January 15. Rained most of the night until after 7:30 this morning. Then it stayed cloudy and foggy most of the morning.
Owena was buzzing with people today from everywhere - some have come for a crash teacher training course with CARE, and hundreds came for the rugby playoffs, some to play and many to watch.
This morning after breakfast and quiet time, I got all the papers I’ve printed the past few days into the student’s new ring binder notebooks and got all those put into the cupboards along with their new spelling books. The next job was to fix the back of the desk that I plan to use in the classroom this year. After that, Daddy helped me cut some pieces of plywood for a door for the desk. (It’s a piece work door since we didn’t have one piece of plywood the right size.) Right after dinner, Daddy got the undercoat paint ready for me, and I painted the “king’s chair”(used for a prop in a school program) and the pieces of plywood for my desk door. Then right after nap, I glued the pieces of plywood together. Spent some time going through pictures to find animal pictures for science class. Shortly before supper, Daddy got the gloss paint ready, and I painted the "king’s chair" and the door, and put a new coat of paint on all the lap desks that Sunny helped me clean up yesterday.
“And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” Luke 5:11
January 16. The Lord gave us a lovely, sunshiney, blue sky day today. When I got up at 3:30 in the morning, I looked out the window and thanked the Lord for the clear sky and all the bright stars. It had been quite a few weeks since we had seen stars. There was also the moon in its last phase coming up over the mountains.
After breakfast and Bible reading this morning, it was time to start laundry. Had time to do some walking and praying while the clothes were washing. There were three and a half loads today as I wanted to do the bath mat, all the rags that had been used for cleaning, and Daddy’s sweater. Next week, I won’t be able to wash until Saturday since school will be in session again so didn’t want to leave anything behind.
Sunny came to work while we were washing clothes. She said that Silvia had her baby about 6:00 this morning, another boy - their fifth. We were all hoping for a girl, but the Lord chose to give them another son.
I started Sunny out in the kitchen, preparing veggies for soup. Then took her to the school room with a bucket of soapy water, a couple scouring pads, and rags. There she started scrubbing the school chairs and benches. When we went out to hang the clothes, we put her in charge of watching the door.
It was almost 9:30 before all the laundry was done and hung out. By then I was hot and tired (the hot sun was shining on us while we hung clothes), so had an Emergen-C drink and relaxed a few minutes.
Later, I worked on a soul-winning lesson. Daddy helped me put hinges and a latch on the door we made for the desk yesterday. He also put up a couple nails in the schoolroom to hang the lap desks on. When Sunny finished cleaning the chairs and benches, I had her sweep the schoolroom floor and then wash it. Her last job was to sweep the kitchen floor.
After lunch, Daddy went out and got the clothes in. I brought in the hang-up clothes after I finished cleaning up the kitchen. After nap, I washed my hair, cut up a popo for snack, put new name labels on the lap desks and hung them up, wrote some e-mails, then sent them and received a few. After supper, I looked through some more pictures, trying to find more pictures of farm animals. I have lots of animal pictures, but most of them are wild animals.
“And he left all, rose up, and followed him.” Luke 5:28
January 17. The Lord gave us another lovely, sunshiney blue sky day. It wasn’t too humid, and we enjoyed a little walk later in the morning. But it did get very warm today, and I am looking forward to a real bath tonight. We didn’t get to have one last Saturday because the weather was TOO cold.
Mike gave a good lesson in lotu this morning about the family worshiping together. After lotu, the men spent a lot of time talking over church business. While they were talking, I was busy pasting pictures of farm animals in a scrapbook for use in science class. After the men left, we went for our walk. Then I worked on the soul-winning lesson until lunch time. Worked on it some more this afternoon, and just finished it up. Now I need to go back and mark places for blanks for the students to fill in.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32