So, here are some photos from our first week in the country. We have been busy with construction almost every day. If you would like more construction photos, go to the Restoring Hope International Facebook page and you'll see the progress.
Here is a brief description of the photos found here:
1. We didn't have pots and pans for a few days, so we got a very small grill. Our other grill is coming in the container, which due to a strike has been delayed in the Middle East for several weeks. Good times all around.
3. This is Meredith in the middle of the night on our second night in the country. Jet lag also affects children. Fortunately, she spent a couple hours coloring, then fell asleep on the floor without disturbing others - namely her parents - too badly.
4. Drake decided to disrobe and use his Pack'N'Play as toilet facilities. Which he then thought was fascinating. Needless to say, he and his bed needed a significant amount of scrubbing.
5. Meredith is cuddling with Alli, her bear that Aunt Rosina took her to make. "Alli" used to be her imaginary friend that lived in California (this according to her). Now Alli is her teddy bear. So we're making some progress on the whole imaginary friend thing.
6. Reunions have been every bit as joyful as we anticipated. Here Meredith is with Val, one of our dear South African friends.
7. Another reunion that we have enjoyed is with the boys from Thabong. Pictured here are DJ and Brilliant. Several of them are still in college, so we won't see them until the next school break in June. DJ and Brilliant have been helping with construction. If you look at the Facebook photos and video, these are the two you'll see working with us. It was encouraging to us that on our first day in the country, during lunch break, these two boys were asking us many spiritual questions. We haven't been able to start the Bible Study back up yet, but that hasn't prevented some good conversations.