We’re almost halfway done with our training here! That’s just crazy. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to this semester:
1. Grammar –> we just got done with grammar class and both John and I really enjoyed “decoding” foreign languages, figuring out patterns, and charting our findings in order to help up learn another language more efficiently.
2. Missionary Technology –> this was one of our longest and definitely the most “over my head” classes we’ve had so far. We learned how to solder, how to calculate how many batteries and solar panels we’ll need, what it takes to purify water, how to not get hit by lightning, how to program PV systems, how to wire AC and DC circuits, and so much more.
3. Puzzles –> Judah has discovered his LOVE and talent for puzzles. He got the one he’s holding in the picture from his Grandma D and has done it well over 100 times. He can now do it all by himself and just loves doing any kinds of puzzles.
4. Baking –> Switching to a mainly whole grain and whole foods diet has meant a lot more baking for me! Which has been fun and only rarely overwhelming (like when you run out of all bread and don’t have time to make any more). The best part has been my precious little helper Judah. He loves pouring things, mixing things, turning on the KitchenAid, and playing with the dough 🙂
5. Walking –> We cherish any sunny and semi-warm day we get here oh-so-much! The boys love being outside, so we often take advantage of the beautiful campus here and go on walks. These pictures were taken last week, and it was a lot colder than we thought… but we still had fun watching ducks and hitting trees with sticks 🙂
6. Sickness –> Community living and daycare are wonderful until it comes to spreading diseases. There’s usually something going around campus, and lately it’s been impetigo (skin rash), the stomach bug, a nasty cold, and strep throat. I’m so thankful the boys haven’t caught any of them, but I was forced to stay in bed for several days with a bad case of strep throat. John was a hero taking care of me and the boys! Judah helped too by making sure I wasn’t too lonely when I napped on the couch 🙂
7. Eating –> That baby of ours surely LOOOOVES to eat! Man, he just stuffs everything and anything in his reach into his mouth. We’ve started giving him solids and he’s rarely more excited than when he gets to sit in his high chair and eat. As we’re doing baby-led weaning (check out this website in case you’re wondering what that is), we let him feed himself…. and it’s a fun mess :)!
8. Worshipping –-> We started hosting a worship night every other week and it’s been a wonderful blessing getting together with other believers for fellowship, food, songs, testimonies, prayer, and so much more. One of the greatest things is seeing the kids right in the middle, experiencing a Christian community of believers who share life together.
9. Growing –> John and I are growing spiritually and as a couple just as much as the boys are growing physically. I cannot believe that Judah is 2 years old and is speaking in sentences and that Elias is 6 months old already. Crazy!
We are beyond thankful for all the training we’re receiving, training both for the mind and for the heart!