December Family Miscellanies

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Joel interrupts our Clue game. Having finished his snack, he crawled on the table to grab the tiny gun and shoot each of us, “Bang!”.

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Thanksgiving at our compound. Looks a bit more like a church picnic, eh?

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Reading

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Vivian and a friend doing nails

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I know it’s hard to see, but many times when we finish working outside, the students break out into Christian songs and chants from their local areas. It’s always fun.

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Students receiving copies of several theology books. O happy day!

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I had a couple interesting foods this last week. This one takes the wedding cake. It’s roasted barley, ground to a powder, then spiced butter is mixed in. They only have it in the days leading up a wedding. It breaks off like very soft limestone or chalk.

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A bread made from the pulp of the false banana tree.

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At a pre-wedding party. I’d met the man only once, but because he is the brother of our school secretary, we’re culturally obligated to go. We went two nights in a row. I went to share a devotion and pray the first night. There were only 5 people including the bridegroom. No bride. The bridegroom left during the program. A new experience for me. And a bit perplexing. The second night (above pic) there were 35 or so people–neighbors and friends.

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Joel at the doc’s office (it was a good setting for a pic!)

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Feeding the compound tortoise. His favorite seems to be tomatoes, though most all fruit and veggie scraps are well received.

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This Xmas tree almost cost me 5 years in jail! I cut 3 branches off trees in Durame, tied them to the roof of the LandCruiser and brought them back home. About 1/2 hour out, I was stopped by the police and informed that this is now a 5 year jail term because all cedar belongs to the Ethiopian government. I was very apologetic and he eventually told me, “Hurry up and get home; and don’t do it a second time!”

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The living room. Stockings over the fireplace.

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