Today was the first day of school. It went well- it was a good day for me to get a feel for where the kids are at in terms of grade level. It will definately be a challege to say the least to get Richard and Mwansa where they need to be to pass their exams at the end of the year. They can speak and understand english 1,000 times better than they can read it- and being a written test that's a big challenge. Add math, science and social studies into the mix and it's.... well a challenge. I am definately up for it, and will have to make many adjustments as I go along I'm sure.
Richard is a firecracker to say the least. His "shy" lasted about 2 hours, as did his attention span. I looked up after reading a page in a book and he had gotten hold of my chalk and painted a white beard and white nose on himself. He then stuck the chalk down the back of his shirt like it never happened... Later we were studying bugs and the diseases they carry and he siad "Mosquitos are so bad. Do insects go to church?" I siad "Well no... there are insects in church like flies and ants, is that what you mean?" to which he said "Well I don't know... I thought if fish go to school maybe insects go to church." Emma thought this was completely reasonable and Mwansa just shook her head. It can only get crazier from here :)
I am almost at the point of moving into my house. The paint is on the wall and I've been sewing curtains for days, I need one more color for the shower room curtains.... I had forgotten about them. But the kitchen ones are finished and the bedroom ones are halfway done. It takes a while doing that much hemming by hand. I have all the major stuff I need (A hot plate, fridge, a bed and a dresser) That's all I'll be getting for now... I am hoping to get a microwave eventually. And a kitchen hutch because i currently have nowhere to put plates or dishes or dry food... but thats a lot of money....it will run me around $300. I will definately need a fan soon which is another 100$ purchase... it's getting hot pretty quick (summer is just starting). I am trying to take things one day at a time. The tile is being laid today and tomorrow, and I shorted myself a box or two of tile to they have to get more in the morning.
I've been doing a lot of organizing and spreadsheeting for the Orphan Ministry stuff, which isn't the most exiting stuff but it's what I'm good at and it gives me a sense of accomplishment when everything is in it's right place. Lots of sickness all around here, I have been spared but Jackson, Megan, Emma, and Sarah have all been sick in one way or another for a week or so... keep them in your prayers.