Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ten Years!

Ten years of marriage equals:

2 daughters,
1 son,
An exciting life overseas,
Lots of laughs,
Lots of tears,
Lots of trust,

(and this anniversary - a little bling for me! See bottom photo)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lice..... AAAGGHH!!!!

So, it turns out that America is one of the few places on earth where people are more scared of lice than they are of, say, pit bulls.

Josh and I rolled laughing the other day when we got a missionary update from some friends who have just returned to the states and are going through reverse culture shock. They said, 'the church held a kids program right next to a park where there have been cougar sitings, and noone seemed to mind. But, when some of the kids were found with lice, the mother's burst into tears!'.

For us in the missionary world, lice is just a part of life. Sure, we take care to keep it away, but it's a bit like trying not to get a sunburn when you live in New Mexico - or trying to stay dry when you live in the northwest.

Here in our village, picking lice is a very important part of the social structure. They have words for baby lice, medium size and the big un's!. They have a word for if just one person is picking one other person, or if they are all in a line, picking each other. A mother's reputation can suffer a blow if her kids are known for having bad lice, in other words, Mama's not keeping up with the pickin'. Whereas, other people love to have their heads picked, just because it's relaxing.

So, we go through a lot of lice shampoo, we use herbal remedies, we wash blankets and pillows frequently, but at the end of the day, there's always a few survivors!

Don't worry, next time we visit you, we'll make sure we're lice-free, but if you come to visit us.... you might want to bring your own pillow!! :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Things we love to do....

I love it when the Germans arrive!! Every month or two, a visiting German doctor and his 3 or 4 Filipino companions arrive in Lapok for what they call 'the rolling clinic'. It's a free clinic and it draws lots of people! I get to help take blood pressures, and I love it! I love to get to 'play doctor' and it gives me a great opportunity to see new faces!

The girls love weekends. It's 'friend time'. We generally feed 5 or 6 of their friends every Saturday and Sunday for lunch. It's a great time for Daisy and Ally to deepen their relationships and even practice their Tala Andig.

Josh loves hanging with his mate, Paul. we love our co-workers, and we're going to miss them so much this next year while they're back in Oz.