Sunday, February 21, 2016

It was a week!

Not much to say about this last week. We had half-term on Monday and Tuesday which while not relaxing per say, was a break from the hectic schedule we’ve been running with these last five weeks. It’s great to have Jill back; she had a bit of a week transitioning back into her full load, but thankfully she had the weekend and half-term to get over the worst of her jet lag.

I succumbed to the nasty sore throat that has been going around the students on Friday, managed to hang in there till Saturday lunch, and have been spending the weekend aggressively resting and drinking soothing fluids. Hopefully I’ll be functional tomorrow, and this will continue to get better quickly. Update: It's strep, and I'm now on antibiotics and already starting to feel better. Thank you for a nurse and good drugs!

Things are so damp right now that it is a constant fight to keep your cloths and shoes from mildewing. Here I'm drying some shoes with my fan on my trust cloths rack--you do what you gotta do!

Something I made over halfterm was this little holder for the unfortunate number of "No Name" papers I receive on a weekly basis. Why yes, there are penalties for such carelessness, but it hasn't seemed to cut down too much on incidents yet. *sigh* I keep telling them it's the easiest question on every sheet...

Parting shot: Look how full the dam is!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Leaves, Paper and Clouds

Hey—another busy week! Imagine that… Notable happenings of week 5 were as follows:

* Jill made it back safely, and was the hero of the hour as she brought the textbooks I ordered back with her. Wow, marking Latin was MUCH easier with the proper edition of the teacher book! So very thankful… I also have some grammar quizzes for my 6th graders now.

* In the grade 6 & 7 classroom we wrapped up our science unit on botany, and now that I am marking the exam, we’ll be moving on to history. I’m excited—ancient Sumer, here we come!

* I waded through the leaf collection projects my kids did for science and was once again amazed at the sheer variety of plants that grow around here.

* One evening last week we noticed this amazing phenomena—the sun was setting at just the right angle behind the big cumulonimbus cloud to create the amazing rainbow effect at the top. I love the Zambian skies!

* I continue in my paper making adventures with the senior girls Rally group; here are a few pictures of the process.

And the finished result:

Of course around these more interesting things were lots of marking, play and sing (solfedge sight reading) for a grade in the senior music classes, several hours of teaching, and the many other little odd jobs that go on during a typical school week here. This Monday and Tuesday are half-term, so there is a bit of a break from routine, but when we are so thinly staffed it doesn’t end up being as big of a ‘break’ as it might be. Let’s hope the rain holds off tomorrow!

Parting shot: The heavens declare the majesty of God…

Saturday, February 6, 2016


A few pictures from this past week. I was very busy, but a few things caught my attention as 'blog worthy.'

This is what my dad's birthday card looked like--I was just glad that they all fit on the front! The Zambian Postal Service raised the international postage rates drastically in December, from K5 to K25, but they haven't printed bigger denomination stamps yet. Good thing my dad loves stamps!

More boxes were unpacked and distributed; these ones are lots of lovely new school supplies. I totally get excited about binders, pens, and notebooks...

It's that time of year again--the time when you always have laundry drying in your house! My drying racks basically don't get put away from January till April. In this case, this is my damp laundry that came back from the school wash, so I went ahead and put it on hangers to more greatly facilitate putting it away.

In Rally I'm helping one girl at a time make a sheet of recycled paper while the others make paper beads. Here are a few of them, hard at work.

Well, I'm off this weekend, so I'm going to go do a bit more marking before I put it away for the evening. God is good!

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Visit and Recorders

I had my busiest weekend—lots of dishes, two rivers, and junior Sunday school in the afternoon. On top of that, some representatives from CMML, MSC, and Echoes (the American, Canadian, and British Brethren mission organizations) came out to talk about future planning. I always enjoy it when people from CMML come through; I so often feel forgotten out here. As I told Phil last night, it is such a gift to feel heard. So, thank you so much for taking the time to come out and visit us cantankerous, crazy, stubborn, opinionated people that you are supporting out here!

This last week I was really excited that the food order boxes were unpacked, as that meant that I got one of my boxes of things that I had ordered way back in August of last year. In this particular box was the new shipment of recorders that I had actually needed just that day for the grade 5 students. We start the kids on recorder in grade 5 here at Sakeji, and then get them into private piano, guitar, flute, or trumpet lessons in grade 7 or 6 if we have enough teachers. It was such blessing to get these just in time for the new school year!

In science class we are studying Botany, and on Friday we talked about the parts of a flower. So, we dissected some Flame Lilies and Hibiscus so we could experience the parts for ourselves. Here is an example of one of their papers:

Parting shot: We've been having a lot of very cold, rainy weather here; sunsets are a rare privilege!