We had a great time in Sunday School last
week! The children sang so well and were very
attentive. We are studying Elijah right now -- so those are
very exciting stories. :) The sidewalk to the new bathrooms
is great! This week they finished the floors in the
bathrooms. They will start taking down the old bathroom soon.
The house is almost back to normal, but not quite. I had
hoped to finish taking down Christmas decorations this week,
but now I hope to finish next week. :) I'm really hoping to
finish on Monday -- so they aren't still up in February!
The workers have been plastering and keying the wall behind our
house. Thursday I was replacing clothes lines on the side
porch. I took my small Bluetooth speaker with me so I could
listen to the Mukwonago Wednesday evening service while I worked.
I think one of the guys didn't like the preaching -- he turned on
some music on his phone and started singing. :) It made me
wish that I had a bigger speaker. :)
It seems that Thursday was a busy day. :) It was the day
that I put together the game in the picture. It was also the
day of the snake story! Before I forget, I should warn you
that the last pictures are deceased snake pictures. If you
don't want to see them don't scroll past Panda.
So, as I was saying -- I have been working on Christmas
decorations. The other day I was looking for a small box that
I use for a manger scene. I pulled out a storage
container that was in the corner under a table in the
guesthouse because I thought it might be in there. I opened
the top, but didn't find the box. Since I was going to need
that container soon (relative term) I just left it where it
was. Later in the week I went into the guesthouse and
thought, "It smells like something died in here."
Since we are planning a thorough cleaning in there I didn't take
time to try to find it. I was thinking gecko, frog, or
rat. Of course I already gave away what it was with the
subject line, but I couldn't resist. :) Then later in the
week I wanted to bring over that last container. I didn't
notice the snake until I went back to the guesthouse to tuck
something into another container. I was very thankful that it
was very dead and that Panda hadn't followed me in. I think I
must have mortally wounded it when I slid the box earlier in the week.
The Lord protects us even when we don't know we need it! :)
With the above paragraph in mind I will tell another little story.
:) Panda has been trying to get behind some jerrycans of
water we keep on the side porch. I decided to ignore whatever
was back there and hope it went away. Last night Panda was
even more determined. Chuma even came in to tattle on him.
:) It's so funny when he does that! :) So, I
decided I'd better do something about whatever was behind the
containers. :) Normally I would be thinking gecko, frog, or
rat -- but this time I was also thinking snake. This morning
I went out to the container and got a hoe and put on my
gumboots. I really didn't think they were necessary, but I
thought they were prudent. After all if I had been bitten by a
snake you would be wondering why I wasn't more careful.
:) I kept an eye out for anything that moved as I picked up
each container. When I moved the second container I saw it --
this time there is a little suspense isn't there. :) A gecko
ran across the wall. Panda has an obsession with
geckos. He keeps a very close eye on the ones waiting for
bugs by the security lights at night. The good news was that
if there is a gecko there isn't a snake -- they aren't really
friends. It was very convenient having the water jugs on the
porch, but now they are in the container and Panda and I don't have
to wonder what is behind them.
Since we changed the Gatukuyu prayer meeting to Fridays
we spend much of Thursday and Friday reminding ourselves
what day it is and which prayer meeting we are going to! This
week two visitors came in while we were praying at Trinity.
We see one quite often when we go by the place that sells
pig's feet out front and traditional alcohol behind, and the
other works at a welding shop we pass on the way in to
church. After we finished praying we quickly discerned the
first man was drunk. He asked for money for food, but we
knew he was not going to buy the pig's feet! We offered him
something more valuable than money -- God's Word, which he wasn't
interested in at the time. We are praying that they will come
back seeking the truth.
Trusting in the LORD!