Did we tell you that we live in a third floor apartment? We get tons of exercise everyday just by coming and going! Our landlord owns a fish shop in town and the first floor of our apartment building is used as storage for his shop. Our little complex does smell a bit fishy at certain times of day!
Living in a fourth world country we experience times of no water and no electricity. We almost always lose water for 12 or more hours over the weekend. The longest that we have been without power was just for a few hours.
The one thing that I have been surprised by is the luxury of getting a hot shower every morning. What a blessing! This is something I don’t take for granted. However adjusting to taking showers with no shower curtain has been a bit interesting.
Stray cats and kittens join us for every meal that we enjoy at both outdoor and indoor cafes! They wait around looking for scraps. It reminds all of us of the picture book Papa Piccolo !
Lauren found avocados at the market yesterday and she made us delicious guacamole. What a treat!
Last night the young newlywed couple had all 10 of us over for dinner. Their apartment is small (and they share it with the husband’s parents) but their hearts are big and generous. They made us a delicious meal of tomato and onion byreck, rice stuffed peppers, and tomato curried chicken. A delicious meal with sweet believers. We are so thankful for them and pray that somehow our time with them last night allowed his mother to see Jesus! We are praying that his parents would come to faith in Christ. We told them that a lot of people in the states are afraid to have us all over because their are so many of us! We told them they were very brave. We will certainly miss them when we leave!
Hudson is forever trying to do everything by himself. His favorite line is “I do it.” Well today while I was reading a historical fiction book aloud to the older children, Hudson found Juliana’s school scissors. He hid and when we found him he had cut a huge chunk of hair off of the top of his head. I about cried. His hair is (was) so thick and adorable and he cut it down to the scalp. I know that someday I will laugh at this but for now all I can see is Christmas card photos with a little boy who looks like a war refuge. The dear missionary who lives nearby came to the rescue, she brought over her hair clippers and allowed me to cut all of his hair to try to even things out a bit. He may look a bit worse now that I am done!!! We are thankful that Megan and Lauren found him a cute baseball hat to wear!
Conner took some drone video on our way to the orphanage today and he was the talk of the town!
Kiara ran a fever yesterday but felt better today! Please pray for tomorrow (Friday) that all of the paperwork will be done to make her an official Haines who can stay with us permanently. We will post lots of pictures once it is official!!!
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