Sunday, October 28, 2012

The slaughter

This time of the year rolled around again--the sheep sacrifice.  Here is our neighbor's sheep hanging from their roof.

 It is hard work for the women.  Here our neighbor is taking the intestine and cleaning it and splitting it open with her fingers.  There is a fancy little braid they make and then they cook it in a stew-type dish.

 Here is some fat hanging on a line.  On the first day they barbeque the liver and either wrap it with this thin fat or (for the health conscious) put a small piece of fat between the pieces.  It's quite good, highly seasoned and tasty.

 Our neighborhood friends who have quite a business going--they burn the fur off of the heads and legs of the sheep.  They pull in a bit of money (but notice all of the staff needing to be paid!!).

A very unique time!  The actual slaughter of the sheep usually includes the whole family, kids included.  It's kind of like our "trimming the Christmas tree," a festive and happy time.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

1st Day of School


We did start in early September, but thought I'd still post "First Day of School photos" because they'll remain in these grades for the rest of the year.  They are getting older and hopefully wiser too.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

His kind provision--sorghum

Having to keep a gluten free diet in a developing country can be a bit daunting.  But God has provided every step of the way.  Our recent find was at the feed store as we were getting bunny food.  Having never seen the grain in the photo I immediately asked what it was.  "Food for doves," was the reply.  Hmmm.  We took a few grains home and sure enough, it's sorghum!  Sorghum flour is used a lot in gluten free cooking in the states. It's a whole grain, high in fiber and iron and rich in antioxidants.  Bring it on!  We went back, bought 2 kilos (he said his wife also grinds it up and adds it to her bread), and brought it home and ground it and sifted it.  I'm so thankful to have another option besides rice and corn flour.  Hooray!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Trip to Remember

We were overwhelmed by God's kindness to us this summer.  The boys were planning on going to a boy scout camp.  Instead of just the boys going and flying, the thought of all going and camping on our way there sounded appealing.  With God's provision of a hefty tax return, a trusty car, and a wonderful other family that we travelled with...memories were created that I will relive and savor for a long time.  We packed up our camping gear, got on a ferry that took us across the Strait of Gibraltor, and off we went!

Jumping into an Italian lake.
Learning skills at camp.
"I'm on the top of the world looking down on creation."
Summer tobaggan runs
Eating "Mozartkugal" in Salzburg
Enjoying the scenery and anything minty in Venice

Celebrating our 18th anniversary on the road.  I love him.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Professing and dunking

On June 29th, Elijah and Josiah were baptized.  A special group surrounded them as they professed Christ and were baptized.

A passage from a wonderful song by Andrew Peterson sums it up--
"I heard the call and came, they buried me beneath the water then I rose again.

I believe He is the Christ, Son of the living God.

All I know is that I was blind but now I see
That though I kick and scream Love is leading me.
And every step of the way His grace is making me
With every breath I breathe He is saving me and I believe."

May the Lord continue to "make" our sons by His grace.
So thankful for His salvation in Christ alone.

Monday, October 15, 2012

End of school year photos

 Hannah finished off last year with much joy.  She enjoyed her little friends.

She had a very special French teacher who took care of her and really wanted her to learn.  
We thank God for Soumaya.

16 year old in the house!

Elizabeth turned 16 at Auntie Sara and Uncle Brian's house last June 22nd.  She went back to the states to take part in her online school's "end of the year gathering" and then travelled to my sister's house and had a wonderful time with the nieces and new nephew.  We love family.