Things are coming together for our new home quickly now. The painter started on Friday and hopes to be done in a few days. After that it will simply be a question of moving in. In the mean time we need to decide on a fridge and find a night guard. Friends from the CMA mission told us that we could borrow a stove to try it out—the owners have moved back to Canada permanently but will be coming to sell off their things in November. We would also like to have a dog—most people keep one simply as a watch dog. We are ready to settle into something permanent. The boys are ready to have a place where they can finally unpack all their stuff for good; Jennifer likewise is tired of living out of a suitcase, buying small amounts of groceries so that we don't have to cart it all when we move, and trying to figure out someone else's kitchen. She also says she's get tired of eating rice all the time, and I think the boys are looking for something other than peanut butter sandwiches in their lunch. I don't know if a new kitchen will inspire new creativity but I guess you can always hope.
The rains continue to come regularly. The other night while it was raining the guard came in the front gate wearing rubber boots, saying the water was up to a metre deep in the road outside our gate. In some ways I'm not surprised—we seem to have a permanent lake outside the gate at the best of times. Nevertheless the rain and the clouds that provide it are always welcome—they cool things off and keep down the heat.
The boys are settling into school, though not without concerns. This past Friday there was a family activity day with a kickball tournament for the elementary kids and court soccer ( i.e. tennis/basketball court that serves as a gym) for the high schoolers, followed by a potluck. It was an opportunity for parents, students and staff to mingle and get to know one another. The school is short a kindergarten teacher in the elementary and could use a few more in the high school. The solution they've come up with for the elementary is to put the kindergarten with Grade one for the morning, and bumping the twos up to the Grade Three and Four during that time. In the afternoon, there is no kindergarten and the Grade twos join the Grade ones. Needless to say, it's difficult for the two teachers to prepare lessons for three different grades each day. Ben and his teacher have both expressed concern that he can't see the board. We had his eyes checked a year ago and they were fine but it now appears that he will need glasses. Were not sure where to go have his eyes checked but apparently there is a place in town. Nevertheless, he is doing well—in fact, his teacher feels that he is not being challenged by the curriculum and is wondering about bumping him into grade two. We have mixed feeling about this but are trusting the Lord for wisdom.
Having some internet trouble but we'll add pictures later!