The Fishers in La Paz, Bolivia


I Miss Bolivia by blendedworship
August 21, 2010, 11:32 pm
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I miss La Paz. I miss the flights. Several of my friends have minor mysterious illnesses; I miss minor mysterious illnesses. I miss the sense of purpose. I even miss the bad sermons and worse praise songs. I miss community group and game nights resulting in games of Werewolves and Catan marathons. I miss eating dangerous things. I miss cream cheese being an exciting discovery. I miss introducing kids to hymns and the liturgical calendar. I miss the mountains. I miss long hours with our friends. I miss walking to the grocery, to the restaurant, to the mercado de Achumani, to the taxi, to the Peruvian croissant man we love, to man-breakfast, to calle ocho. I miss knowing and being known.

We’re moving on – forward, following the open doors our Lord provides. I’m seeing Him employing me and my family for His purposes back here. I see this time as having meaning, purpose and great joy.

But I will never, never, never, be done missing La Paz.



Story by Avery, Age 5 by blendedworship
May 11, 2009, 11:46 pm
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Abby went out for a walk. Then she saw a wolf. And then she couldn’t believe her eyes. She said, “Mother, Mother! Come quick! I met a wolf.” Mother came along. She said, “Oh, dear, that’s only a friendly wolf.” And then the daughter said, “Hello, wolf.” The wolf said, “Hello.” Then the mother went out with the friendly baby girl wolf. So then the wolf said, “I like mac and cheese.” The mother said, “I brought three bowls of macaroni.” They ate it at night, and when they woke up, they felt refreshed.
The End



Photos April/May ’09 by blendedworship
May 9, 2009, 10:18 pm
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The HIS Staff Dancing a “Carnavalito” from Cochabamba, Bolivia

This early part had a lot of square-dancing moves.

This early part had a lot of square-dancing moves.


I did well, because on my left and my right were both amazing dance teachers!

I did well, because on my left and my right were both amazing dance teachers!


Here, you can't tell (due to Anne's expert photography) but we were essentially to shuffle our feet like chickens for 32 counts.  Looks cool, though, aye?

Here, you can't tell (due to Anne's expert photography) but we were essentially to shuffle our feet like chickens for 32 counts. Looks cool, though, aye?


We did a little tunnel and ran through it while the others twirled their partners.  Super fun.

We did a little tunnel and ran through it while the others twirled their partners. Super fun.


We were all very happy, proud and tired at this point!

We were all very happy, proud and tired at this point!


Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Big Bolivian Debut!
After a morning of traditional Bolivian dances, the HIS staff offered their own annual tradition: a surprise line-dance!

After a morning of traditional Bolivian dances, the HIS staff offered their own annual tradition: a surprise line-dance!


"Out in the middle of a big dance-floor..."
We had an amazing time...

We had an amazing time...


"... when I hear that fiddle, wanna beg for more..."
What a sweet ol' time.  I've decided I am a carpetbagger workin' my way up to redneck.

What a sweet ol' time. I've decided I am a carpetbagger workin' my way up to redneck.



Woo Hoo! by blendedworship
April 30, 2009, 12:42 am
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Thanks to everyone who prayed for our school’s accreditation visit this week. It started out rough, but ended very well. The visiting team will recommend that we receive a five-year accreditation term. We were proud of our school and all the work our wonderful staff has done to get us to this milestone. A comment from the team: “You don’t expect to find such wonderful educational practice in an old brick factory on the side of a mountain in Bolivia.”🙂



8 More Weeks? Really? by blendedworship
April 12, 2009, 9:19 pm
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Wow! Two years can just fly by! We are coming off Easter Break and are embarking on the last 8 weeks of our last quarter of the school year – and our last 8 weeks here in Bolivia. It’s surreal, exciting and a tad scary.

We’ll send an update soon, but suffice it to say that you can be praying for Tom to get a job and Anne to have a fruitful and fun time rental house shopping for us.

In His Peace,
Tom and Anne



Avery’s Princess Party by blendedworship
April 5, 2009, 8:26 pm
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Songs at HIS Chapel by blendedworship
March 8, 2009, 9:13 pm
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As you may already know, Highlands has four chapel services, and Anne and I help lead the two that are for lower and upper elementary school. The chapel services are simple: usually some fun songs, an interactive lesson (right now, teaching on the fruits of the Spirit), a song of responding to the lesson, and then a closing song (which, right now, includes the giving of fruit to each of the kids) as they head off to the rest of their day.

I’ve had the opportunity to write several songs for the kids’ chapel, and this one (as most of the others) was written to fill a void: a song for the big elementary kids to respond to the lesson.

It takes the ancient words “The Word of the Lord; Thanks be to God” from many liturgical traditions and puts them in a musical context that kids seem to really respond to.

To find the sheet music, you can click here at my worship/songwriting blog.

In His Peace,
Tom