Monday, May 5, 2014

“Having unceasingly grateful life requires demonstrating gratitude daily whether our daily life treats us kindly or not.” ― Assegid Habtewold

Things are getting as back to normal as they can without Mama Africa here, and I am really and truly grateful.  I really had no idea how much Karen did every day—I guess every husband can say that truthfully.  Anyway, Juliana and two other staff have allergies which always happens to all of us when we shift from rainy season to dry.  When it goes from dry to rainy, we all get colds—go figure.  Edina is back today after being gone for three days with malaria.  They will not buy medicine or ask for the money unless you press them.  If they get the medicine, they will be back in three days good as new.  Without it, they will take six to seven days to come back and then they are tired and achy still.  Charles, another worker, stuck his finger on a thorn and it swelled up to the size of a cucumber.  I gave him money and sent him to the hospital last Friday and he is back today with a normal sized finger and anxious to work.  Bwana Masele is still out with an ear infection and other troubles.  He is in his late sixties which is very, very old here, so he suffers much more than the younger men.  We pray for all of them, of course.  Today is the day for the national teachers exam at the Bunda Teachers College and three of our scholarship students have called me and asked me to pray for them today, so I am asking you to do the same.  They call me “daddy” which is very endearing.  We are redoing some of the main electrical lines to the house and the guest cottages and have an electrician here with Charles and Francis helping with the ditch digging as all our cables are buried in conduits, alas we are never sure where we buried them—thus the need for an electrician.  Well, that’s all the news from Lake Woebegon—no make that Bunda.  John is making chili for dinner tonight and that is always a good thing.  We have also had good internet for an entire week and don’t know what to do with ourselves.  When we have fast internet, I don’t see much of John, as you might expect.  Ya’ll have a good day, hear!
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