New House and New School Year!
Last e-mail we told you about our trip down, if you missed it you can go read about it here.
We were so happy to get out of the car in Boké! We planned on being in this location for several days. There were some household items left behind and available for our use that we needed to sort through as well as some items Michael’s parents no longer needed (without all the kids at home). This was a blessing to us, since all the furniture and appliances we used in Dakar were borrowed and so stayed behind. Most importantly, though, we got to spend time with Michael’s parents! They had arrived in country just a few days before us and had a lot of cleaning to do at their house so we all stayed together in the guesthouse. Grammy brought lots of cool gear and had lots of fun.
We also have been enjoying all the goodies they brought for us!
That first Sunday we went to church with Dan and Michelle and then headed out to visit our friends near the old Mission Center. It had been almost 10 years since we left and everyone was shocked to see us! Everyone was saying how many kids we had in such a short time and one lady even said to Nancy, “Oh yeah, I remember you, you were throwing up all the time you were here!” Yes, yes she was! We also had a great time connecting with one of Nancy’s good friends from our time there, a lady who has been a friend of the family for many years. She walked with us through much of the village.
Getting to see old friends is such a blessing!
The kids even got to see their ‘Grandfather’, Daniel.
Dan with his namesake, Daniel.
In this culture it is very honoring to have a baby named after you. You are then expected to have a big influence in the babies life. All your family refers to the new baby by whatever relation you are to them. What a great time we had!
After we spent a few days sorting the guys headed to our new house in Conakry while Nancy and the kids stayed behind to play with Grammy and Pepé! The guys spent the week getting water beds filled, solar set up, unloading the truck of furniture, and meeting new people.
We have city water Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those days are busy trying to wash clothes, floors and such. We also have to fill barrels (we have 3) for the off days.
City power is unpredictable at best! Sometimes we have it for a while during the day, most nights we have it for several hours, that may be from 12–5, but we could use it if we were awake! Because of that we have set up some solar panels to supplement our power. We charge our batteries during the day with sunlight and at night they can charge up with city power, if we have it!
We were blessed by a HUGE freezer, but no fridge! So every day we do a grand swap! We take out 4 bottles of filtered frozen water and some big blocks of ice out of the freezer. Then we take the semi-melted bottles out of the cooler and replace them with the frozen ones. Next, we put the ice blocks in the igloo with the cold water from the semi-melted bottles. Finally we refill the empty bottles and containers with filtered water to place back in the freezer for tomorrow. We just put condiments and such in the cooler and freeze everything else. Most of the time it works to freeze the milk then pull it out the night before to melt for use in the morning…when we forget though it can get tricky!
Sometimes getting used to all these things can be a pain, but we are starting to get in the groove and they are getting to just be the normal way of life!
About a week after we settled we started school up! Better late than never right?! Titus is in 5th grade, Emma in 3rd, Micah in Kindergarten and Isaac we say is in Pre-Pre-K!
Kindergarten and Pre-Pre-K
3rd and 5th grades
We are working out the details of our language helpers and are (mostly) looking forward to getting back into our studies.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers,
Michael & Nancy Dore
(with Titus, Emma, Micah, and Isaac!)