December 8 is a national holiday here in Chile. Immaculate Conception day is a Roman Catholic holiday which celebrates their belief that the Virgin Mary was born free of sin. We took advantage of the holiday to travel an hour outside Santiago into the Maipo River Valley just Southeast of the city. The sights were fantastic and we enjoyed our time at Cascada de las Animas, a park with a restaurant, grills, picnic tables, a zip line over the river, hiking, a pool, white water rafting, and many other things. We enjoyed our lunch at the restaurant and Meranda took a nap by the pool. The highlight of my time there was the 1.5 hour hike to see the waterfalls. Bethanne did the hike in flip flops! (because I forgot to tell her to bring shoes) I carried Meranda in a back pack carrier and she loved it! Here are many pictures of our day in Cajon del Maipo, read the rest of the page to see them all.
We were shopping yesterday after church and there was a Santa station st up – we wanted to have Meranda get a picture with him. Meranda had other plans.
Bethanne found outlets in Santiago. Many of the seasoned missionaries didn’t believe they existed. Others doubted her. Others still thought our lack of a vehicle might diminish Bethanne’s shopping abilities. She overcame all obstacles to find very “American” like outlet malls in Quilicura, a northwest industrial section of Santiago. The deals weren’t as good as you would expect to find at outlets in the States, but better than the mall prices here in Chile. It was a hot day and the car we borrowed did not have A/C, so Bethanne cut back her normal shopping time for the sake of others. Here is some proof.
After being out with Bethanne for a while, Meranda came back exhausted. She just sat down in her chair with a drink of water. She is her mother’s daughter – she had to drag her seat out to the porch before sitting down.
Later Meranda helped Bethanne mop the walkway and wipe down the railings.
It has been an exciting week in the Marlowe family. On Thursday, October 28, Meranda said her first prayer. She has gotten into the habit of holding her arms out for us to hold her hands when we pray. On Thursday when we held her hands, she started talking in her baby language with her head bowed. Too cute.
Another milestone was hurdled the very next day. Bethanne saw Meranda inquisitively staring at a fresh booger she had just picked. I knew the day would come when she wouldn’t need my help with dried mucus deposits, but I was not prepared for the day to come so quickly. My baby girl is growing up!
Meranda was fascinated with my dollar store sunglasses for some reason.