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. Â 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. Â 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! Â 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! Â The rainy season was very late this year, but it’s finally here. Â We’ve had rain every day for a week now, and it’s so beautifully green! Â It feels like we brought the green home with us from vacation!
What’s growing here? Â Our box of burned out electrical items! Â 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. Â The guards lying on the ground are both dead due to a spike a couple weeks ago. Â The one on the left has a little black hole one it where it burned completely through – but it protected Rachel’s computer! Â 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! Â On to the next set of voltage guards, and more lessons in Malawian electricity!
The Ladies’ Bible Study on 1 Peter has been fabulous! Â They’re 16 weeks into the study, and just starting chapter 4. Â 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. Â 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 adventurousÂ lives here in Malawi – a Nile monitor lizard that we chased out of our kitchen last week. Â He’s much smaller than other monitor lizards we’ve seen, but he made up for his size with aggression and snake-like movement! Â We’re hoping this guy does NOT grow and come back for a visit!