One concern that came up a few times, and we're sure several of you wondered: Why don't we move the little table from between the beds and push them together? Excellent question. We saw it before moving in and thought the same thing and were even excited - 2 twins equals a king size bed, which we've never had! Well, it's bolted to the concrete wall. Bolted in such a way that it has become ONE with the wall. In addition, the bed frames fit so closely to the night stand that they are wedged against the wall and can't be moved. The shape of the room doesn't allow the beds to be turned, even if we could figure out how to free the frames, because they wouldn't fit. So, our only option is to pull the mattresses out onto the floor in the "living room," which just isn't handy in a tight living space. We've tried to figure out an option, and poor Geoff, every few days (especially when we first moved in) after my pleading, would try a new idea. We'd kill a couple hours lifting these surprisingly heavy mattresses into new positions, using creative resources. Alas, it's no use, but snuggling close isn't all bad.
I'm excited for all of you who said you were buying tickets to come visit. Just let us know when to come pick you up at the airport. We were hoping my folks would be able to come but their schedule didn't work out. However, we're VERY excited that Geoff's sister is coming at the first of August! We can't wait to see you Caryn! In reality I know how hard it is to get away and come to a place like this. We had to quite our jobs and sell most of what we owned to make it happen!
We truly are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live here. One of the motivating reasons for making this move when we did was that we were in critical need of some refocusing time, and healing. We still struggle with feeling guilty living in such a nice, clean, secure place when poverty is all around us. However, we are learning to accept this as a gift, for a season, and we praise God for it. He knew how much we needed it more than we did. When we are tired and hurting it is sometimes hard to allow God to work through us; to lay aside selfish thoughts that we aren't good enough to be useful to Him. It's not about us, though. We are NOT good enough; that's what makes His power, love, and hope so amazing...that He does THAT through US, and therefore it's HIS Glory. We pray He will continue to restore us and refresh us during this time so that our human weakness will not stand in the way of His power to work through us wherever He leads.
We've added a couple photos of the gardens around the house (it's just not right to refer to it as a yard).