Setting up for a new life–Sept 2014

Before we came home for the summer, we didn’t have a chance to get set up in our new house. There were no closets or shelves, or a school room. All those have been built now. So our first week was spent unpacking and doing some minor construction.

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We have a few chickens running around now. 5 chicks were born last week. 3 got eaten by ants! 😦  The ants are terrible right now as the rainy season is starting to abate.

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(l) Vail and I are playing catch in the yard.

(r) Vail cleaning carrots from the garden

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The school room! We are so thankful for this new space. It’s mud and wood construction with a concrete floor.

Also my desk and books are in here until the admin building is finished.

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The front of the school house (right)

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(l) Joel and Vail

(r) Rebecca and Emmett in the garden (in front of the school house–the building behind Rebecca in the picture is our house)

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(l) We’re eating at home in our living room; we’re starting to eat in the school room where the dining table is now set up. There’s no “dining room”. Once it stops raining we’ll eat all our meals in the school room.

(r) One minute after taking the left picture, the electricity went out. We’ve been spending the majority of our evenings by candlelight and kerosene lamp.

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(l) Our typical supper–shiro (ground lentils with red pepper spices) and a vegetable (this one is ground beets which are great here!)

(r) Daddy and Joel on the front porch

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(l) We are visiting the home of one of our students

(r) Most breakfasts have been on our front porch

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(l) Our living room

(r) Typical night showers are done by bucket. We’ve thankfully had enough hours of electricity to warm our water in the hot water heater. That is definitely a luxury, and when we don’t have it we are all the more thankful for it!IMG_4794 IMG_4793

The garden, taken from the schoolhouse. Carrots, salad, lettuce, collard greens, and cabbage are all growing well right now. Potatoes and onions will be ready soon.

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(l) Vivian and Deborah

(r) Emmett shooting for target practice

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Vail playing on the rope swing

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(l) Our little house and school room in our fenced yard area

(r) The road up to our house

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The mountain view a few minutes walk form our house

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