Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meandering through life

Please do forgive the random nature of some of my (Amber's) blogs. We rarely have good enough internet in Timu to get pictures loaded, and then I find I have weeks worth of pictures (life events) that I've never posted. So...when I get to reliable internet, I post away...seemingly without rhyme or reason. But I do it for all of you who are interested in what our life looks like, so do forgive.

Some evenings we take walks as a family. Many times, we have tag-alongs. The two kids to my left are the girls' cousins, Kitella and Jeshua. 
 These are some of the flowers that are blooming with all the rain.
 And we found these frog eggs (our guess) in a little pool of water on a rock where many other tadpoles were already swimming.
 Back on the home-front, my girls are beginning to do chores...even begging to do them. I'm actually killing two birds with one stone by 'letting' them work. They're happy and busy...and my work gets done. Janet is mixing up a banana bread and Lemu is doing the dinner dishes. Yes, they still need to be supervised. But they actually do help with my workload.
 Another way Lemu helps with my workload is by licking many a dish clean. Her favorite by far is the hummus bowl. At least it's better for her than frosting.
 One of my favorite hobbies is trying out new recipes. This past month I tried my hand at both doughnuts and bagels. I learned that I need to grease the bagel pan...even when the recipe instructs me not to. Don't you hate when that happens?
 This particular morning, Terrill allowed Janet & Lemu to eat their breakfast (porridge) while on the swing. They truly enjoyed the experience and Terrill won brownie points for the act. It's the little things.
 Almost every day we have at least one infant come into our compound. Many mothers bring their babies in search of clothes or medication. As soon as the visiting mothers arrive, my girls race outside to see who has come and try their luck at holding the babies. Sometimes the mothers eagerly hand the babies over; other times the baby stays safe and secure on the mother's back. My girls are both at the ages where they would start carrying infants around if they still lived in the villages. I think this is one thing they miss about village life. At least they can get a little 'taste' when visitors come.
 And almost every day we have kids come over for playdates. I actually prefer the kids coming to my house instead of our girls going out so I can monitor and train throughout the day. Plus, we have lots of cool stuff for the Ik kids to play with and it's a safe environment. Below are some of their best friends: Lemu, Kitella (their cousin), Lemukol, Janet and Kunume. They had dressed up and were dancing for me.
 One week in April, we were privileged to have an American friend visiting. Sam is a fellow linguist who is studying a language closely related to Ik. He & Terrill talked linguistics non-stop for hours at a time. But, I couldn't begrudge them their little pleasure and it did give me a happy husband. It's such a blessing to have colleagues! Below Sam is having lunch with us.
 Yes, she is hanging from the rafters. We have two daring and courageous girls who are willing to try anything once. Janet is naturally daring and Lemu is competitively daring. She will not be left out!
 One of our preschool activities recently was to make an animal/creature out of playdoo. It took her an hour, but she created a chicken. In case you can't see it well, it's lying on it's back with it's feet in the air. She & I were both proud of the accomplishment.
 We have also started sewing lessons; using a needle to go in and out of the felt. They haven't gotten it 'nailed' yet, but we practice. Now if I could just learn to help them when I'm not tired and worn out (and wanting to throw the sewing across the table after the tenth time of fixing it for them). Never a dull moment being a mom.
 We found this little creature in our garden. In case you can't tell, there is a camouflaged worm sitting on that leaf. I don't know what kind of species it is, but none of us had ever seen anything like it. It was a worm covered in tiny bits of leaf and twig.
 April 23: Lemu's fourth birthday. We invited a few Ik friends and cousins over. They ate rice, beans and chocolate cake. I cleaned rice, beans and chocolate cake off the floor. But they were happy, so I was happy. Lemu knew what to expect this time around because of Janet's birthday party in December. Everyone else was enthralled with our western ways. After a few more parties, they'll learn.
Lemu needed help unwrapping her baby stroller. Janet needed help not being jealous. Thankfully, these girls are wonderful at sharing. 
 During clean-up, I sent the kids outside with suckers and balloons. The balloons were gone in minutes (thorns, rocks and such in the yard). The suckers lasted an hour.
 It was a treat to have Lemu's aunt Lilly visiting us that day. She stayed to help me with clean-up and childcare. Thank God for family, be they mine or theirs.
 And that...is what happened in April. Now May is upon us and we find ourselves in Kampala. We eagerly awaiting the arrival and impending visit of Terrill's brother and sister. We also receive great news two weeks ago that I want to share. We have a court date for getting legal guardianship over the girls! May 23rd is the big day and we'd appreciate your prayers for a smooth process and good family relations. We'll need to bring five family members to Kampala to stand before a judge and give up their rights over the girls. It won't be an easy thing for any of them. But God has brought us this far, so I know He won't let us down.


Richard and Sally Hoffman said...

What an EXCITING way to "meander" through life☺☺☺☺!!!! We love your wonderful stories and marvelous pictures of the girls as always, especially those of Lemu's Big Birthday Bash and your NEW "Who We Are" photo, a FAMILY picture of the FOUR of you which we hope will soon be firmly framed in law by the events of May 23. You know that we will be fervently praying☺☺☺☺!!!!

The Reeds said...

Oh Amber I just love your posts. Everything you do with the girls looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

GREAT pics, Amber! I remember the seed that went in the ground a few weeks ago. How are they coming along? Gardening is such a great life skill for all of us. I'm very grateful you, Terrill and the girls can have some homegrown veggies.
By the way, any idea when the Farming God's Way folks will come?

Jimmie D.