Fish Eyeballs and Other Stuff

Who ever knew I would actually be okay eating a fish eyeball? Certainly not me! I did it tonight for the first time in Barcelona. I don’t know the name (and at the moment I am too lazy to try and find out what it’s called), but it was a plate full of teeny little whole fried fish. Crazy!!! The funny thing is that Maisie LOVED them! She was eating them like they were candy! She was totally into them until about the fifth one. That’s when an eyeball got stuck on her front tooth and I laughed about it and pointed it out to the table, where there was gagging and gnashing of teeth. Well, not the gnashing of teeth, but there was gagging. After that, she didn’t want anymore. She went on to eat shrimp. I swear this kid is a better eater while in Europe than in the states. I love that about living here. Our friends that are with us in Barcelona right now keep saying she will fit in just great in this culture and I really hope and pray she does! Not only eating fish eyeballs, but also getting along with kids, learning the language, and being confident in who she is in a foreign place. I’m proud of the little nugget. She’s already been saying “Hola!” to all the people who talk to her.

And along the lines of people talking to her, I’ve been sooooooo happy with how friendly the Spanish are with children. Such a huge difference compared to our experience in Paris. Old men make faces and wave, a dude on the metro who was all tattooed up was making fart noises with her during the ride, families stop and let the babies and toddlers interact while on a stroll. It’s really great. I don’t feel like such a foreigner here, which feels really good.

Not sure if I said this on here already (it’s been a while since I posted), but as you can maybe tell, we are moving to Barcelona in July! We are here right now doing a bit of a research trip and it’s going great! Learning so much about the city and how little ministry exists here. We are really looking forward to our move! I’m not sure if I will ever brave ordering a whole plate of little fried fish, but who knows, it’s possible!

She just bit off the head!!!

She just bit off the head!!!


  1. Mom on March 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Jen…I CANNOT believe how much Maisie is growing! This picture of her is adorable…but she is getting so big! I miss being a part of this growing experience. sigh. Love you. give her a big ol’ kiss from me.

  2. Ann on March 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Look at those beautiful eyes. I miss her so much. Let’s Skype when you get back to the states!

  3. Diane on March 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Fish eyeballs??? EEWWWW
    You’r brave……..very, very brave. LOL

  4. Mike on March 19, 2009 at 11:03 am

    her eating those things was one of the grossest things i’ve ever seen.

    thought i was going to throw up.

    your daughter is well suited for the missionary life

  5. Cj Wetherbee on May 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Wow, Maisie is amazing!

    Good to hear you and the family are doing well and that Spain is going to be a good fit for you. I know that being away from family can be lonely and just the warm smile from a stranger can mean so much.
    Keep up the hard work and dedication for the kingdom.

    Much love Cj

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