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Friday, January 6, 2012

Shopping & Making Friends

The kids are really enjoying our new outdoor lifestyle. It's only because of the intermittent rains that they come indoors. The first couple of days here, I found Wesley putting on his shoes or sandals as soon as he got out of bed!

We have been able to explore some of the things immediately surrounding our compound. There is a bit of an open market with fruit and vegetable stands about 5 minutes away from our place. This was a cultural experience! Rob and I, accompanied by our very capable neighbors, have each been taken to different stores as we search for things that we didn't bring with us. One of our first larger purchases was a washing machine, and from the sounds of it that was quite the experience itself. The way Rob explained it to me it sounded like the purchase required about 10 signatures witnessed by several other people and paperwork. As well, most appliances are tested at the store once they are purchased to ensure they work. I suppose if they worked at the store, theoretically they should work at home and there should be no need for any returns. I'd imagine returning anything would be next to impossible.

Faith is already over at a "friend's" house this afternoon, and she is becoming pretty attached to our next door neighbor's son. After six months without friends, I am happy to see her make friends so easily and enjoy being with other people.

The rainy season has started I think, which means as soon as the laundry is hung, it starts to rain on it. :)

A couple of pictures of the children playing in the backyard.


Kathy January 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM  

This looks so much like Tim and Jill's yard in Brazil! Memories. Prayers for all of you!

Amanda January 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM  

Awesome! Thanks for updating your blog! I love the photos. I'm glad the kids seem to be adjusting well. Do remember, Faith has had friends in the last 6 months, they've been Wes and Joyanne! So good they've had each other!

Josh and Jocelyn R. Plett January 8, 2012 at 8:03 AM  

nice. i especially like the "very capable neighbours" part. LOL.