Thursday, November 6, 2008

Well I have like 10 minutes online. We are in lilongwe and just getting our bank accounts set up and stopped in the Peace Corps office. Tina and I are learning Chitenbuka which means we'll be in the north. Right now we live in a village in a mud it with a thatch roof. It is rather hot here which surprisingly makes me a selfish jerk. I get to a point where I just get snotty with people because...I don't know, just because.

Its like everything here has to do with the little things. Little things annoy me like, why is the truck 10 minutes late; why is the language class at a different place today; why can't I find my toothbrush. And it flips me out. It gets me a bad mood and I loose perspective of why I'm here. But then it is the little things that are just awesome like My students want to take picture with me on his camera (I don't even know if it had film in it); my host family's son's face lights up when I toss a bouncey ball at him: my host mother looks at me like I am giving her an extravagant gift and it is a bunch of 4 carrots.

Life is simple here. You have what is in the village and what is in the village is all there is. Days drag by, and weeks shoot past. We miss everyone back home. Thank you for the posts on the blog it is very very good to hear from people. Shane you make me laugh, and I bet we are the best 2 man somersault team in the business (haven't seen any Malawians though). I hope Apple Butter was fun if you did it, and thanks giving goes well.

7 comments:

Renee Rupp said...

Hey guys! It is so great to hear from you! I can't imagine the drastic change of life that you just went through! I am proud of you guys for what you do though! I never could do it, that's for sure! Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! We miss you but know you are where God wants you right now. Love you guys!
Renee Rupp

Ashley Waterbury said...

it ok brother, the little things make life fun! Haha have patience ;) I love you!

Ryan Klump said...

Great to hear from you! Josh has been yelling at halo more than usual lately. Im beginning to think its more because you aren't there to complain to! I can only imagine that i would be the same way with the small stuff! You will get used to things im sure and then when you get back here it will be nuts how fast and crazy things get around here! I pray that the language bariers are falling down with extreme haste! Love and miss you guys stay safe!

Michelle Bekkering said...

Wow! I didn't expect to hear from you two for a few more months. It’s so good to know that you are surviving the heat. Perhaps you aren't thriving in it yet...but that will come :) We missed you at the wedding. It was everything I had hoped it would be (with the exception of missing my favorite college roommate). Curtis surprised me and took me to Aruba for the honeymoon. I loved the heat - but I know I couldn't live in it all year. You aren't getting burned are you? Let us know if you need us to send you more sun tan lotion ;)
We love you two!

MOM said...

Hi Guys, things will get better with time. Great surprise with an up date on blog. We you think of the heat there, it could be snow here. Love and miss you both. God be with you!!!! Mom R

Anonymous said...

Brother rememeber when u came home from school one time and told me to never download the game SNOOD? yea well i didn't listen. I had ever intention of doing so but then i though o ill just play fora little bit and it won't be a big deal...three hours later i realized i now felt dumber for not realizing i had been playing for 3 hours. so the smart thing to do would be to take off my computer but i can't... i blame you for introducing me to this game. i hope u are happy with yourself

love you!
ash

Josh said...

The greatest saints that I've read of are those that perfected joy and humility in the simplest things of life--washing dishes, sweating in the garden, being counted as not-important by others. God grant you the grace to stare your insignificance square in the face and choose love and life none-the-less. J.