Medellin for the Feria de Flores and we let you know what new and exciting things we see as this is now our "hometown" and we'll see it for the first time from the inside out!

Here is our new contact information. Feel free to contact us!
Steve y Cathy Carpenter
Calle 5 Sur #22-209 Apt. 1911
Urbanizacion Aguas del Bosque
Medellin, Colombia 0551000 South America
Home phone - 3537508 Cell (at the moment 3015764461)