Brian’s out for the evening, so I thought I’d just update our blog with some random every-day living info, for those of you that still read this! I know we’ve been awful at updating lately. Hopefully that will change soon.
Summer is really pretty here in Picapiedra. Even though we’ve had some overcast days, and one morning I swear it rained, overall, we’ve had gorgeous, sunny, warm days with cool evenings and nights. The temperature stays around the high 70’s, low 80’s, and it’s just really nice out! We’re quite happy with the weather right now! Nice change from the HEAT of Iquitos and the CHILL of Peruvian winter. Our blog platform is not allowing us to upload pictures these days, so until Brian can figure out the problem, you’ll have to deal with no pictures. Definitely disappointing – sorry about that.
Our days lately have consisted of me in bed til at least 10 and Brian working on a co-worker’s house and making sure campus maintenance is getting done. My morning sickness began at night, but has now shifted to actual morning (sometimes afternoon and evenings, too), so my mornings are very slow. The last couple of days have been good, which lately has meant that a bad day is on the horizon. But, you never know. I’m 10 weeks pregnant, so things should start clearing up soon. We hope. I haven’t started school yet. It was supposed to start Monday (the 15th), but one kid is still on vacation, the classroom repairs aren’t done, decorations aren’t done, and I just haven’t felt good enough to be teaching all day. Brian should have the new wall up (dividing the classroom into two rooms) by early next week and then I can finally decorate, which means maybe the week after we can begin.
Brian’s finishing up on our co-worker’s house. Once it’s to the point where he’s done, he’s going to finish the school, do some work on our house, and finish getting the campus ready for IBYM students to arrive. He’s had a very small team this summer, so he’s looking forward to getting back into the routine of IBYM students doing work in the afternoons. As much as they hate working and some don’t understand the point, it’s a bigger help than they realize.
We have two guys from PA visiting until the beginning of April. They were here last June and July (they built and installed our doors and put up our family sign over our front door). It’s nice to have them back. They do a lot of work while they’re here! I’m cooking for them for the next two weeks. Might just be sandwiches, but we’ll enjoy the company. 🙂
Also this weekend, our new American co-workers, Adam and Becky Weiss, are showing up with their two little girls. Then the following week, another American couple coming to do IBYM will arrive. We’re looking forward to American teammates and it’ll be interesting to see dynamics change around campus.
We’re in the process of seeing if we can get a car. There’s a friend of ours that’s selling one that’s not quite functioning at the moment. It’s currently at a trustworthy, Christian mechanic’s shop and we’re waiting on his report of how much it’ll cost to get it fixed. We should know by the end of the week and we’re praying super hard that it’s in our price range. We have literally NO transportation (I can’t ride on the motorcycle and Brian can’t do all the grocery shopping on it) at the moment, so like tonight, we basically ran out of groceries waiting for a car to become available. We’re learning to S-T-R-E-T-C-H every shopping trip! But, a car, especially with the baby coming, would be a God send.
Speaking of baby, I got to go to the doctor again last week. I was a little nervous not knowing how my thyroid is handling this, but all my test results came back perfect! We both feel that’s somewhat of a miracle. Brian wasn’t able to go with me and he was so disappointed because the doctor found the heartbeat last week, too, so I got to hear the little “woopwoopwoop” of our baby’s heartbeat for the second time. I have to admit, it’s a little surreal. I’m not sure I’ll ever not cry when I hear or see this little one during these months. God is so good to us. The doctor told me she probably wouldn’t find it with the Doppler and not to worry. Two minutes later, she had it and she couldn’t stop saying how strong and healthy it was for being for small. Praise the Lord!
Our newsletter has actually been written since February, but…I don’t know what happened…it should go out soon! If you’re following the blog you’re getting more info than the newsletter anyway. 🙂 But just in case you’ve been looking for one… it’s coming.
We think of you all often and even though we’re not writing, that doesn’t mean we’re not here! 🙂 We love hearing from you all, so feel free to drop us a note. We’ll get some pictures and more interesting info on here soon. Thanks for tracking with us!