The silence indicates busy-ness!

I came here on-line today, despite 2 sets of tears heard in the background and 1 11-yr old's voice sounding very much like a stern mother (wonder where she gets that from!) to quickly post the February prayer letter and daily prayer guide. Imagine my surprise when I saw my last post dated almost 2 months ago! In all honestly, I did have a January draft, but when I re-read it, it wasn't worth posting.

So here we are, into February already, and my silence is shameful. However, I cling to the knowledge that it indicates a totally crazy, full, busy life rather than laziness!

All the kids are doing well, back in school. Isaac in particular has really blossomed this year. He's talking about his friends, singing Kiswahili songs he learns in music class, and last week after a doctors' appointment, he asked me not to pick him up early any more because he misses too much!

Anya is doing intramural basketball, serves on the Elementary school leadership team, and is preparing to be in the worship team for Spiritual Emphasis Week later this month.

Ethan is doing great, having just had his best friend here at the guesthouse from up-country for 2 weeks. He leaves today, so I don't doubt a flood of tears are coming our way. But they come back often, and I can't help but think if Ethan has to undergo frequent goodbyes, it's best with someone we can promise he'll see again soon, rather than the all-too-frequent ones that we really often never will.

Omara is talking up a storm, which is especially heart-warming when she says, "I wuv oo" with her sing-song sweetness! It's also helped to reduce the tantrums, as she can actually be reasoned with more. Sometimes. She's now able to reach the door handles, which means no more privacy in the bathroom or protection over Anya's precious collections and open jars of paint in her room. Sigh! 

Chad has been super-busy with ministry, doors opening left and right to meet with students in the dorms and at church. He loves every minute of it, and even though it has meant Miriam and the kids are at home without him more often, it's so great to see him on fire for what he loves to do. Things will calm down as soon as he gets things into a routine--it's just blessed affirmation that he's in the right place!

Miriam has like-wise been super busy. Answering e-mail, sitting in on important doctors' appointments, and hospital visitation doesn't make for the most stimulating blog posts But I assure you that it takes up her days without question, and she enjoys it. Even in the mundane-ness of it, she knows she is making a difference by supporting people who serve in very hard places.

We've been saying for months that our Stateside time is coming up in 6 months...we never thought to adjust that figure as the months clicked away. We're now down to 4 months. That's 16 weeks. YIKES! The day-to-day has taken up so much thought that we don't give much to what's coming up very soon. I guess there's still time to deal with the sorting and packing--thankfully (?) we just did this a few months ago when we moved here, so in theory, we shouldn't have much extra junk to dispose of. In theory...

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