Friday, April 22, 2011

Ups and Downs

OK... it's not that bad... But we have hit a wall. It is the four month wall I think... and it happened to coincide with hot season. Jeff and I have both been feeling stuck and unproductive in the last few weeks. I know it will get better.

A few frustrating things...
- It's hard to learn a new language in the midst of life...
- There is no where to 'get away' (Like the mall, coffee shop, grocery store, dollar store... )
- It is HOT - kids have heat rash
- There are no pools in our town
- We don't have friends or family to really talk to
- Whenever the kids want a snack... I have to cook something (crackers, cookies, bagels)
- Bugs and dirt

A few good things...
- Our kids are awesome
- Fans... and air conditioning when we want to splurge for an hour
- Mangos!!! lots of them (the one snack that is ready and waiting)
- Internet to connect with family and friends
- A rain storm to chase away the heat

So yea... it's not that bad, it's just been hard, and we are trusting God that He will bring us through and soaring on the other side of this valley. We do look forward to spending Easter with our new Church family here in Kadiolo. I'm praying for a good time of fellowship, and for our young friend Kadiatu who is a muslim girl going with us to Easter. She says she wants to be a Christian, but it may be more likely that she wants to go to America. Pray for her to really understand the gospel and want to be a Christian because Christs has spoken to her!


hestermom said...

"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life." Matt. 19:29
Thought of this verse immediately-you guys have truly been faithful to God's calling, and on those really rough days, just remember that He sees. And He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. =) Love you guys!!!

Debbra Pickard said...

Just wish I could hug you all and make it better for you. Its so hard being away from family.
Hugs to all of you!

Papa said...

Heidi, I wish we could share some of our cool rain with you! It must really be hard to stick with language study right now. I'm sure you are learning, even though it feels like you are not making any progress. Do you have any short-term, simple goals, like learning 4 or 5 new words each week? That way you would feel like you are making some headway. It is always encouraging to look back and see that one has made some progress. We are glad that you have all those mangoes!!