Moving Monday’s in Costa Rica

Happy Memorial Day to all of our favorite people back home! We hope you had a wonderful day.

We started off this sunny Monday with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast called gallo pinto. Most people have gallo pinto (rice and beans) with every single meal. We only had it this morning with eggs!

After breakfast we hopped on the hot dog mobile (our bus) to take the steep, curvy trek to Linda Vista School. On our way up we could see the whole city of San Jose. Upon our arrival the kids were excited to see us. They were even jumping in our arms.

Throughout the day, we had the privilege of teaching gym to 1st through 6th graders. We played sharks and minos, did relay races, jumped rope, played lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. The gym and school looked a lot different than what we may see back home, but in the best possible ways. These kids were full of joy, energy, curiosity, and pure gratefulness throughout the day which definitely made our day easier. Brendan, Carl, and I (Caleigh) were even able to share the game of lacrosse with the kids which they had never heard of before. I (Maddie) also had the opportunity to teach kids how to use my softball mitt. It was amazing!

During our break for the day we were able to see one of the prettiest landscapes we have ever seen.

After our time at the school we drove back down the windy, steep road and arrived back at AMCA house! Here, we had lunch which was fish and cheesy mashed potatoes. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.

Next we walked to the local park down the street. We spent some time as a team teaching our sports to one another. We realized that not many times back at Hope do we get to try other sports that aren’t our own which made the night fly by.

Finally (we were hungry… psh Kayla) it was time for dinner. We ate beef on rice with brownies (something new!). Side note, chocolate is so much better here.

We ended the night with heartfelt testimonies from Olivia, Natalie, and Maddie. We are so grateful for their stories which reminded us of God’s goodness and how He meets you where you are at the most unexpected times.

We can’t wait to share all of the beautiful pictures with you.

Bye bye


Caleigh and Maddie

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