We don’t normally associate “Spring” with “ice fishing”, but that’s what we found ourselves doing for one of the days we were home over break. Rochelle caught over a dozen perch, one of which is the new Callahan Family record holder! Seth had a slightly different experience, and maintains that “fishing is more about the experience than the size or number of fish that are caught.”
Though the above gibberish may appear as though it is merely incoherent psychobabble, it is actually a sentence written using the International Phonetic Alphabet. We have spent the last several weeks of classes learning the finer points of “manners of articulation”, “points of articulation”, and “repeating sounds together like a bunch of babies”.
Teacher: “Seth, can you give me a voiceless alveopalatal fricative between two script ‘a’s?”
Teacher: “Good try, but that was an alveolar fricative, not alveopalatal, and it was voiced. Try again.”
Every sound has its own symbol, every symbol has its own sound, and basically everything you thought you knew about spelling is no longer valid. The class has been amazing, and we have really come to appreciate the complex nature of audible communication!
This training will really be helpful when we are someday trying to learn an unwritten language out in the jungle!
Rochelle is now at 14 weeks in her pregnancy and both Mother and Baby are in good health. It was such a joy to see our little baby’s heartbeat during the ultra-sound! We hope to learn the gender in a month or so. The little munchkin is 3 inches already!
(*Sigh*)……..They grow up so fast………
Rochelle celebrated her 23rd birthday while we were home, and was spoiled beyond belief. Lots of presents, an apple pie, and a bear meat lasagna……… Yeah, it’s weird, but it’s what she asked for. And the Callahan family rule IS that the birthday girl gets to pick the birthday meal!
Because we were in Africa over Christmas Break visiting Rochelle’s folks, we really enjoyed the opportunity we had to spend time with our family and friends in NY while we were home. It was such a blessing being surrounded by so many people who we love and miss while we’re away at the Missionary Training Center. They even love us so much back there that we were even given a police escort as we left town! (Unofficially, and by Seth’s Dad, that is.)
P.S. The phonetic sentence above is translated as “this is how you write phonetically”.