Beautiful Things in Life in Durame

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Rebecca and I tried to make a habit of walking in the afternoons around our area. As the rains have slightly begun (praise God!) the sky was unbelievably blue one day. I was so awestruck I could hardly look away from it for the half hour we were out walking. The beauty of God is nearly overwhelming!

(Note: these pictures are all the exact same settings on our camera as those below–that blue is exactly as it looked, no photo tweaking!)

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Bar none, this was the best pizza crust we’ve had in Ethiopia. How’d our student’s wife do it? “I saw it on a cooking show and made it on my injera maker”!

This same gal also made a beautiful table thingy (help me out with the word ladies) that she gave Rebecca.

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Vivian with the 4 sweet daughters of one student (and one more neighbor boy). Rebecca with her friend Aster.

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Vivian and friends

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This area has an interesting tradition regarding new milkcows. When you buy a cow, after she gives birth she begins to give milk. That’s fairly universal. The local part of the custom is that here they save the milk for 14 days (a liter a day) and then invite all the neighbors over to celebrate. By then it’s very turned and yogurty. I must say, this is the first thing I have not tried as a missionary (additionally, it wasn’t boiled, something we’re sticklers about before drinking milk here). The purplish bread on the table is made from the false banana plants, pretty bland and tasteless.

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Skipping like a calf loosed from his stall . . . Hudson.

(The following pictures were taken on a friends camera)

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This picture is just outside our gate (the upper side of our compound) going down the road toward the dorms and classrooms (the lower side of the compound)

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Just outside our compound this small road leads to the mountain trail.

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