If heat defined last week, rain defined this one. While it is our rainy season, I cannot remember a time when it rained six days with hardly a rest.
We had a water purification system installed on Tuesday. Different advisors, including medical professionals, supposed that our many bouts of stomach flu this year might be due to bad water. Water problems have been so bad in the town nearest us (Louis Trichardt) that the town made national news for water troubles related to government corruption. I’m praying that the purifier will help us be healthier. We had to adjust our thinking to accept our potential need for this system. We’ve always thought the water was fine, and all our neighbors drink it. It’s one more symbol to differentiate us from the villagers.
We had a nice week in homeschooling. Caleb is learning his +9 facts in math, and it’s coming fairly easily for him, which excites me! I found a neat website to drill his addition facts; when we have a good connection, he enjoys “playing the math games,” as I deviously call his drilling. I also drill him with flashcards.
History and Bible covered Jacob and Joseph, the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, Shamshi-Adad, and the story of Gilgamesh. We read a book on pyramids, and Caleb colored a mini-comic book on Joseph. He colored everything brown except for Joseph’s multi-colored coat, which he painstakingly colored with as many colors as possible.
In language arts, we began memorizing a new poem by Christina Rossetti, and I’m learning that spelling doesn’t come as easily to Caleb. We did some neat projects in science to show that air pressure is greater than water pressure. Caleb continued recording the weather. That was boring—rain, rain, rain, same temperature. We talked about wind on another day, demonstrating with little “sailboats.” This was a perfect activity for a rainy day, if you don’t count the messy-prone toddler in the picture.
Alert! We now have a mobile baby in the house! Carson is scooting. We’re pretty strict on assigning “accomplishment” to certain baby statuses before they’ve reached them. Some might say he’s crawling. He is almost crawling. He goes backwards, in circles, gets up on hands and knees and rocks, but isn’t quite going forward on hands and knees. It’s enough to do certain destruction while parents are occupied however.
It was just cool enough on Sunday to justify my dressing Carson up in his one fancy outfit. This wasn’t a great idea. Dressing a “scooting” baby in a white dress shirt on a rainy day in Africa is NOT a good idea! You’d think I’d learn after four kids. (I forgot to mention on my top-10-reasons you-know-it-rained-a-lot list—mud everywhere.)
Today it stopped raining, allowing me to put 3 loads of laundry on the line, only to drizzle two more times. 😦 More than twenty children stopped by today after school, and it was a hoot and a holler to watch Colin show them his frog, or rather, scare them. This fun activity stopped when the biggest boy threw the frog into the bush veldt across the road where Colin couldn’t find it. Colin was so upset. He’s not allowed in that area because of snakes, and one really GOOD way to find a snake would be to go looking for a frog in their area.
We still can’t resolve our printer issues. You don’t realize how much you depend on something until it’s undependable! Ita vita African.
I entered my fourth decade of life today. More about that later.
We’re gearing up for a big Sunday service—our church’s 5th anniversary. More about that later.
We are bulldozing our church “stand” (plot) this weekend! This is very exciting progress, and just in time for our special service! Next step is to save up for a fence.
Another student for our Bible Institute paid today, making two for-sure students, and four more pretty-sure-promised-to-come students for the first week of February. Our biggest need for the Institute right now is student housing. Please pray we would find reasonably-priced accommodations in a good area.
“For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” We are so encouraged this week by the hopeful switch of status of one man in the village from the “unjust” to the “just” or rather the “justified” last Saturday. More about that later. 🙂