Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We thought he was going to die for a few days. He wouldn't open his eyes, wouldn't eat and was just acting odd. Then two days ago he started shedding his skin. I'm not sure if that had to do with how he was acting or not, but he perked up after his skin sloughed off. We keep him in our window all the time now. I put a new branch in there every day, and spray the branch with water a few times a day because I read that they won't drink out of a container, but drink off of leaves. It is so funny watching him drink off the leaves. He is eating much better too - flies, moths, crickets. One of these days I'll get a video clip of him eating an insect...his tongue is pretty long! I've done a lot to keep this little guy alive, but not for my benefit. I was just thinking about how sad it would be for Drew to lose his new pet. He has wanted one for so long, So, for now it looks like we will be able to keep him.
Our day was normal as usual. I had ladies Bible study at 4. I came home and we ate a delish meal of Italian Beef sandwiches. My sister-in-law gave me the yummy recipe. They were so good! I had to crock-pot the meat for nearly 24 hours for it to be tender enough, but once it was done...it just fell apart. Our beef here is pretty tough. All the cows walk to the meat market, so there isn't too much fat on them and they end up being really tough. I recently bought a meat tenderizer, and between that and cooking the meat so long, it worked perfectly!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Now it is late...and Wii are tired and headed to bed! G'night!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This afternoon I spent most of my time cleaning the kitchen that I'd completely made a mess of while trying to prepare food for church this morning. The kids had a blast playing outside...at least Drew and Kate did. Emma and Faith took a desperately needed nap. Somehow a butterfly got trapped on our front porch and the kids had so much fun playing with it. It kept landing on them...they were so excited.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Ben had a very interesting experience on his way home. Since we didn't have a date night this week, we decided we'd do it tonight. I asked him to get a coke on the way out of town. Well, he'd already left town and ended up picking it up at 4 corners Bambui. It was just sitting on the shelf there and happened to be the last one. He set it in the passenger seat beside him and it was inside a plastic sack. Suddenly he heard a BOOM and was covered in a spray of Coca Cola! That thing blew up...literally blew a hole out the bottom of the bottle and the plastic bag it was in. Unreal!! Has anyone ever heard of that happening before? Other odd things have happened before with coke here. A few times I've opened a bottle and the cap has shot out of my hand to the ceiling. Like somehow it is under too much pressure or something. Weird! I'm always thankful that my face wasn't over the bottle. I could have easily lost an eye! Here is a picture of the after affects.
Really really odd...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Well, back to my mouse saga...We finally caught number 5! We'd seen him 2 days ago, but hadn't caught him. This morning Kate announced that he was stuck! Yay!! What a relief that is. Hopefully there are no more!
And back to my dry season saga...We still have dust everywhere and no rain in sight. People were asking prayer for the weather situation at church tonight. They don't want their crops to suffer. It will be a big expense if people have to replant and many can't afford it. Our nightwatchmen said they have about a month. If it doesn't rain within a month they will have to replant, but Lord willing it will rain before that and everything will be ok.
Back to our water saga...no water for the last two nights. I was spoiled by my showers and suddenly get grumpy when I can't take them! I need to keep reminding myself that I need to be "content in whatsoever state I am" like the Apostle Paul was.
I feel like our whole life is a saga!! haha!! We always have something exciting to share...some major event...some crazy creature. Well, the life of a missionary is definitely NOT one thing....It is definitely NOT boring!! :)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Drew is studying the life of Abraham Lincoln in his Heritage Studies right now. He recently wrote a report about him and did a great job of it too. Today he made a hat (or I made it). It didn't turn out all that great...looks more like a Halloween costume than Abraham Lincoln's hat, but Drew was pretty excited about it.
Recently Ben has been searching for famous quotes of former presidents. There are some good ones, but one of my favorites of Abraham Lincoln's is, "If I were two-faced...would I be wearing this one?" Haha! He was obviously known for being rather homely.
Our day was fairly normal...busy with school, cleaning. The house was mopped today...and already a layer of dust has settled. Tomorrow will be one week without rain. I hope it rains soon. I'm beyond ready for it. The kids continue to enjoy Rex and we go searching for flies every day to fatten him up. He didn't fare as well today as yesterday. As soon as the rains fall, all sorts of creatures will come out of the woodwork. Oh, and still no sighting of the 5th mouse. Maybe it snuck outside while the door was open. Yeah, I'm sure it is wishful thinking on my part...but you never know!
Have a great night!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My day started really early as I woke up sick. Not sure what that was all about...but thankfully by the time my stomach had emptied and I got a few hours sleep I felt better. Ben told the kids to be quiet "Because mommy was sick in the night." I actually woke up before 8, and went out of my bedroom. I saw that Ben was still there so quickly ducked back in the room. He came in the room a moment later and I asked him why he wasn't gone yet...I knew he'd be late for their first class. "Well...we've had a bit of a delay this morning." I was like "what?" His response was "Number 5." GREAT...I knew what that meant. We have a 5th mouse! Only this time he didn't catch it! Ahhhh!!! I kept my eyes peeled all day...and especially during our devotions. He didn't show. I read online that mice can have anywhere from 2-20 in their litter. That was NOT encouraging AT all. We have never had this many mice at one time. Three was the tops and that was during our last term. This is actually the first mice problem since we have been back this term. Crazy!
The kids did great in school. We had fun feeding Rex. We found him a big fat fly. I wasn't sure he could eat it, but he did. It took him about 5 minutes, but he got it down. I told the kids that they couldn't touch Rex today at all. During one of their breaks this morning they decided it would be fun to play hide and seek...with the chameleon that is. So, Kate stuck it in our garden and walked away. Then I heard yelling and crying. Drew was SO upset b/c they couldn't find it. I was like, "Duh...what do you expect! He is made to blend in!" I went out there searching. Thankfully chameleons don't move very fast and I found him in a couple of minutes.
We have had wonderful, wonderful water again for the past two nights. I'm already looking forward to a shower. I'll wait until my load of laundry is finished though! :) Goodnight!!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Lee Atkinson (our guest) preached a missions message from the book of II Kings in the Old Testament. It was such a great message. I think the only missions message I've ever heard from the Old Testament is the classic from Isaiah. It was so great and full of wonderful application. I know the people enjoyed it too. After the preaching we ate our meal. We ended up leaving the church at around 3, and headed straight to the Bamenda General hospital. A couple in our church had a baby on Saturday, so we wanted to go and congratulate them. We were there quite a while...the kids had fun oohing and ahhing over the baby, who was so cute and so alert! I wouldn't allow them to touch him b/c they were filthy! By the time we got home, it was 5 o'clock! We had some trouble makers at our house while we were gone. Someone stole the padlock from our gate. The Pa who watches our house couldn't explain really well what happened. Thankfully nothing else was taken.
We enjoyed an evening of fellowhip with Lee and then gathered the kids for devos. While sitting down and reading...Ben gasped. He spied another mouse...a tiny one. Oh no! I run for the cat while Ben still has his eyes on the mouse. Patches comes in...we scare the mouse out into the open and...what does she do?? She grabs it and bats at it...and then lets it go!!! What?!? Then she runs for our door. She wanted out of the house. I'm thinking we need a new cat!! So I run and get another one of those sticky pads. We chase the thing around for another few minutes and finally got it onto that sticky pad. Whew! Thankfully that was a rather short ordeal. We settle back down and get the kids back in their chairs to finish devos and before I could even sit in my chair Kate squeals and starts crying (literally), "Another mouse! I saw another mouse!" I'm thinking...there is no way. Kate is my dramatist after all. Then I get a glimpse of movement. Sure enough...ANOTHER mouse is running along the wall. I totally gave up on Patches, so this time I get another sticky pad and with broom in hand we scare it onto the pad...we caught this one in about 5 minutes. I think we need to start a rodent extermination business! Just kidding. So, obviously there is a nest of babies SOMEwhere...hopefully the litter was a small one (of say....three). And I hope Mama isn't here somewhere too. I haven't seen one bit of mouse activity. Usually they tear my kitchen apart. I have learned and store more and more of my stuff in big tupperware containers, but there is still food for them to get into. But, thankfully they haven't discovered the kitchen. And I also think it is so odd that they come out for devotions each night. These are some really spiritual mice! :)
Oh, and one more exciting moment in our day. How could I forget? Drew has been wanting a chameleon so badly. He talks about it nonstop, and the kids go on chameleon hunts all the time. Well, the Yeiters stopped by just before church this morning with a big bucket and inside was the smallest chameleon I've ever seen. He's SO cute. Drew is beyond excited. We had the longest day of church ever and I know he was itching to get home to his new pet! We had fun chasing down flies tonight to feed him. He has really beautiful coloring too. Our neighbor, Jude, was the one who actually found it. He brought it to the Yeiters, but since Yeiters just found one a couple weeks ago, they were generous enough to give it to Drew. Thank you Yeiters! You made Drew's year!Our dust is still ever present and a mystery to everyone. It is the talk of the town and everyone is afraid of losing their crops. It is like dry season has rushed back in and if rain doesn't fall again soon, everything that was planted will whither and die. Pray for rain! :)
I hope your Sunday was as wonderful as ours! Of course I don't hope you have mice in your house, but all mice aside, we are truly priviledged to live here in Cameroon. We rarely have a dull moment. Our lives are full of excitement and full of blessings from the Lord!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The kids did eventually finish school and played well this afternoon. They have vivid imaginations! Ben left directly after lunch to run errands in town and for Bamenda's midweek service. People might wonder why I skip Wednesday church...haha! I guess I've never explained our routine for that. Our weeks are so busy and full that Susan and I divide up the midweek services. She and her family go on Wednesday for church in Bamenda. And our family goes to Bambili for the midweek service on Thursday. As the kids get older and are a little more independant in their school, we will probably be able to do both. But for now it is easiest this way.
Here is my picture for the day. I wanted to give you a glimpse of how clear the skies are again and also of how windy it was today! All that gorgeous green is for all the Irish today celebrating Saint Patrick's day! It is amazing that just a few weeks ago all that landscape was a drab brown! Hope your day was as glorious as mine!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Right before devotions Ben asked me what picture I'd gotten for the day. I told him I was planning on taking a picture of the empty mouse trap to show we still didn't have our mouse. I'm so glad that I can share this picture instead!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
My children's church was full this morning. I know it isn't a ton of kids, but it was fuller than it normally is. Susan's was busting at the seams in Bamenda. She had 40 kids!! We don't have as many kids come in Bambili, but today was a great group and I had fun teaching them about David fleeing from King Saul. They were attentive and involved and I appreciated them answering questions. Sometimes the kids look at me like I'm an alien! lol!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Today was rainy, breezy, and quite cool. Glorious in fact. Everyone is planting which means the rainy season has arrived.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
We started off the day with pancakes. I was up earlier than normal, so thought I'd treat the family to something nicer than cereal. Ben was off running around working on stuff for our landlady (she is doing a lot of repairs on the house) and so the kids pulled chairs into the kitchen and ate pancakes as I scooped them out of the frying pan. We enjoyed ourselves. The kids got a good jump on school and it was a full day of schoolwork. About noon, our landlady came for a visit to check up on all the work being done on the property. She lives about 2 hours away so doesn't come too often. She didn't stay long as she had a luncheon date with another friend nearby. I made lunch for the family and spent the afternoon studying for ladies Bible study while enjoying the sound of rain on my roof. Bible study is at 4 p.m. I waited until the rain stopped which ended up being around 4:30 and headed down to the church with Emma and Kate. As soon as we pulled in and parked, it started pouring again. I knew there would be no Bible study today. Everyone walks here and I knew they wouldn't be walking to church in that pouring rain. I waited until about 5 minutes to 5 and then drove home. We gathered the family together and headed to Yeiters for the evening. She invited all of the missionaries down to her house for a meal. The Needhams had some guests from the states, and Danny and Carrie came in from Foumban for some car repairs. It was a full house, but Susan did a great job cooking a lot of food and we all walked away stuffed.
It was a full day as always here in Cameroon, but we are blessed. I hope your day went well too!
Monday, March 8, 2010
I got a lot accomplished today. I scoured my bathroom which was SO in need of a good cleaning. I did a lot of dishes. Made hamburgers with homemade buns for lunch. Swept and mopped my bathroom and bedroom. Put away a bunch of laundry. It was a profitable day. I will be very transparent and tell you about my down side of today. We called our plumber about our water situation, and he informed us that the spring that feeds our pipes is dry. He said they were trying to figure out a way to hook up a temporary pipe from another spring into our catchment so that we could get some water. Well, later tonight while I was doing dishes, or big reserve tank finally emptied too, so we have no more water. I will admit that water shortage is my biggest struggle here in Africa...and I haven't had to deal with it as much as some missionaries. I was reminded tonight, though, in our family memory verse that "My grace is sufficient for thee...for my strength is made perfect in weakness." It sounds so silly to be frustrated about water. Goodness! I have friends right now fighting for their life as they battle cancer! And here I am shedding a tear about water! There are people dying and going to hell and I'm complaining because I have to haul water from a bucket?? Sometimes I just need to sit and put things into perspective. Is it more of a burden and hassle? Yes. Definitely. But with an eternal perspective, my temporary water shortage is so trivial.
Ok, enough sermon. Here is a cute picture of Faith Ann. When she got up from her nap, she wanted to sit with Ben and I in the office. I gave her a piece of paper and a pen and she was trying to write letters and also drawing pictures. I am really impressed with her drawing skills. She does a pretty good job for a three year old!Before I close I want to say "Hi" to Emma in Lake Orion, MI. She wanted to know what time it is here in Africa. As I write this, Emma, it is 10:25 p.m. here and it is 3:25 p.m. where you live! Glad you read our blog and we have an Emma too!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I got a decent nights sleep, although I was woken up before 7. Not exactly my cup of tea for those that know me...especially on a Saturday. However, I was soon to learn that I fared better than Matt and Susan on the other end of the house. Oh boy! Those kids were up ALL night. I think one or the other ended getting up nearly every hour to yell at those kids to go to sleep. Faith Ann woke up when the power went out at 2 (she's afraid of the dark) and it set the ball rolling downhill from there. Someone announced at 5 something that it was time to get up...NOPE. And then there is me...blissfully unaware of all that was transpiring just a few yards down the hallway from me! :) We were invited to stay another night, but I thought it was in the best interest of the kids (and the parents...particularly Yeiters) to come home and sleep in our own beds. The kids were in bed at 8...and asleep shortly after. I know Yeiters are heading to bed early too. Next time we will separate Faith and Trinity. That was partly the problem. They obviously can't handle slumber parties too well!
Besides the fiasco through the night, the kids had a fun day. They spent all morning playing outside. They came in and bathed (ahhhh...running water *sigh*), and ate lunch. The little ones went down for a nap and the big kids were told to quietly watch a movie. You could tell ALL the kids were tired though. Lots of whining and crying going on tonight. Hopefully they will be caught up by morning as Sundays are long, hot and tiring.
So, I'm home. Have a TON of clean laundry (Thank you Susan!!!) and am ready to turn a fan on me (man it is crazy hot for the NW province) and crawl in bed and read til my eyes won't stay open anymore. It is only 9:30, so I should get a decent nights sleep! Tomorrow we go to church. I'll leave our car in town, parked at a store on commercial avenue, and when Ben comes in, he will get the car and come home! Pray for Ben's safety on his journey tomorrow! The kids miss him so badly! Emma was crying in bed last night b/c she missed her daddy! He will be glad to know that he is loved and missed!
If you haven't checked out my new scrap blog...be sure to head over there when you get a chance. I have a link on the side of the blog. Have a great Sunday tomorrow!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I ended up coming over after our nightwatchman, Michael, arrived, because all those men were still working on the roof and I couldn't leave with them still there. The kids had a blast as always, and Susan invited us to stay the night since Ben is gone to Benakuma. Even as I type this, the kids are still awake. I wonder if they'll get any sleep tonight. It is like one big slumber party going on in there.
I'll close, so Susan and I can scrap some together. I do want to mention, however, that I started a new blog. This blog is totally scrapbooking related, so head on over to www.digi-scrap-aholic.blogspot.com and check it out. I'll post some of my scrapbooking pages from time to time and hopefully some tutorials for those that are interested in learning how to scrapbook digitally. If you stop by, be sure to leave a comment so I know you were there!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Other than all the roof work, nothing eventful took place today. The kids did their school. I laid the smaller girls down for a nap, and amazingly enough, Faith Ann actually fell asleep! You should have heard the racket. I was suprised! Ben said he had a hard time waking her up! We went to church and had a good crowd there. Matt has been teaching how to study your Bible. It has been very practical and I know the church members have been enjoying it. We came home and I made some tortillas and threw together some quesadillas. With my tortilla press, it goes so much quicker than rolling by hand. I had some homemade salsa and also whipped up some sour cream. It ended up being a decent dinner for a Thursday night even though we ate pretty late. We usually eat late on Thurs. because we don't get home until about 6:30.
Ben leaves tomorrow to spend three days in the village of Benakuma. I will hate to be without him for that long, but he has been looking forward to this trip. He told me that he will end up traveling a chunk of the way in a Land Cruiser taxi. TomMike told him that they usually carry about 35 people! 35 people in a Land Cruiser!! Well, not just "IN" a Land Cruiser. From what Ben was told, you want to be the one traveling Outside the Land Cruiser on the bumper, or side runners, or even the roof, b/c the inside is too hot and stuffy. I can't wait to see the pictures he gets from this trip. Please pray for his safety!
Well, I have a pile of dishes awaiting me. I will turn on some music and enjoy the smell of my queen of the night bush, which is blooming again. G'night!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Today was busy, noisy, and dirty at the Sinclair house. It seems that the 11 day stretch of rain is over until the actual rainy season begins (hopefully by the 15th) and so a big crew of guys came and tore 1/3rd of our roof off. It was a day full of banging, sawing and scraping...and also shattering glass (oops!). But, they managed to get all the new zinc on the part that they tore off, so even if the rains did happen to come, we would stay dry. Tomorrow they are back at it for another portion of the roof. I'll be happy when they are finished, and that broken glass is temporarily covered with a garbage bag and duct tape! The roof is as old as Ben and I are and in bad need of replacement. Our landlady recently sold some property so had the money to replace it. It will be so nice not having to set out buckets to catch the leaks this rainy season.
Another highlight of my day is the fact that Ben came home with a big, noisy, powerful fan, that hopefully will drown out the noise of our crazy Bambui preacher that keeps us up til the crack of dawn EVERY Wednesday night!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I've gotten so many comments about my blog since we announced it in one of our recent prayer letters. I'm SO glad you all are following and reading! As I take my picture a day for my 365 project and journal about our daily life in Cameroon...I really hope it will give you a picture of the fact that we are just your average every day people, serving the Lord in a different part of the world. People often make too much of missionaries. Put them up on a pedestal and that is not where we belong. God has placed us each in different corners of the harvest field, but that doesn't make one job more important over the other. The important thing is that we as believers are serving and ultimately bringing glory to God through our service to Him (I Cor. 10:31).