We're staying temporarily in a two bedroom flat that is usually occupied by the Mohajer family who is home in Toronto until early September. It's very comfortable.
We've been spending lots of time catching up with dear friends.
|Eunice with Thomas and Eli|
|Ma Flo with Thomas and Eli (We lived with Ma Flo our first two months here in 2007. She is our African mother.)|
|Thomas and Gogo Sarah at Alicia's house|
Most days start early. (The boys have been getting up between 4 and 5 these days! We're working on that.) At 8 am we participate in the usual Hands morning meetings (e.g. prayer or small group). After that Jed works in the office, keeping up with his Hands U.S. duties and sitting with the accountant and bookkeepers here learning the ins and outs of their jobs.
I'm home with Thomas and Eli. They nap twice a day. We take one or two walks a day up and down the hill. (I'm seriously building muscle on those hills. Together the boys weigh 50 pounds, and only part of the road is paved.) We "play outside," which mostly means sitting in the grass with me repeatedly telling them not to eat grass, rocks, flowers, and bugs. In the afternoons when our buddy Hayden gets home from pre-school, we often meander over to his house and drive him crazy by playing with his toys and begging him to be gentle. (So hard!) Lucky for me, his mom, Alicia, has a two-month-old baby, so she's currently on maternity leave. The boys also love to sit on the trampoline and laugh hysterically while Hayden dramatically falls over.
|Eli eating dirt, Thomas thinking about eating dirt|
|Thomas on the patio, Mt. Legogote in the background|
|Thomas thinks anything or anyone on the other side of the pack n play netting is the funniest|
|Thomas eating eggs and toast, the fork is just there for looks|
|Eli showing off his best new skill, pointing|
Jed spent yesterday in a community a couple of hours from here. He visited the home of a woman and her two young children who are being served by local volunteers from Nhluvuko Home-based Care, supported by Hands at Work. Because the woman was recently widowed, volunteers are visiting them regularly to support them and ensuring the kids aren't going without food during this tough time.
I'm excited to get out to Swaziland overnight Monday to Tuesday. Please pray for me, Mel, Tyler, and Vusi as we travel, and that we can encourage the volunteers in the two villages we will be visiting. Can't wait!
Bonus videos of babies giggling for those who made it this far: