Of Burglaries and Bumblebees

While we were sleeping Sunday night, some teens broke into our house and stole our phones and a laptop computer. We are thankful they didn’t steal more and that no one was hurt, but we do miss those things. My blog will miss Seth’s iPhone that we’d brought back from the States, as we took lots of pictures while we were out and about that we wouldn’t normally and posted several here.

Makes you feel like you're living in a prison.

Makes you feel like you’re living in a prison.

What seemed almost as hard to take as the loss of some valuables and the invasion of our privacy and security was the loss of our week. Seth spent much time this week investigating, following up on the police reports, trying to catch criminals, overseeing a welder who secured our house with burglar bars, and trying to get a cheap phone replacement (we’ve tried three so far, and none have worked! The third now at least turns on, but everything’s in German…)

For me, that meant late dinners, visitors or workers present several times a day, late starts to homeschool days, and delayed plans. And some insecurity–which evidences itself in asking Seth a thousand times each night whether the gate and all doors are locked. He patiently answers his crazy, wild-eyed wife, “Yes, I did,” as if I haven’t asked before.

Still I felt that we had a successful homeschooling week. The children did not get Bible or Tsonga with Seth this week, so I read a Bible story to them instead. We studied medieval China and Japan for history. Tuesday Seth brought home Chinese food from a Chinese take-out place in the town where Seth goes weekly to teach at the prison. We didn’t have chopsticks, but we all enjoyed the new tastes. Well, most of us! Callie and Carson weren’t impressed.

IMG_1548We also played Memory, because the Japanese have a game just like it called the Kai-awase shell game, and I wasn’t about to make a whole bunch of game pieces for Memory with shells on the back just to make it authentic. Kinda lame tie-in, but anyway, it was fun. Today, Caleb and I worked on making a haiku, and then he and Colin illustrated the haiku for drawing. They did a wonderful job!

Great, heavy movement–
Loud buzzing, floppy flying,
Gold-striped bumblebee.

Caleb's on the left, Colin's on the right.

Caleb’s on the left, Colin’s on the right.

Colin began by copying the haiku; but I quickly realized that that would take forever and cause tears, so I let him trace my copy. He has a recent tendency to do beautiful coloring but not know when to stop. He keeps coloring, until his original work is all covered up. He began doing that again today with the rain and the puddles, but I couldn’t bear losing his best drawing ever to his compulsive coloring, so I snatched it away and proclaimed it DONE.

What it was before the extra coloring...

What it was before the extra coloring…

Caleb finished My Father’s Dragon for reading, and he loved it so much that he wanted to read it again this afternoon. !Yay! I’m so glad to find a book that made him enjoy reading (besides Calvin and Hobbes). It had a perfect mixture of suspense, humor, and appropriate difficulty level.

The dolphins and whale on top are breaching, and the whale stuck to the underside of the top is "logging."

The dolphins and whale on top are breaching, and the whale stuck to the underside of the top is “logging.”

IMG_1552Caleb also began learning multiple-digit subtraction and the confusing world of commas and finished the first lesson in his new spelling level 3 and a science lesson on whales. (Did you know dolphins are a kind of cetacean?) He added both toothed and baleen whales to his ocean box, and we completed an experiment on sound travel, which even Seth contributed to!

Does sound travel better through yarn or air?

Does sound travel better through yarn or air?

Happily, a bumblebee visited right after our drawing, during our science experiment. It's the black speck Caleb is looking up towards.

Happily, a bumblebee visited right after our drawing, during our science experiment. It’s the black speck Caleb is looking up towards.

Loquat tree

Loquat tree


Caleb drew our loquat tree for his nature study journal. Ironically for our history studies, they are also called Japanese plum. They have a yellow fruit that we should enjoy soon as the tree is large enough now.

I have not spent as much time with the two toddlers as I’d like, and I don’t have “house help” (a maid) any longer. I’m going to have to be as efficient as possible to get my tasks and goals done now.


Thank you for your prayers and concerns for us this week! You can watch for a prayer letter that Seth sent out today for my Missional Monday post.

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I'm Amy, a missionary wife and mother of four children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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6 Responses to Of Burglaries and Bumblebees

  1. Christie says:

    We’ll miss the pictures, too! Love those kiddos!

  2. Oh, I hope someone here in the States sends you a new phone. The weird thing is that we had to just get a new phone as Dave’s is totally shot, so we got a Google Nexxus 5. They sent us an International one, so I had to send it back! We will miss those pictures too. I was amazed at Colin’s printing and feeling terrible at Joshua’s writing (which we did do school 4 days this week, and we are doing two lessons a day as I was so bad first semester), so I’m glad you told me he traced it (which was still really good.) We are praying for you and miss you! (and cute picture of Callie!)

  3. Tonia @ The Sunny Patch says:

    I’m so sorry about the robbery! I’d be so disappointed about losing the pictures as well. Hopefully you’ll be able to replace the items easily.

  4. Debbie says:

    So sorry to read about your break-in glad you are all safe.

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