Friday, June 26, 2009

Settling In

We're home :-)

It will take a while for my heart and mind to catch up with the emotions of it all.

In the mean time, I am struck by simple things we consider normal here that are not a part of our days in Europe or the States.

Here's my short list of things I do regularly that maybe you don't do...

1. Filter the water twice. First round to remove fluoride (highest levels in the world here and will leach calcium from my bones) and second round to remove bacteria.

2. Wash my fruits and veg with slightly bleachy water to kill germs before I put the produce away.

3. Wash hands even before breakfast.

4. Raise a lot of our meat in the form of very cute bunnies. (My apologies to any vegetarian or vegan friends.)

5. Buy fresh/raw milk from a friend and boil it on the stove before letting it cool and putting it in fridge.

6. Consider whether or not I am free to wear trousers depending on what people group I'm going to be with.

7. Bake bread 2 or 3 times a week.

8. Crack each egg I'm going to use into a cup before adding to the bowl of ingredients just in case it's a bad egg. I once had 6 out of 12 eggs hold partially formed dead chicks. Not so fun...

9. Fall asleep on weekends hearing loud outdoor church crusades happening. Wake up early to the Mosque call.

10. Make a thermos of chai for our watchman last thing every night before I go to bed.

8 comments:

Sue said...

You are the servant I love!! chai to your nightwatchman...thank you for your servant heart that covers the people who watch over you! Your list gives us a window into your world. love to you and yours

lisa said...

Well, it's a very small gesture. I don't envy his job of sitting up all night outside our house!

Love to you and yours as well :-)

dana said...

Oh, oh, and I have the very sweetest memories of being with you while you tended to almost everything on that list...

I will need to return so that I may partake of the rabbit at your supper table..and I say that with a very grateful heart for all of God's creature...

So glad that you are all home safely.

Carrie said...

Each of those things is a teensy piece of the definition of "home". I hope you're settling in well.

sifluralin said...

these are good paints to color us a small picture.
you are such a woman lisa, generous and hardworking.

Anonymous said...

Terrific.... When I read this to Ruth she had the idea that we post this list on our front door, to remind us as we enter our home, we'd remember what you are doing in your home and that we might be mindful to pray for these tasks at hand. You are precious and we love you Lisa! -The Bakers

lisa said...

Well, thank you, all. I don't have to do each of these things EVERY day. The only ones I do EVERY day is wash my hands (a lot) and make chai for our watchman. The other things happen as needed...

Tehur said...

I want to go back so bad it makes my heart hurt! Is that a common feeling to people who have visited Africa and fallen in love with it?
Give Heather, Colin and Mr. B a really big hug and then ask them to give you a big group hug from me:) Love you so much!!!!