March 29. A coooold, very foggy, somewhat rainy day. Daddy has kept the fire going all day. Even with the fire, it has been cold. We have had on long sleeves or sweater or jacket most of the day.
This morning Daniel came and tried to fix the roof where it leaks so badly into the meeting room. It hasn’t rained hard enough yet to see if his fix-it job will work, or not. After he left, I did a little walking, but it was too cold out in the meeting room so came in and walked around the kitchen table a while. Got the bed made and a button sewed onto Daddy’s shirt. Finished up lesson plans for school for next week. Worked on some lesson material in the computer. Started counting and re-boxing all the extra school books in a more orderly fashion. Worked on that more this afternoon and also worked on getting everything together that I will need for Monday’s classes.
This evening, I did a bunch of printing — extra work pages for school for the week, Philemon’s letters requesting applications for colleges, a copy of the “Kisim Bek” poster for Eric. He was sitting out there copying it all by hand.
“12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12,13
March 30. After the rainy day yesterday, there were stars in the sky last night, and the moon even peeked through from behind the clouds. By morning, it was quite chilly. There was fog down in the valley, but it looked like it was going to be a nice day. It was wash day, and we got things going early so we could get done and use the rest of the day for other jobs. It was so nice to get outside and hang the clothes. The air felt fresh and was warming up and made the body feel cozy. And I didn’t have to hurry to get them hung out since we won’t be starting back to school until Monday.
Beni came to cut firewood. Toni was cutting the grass, and Severah was digging out weeds and raking. Daniel came to work on the water pipes. It seemed like a perfect day for working outside. About mid-morning, however, the fog came up out of the valley and turned to rain clouds. The air turned chilly and damp again, and soon there was rain. I was in the middle of sorting out the rest of the school books, and Daddy was helping Daniel with the water pipes. Daddy took time out to help me get the clothes in. Then I had to hang them all up again inside. I wouldn’t have minded, except that the pain in my shoulder was quite bad by the time I finished.
After that, it was back to organizing, counting, and repacking books until time to put dinner on to warm. We had the wood stove going all day again today so was able to warm up dinner on the wood stove. Since Daniel still had a good amount of work to do on the pipes, I fixed up a pack of Maggi noodles for him. Didn’t have enough leftovers. Beni was ready about then to bring the firewood in too, so I fixed a pack of Maggi for him as well, and they both sat down to eat with us. After lunch, I worked more on the books for a while, and then went for nap a little before 2:00. Daddy was busy helping Daniel. Slept about a half hour. Then got up to tend to the fire and finish up the book organizing. I am thankful to have that done. There are quite a few second grade reading books missing. I was afraid I would have to order more for my students, but was thankful that there are enough so I don’t have to do that.
Worked on soul-winning lesson for a while after the book organizing job was done. Then fixed supper and did dishes. Took a walk around the meeting room and practiced some songs for Sunday afternoon sing time. I had started walking and practicing this morning, but Neomi and Wamara came so Neomi could get some yarn.
“14Standtherefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Aboveall, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17
March 31. Today started out like yesterday, except that there was more sunshine and more blue patches of sky, and the rain didn’t come until this afternoon.
Before lotu this morning, I put chicken on the wood stove to cook for dinner. Swept the kitchen floor. There was just a small group here for lotu this morning. Matyu took charge of lotu and gave a short talk on Romans 8:26,27 before prayer time. After lotu, Apekio, Mata and Erisapet helped make unleavened bread.
After they left, I got the trash together to burn and later went out and burned it. Cut up some dates and cooked them up to put in muffins later. Got the chicken picked off the bones, and prepared potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, and mushrooms to go with the chicken. Put everything back in the pressure cooker to cook for dinner. Finished up the soul-winning lesson I was working on. Made a gravy to go with dinner.
It was a blessing to have the water back on this afternoon. And now there is a water tap outside since Daniel got that all set up yesterday so people can get water out there. Washed my hair. Made some date muffins. Got toksaves written up for tomorrow. Worked on getting the new soul-winning lesson set up in the student lessons. Fixed supper.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:18