July 23. Went to bed last night with my bathrobe on, it was so cold. And can you guess what the weather was like today? Cool? Yes. Foggy? Yes. Cloudy? Yes. Rainy? Just a little bit. Sunny? A half hour or maybe 45 minutes. The wood stove is eating up lots of firewood these days.
It was close to 7:30 when lotu started this morning. Therefore Amos only covered a short section - Acts 8:14-19. David didn’t come in until quite late, but Silvia has been very sick so David has a bit more responsibility at home.
Since we were able to start school early, we finished phonics class a bit early. That gave us extra time to do more review of fractions in math class. I didn’t teach them anything new today even though the next lesson has something else new. I just had them do the review exercises. Sunny went home after math class because she wasn’t feeling well.
Didn’t have as much work to grade today so after getting that done and getting things ready for tomorrow, I had time to get a music lesson made up for Friday’s class. At 4:30 I went to the kitchen to make cookies and to make biscuits for my supper. Well, the biscuits got made because I needed those, but the cookies never got made. There were people at the back door and people at the front door. George had been cutting firewood a good part of the day and was at the back door waiting to get paid. People came to the front door to buy things from the store. Phinehas and Bethuel were here finishing up the new garbage hole, and then they were at the back door ready to get paid. Both of us were coming and going, one at each door.
“2And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand…. 21But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison…. 23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” Genesis 39:2,3,21,23
July 24. We were thankful that last night wasn’t so cold. The day started out chilly and very foggy again. SIL wanted to come in and check out a pilot plus bring cargo in for some of the people. Finally late morning, the clouds were high enough for them to get in, and Daddy sent them a text message to let them know. It was after 1:30 before they got here, however, and by then, we were getting a good rain shower. The clouds were still high, however. So even in the rain, they were able to do a lot of test flying around the area before landing. There were also pretty strong winds before the rain slowed down. The rain had stopped by the time he landed. He wanted to make another trip back here with more cargo, but the weather wasn’t very good here or at Aiyura either.
Sunny was not here for school today. Thania said Sunny is still sick. Almost all the students had a hard time with their math lesson today. Bonita, Phinehas, and Sosthenes did the best.
This afternoon, after grading their math lessons, I worked out a game plan for tomorrow to give them more drill on their fractions. Also took care of answering the door quite a few times. Still wasn’t able to get cookies made today because of people coming to the door at the time when that job was to be done. I did manage to get a pot of rice and soup beans put on the wood stove to cook for supper.
As soon as the generator was turned on this evening, Wilson came in for his Bible school lesson. I was trying to sort through some of the old crayons the students had given back in exchange for a new box. Sorted out the good ones from the broken ones to see if I could make up some other sets of crayons with the good ones. After that, I printed out math pages for the students for tomorrow. I’m going to let them redo the first page of the lesson they did today and see if they can do better. Also printed new covers for three of the students’ song books.
“14Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16Holding forth the word of life….” Philippians 2:14-16
July 25. 7:15 p.m. Daddy helped me do wash this evening before Bible school. I am glad for his help as I really didn’t feel like doing laundry today.
We are thankful to God for a mostly sunny day, and no rain. SIL came in four times today to bring cargo to people here and to take loads of coffee out. Since the people got good money from their coffee this year, many of them have spent their money on goods from the stores in town. A lot of it is being spent on buying brides too. And, sadly, a lot is being thrown away on gambling.
Shortly after I had eaten breakfast this morning, I started feeling sick to my stomach. Thought I was going to lose all my breakfast, but a couple doses of activated charcoal prevented that. Thank the Lord for that. Still wondered if I would make it through teaching this morning. Am grateful to the Lord for his help and strength to finish out the day. Didn’t eat much the rest of the day and took activated charcoal several more times throughout the day. This evening, I fixed myself some plain rice. Had cooked a pot of rice with soup beans, onions, and tuna last night, but that didn’t seem like a thing that would make my stomach too happy.
There apparently is a lot of sickness going around. Sunny has not come back to school since she went home sick on Wednesday. Sosthenes was not here the first part of the morning today as he was not feeling well. He came in after recess. And Graham went home sick at the beginning of the afternoon class.
Even though the sun was shining today, I felt chilled so crawled under the covers for my afternoon nap.
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.” Philippians 3:1