August 3. The Lord continues to send us rain and clouds. When we got up this morning, we saw some blue sky, and soon there was a little sunshine. I thought, as soon as it warms up a bit more, I’ll wash windows. But it did not warm up much more, and I did not wash windows. The sun went away and hid after a while, and clouds covered the sky again. The fire in the wood stove has been going again all day.
I slept in a little later this morning than usual. After I got up and dressed, I made myself some pancakes for breakfast. Had quiet time and went walking. Then I turned on the computer and sent the e-mail to Christy and Connie. It did not want to go last night. Afterward Daddy helped me move the alphabet to a different wall in the schoolroom. After that I was going to put up the growth chart with the times tables on it. However, as we tried putting it up, we discovered that the measurements for the growth chart are not accurate. But I just happened to think, maybe I can cut off the ruler measurements along the sides and just use the times table.
I got a visual made for this coming week’s Bible memory verse, and found a song to sing it to. Finally got my desk all cleaned off so we can see the top of it. The rest of the papers are now filed away. Also cleaned all the school flash cards off the book shelf and put them in boxes in the guest room where all the school stuff now is stored. By then it was time to make bread. Got the bread all mixed and kneaded and ready to rise. Then mixed up dough for chocolate chip cookies. Daddy cut up pumpkin again which I peeled and cut up and put on the wood stove to cook for dinner. After a while, I put the rest of the spaghetti on to warm up.
Right after nap, the bread was ready to put in the oven. While it was starting to cook, I got the cookies on the cookie sheets. Then I started getting things together for school for this coming week. And afterward, I started making some folders for the students’ science lessons since we don’t have any more report folders. Tomas came by and said that Phineas will be coming back to Owena as soon as he gets his medicine. Tests showed that he has typhoid, and that’s why he has been so sick. Tomas wants him to have school here with the other kids. So that will be a seventh male student. So I got out more materials to make an eighth folder for science. Got six of them done before supper.
For supper, I made banana pudding; and we had egg salad on fresh bread to go with that. The fresh bread tasted good. It has been quite a while since I have had to make bread. There were LOTS of dishes tonight after all that cooking and baking today.
A couple girls from Waisara brought us more lemons today too so I was thankful for those. And they brought popo too. Mata’s mother also brought us a popo this morning. The Lord is good and has been taking care of our needs.
“3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:3-5
August 4. Praise the Lord for a bit more sunshine today! It turned pretty chilly over night, but it was still quite cloudy and foggy this morning. After I got up this morning, I sorted out the clothes and got them ready to wash after lotu. Then I got ingredients out for the ladies to make unleavened bread. Then I had breakfast and quiet time. Still had time to make the bed before people came for lotu. It was 7:30 before lotu started. Tomas’s topic this morning was “have,” “life,” and “everlasting” (or eternal). His text was 1 John 5:13. He also went to John 10:28,29 and Romans 5:1. He did a good job. Then he took prayer requests, and Mike, Amos, and he prayed.
Afterward Eric paid for his boys’ school books for this next term, and Mike paid off his debt from last term. Then Daddy started the generator, and I started wash. At the same time, the ladies stayed to make the bread for the Lord’s supper tomorrow. Sani was the first to come in. Then Mata came, and I asked her if she remembered how to make it. She said she did so I asked her to teach Sani. Sani seemed happy to have a part. Apekio, Espina, and Repeka also stood by.
I was thankful to have Bonita’s help this morning. There was a big stack of greens to sort and wash and cut up to be cooked for dinner. I also had her sweep the kitchen and laundry room and back veranda. She was still in here working when I went out to hang clothes. By that time, it was time to call Christy and Connie. Daddy came out with the phone, and we chatted with the girls while I hung clothes.
Amos spent all morning (after lotu) cutting firewood.
After we came inside, I told Bonita what her pay was and let her get some things. Then I cut up onions in the greens and got them on the wood stove to cook. Even though we had a fair amount of sunshine today, it was still cool so Daddy kept the wood stove going. Then I got a pot of rice and lentils on to cook also. Then it was time to sit and relax for a while before dinner.
After dinner we got the clothes in. A few were still wet so I hung them up on the lines in the bathroom.
After nap, I washed my hair. Then wrote announcements for tomorrow and announcements for school Monday morning. Swept the meeting room floor.
While I was doing dishes after supper, Miriam came by with some corn and stayed for a visit. She has a bad cold. When I finished dishes, I sat down and talked with her a while. After she left, I put the dish water in a bucket and washed the kitchen floor. Then Daddy and I worked on the shopping list for him to take to town.
“6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” I Peter 1:6-9
August 5. A cold, drizzly day. Raining this evening.
I was really tired last night and went to bed right after bath, somewhere around 9:00. I must have gone right to sleep because I don’t remember hearing anything or staying awake at all.
Up early this morning and made pancakes for Daddy. Had some leftover pancakes for myself that I had made a couple days ago. Cut up a popo and cooked some to go on my pancakes. Had breakfast and quiet time. Practiced a couple songs to sing for the special song service today. Folded the clothes we washed yesterday. Then I worked on the next soul-winning lesson until church time and got that almost finished.
In spite of the weather, there were a good number of people out for lotu. It was good to see Moqa here for the first time in a long time. Daddy preached on the last three verses of Colossians 2 in the first meeting. Afterward Lilian came and broke the bread for the Lord’s supper and Erisapet poured the grape juice.
Daddy and I had our dinner, and then we started the second meeting. Amos took charge of the Lord’s supper today. He read I Corinthians 11:23-30. Then he called on Tomas to pass the bread around after Eric prayed. Afterward he called on Mike to pass the juice around after Matthew prayed.
After the meetings, everyone said they were going home to sit by their fires. Daddy and I had our nap. It was going on 4:00 when I got up. Got the books put back on the shelf in the schoolroom and got other things ready out there for school tomorrow.
Soul-winning class is scheduled for this evening, so we will see how many people come. (In spite of the rainy weather, a good group came out.) I have a lot of printing to do to so will get started on that in a jiffy here.
“13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:13-16