Update and photos inside :)

Update and photos inside :)
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We are nearing the end of our 7th month!

It is incredible how fast the time has gone, and when I look back I am so blown away by how much we have learned and grown. The last two months were very hard for us, but it seems like the homesickness has finally started to fade and we are really starting to flourish here in our community.

Here are some highlights of the changes:

  • We are both feeling relatively healthy and strong. The seemingly constant taking turns being sick has ceased (Praise God!). Also, after both of us losing 30-40 pounds each, we are physically fit to walk many miles a day without getting overly tired.
  • We are adapting to the heat! When we first arrived, we had power almost all of the time. These last 4 months or so, however, the power has been on  only 3 or 4 nights a week, and only for a few hours at a time. Initially it was very hard, but now it feels like such a luxury to have a fan, and we fine even when we don’t have one. Also, the weather has cooled some, and Seraphina’s heat rash is almost completely gone!
  • Our language abilities have continued to improve! We are now having good conversations with the locals, and even though we are still extremely limited, we are often able to talk around our deficiencies.
  • The most  important part of improved language is that we have seen drastic improvements in our relationships!
  • Melissa and I have been intensively focusing on potty training Seraphina and she has been doing wonderfully well! This week she only had a single accident on the floor, and she seems very excited to be done with diapers (and so are we!!)

There is so much more, but I will stop here for now. We are so grateful for these many answers to prayer. Thank you all for praying for us. We serve an amazingly good God!

We are striving to do better about staying in communication, but we still have a long way to go. Please bear with us as we grow in this area. 🙂

Here are some pictures of our life here!

Melissa dressed up to go to a ‘maolida’ – a party where the women get together and dance and celebrate.

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One of the many beautiful sunsets that our creator paints for us to enjoy

The local fishermen here are finishing work on a traditional style fishing boat

Some of the guys which I get to hang out and play together soccer with! Note: culture here seems to dictate that it is better to look somber in photos. The guys here are very fun and often have huge smiles as we joke around and talk.

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One of the many critters which we share a living space with. Phinny has named them to be, “geekos,” and so that is what we all have started calling them. We like the lizards especially because they eat the pesky ants and other small insects here.

Phinny and her partners in crime. They spend each Sunday service and team day playing together and keeping us all on our toes.

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Phin has been going through a stage where she loves to draw on anything and everything. Thankfully, we have chalk which easily washes off of the floor, walls, and furniture!

And these are some of the locally grown beans which I roast at home which help us to keep our sanity. Although roasting the beans at home (done simply on the stove in a pot, stirring with a spoon) is a time consuming and labor intensive process, it is so worth it!