Sunday, February 28, 2010
Services went well. Today was the last Sunday that our men preached the Sunday service. From here on out they will do a monthly rotation. There will be one national preacher to preach the service each month, and Ben will do the other three. That will give these men some opportunities to get behind the pulpit and get some practice!
I'll close as it is late.I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
And I am happy to report that we DID in fact find the kitchenaid...whew!
Susan invited us down to spend the afternoon at her house again...and I'm SO thankful. We haven't had water for a week now, and my laundry was piled out the whazoo. It was very spur of the moment, but I jumped out of my chair and gathered my laundry and was in our car in about 5 minutes. As soon as we got to her house I was able to take a MUCH needed shower! I mean...not that I haven't bathed (lol)...I bathe every day (with a bucket of water and a cup), but there is nothing like a shower. Those of you who are in a first world country...say a big prayer of thanksgiving when you jump in the shower tomorrow morning. I know I said a big prayer of thanks today! And if you think about it...please pray that they can figure out our water situation so we can at least get enough water to fill our reserve tank.
We had an enjoyable afternoon and evening and the kids of course were on cloud 9...they love spending time with their friends. And as always, Susan and I enjoyed our fellowship with one another. I'm so thankful for our friendship!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My photo of the day should have been of my kids chameleon hunting, but I was on the "phone" with my Mom. Ben was outside with his camera though and snagged this series of shots. The Cameroonians call these birds hawks and some call them preacher birds b/c of the white around their neck...we would call them crows.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The kids did well on their school. Drew is struggling with Math and we are starting to get aggressive with his times tables. He recently took a test on division and it was clear that he didn't understand. He and Kate are so different. When it comes to math...Kate seems to have no trouble at all. But her spelling test is another story! And Drew...he can take his spelling pre-test (they take it at the beginning of the week before even seeing the list) and get a 100 percent the first time! Go figure. He loves language! It is amazing at how different my kids are! So precious and unique!
It is really late, so I am going to close this out. I'm hoping I can get to sleep. We have a pentacostal church across the valley from us that holds their Wed. services by loudspeaker! Wow...it is like having someone preach in our front yard. Any other time wouldn't be quite as bad...but it is after midnight and they are still going strong. Last week, they were still having a party at 5:30 a.m.!!! I was exhausted that day! And poor Yeiters! Their house is right next to that church. I can't even imagine! They brace themselves f0r getting no sleep on Wed. nights. I can't imagine why the village people don't complain (Ok...now that just sounded funny! Village People??)...but the church is still going strong week after week. Hopefully the entire of villages of Bambili and Bambui will complain enough that they have to either cut their services shorter...or shut down the loudspeaker at say...even 11 pm would make me happy. We will see....
I hope you all had a great day!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The rest of our day was filled with school, more rain (Yippee), and Bible study. It was a full, but very enjoyable day! I hope you enjoyed yours!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Services were great today. We enjoyed the rain shower as we headed home and had a relaxing evening as a family. I got a nap! Wow...I just crashed on the bed and an hour and 15 minutes later I woke up to the kids laughing. Ben was playing a game with them. I probably could have just stayed right there and slept for the night, but I didn't. I got up, made some pudding for the kids. It wasn't too much later that it was time for devos. I did enjoy that nap though! Haven't had one in a while...I can't even remember the last time!
Well, even though it will probably take me a while to get to sleep, I better head there and try. Tomorrow is school after all. Hope you all had a great Sunday as well!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Today was relaxing. The kids played outside for a while. Ben did some video classes for his Master's course. I scrapped and surfed the web. Diane came and washed my floors. It rained. Our tank filled up. The water wasn't on very long, but our tank overflowed, so that brought relief. Tomorrow I'll try to do a load of laundry. One thing we didn't have today was power. It was off most of the day, otherwise I would have done a load of laundry today. I didn't do too much in the way of cooking...just took a break today.
One BIG highlight for Kate today was a phone call from her friend, Miss Michelle. Michelle and Rudy Hausler go to our church in Chattanooga and they just love Kate and dote on her. And Kate loves to be doted on! When we are home she sits with them in church and Michelle takes Kate on special outings and just treats her like a queen. Kate absolutely loves it. She has been telling me off and on for the past month that Miss Michelle hasn't called her. Last week I recommended that we type her a letter, but we never did sit down and do it, since really I'm the one who has to type it. But today, that phone rang and Kate brought it to me and just sat there waiting as I answered it. She was really expecting it to be Michelle...and it was! Michelle couldn't hear us at first, so she hung up. Kate and I rushed down to my bedroom b/c I seem to have the best reception there, and she waiting on my bed, with the phone in her hand until Michelle called back. That totally made her night. Well, her day, week, month in fact! Kate had the hardest time of all the kids coming back to Cameroon. She is such a people person...and just really missed her friends in America. I imagine every trek back and forth will be hard on her. It took her a bit longer than the others, but she adjusted back eventually. Here she is on the phone:
Well, it is time for devos. Have a great Saturday!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Well, I went outside to check on our water situation, and there were a ton of these gorgeous butterflies fluttering about. I see these things from time to time, but they are so fast, I never even consider getting a picture. If I hadn't had my camera with me, I wouldn't have gotten one today, but I grabbed it before walking outside. I wish it were clearer, but I have tons of shots of just the bushes or of 1/4 of the butterfly as it is flying away. I was happy with this one shot I was able to get!
Aside from that, the Kids did school as usual and we had a normal routine. I did win a free digital kit today which was pretty fun. I like free stuff! And how ironic that the kit I got is entitled "Mariposa" which is spanish for butterfly. :)
Well, I'm hoping for an epic day tomorrow of fresh running water filling our pipes! Please pray that our water will come in!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ben and I joke about the big 3...power, water, and internet. It is very rarely that they are all working at the same time. We haven't had water for 2 days now, and have been on our reserve tank during this time. It lasts for 3 days, so I'm praying that it comes in by tomorrow. I'm really behind on my laundry! I've completely given up on showers during this dry season. Did you know you can bathe with 1 1/2 gallons of water?
Tonight is date night, so after I made french toast for the kids, I put together a yummy stromboli for Ben and I. Now we are sitting together watching a movie and I'm blogging at the same time. I'll close out so I don't miss too many details. :) 'Nite!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Emma was one highlight in my day. I am a creative team member for a digital designer. When she comes out with a new kit, I get to create a layout with it that she will use to display her digital kit being put to use. It is easy work...I create one layout per kit and I have full access to her digital store for free. Quite a trade! My husband likes it b/c I don't spend as much money on scrapbooking products either! Anyway, there is a product release this Friday and I was racking my brain to find something to create with this kit. It is pretty theme specific so was kind of struggling. An idea finally came to me, and I grabbed Emma for a photo shoot. Without giving too much away, I will say that one of the main colors in the kit is purple. So, I had Emma get her royal, purple robe on and sing me some opera. Several weeks ago she informed us that she wanted to be an opera singer when she grows up. She is so cute. She loves to sing operatic style all through the house. So, I snapped a picture of her singing Jesus Loves Me in her signature opera style. I am really happy with how my layout turned out and will share it in my Friday post when the kit is released.
Well, I had really intended for my 365 blog posts to be short and sweet, but I am learning that I'm a verbose person when it comes to writing. It is just that our days seem so full of memorable activities. Is this life in general? Or is it partly b/c I'm a missionary living in West Africa?
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Other than our exciting evening, my day started out wonderfully with valentines from my beautiful kiddos...three of them anyway. Faith Ann made it very clear that the valentine she made was for her. haha! But Drew, Kate and Emma were proud to show me theirs and I got a sweet card from my hubby as well. Our church services went great. We have some men in our church, "preacher boys", taking over all of our services for the month of February. Our neighbor, Jude, preached in Bambili, and Patrick preached in Bamenda. Patrick is usually a long winded speaker, so I was surprised when we got out of church on time...maybe even slightly early! We came home and I threw together some French Bread pizzas. That has become our Sunday routine. We buy french bread on the way home and it is something I can make quickly. We end up eating at 3 pm, so pizza makes a good meal as it really is lunch and supper combined. We end up eating light snacks a bit later, like popcorn or cookies or something. Tonight, it was ice cream floats as I mentioned earlier.
Well, I'm on yahoo messenger with Mom, so I'll close this out! Happy Valentines Day!!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
My kids fight, like normal kids do I presume, but I would say for the most part that they play really well together. They play hours and hours of make-believe and create lines that they tell each other to recite to make the story go the way they want it too. It is funny. Emma might be playing along, acting as a puppy dog, and Kate will tell her, "No, pretend you are a kitty and say this..." and Emma will oblige without complaint. They are hilarious to listen to. This past Saturday they were pretending that they found Drew, who was an orphan, and he couldn't speak. So, Emma and Kate were pretending to teach him to say words. It doesn't sound funny, but I was sitting right there next to them, pretending NOT to listen, and not doing a good job of it because my giggles finally exploded. It really was hilarious listening to them.
Okay, a quick summary of our day. It started out furiously b/c our landlady called and said she would be here by 9 to have a meeting in our parlour with one of the ministers in Cameroon who is buying a portion of the property that we live on. Well, my house was far from clean, as that is the last thing I want to do after the kids go to bed, so we rushed around and cleaned. The landlady came early and even she was helping! haha! So, Dr. Abetty showed up and the meeting went smoothly I guess and he paid for the property and hopefully he won't turn out to be a bad neighbor. :)
Ben left for town for outreach/evengelism/shopping, and the kids and I were here doing school. When they finished I forced them into the play room to watch a movie so I could take a nap. It didn't work too well. They kids weren't being quiet and a neighbor was building and hammering. Oh well. At least I rested. I finally got up and made pizza. Ben came home, we ate dinner. The power went out right after dinner, and we all crammed into the office and browsed through old pictures with the kids. That was a lot of fun. Then we had devotions and sent the kids to bed. We finally broke down and turned the generator on and that is how I'm updating my blog post now.
Before I close out, I have to share this link of a friend of ours,
We went to college with him and he is a traveling evangelist now and this guy is so talented. He came out with this accapella music video with him singing all the parts. It really is amazing. Ben and I have watched it a couple times tonight. You have to check it out if you get a chance.
Have a great night!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Then today nothing too terribly exciting happened...that is until Ben came home from town at about 8 p.m. tonight with this treat...The kids were So excited to see this box of Cheerios and Drew even commented on how BIG the box was. Ben said, "Yeah...2 for the price of 5!" He even made the comment to the clerk at the store that he couldn't believe they had Cheerios...but we have to practically take a loan out to buy them! So, this was definitely a one time treat. These things are straight from Sam's club or some bulk item store like that...so any import is very expensive for us, but we sure do love it when we see them! It is just a nice treat and we are all looking forward to breakfast in the morning!
Monday, February 8, 2010
We went there to look at Microwaves. I have been wanting one, but the brand new 220 current ones are so expensive. Around $400! Well, they had one there that came from the states. It was a GE, looked barely used ... and was only $80. It did have some very minor dents and stuff, but the inside was mint and it just needed some tape residue and the thick layer of dust cleaned off and now it looks like new! We have a step up/ step down transformer, so we can run 110 appliances here. We tested it before we left the store and it worked like a charm. I am so excited!! It was my early valentines day gift! We also found a Disney VHS tape for the kids, The Mouse Detective (I think), and they have never seen it, so that was something they looked forward to watching all day! I told them they could watch it after Faith took her nap.
Anyway, after we shopped we headed to our favorite restaurant. We have forbidden Faith Ann to sit in the infamous chair that was the cause of her broken nose. I chuckled when we walked in because the owner had taken the chair outside ... apparently he didn't want the kids sitting in it anymore either! We didn't have to convince Faith...she is staying as far away from that chair as possible! Our hamburgers were great and he even made us some hashbrown patties or something to try out. I was impressed - they were very good and they were free! Like a free appetizer! Maybe he thinks we are his guinea pigs to try out his American cooking. I don't know...but bring it! :) Then tonight I spent most of the evening in the kitchen doing dishes and scrubbing the microwave and my extremely dirty stove. Ben changed out a bunch of light fixtures that have been out. It was a very productive day!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Speaking of dry season, Ben snapped a shot of Kate's feet during church this morning and he thought, and I agreed, that it would be the perfect picture to post.I just can't describe how dirty my kids get here (this picture is even pretty mild). Particularly in the dry season. He thought of a funny joke too..."You might be a missionary kid if...you get to church and realize you forgot your shoes" LOL! Emma actually did walk out of the house barefoot this morning and it dawned on her that she forgot her shoes! My kids do wear shoes, though sometimes their feet are so dirty it looks like they walk around barefoot. Even this small, light rain will help a bit...I hope! I'm not complaining, it just makes things like rain seem that much sweeter when you are without it for 5 months! Oh blessings...it is still falling and even SMELLS like rain! I love it!! Oh, oh, oh...it is picking up now! The smallest things make me a happy person. Rain, water for a shower, chocolate, water for a shower, coke, water for a shower, rain. Oh, and did I mention rain and water for a shower?! Haha! even my kids are cheering in their beds right now! They are excited too...except for Faith. Rain can be kind of scary here for a little one. Our tin roof makes it extremely loud in a heavy rain. She will have to be re-accustomed to the noise it makes.
Well, I'm off to relax with my hubby and watch some tv and E.N.J.O.Y this rain. Oh...I'm so excited!!! 'Night!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
It is so easy! I just mix up a gallon of powdered milk. Bring it to a boil and stir in 3 TB of vinegar. Voila! I strain it in a cheese cloth, stir in some egg, italian spices, salt, parmesan cheese sometimes. It is perfect for lasagna. And cheaper than if I bought it at walmart. I'm not too fancy with my spaghetti sauce...just a seasoning packet - Great value brand! haha
Anyway, we enjoyed our meal...and our visit with friends. I was going to post a picture of all of us sitting at the table, but it is on my husbands little point and shoot, and I'm too lazy (and my computer too slow) to get it off of there. So anyway, it turned out to be a wonderful evening!
And now for today. Not too eventful. I spent most of my day on the computer and got two layouts done. The kids spent most of their day outside playing. I did take a break b/c I want my oldest, Drew, to learn how to ride our infamous bike! LOL My mom and I were discussing it today and decided to give it a name. Since that bike is often on a journey...we decided it should be named Gulliver...and I can document all of Gulliver's travels! So many of you have commented on that bike, so it has become a dear friend of our family now! Here is a picture of Drew attempting to ride GulliverYou can see Kate cheering him on...well, she was actually gloating about how she was only 7 and Drew 9 and she could already ride it. They are SO different in personality. Kate took that bike out one day and said to herself, "I'm going to learn how to ride the bike today." And she did! She got lots of scraped knees in the process, but she was determined to ride that bike. She is a go-getter. My most troublesome of all four kids, but such spunk. I love that girl! Even if she does make me cry a lot! Drew on the other hand has NO interest. I told him he HAD to learn to ride whether he wants to or not, b/c every kid should know how to ride a bike. We spent 30 min. working on it today, but he wasn't getting it. He was getting frustrated though, so I decided to end the lesson. I told him we were going to work on it until he gets it. I know once he learns he will love it!
Well, I'm off to attempt to take a shower. Our water has been horrible, so I might end up taking a cup and trying to bathe...I do hope the shower works though. I'm SO ready for the rainy season!!! Just over a month and we should see some rain fall. I can hardly wait!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Ben went out to turn our water tank off and saw this thing crawling around outside. We soon learned that it was sick b/c they are nocturnal and rarely venture out in the daylight. This one wasn't even scared when we were right next to it. It was really out of it. I'm not sure what was wrong with it, other than it had a big sore on it's face. I was afraid that it might be rabid, and I wanted it killed. I sure didn't want the thing snapping out of it's lethargy and going on a crazy rampage when my kids were out playing.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
So, that was our excitement for the day. Everything else was the norm. School work, naps, dishes, etc...nothing too terribly exciting. I found that after our exciting day of Faith's broken nose...I prefer the norm!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
We have read through the entire Bible one chapter at a time (that took a while - 3 years I think), we have read children's Bible story books, and devotional books. Recently we have been reading a series of books called The Terrestria Chronicles by Ed Dunlop. My brother, Jay, bought Drew two of these books for Christmas and we have really enjoyed them. They are allegorical stories about Biblical truths, similar to Pilgrim's Progress. In the story, Josiah is a young boy that is bound by the chain of iniquity and the weight of guilt. He is freed from his iniquity by King Emmanuel and adopted into His family. On and on the story goes and each night we bring out the application from the allegory. The kids are learning a lot, but even aside from the learning...the story line is exciting. After we read our chapter, we sing Bible songs. Usually sunday school songs, but we try to sings hymns from time to time so the children start learning the words. Then we quote our memory verse. We learn a new verse every two weeks in our churches. This last week in Bamenda, we had 21 people quote the memory verse, Eph. 3:20! So, we take our family devotion time to memorize it. It is really interesting that Faith Ann, my 3 1/2 year old, usually has the verse memorized second. Drew generally gets it first...he is pretty smart. It always cracks me up too, b/c Faith seems to be lost in her little imagination land during devos...I'm not sure how much she gets when we read the story, but I'm learning that even though it doesn't show...she is listening. She shocks us. She is one smart cookie.
After our verse we spend time in prayer and then it is "potties and pillows" as Ben announces. Everyone comes and kisses their Mommy...heads to the bathroom and on to bed! G'night all!