A few things have changed around here, so it’s time for some updates…
Our cute little puppy of a couple months ago is quickly becoming a large dog. Weighing in at around 45 pounds, Simba is now 4 months old, and this picture is a pretty accurate idea of what he spends his time doing – lying down and eating. And if he’s not eating his food, he’ll gladly eat rocks, snails, entire maize stalks… anything that fits in his mouth!
At 14 weeks, Baby Flo is doing great! Matt got to come and see the ultrasound this time, and we marveled at God’s creative design as we watched Baby Flo lift up a hand to show us all 5 perfectly formed fingers – so tiny, but already there and moving around!
Another thing that’s growing is grass! The rainy season was very late this year, but it’s finally here. We’ve had rain every day for a week now, and it’s so beautifully green! It feels like we brought the green home with us from vacation!
What’s growing here? Our box of burned out electrical items! Voltage spikes, brown outs, and all other kinds of electrical anomalies are a part of daily life here, so we try to protect our more important items (fridge, freezer, computers, etc) with voltage guards. The guards lying on the ground are both dead due to a spike a couple weeks ago. The one on the left has a little black hole one it where it burned completely through – but it protected Rachel’s computer! The one on the right protected Matt’s computer, all his back-up drives, the printer, and the internet router, but when it burned up, it got so hot it burned the two holes in our wall! On to the next set of voltage guards, and more lessons in Malawian electricity!
The Ladies’ Bible Study on 1 Peter has been fabulous! They’re 16 weeks into the study, and just starting chapter 4. All the ladies have learned so much from this small book and God has grown in each of them a greater appreciation for studying His Word carefully, thoroughly, and in context. The graphic above was generated by Wordle.net, highlighting the key words for the book of 1 Peter.
And finally, though this has nothing to do with growth, a little glimpse into our adventurous lives here in Malawi – a Nile monitor lizard that we chased out of our kitchen last week. He’s much smaller than other monitor lizards we’ve seen, but he made up for his size with aggression and snake-like movement! We’re hoping this guy does NOT grow and come back for a visit!