Wednesday, November 30, 2011



Do you like pineapple? It is in season for us right now and we are enjoying it. Have you ever seen so many pineapples? They are stacked up to sell at the side of the road.

I didn't know how pineapples grew until I saw some plants. Look at how the pineapple grows up from the plant. It isn't ripe if it is still red like this.

My cousin taught me a trick to tell if a pineapple is sweet. Try to pull out one of the spiky leaves from the top. If it comes out easily, it should be sweet.

Have a great day and enjoy some pineapple!

Marcie Cooper

Puzzle Boy


My little monkey boy is also a little puzzle boy. Or maybe I should say big puzzle boy!

His favourite activity lately is to have a "puzzle race" with anyone who will join him. It should be simple--whoever finishes the puzzle first wins--but if my little puzzle boy doesn't finish first he'll say, "You do that puzzle again!" Then if he finishes and you're still working he'll want to do his puzzle again. It takes a long time for the puzzle race to be over.  By then, everyone has won!

If you're bored, try doing a puzzle. Or, better yet, try your own puzzle race!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Friday, November 25, 2011



I do not like spiders!  My kids have a book with a fuzzy spider on the last page. I pretend to be scared and close the book. Over and over again, they bring me the book with that page open. I say, "No, I don't want to see the spider! Don't show me the spider!"

I can't believe that I took a picture of a spider. Do you want to see it? Did I tell you that I don't like to look at spiders? I'm trying to write enough so that the picture won't show on the computer screen unless you scroll down farther. This spider is the wildest spider that I have ever seen. It has a red head, a black back, and a bright yellow body with black spots. I have no idea what kind of spider it is. I would like to know so that I can find out if it is poisonous or not. Maybe by putting this picture here someone will tell me. Are you ready? Here it is:

I hope that you will have a great day without seeing any more spiders--unless you want to!

Marcie Cooper

Thursday, November 24, 2011

American Thanksgiving

Happy American Thanksgiving!

It is not a holiday in the Dominican Republic but we had a group here from the United States that did a special program with the kids in our school.

They did lessons and crafts about being thankful and had a special dinner. Later, they made a turkey dinner for the staff and teachers and their families. It was yummy!

It's late. I hope you've had a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rice Krispy Treats


Today I made rice krispy squares. Some people call them Rice Krispies Treats. They are definitely a treat for us because this is the only time that I have ever found Rice Krispies (although it was a different brand) in the Dominican Republic. Big marshmallows are easy to find but I don't buy them very often because my little monkey gets into them and eats way too many. He thinks that the rice krispy squares are too sticky but the rest of us are enjoying them. We are having a good day. I hope that you are too!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, November 20, 2011

John 3:16


My little girl is memorizing John 3:16 in English and in Spanish.  Do you know it? It says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."  

Do you want to try it in Spanish? It says, "Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna."

People have had Bibles in English and Spanish for a long time but in some parts of the world this verse is still being translated into new languages. We want everyone to know that God sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins and that if we believe in Him we can go to heaven someday.

Are you ready for that day? I hope so!

Marcie Cooper

Saturday, November 19, 2011



There's a mouse in my house!

No. Wait. There are two mice in my house!

I am glad that they are not real mice. We have caught enough of those in this house (and ants, spiders, mosquitoes and cockroaches) and I do not want to see any more!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cardboard Boxes


Have you ever built something out of a box? A big box? One of my little girl's favourite birthday presents last year was this cardboard box house. She lived in it for months.

A little while ago some friends gave us a big box from a new couch that they bought. Our kids decided to turn it into an airplane. See the controls?

It got turned upside-down by a little monkey boy and was almost a house. Windows on the roof looked like swiss cheese to my little girl so she and her brother decided to be mice and pop up through the holes.

Monkey-mouse boy is even saying "Cheese!" for the camera.

More about mice tomorrow.  Next time you have a big cardboard box, just see what you can create!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Questions about the Cross

Dear kids,

My three-year-old is always asking questions. Tonight his questions were about Jesus on the cross. Did it hurt Jesus on the cross? Why didn't he fall off? Did he stand? Why did he do that?Why did he come alive again? Why did he love us?

I must say that I have never thought about Jesus falling off of the cross. I guess I just remember that he had nails in his hands and feet that would hold him there. Yes, that would hurt! He bled and died to pay the price for our sins, the bad things that we think, say, and do. He loved us that much! He rose from the dead and is in heaven getting a place ready for those who believe in Him.  Do you believe?

It will be a great day when we can be with Him in heaven!

Marcie Cooper

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Raking Leaves


We just finished raking our leaves outside. My little monkey boy had fun jumping in them.

It is still warm here so the leaves on the trees are still all green. Only a few turn brown and fall down but they do that all year round. More fall down if it is windy or rainy. When we have lots of leaves in our yard my kids think it seems like fall. They are still wearing shorts though!

Have a fun day!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Orphan Sunday


Today is Orphan Sunday.  Christians and churches around the world are praying for orphans, children who do not have parents.

James 1:27 tells us to look after orphans. Here are a few pictures of children who live in our orphanage and attend our school.  Will you pray for them?

Thank you!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time Change


Did you remember to change your clocks?  Here in the Dominican Republic our time stays the same all year round.  We do not have to change our clocks.  My little girl is very excited to be learning to tell time.  She made a paper clock last week that looked like a face and even had brown hair like hers.  I should have taken a picture before she took it to school.

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper