Since our last update, we have gotten into a routine quite a bit more. We are doing language sessions 2-3 times a week, and hope to get up to 4 times pretty soon. But this is the first time we have done language study with a baby in the house. And he doesn’t help. Between Davis, house chores, homeschooling and other stuff, it is actually pretty difficult to find time to study on the computer. An important part of our study routine is listening to recordings we’ve gotten; but it’s hard to hear what is being said when Davis thinks it’s more important that his voice be heard. We plan on putting his bed in a different room and using our bedroom as the office. Once that is done, things should be a little easier.
The house is pretty well furnished now. We bought bunk beds for the kids last week. We have a couch. We do want to get some other stuff (porch furniture, shelves, office desk), but we feel like the house isn’t so empty now.
We were also able to get a scooter for Alisha last week. So now, between our two bikes, we finally have four wheels. We had mentioned before that we wanted to get a car, but we felt it was just going to take too long to save up for it. Having a bike instead of a car does mean getting wet if it rains when you’re out, but at least now we can all go out without having to fit on one bike.
One of our language helpers is from a nearby island, so a couple weeks ago, she arranged for all three of our families to go visit over there. It was a quick trip, but it was fun to get off our island for a day and see where she is from. Actually, a lot of people here on our island have family there, so we may be visiting there again sometime.
As we learn language, it can feel like we are not really doing anything here, but one thing that we can be doing is making connections and friends in the area. This will help in future outreach opportunities.
-For Alisha’s bike and the kids’ bunk beds
-Visiting the other island and beginning to make some connections with people
-Perseverance in studying language, and for more language helpers
-We are still hoping to hire a house helper (that would help free up time for language study)