Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ninafuraha kuongea tunakaa numbani yetu sasa!
It is my pleasure to tell you we are staying in our house now!

We are settling into our new home. We have stayed here for two nights. Rob, the kids, and I LOVE being in our own home. The kids have really adjusted well to living here, but they seem even happier and more secure now that we are home. Shelbyanne and I resumed homeschooling today to complete her kindergarten year. We had a great time. She is so smart. I have no doubt she will be ready for first grade. That is a big prayer need though. We thought she was “in” the first grade class at the only Christian school here. However, we found out last week that she is actually on the waiting list. I cried that day. Rob and I think that school is the best place for her, but we are open to the Lord’s plan if it is different. We would just like some wisdom on what steps to take. The Asst. Principal didn’t give me any idea of when I might know if she is in the class. Basically another child has to decide not to attend for Shelbyanne to get in, and I am not even sure she is first on the waiting list. I experienced this from the school’s side when I was teaching in Korea. It is so much different being a parent. The question is…Do I order homeschool materials for our church group to bring over this summer when they come, or do I wait and trust/hope that she will get into the first grade class for the beginning of the year.
We are progressing well in our language learning. We are speaking Swahili as much as we are able and are soaking in as many new words as we can each day. The more I learn, the more I realize that there is so much yet to learn. The kids love learning Swahili, and have started saying things in Swahili instead of English. (like…Asante sana “thank you very much” and Pole sana “very sorry for something that I didn’t cause” and Samahani “sorry for something that I did cause”)
Today our “house helper” took me to the market to buy vegetables and fruits. It was awesome. I spent about $15 and got so much. I think this will be a weekly thing. I won’t go without her until I know the language and they are used to seeing me come. I was using the Swahili that I know and people were surprised. What fun!
Well, I must go again for now. It is time to start preparing supper. Below are a few pictures of the kids this week. Hope you all are having a wonderul day wherever you are!


Emily hanging out with the sisters. One sister was pretending to cary Emily's reindeer as a baby. So funny!

More Animal fun. The girls loved to visit the pigs and ducks where we were staying. Sometimes the pigs and ducks would come a visit us as well.Today we put Donovan in his room for nap time and closed the door. He wore himself out and then fell asleep where he was laying. Love that boy!

1 comment:

  1. Amy,

    I love reading your posts and seeing the pictures from Tanzania. It looks like you all are really settling in well. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Keep up the good work in learning a new language!

    Mary Ellen Blandford
    (from Community Baptist)