Sunday, July 26, 2009


Friday night the students at CTMDT held a fundraiser for our upcoming mission trip. They hosted an Arab Festival so that we could experience more of the culture we are learning about. It was very well done. There are many talented students at this school. The kids helped with some painting and Gabriella even joined the dancers for a show. She was adorable! The kids had a blast dressing up. The costumes were pretty picked through by the time I got to them so my head dress is pretty boring as you can see! The festival was complete with Indian food which was a big hit. It was a lot of fun and such a great way to continue our education! Marko and I were the oldest people at the party, however, and we were ready for bed at our normal 9:00 time. The problem was that the party did not even start until about 8:30. They do things really late here! Often times restaurants don't even open for dinner until 7:00! We finally had to borrow a refrigerator and go to the grocery store because as most of you know, the Jukanovich's eat dinner around 4:30 or 5:00! Going to bed with a full stomache was not working for us! I honestly think I have gained five pounds in a month!

School is going really well. Marko and I are enjoying being back in school after twenty plus years! I am so proud of Marko. He got a 98% on his first test! He would probably be mad at me for posting that, but I think it is worth reporting. Those of you who have known Marko for a long time know that school was not easy for him. It is not that he wasn't smart, but just that he was a typical boy and did not do well in the standard school setting. I think that it is unfortunate that students like Marko get stuck in classrooms where you have to sit still and listen to someone all day. Schools need to take into account the different learning styles of their students. I know that there are many wonderful teachers who are great about identifying their students learning styles, but I also know that with class sizes the way they are, there is only so much you can do. I will get off my soap box now, but being the mother of two busy boys, who take after their busy dad, causes me to be aware the struggles boys often have in school. I believe that this new season of our lives is one of education for Marko and I. I consider my husband to be very intelligent and It makes me so happy to see him excelling at school! I can vouch for the fact that school is intense and we have to study hard. We had our second test yesterday and are waiting to hear how we did. We have one more week of class and then we are off to Southern Brazil for our mission trip. More on that later...


  1. juks,

    great pictures. Marko can do anything he sets his mind to, even if it is sitting in a classroom all day. He is talented man and one that I respect very much.

    miss you guys,


  2. Another Great Story! Great pictures! So glad you all are doing well! Keep up the good work all of you! Love Nancy and ELijah Jukanovich

  3. Love it!! A+++ to you all! The pics are sooo great!