Hola Padrecitos Mios:
NO I`m not really sure if it`s winter or summer.....all i know is that it`s always really hot.
You are probably opening this up at an hour when you thought you wouldn`t be getting an email from me today. SURPRISE! sorry about being late......but it`s for a really good reason! We were with Mariela in the Municipalidad getting her birth certificate :)
"La ficha de no registro" (let`s call it "the paper" to simplify this tale) that Mariela needed got here on Saturday. Boy have these papers been a hassle. A family in the branch who has family in Iquitos has been such a big help! How it all worked out is that they called an aunt and a boyfriend of the daughter, Edvin (who`s leaving on a mission in september). Anyway, it all got worked out that Edvin (take a deep breath):
-took work off
-took a lancha (these huge boats that are used in the Amazon)
-went the three hour boat ride to Tamshiyacu
-went to the the municipalidad in Tamshiyacu
-got the paper we needed
-took a return boat home and arrived aound 9:30 at night
-gave the paper to the aunt
-aunt took the paper to the airport in Iquitos
-sent the paper via StarPeru (plane) to Tarapoto
-the family in the branch here took a moto from Morales to pick up the paper
-we used an hour of exercise the next morning here in Morales to go and pick up the paper
AND IT`S FINALLY IN OUR HANDS!!!
We laugh with Jack and Mariela that this paper is pretty famous because it travels by lancha and by plane. hahahaha. Anyway, I don`t even have time to explain the hassle we`ve had actually getting her registered with a birth certificate, but after a four hour wait today....IT HAPPENED!
-picked up Mariela
-went to the municipalidad with 2 testigos (witnesses)
-found out we had to go buy a folder and copy the ID cards
-"no...you`re testigos have to be from Morales and not Lima."
-went and looked for testigos with ID cards that say Morales
-found a less-active Lizeth and recent-convert Gladys to help us
-waited 2.5 hours
-we have a birth certificate!
She officially has a birth certificate and tomorrow we`re going to register her identity to finish taking out the necessary paper work so that they can get married in August. Hna. Vasquez and I are so so so so happy.
Feliz pioneer day....It`s neat to see the pioneers here , too. I`d never thought of pioneers that way, but I guess in a way we can celebrate the pioneering peruvians. It`s really neat.