Wednesday, January 6, 2010

You'd Think Three Daughters Would be Enough

But no, not for me. I had to pick up a couple more. So for the next three weeks I will be the mother of five daughters.

Thank goodness I don’t have to pay for those two extra weddings.

Anyway, I’ve acquired two new “daughters” for the next three weeks. Teenage girls. From Costa Rica. A group of kids from their Christian school came to help teach Spanish at our local Christian school for two weeks. And next summer a group of kids from our youth group will be heading down there, so it’s a nice time for all of the kids to connect. An exchange of sorts.

But most importantly, it’s a great chance for us to fill our home with more girls. I love having daughters! But can I just tell you that the hormones in this house just may be too much for one father to handle? I think that by the end of this adventure B will be calling the local Hampton Inn and begging for a room. Any room.

Oh, heck, a mat on the floor of the local homeless shelter might be easier on him than this place will be for the next three weeks.

We picked up our new daughters on Monday night and they have been wide-eyed ever since. M and L have found everything American to be “so cool” and “lovely” and “amazing.” (Thankfully they have been learning English since kindergarten, so communication won’t be a problem. They even say “like” like every teenager I know does.)

Here are just a few of the things they’ve noticed in their first 24 hours here.

Fireplaces are a necessity. Alright, I know not everyone has a fireplace, but these girls have never seen one. They think that surely everyone has a fireplace because it’s so daggum cold here.

Have I mentioned it’s cold? Really, really cold. L mentioned that the coldest weather she’s ever been in is 11 Celsius. Friends, that’s 51 degrees Fahrenheit! As I’m writing this it is 11 degrees F, which is -11 C. And over the weekend it’s supposed to get well below zero Fahrenheit which will be well, well, well below zero Celsius. Funny thing is, this doesn’t seem to scare them.

It sure scares me.

Mailboxes really do exist. The girls thought mailboxes were just something they put on American television shows, but that we didn’t really use them.

Americans actually send Christmas cards. They were very interested to see all the Christmas cards we received this year. And they were especially amazed at the cards with pictures that people designed themselves. I found it fascinating that they don’t send Christmas cards in Costa Rica, but the girls explained that if they put them in the mail their friends and neighbors wouldn’t get them until July.

So it’s going to be a fun, full, and very interesting three weeks. I’m sure I’ll have lots to write about, but if you have any questions for the girls, post them in the comments. I’ll get the scoop for you.



  1. I'm excited about this adventure! I am totally fascinated by different cultures, even if it's north to south! If it's any comfort, it's cold in the south too. And I'm not kidding... it was 22 on my porch this morning. In Florida. What happened to global warming??

  2. How fun! Enjoy those girls! And keep us posted on any other interesting tidbits. Those little cultural differences were really eye-opening to me.

  3. Those lucky girls! They will have great memories of a wonderful loving American family!

  4. How very cool for you guys -- and for these fortunate young women. Can't wait to hear/see more of their adventure in a great place to live! :)

  5. They didn't think mailboxes were real? That's hilarious!

  6. Lisa, I thought that mailbox thing was weird too until I realized that they don't use their mail system. That, and they don't have mailboxes I guess. :)

  7. How exciting! I can't wait to hear more about how it goes. I loved hearing the differences they've noticed so far...I'm sure there will be many more!

  8. How interesting to find out what they think is strange or different!

    And I could DEFINITELY use a fireplace here! Brrrr!