February 17. The Lord is good beyond measure. Even though it was very windy this morning and not sunny, the clouds were high, and the fog did not come into this valley until later in the morning. So Daddy was able to get off to town early.
Woke up around 5:45 this morning so got up. It was still dark. Warmed up pancakes for our breakfast, ate and had quiet time, helped Daddy with last minute packing. Then I went to school. Right near the end of Bible class, MAF called and said they were already on their way. So I went and gave Daddy a good-bye kiss and hug, and he was off. In a few minutes, class was over, and I let the students go until the plane left. Bethuel and Steve carried Daddy’s cargo up to the plane.
By the time the plane left and they came back, we had about 15 minutes left for phonics class—just enough time to do the worksheets today. Dallas wasn’t feeling well so he went home to sleep.
Since the students had already had a long break, I gave them only a short break before math class. Next was oral English, followed by lunch, and then spelling class. They had lots of unfamiliar words in spelling class today. We got most of the lesson done, but left the journal notes for Wednesday.
After nap, it was time to grade papers and get things ready for classes tomorrow. By then it was supper time. My biscuits were moldy so I had tuna and cucumbers on a couple of the leftover pancakes. After supper, I made myself some whole wheat crackers with curry powder, sesame seeds, and seaweed. I never saw curry powder before that wasn’t hot, but this new bottle of curry powder has no ginger in it. There is no hot spice in it. It tastes good, but it seems unusual for curry powder not to be hot.
“11It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” II Timothy 2:11-13
February 18. The pretty blue skies and warm sunshine were so welcome yesterday afternoon. During the night, I heard a little rain; and it rained a bit after I got up this morning. But the rest of the day has been very pleasant.
Woke up around 5:40 this morning. It was dark so I thought it was perhaps around 4:00 or 4:30 and I would just roll over and go back to sleep. Well, maybe I’d better look at the clock just to be sure. Oh, 5:40! I’d better not go back to sleep. I lay there a few more minutes and then extracted myself from the cozy bed to begin a new day. I was thankful it was not cold as I really did not want to have to spend time tending a fire. Even though it was raining, I decided to wait and see if the rain would stop and the skies would clear. I was thankful to see things change.
Fixed some hot oatmeal for breakfast and sat in the recliner to eat and read my Bible. Shortly Daddy called. I was happy to talk with him. He found out when he got to town that the Berbins had returned and were using the vehicle. So, even though he got to town early yesterday, he was not able to start shopping before afternoon. He also said the school books which had been lost had arrived from Rod and Staff.
After talking with Daddy, I walked and prayed for a while. Then I sat down to start writing the monthly update. I had tried to write it yesterday evening; but, for some reason, was struggling with how to go about it. I jotted down some ideas, but could not put the thoughts together. I felt that more prayer was needed in order to make it right. I was thankful for the Lord’s help today.
Then it was time for school. Dallas was back to class today, feeling a little better but not all better yet. Everyone but Dallas recited the new Bible verse. We finished the lesson in John (it was a short one), and then reviewed for a test on Thursday. (Oops! I don’t have a test made and no ink left to print one. Well, maybe we’ll just do our music lesson on Thursday and spend time singing on Friday.) We still had some time left after review so we sang another song. Sosthenes wanted to choose, and chose “God I Wokim Olgeta Samting” (God Made All Things).
We finished our phonics lesson a little early too so had time to read more of the story of Carlos.
We did a lot of drill in math class (but it was needed) so math class went a bit overtime, and our Social Studies class was shortened.
After school, Bethuel and Graham made a new saw horse, and Bonita and Penina prepared greens and shelled peanuts. While they were working, I had my lunch, finished grading today’s work and recording grades, and got everything ready for tomorrow. The boys left a little before 2:00, and the girls a little after, so it was going on 2:30 before I finally got to nap. Slept about an hour.
I was thankful to have gotten everything ready for school before nap so afterward I was able to finish up the monthly update. Then it was time to fix my supper. I needed to make biscuits, but decided to eat the last pancake and make fish patties with the tuna that was leftover from last night. I ate one tuna patty and the pancake and have two patties leftover to have for dinner tomorrow along with the greens.
While I was waiting for the dish water to get hot, I finished up the story of David Livingstone that I had started reading a couple days ago. Very challenging and sobering to read how he was willing to spend his life giving all for Christ because he trusted in God’s promise to be with him always, to never forsake him.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12