This month has been busy! The distribution finished well—praise the Lord! We are so grateful for the selflessness and tireless effort of the pastors and leaders of the Toliara churches as they cared for their communities.
We’ve continued our documentary-watching this month with an excellent one about the Civil Rights Movement: Eyes on the Prize. It’s long but has been eye-opening and very helpful for us.
We celebrated Chyella’s and Nathan’s birthdays this past month! Chyella enjoyed some play time with friends, and also helping Daddy wash the dog on her birthday! To celebrate Nathan’s birthday I ended up making a coffee cake that was really over-the-top . . . we barely made it through! 😉
Jairus now has four teeth!! And he has already lost interest in crawling, and now is pulling up and cruising all over the place. He’s excited to get movin’ to keep up with his sister!
This month our landlord decided to tear up all of a certain type of tree in our yard. We’re very glad, because these trees carry caterpillars . . . which, we were surprised to learn, are not super cute and cuddly but actually cause lots of itchies! We’ve gotten lots of beautiful new trees, and new grass will be coming in soon! The weather is starting to turn warm here, so we’re looking forward to planning some time away in the next few months—at least a beach trip!
It’s Friday family update time again! 🙂 It seems in many ways like the days and weeks run together with the changes COVID has brought–I’m sure some of you can identify! We’re working through the Jesus Storybook Bible with Chyella in the evenings, and she’s really taking in the details this time through! Nathan and I feel similar watching The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross this month: we’re learning a ton too!
Some highlights from the past month–Jairus’ teeth came through! He’s got two front teeth now. And he’s still not crawling, but he gets around. He’s also given us about a week of normal sleep (5 – 6 hours straight)! That has been amazing.
Chyella is excitedly anticipating her birthday next week. She said goodbye to some of her best buddies here as they returned to England this past month, but she’s hangin’ in there. She’s still full of joy and energy as always! She’s gotten to try out tennis this month with some friends, and also play with our neighbors’ baby bunnies!
We were very thankful that a distribution project with Send Relief was approved this month, so we’ve been working with three of the local Toliara churches to provide some food for some of the most vulnerable. The churches and pastors have been working so hard to serve their communities, and we’re thankful we get to be a part! Chyella provided her counting and chalk skills to help us keep track of our measured out bags of peanuts and lentils. 🙂
We’ll try to check in one Friday a month to give some fun family updates! Like many of you, over the last few months we’ve stayed in more, and developed some new family routines to help offset the monotony! Chyella has really missed the French preschool here. She’s definitely our little extravert, as between COVID and our trip to South Africa for Jairus to be born she has only attended the school about two months total! But she loves it and misses her friends there. We do daily “work-sheeps” to keep up her school skills, and a few weeks ago we had a play day with colorful liquids–took me back to my Montessori days!
Jairus is basically a bundle of cuddles and giggles. He’s a super fun baby, is VERY close to crawling, and seems to have a couple of teeth trying to pop through. He has challenged us in the sleep department, though. Chyella always has slept like a champ . . . Jairus has introduced us to what we call the “midnight cry” . . . and the 1am cry, and the 2am cry—you get the idea. But he makes up for it in the daytime with his abundant cuteness!
Nathan and I have been working hard on lots of projects for our work here in Toliara and also trying to make the most of this strange time. On the fun side, we’re watching through the Mission Impossible movies. On the challenging side, in light of what’s happening in the USA, we’re trying to learn and grow in the area of racial justice. We have a lot to learn. Be the Bridge has been an incredible resource for us.
Also, shout out to Nathan’s brother Adam who got married last month–congrats Adam and Lily! We were sad not to be present but were excited for them throughout the day and have loved all the sweet pictures. We’re so grateful for family and friends in the USA, around the world, and here in Madagascar–especially during this time.
Thanks for tuning in to our monthly family update!