Thursday, March 29, 2007


I'd like you to meet some of my friends here in Mexico.

This is Isela, probably the best friend I've made since coming here. Her husband, Eli, is our Institute President. She has 2 boys just about my boys' ages: Ervin and Irving. She has been so patient with my halting Spanish and continues to teach and show me....I am learning so much from her. I've never met anyone with a more sacrificial spirit and positive attitude about serving God. Just last night, we cooked dinner and ate together - she gave me some wonderful advice about adjusting to life here in Mexico. Gracias, Isela...

Playing and singing together during an altar call in the Rio Bravo church

This is Janette, one of my friends here at the HIM church. She understands and speaks English well...she has been so kind to me since the first moment I arrived.

Sweet baby girl who stole my heart. Granddaughter of our pastor in Santa Apolonia.

This is Rosa, pastor's wife in Cuchicuato - and her daughter - helping me make pizzas in my kitchen.

Here is Refugia from the Rio Bravo Church. What a sweet spirit this lady has! She has befriended me since we first arrived in Texas a year and a half ago, making me special Mexican food and putting up with my poor Spanish.

Meet Macedonia, pastor's wife in Pedregales. She's a very quiet, but giving person...she shares what she has willingly and happily. She has made me feel very welcome in her home.

And here is Deborah, one of my tutors at the language school in Texas. What a happy person she always is....and what an immense help to me linguistically. She's from Morelia, a beautiful town just about 2 hours south of Salamanca. She's an educated girl in her early 20s. She challenged me to my limits in Spanish, correcting, reminding, encouraging me.....muchisimas gracias, Deborah!

And there are more.....Anna Correa, Xotchil (I think that's correct), Teresa, Lorena, Sylvia, Lupita, Yohanna, Edith, Esther, Pilar, Reyna, Marta, and more.....people that God has brought into my life, for reasons that He understands perfectly. I'm so thankful for my friends.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pizza Party

During this weekend, we have been blessed to attend and participate in the Family Seminar here at the HIM church in Salamanca. Craig Dahler is the speaker and has been doing a great job.

Last night, our pastor and family from the Bible Methodist Church in Cuchicuato, Refugio Sanchez and his family, came to the service and to our home afterwards for a meal. We made lots of pizzas, Isela made spaghetti, and we had a wonderful time fellowshipping. They called it "la comida gringa" (gringo food), but I noticed they ate it with great gusto anyway!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What a Fun Weekend....

This past weekend while Marc and Logan went on a trip to visit our border churches, Jordan, Cameron and I had the wonderful privilege of hosting part of a tract team that had spent last week in Mexico City - handing out tracts and witnessing.
4 girls spent the weekend in our home and we got to enjoy meals, fun and fellowship with the whole group (13 in all) several times.

What a fun weekend......

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Introducing.....Scrap Solutions

Dear Friends and Family,

I have something very exciting to share with you. My sister, Myranda, who has been blessed with incredible creative talent, has, after much thought, decided to open a home-based business called Scrap Solutions. She offers to share her creativity with you, by way of handmade greeting cards, scrapbook pages, checkbook/planner covers and other projects.

To read more, visit her business blog at You can view samples of her work, read info on ordering, find item and shipping prices and contact Myranda to place your own order.

If you're into scrapbooking/card making, you will find Myranda to be a great source for design ideas, advice, tips on the best scrapbook tools out there and more.

If you're not a scrapbooker, let her help you get started or just simply do it for you! I have already placed my order for some greeting cards in Spanish. I can't wait to receive them and share them with my friends here in Mexico.

Either way, I know you will be happy with her products. Take a moment and check out her website today. New samples and "special deals" will be added frequently. You may also contact her at: or 330.806.6964

Thanks and have a wonderful day,
Melodie Sankey

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jordan is 12

Our oldest son, Jordan, turns 12 today. It seems impossible. Where did the time go since this afternoon 12 years ago?

Jordan, your dad and I wish you the happiest birthday ever. You've brought so much joy into our lives and gave us the privilege of being called "parents". I'll never forget how excited we were to finally see and hold you. We looked at you in awe, feeling a sort of love we'd never felt before. We remember how much fun those days were and how you grew, trying and doing new things - such a happy boy. But now you're almost shoulder-high to your dad and 12 years have passed in a flash. We celebrate who you are today and what God is making of you. He has so many plans for your life - we can't wait to watch and see what He does. Happy birthday, son.

Our love always,
Mom and Dad

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A New Day

I'm up a little earlier than normal this morning - and the peace and quiet is well worth it. I love having this time to get the day started right and especially with the new challenges in my life right now, this time to meet with God and get renewed in His presence is absolutely essential to me.

I am going with Collette and Isela to a new HEB grocery store in Leon this morning. There are lots of HEBs in Texas and that's basically where I shopped for groceries while we lived in the Valley. I have been to this store twice before and I always enjoy making the drive over - they have a bigger selection of more American-type foods. I'm helping to host a Mexico City tract team this weekend - and we're purchasing groceries, etc. to prepare for this.

Gotta add this before I move on this morning - this picture of my growing boys. It seems every time I turn around they're a few inches taller. This was taken in Guanajuato.

And just to think - Jordan will be turning 12 this week - I don't think I'm ready for this and I'm certainly not old enough to have a 12 year

Have a wonderful Tuesday. ~ Melodie

Check out the huge aloe vera plants behind them!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

March 2007 Newsletter

Good morning, everyone. I just finished sending out our March newsletter. It contains a family update plus pictures and an update about the Youth Convention. If you're interested, you can:

If you're not already a member, signing up is easy!

Have a great Wednesday....

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Happy Birthday, Marc

Today I wish a very happy birthday to my husband and my best friend, Marc. There is no way to say how much I truly love you, honey and how happy I am to be your wife. You are an amazing person, inside and out. You have faced tremendous challenges recently and I have watched your inner strength at work as you have met each challenge head-on and still cared for me and for our boys. I hope this day is special for you - you deserve it.

I love you.