This week our language helper hurt her knee. As a result we only had one day of class this week. The break was really nice. It wasn’t until we took the break that I realized what a toll language learning has had on my mind and body. We were able to get caught up in life and rest. Here are somethings we learned and experienced on our break.
- -Update on our Move – We are still in the process of deciding if we will move out of Dakar. We HAVE decided that we will take a trip to the city with Joel’s parents when they are here. We are hoping after that trip to make a decision and start working out the logistics of when and how. We will be done with the official language school at the end of February, which is just around the corner.
- – Tori is influencing our children. Tyler now can be caught frequently reading cookbooks. Usually when he turns the page he says, “mmmm delicious” . Ethan walked into the room the other day and said “I smell something delicious, is that butter cooking”.
- – We would be lost without Georgette. Georgette comes and helps around the house 3 days a week. She has become a great friend and she is a wealth of knowledge. If we need to go anywhere or buy anything, she is the one we talk to about it.
- – When locked out of our house, the roof makes a wonderful place for a picnic. Tuesday is “buy one get one free” pizza night (not the same as American pizza, but it is still pizza). However on the way home from our pizza purchase, Joel got separated from us. He also had the keys to our house. So the boys, Tori and I had dinner on the roof. Ethan thought we should eat there every night.
- -Bartering Success – I have successfully bartered on my own now a couple of times. I can only talk numbers with them and I don’t understand all the wonderful things they are telling me about their product, but I can finally go to market on my own if I want to.
- – Fabric, Fabric and More Fabric. One of the mornings off I ventured out to the fabric market with another missionary. The market seemed huge and we only ventured into a part of it. I was amazed at all the fabrics and all the colors. I bought my first Senegalese outfit. Now I am ready for the next big event, whenever it will take place.
Although the break was nice, we are hoping to be back to work on Monday. We are eager to continue with our language learning, because it is the key to so many areas in our life right now. Please pray with us that we would all remain healthy, so that our learning can continue.