October 21. Praise the Lord for a pretty good night’s sleep last night. It’s a lot colder up here on the mountain — just a hair over 50º this morning. But the sun shone brightly again in no time, and the day soon got very, very warm — up to 92º.
Yesterday most of the men thought about not coming today because they didn’t think there was enough bamboo to do anything with. Daddy had asked that just two or three come to help him with some other jobs. However, Nandana and Paqo brought bamboo, and eventually all of the men showed up. They got the section of north wall done to finish Connie’s room. Now there is just one more section of north wall — the living room, and a little section of west wall on the entry side of the living room. Then we’ll need bamboo for the living room floor. We have collected enough bits and pieces of pitpit wall to cover the floor temporarily so that we can start meeting here this Sunday. What a blessing that will be! David is going to come tomorrow and make steps for the front veranda where the people will come inside. He is here tonight for Bible school — his last night. We will present him his certificate in a coming church meeting and try to have a fellowship dinner that Sunday.
Eron was the errand boy today. That seems to be the best job for him. He went back and forth to Kelly’s house half dozen times and brought up lumber for cupboards, window frames, etc. He found our rolly cart, and later he and David washed it up, and I set it up in the kitchen next to the stove.
Besides overseeing the men, Daddy got the kitchen cupboard doors put on today, and the rest of the counter top. I covered the counter top with linoleum that matches the floor. He put some rope up in the bedroom too to hang our clothes on until he gets the closet made. I was thankful to have a place to hang up clothes.
It was a busy day for me too — more unpacking and organizing. Was glad to be able to start putting stuff in the cupboard. Got all the stuff cleaned out of the storage room, and laid linoleum in there. Moved a lot of bucketsful of stuff into there as well as some boxes of things. Opened and emptied or set in storage all of the boxes that were in the living room. There are still a number of boxes in the guest room that I need to go through. Got the school table all scrubbed and set up in the office to put books and papers on until Daddy can get a desk and shelves made.
After nap today, I washed my hair at the kitchen tap. I was amazed how hot the water was, just from the sun hitting the black pipe out in the ditch — just right for washing hair. Tomas hasn’t gotten the pipe covered up yet. Wonder if I would have had enough hot water for dishes too. The water was already cooled off by supper time.
The men all left early to go to market. There apparently is a market at Ahniyauntapeq every Friday afternoon. We sent some money with Eron to get us some greens and pumpkin. He sent them up later with Anselina.
“1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” Isaiah 11:1-5
October 22. Not quite as cold this morning, only down to 55º. Got up to 92º again however. Cooled off a little bit this afternoon, and some black clouds came up and dropped a few drops of rain.
It was another very busy day, but we were thankful to have a little more time to ourselves, and not have a houseful of workers all day. David did come late morning and made some temporary steps (more like a ladder) for people to get into the house for the meeting tomorrow. Matyu came and helped him. Then they helped Daddy take the generator outside and try it out so it will be ready for washing clothes on Monday morning. They couldn’t get it working right (there seemed to be air in the fuel line); but Daddy let it rest for a while, while he had his dinner and we had a nap. Then he tried it again, and it worked fine. So we praise God for that!
Daddy framed a couple windows today too. Now we just need to find the curtain rod hardware so we can put up curtains. I got most of the rest of the dining area cleared of boxes. Sorted and prepared greens for dinner — that always takes a long time.
This afternoon, I wrote some toksaves in the computer for Daddy to give tomorrow in a business meeting. Then I had to write them all out by hand since we don’t have power hooked up yet to use the printer. We still like to keep a record of them in the computer, and later will print out and file a good copy.
I had planned to write e-mails today, but never got a chance to get to that. Hopefully can get some written and sent out in the morning.
“1And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. 2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. 6Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” Isaiah chapter 12. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible and a comfort for today.