In random order...
:: We spent today in the village. The presbytery has arranged a schedule for Eric to visit all of the churches in the presbytery. Thanks to Tessa, our wonderful missionary associate, I've been able to join Eric on a couple of these visits. It is a blessing to meet our brothers and sisters in Christ in these villages. We have listened to their stories and heard them praise the Lord. It has been encouraging. It is also giving Eric a good view of the lay of the land, so to speak. And we discovered today that it's also a good time for learning more about the culture...like the idea that no body greets each other until you are seated. No wonder they looked at us strangely when we walked up and said hi! And even after we greeted them "American style" they still came back and greeted us "Ugandan style" after we had our seats.
::Our power is off again. After 24 hours with no power coming into the house, we finally got our generator back up and running. The word on the streets is that it is another transformer. The last one took 2 weeks to fix (we arrived at the beginning of the second week). We'll see how long it takes this time! Our family's new slogan? No power, no water, no problem! :) We'll survive! :)
::Talitha is starting to go mobile. We have tile floors and she doesn't like being on her hands and knees, so she's doing this cute little butt-scooch across the floor. The kids love helping her learn to walk and she loves the entertainment. When she goes with us into the village, I think she's the whitest, fatest baby the people there have ever seen. And no one quite knows what to think of her pacifier. "Is it glued to her face?" Well, after a fashion... :)
::We've made a noble attempt to start school this week, but between visits to the villages and dusty child brains (and a dusty mommy brain, for that matter) and a few minor fever bugs we didn't get that much done, but that's okay...slow starts are good. :)
::My kids have taken being dirty to a whole new level here. Outside is a lovely place to be and the rains are still here. Today, I found Benaiah outside, in the rain, with a bucket over his head...and wearing nothing but his diaper. Not quite sure what the security guard was thinking as he was watching the whole scenario play out. The bath water is murky and brown after every bath.
::Thanks for praying for us! We are so blessed to be here and be sustained by your many prayers and letters of encouragement!