8 weeks! That’s how long I was away from my dear family. When I think of it, I can hardly believe that we managed to survive being without each other for so long. First of all, I am so grateful to Dennis for being Mr. Mom for so long… for bearing the responsibilities of both parents, and doing it with grace and love. A missionary friend of mine (Mandy Smith – a great friend and faithful pray-er) commented that this was a testimony of how much Dennis loves his family, and it was evident that God was his support the entire time. Also, I am so proud of my two girls who helped share the load of doing the cooking for the family! Leaving my family back in Canada was heart wrenching, but when I heard that Grace wasn’t doing well (she had a stomach bug), I knew that it was time to get back home.
A number of great things happened while I was away, one of which is that Jackie and Dean came to visit!! I can’t believe that I wasn’t here, that made me so sad. Dennis and the kids were so excited! Jackie helped Valarie (the school administrator) in the office (organizing the students files, teaching Valarie how to print labels), she organized the supply room, and helped in the library. Dennis told me that he was so proud of his sister… the fact that she’s so industrious, and brave!! I would be remiss to mention the fact that Jackie and Dean helped to lift the spirits of my family here… making life a little easier and fun! Dean, was helping at the school building shelves, and preparing for future construction work at the girls home. Thanks to both Dean and Jackie for making the effort to come out and for officially being the first family members to set sail to the seven seas and visit us here!
School was out for much of the time that I was away; however, the Grade 7’s did sit for their mock exam in July… we received the results back from the Ministry today! Many of our students passed the cut-off point!!! Off to Grade 8 they go… oh wait, they don’t have to go anywhere! Why, you ask?!? Because LIFESONG HARMONY SCHOOL WILL HAVE GRADE 8 NEXT YEAR!!! Thank you again, donors (we really like you guys!!).
We are so excited to announce that one of our pre-school teachers (Marian) got engaged! Her fiancé came to the school and surprised her with the ring! Congratulations Julius and Marian!!
In closing, I read this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I could relate to when I travel back to Canada from Africa. It reads, “it’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.”
Until next time.