Sunday, June 26, 2011
Rebecca and I took a drive through the country last night to get to a restaurant called "Bread of Life." It is attached with a home for children called the Gallilean Home. The food was good as a buffet, and I had frog legs to boot. I haven't had frog legs in a while, but I still like the frog legs from Ungaran fried in "mentega," butter. The country here is quite pretty with its winding roads and river valleys. We seem to have tramped around the country side a bit as we have looked for horses and taken some visits back to the Cincy area and gone to Atlanta for a wedding. The girls and Rebecca were able to celebrate Priya's birthday again with the Branes at the home for the disabled. They didn't have the full outside carnival this time but spent time in the group homes. Our girls have become quite comfortable in these setting, and I am so happy that they are able to interact and serve. We have many little stories to tell like the trip Rebecca and Hadiah took to pick up our pony, Apache. They borrowed the previous owners of our house's pick-up and trailer. One of the trailer's wheel's tread came off on the interstate. Rebecca had to limp along to the second exit they came to where by God's mercy they found a place (actually it took two places to come up with the wheels) that had four wheels they could use. They were on their way to Georgetown which is above Lexington. Rebecca thought it a wonderful way to show Hadiah how God can come through with help as one problem solves. Rebecca and the girls also enjoyed homeschool camp up around Cincinnati. Rebecca was the camp nurse again. Hadiah enjoyed this camp again commenting that just getting to go to the camp makes homeschooling an ongoing option. Hadiah went to a week of orchestra-music camp at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond the week before last. She got to stay in a dorm room with a fellow camper (a vocal camp 8th grader who was from Richmond) and spend whole days working on music (maybe a little too much music for her taste). We have struggled finding a violin teacher for her as there aren't any Suzuki teachers here. The closest teacher is Danville. We have tried a local teacher, but he didn't seem to gel well with the girls. The day after camp let out, we awoke and left the house at 0500 to get to Atlanta by 11oo for Rebecca's practice as bridesmaid. Yulia, our good friend from Bulgaria, was getting married to a lawyer there in the old courthouse in Decatur. We stayed at Stone Mountain and spent all Sunday afternoon at the wedding. The younger three girls became flower girls as Yulia's niece from Turkey (2 yo) couldn't follow the direction. What a treat. It was a beautiful wedding and we got to spend some time as a family not doing much on Monday but swimming for a couple hours.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friends and family,
We have now been gone from Cameroon for six months and are still sorting life out. As I have come to learn from an old saying, "Life happens while you're waiting." Today we have been home during a beautiful summer day. It seems that this is a rare.
Rebecca ran down the lane meeting a family at each end of our section of the lane. Each older person had lots to say, and one came later to drop off some tomatoes that he had grown from seed. He talked to Rebecca for some time about gardening and what not, and then while I was in the shed (the battery in the mower is always low and I have to attach it to a charger sometimes to get back to actually mowing instead of driving around when the blades won't kick back on if I've gone in reverse), he cornered me talking about this and that and how he could of made more money on computers in the 7o's, the neighbor's plan for their plot, etc. I now have changed our address to 320 Talker's Lane as it's shorter the Old Somerset Stanford Rd.
Between Rebecca's return from her run and the our neighbor's visit. We got Montana (our 16+ hand TN Walker) out and meandered around our new fenced in arena. He is a little untrustworthy so Rebecca appropriately wants me out there to work with him. He needs daily work outs. The purple martins dive bombing us doesn't help either. Rebecca, Hadiah, and I rode him around and the Apache, the Appaloosa type pony, was ridden around by Hannah and Hadiah bareback. We then got the miniature Prancer out for Miriam to ride around. I finally got the lawn mowed. Rebecca made pesto pasta in the wonderful way that she does. We rode in the truck to the local park to get the Iowa tests to take from another homeschool mom. That is the plan for next week. Rebecca and I are now off for a date. May God Bless, dasen