"Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jonathan photo shoot

Jonathan is developing an interesting personality. 

He hates to be in his car seat, stroller or anything confining

He likes to play with daddy or mommy or both, not alone, thank you very much

When he is nursing, he stops every minute to sit up and look around and grab things

-to counteract that one, I am trying to sing to him to keep his interest so he doesn't have to sit up during nursing-

He screams like a monkey when he wants daddy's food.

In fact, he thinks he is entitled to daddy's food. Especially anything out of a cup or eaten from a spoon

He makes a fake coughing noise to get attention

He pants when he is excited (or screams)
He likes to read stories

He laughs when you laugh, or when you make silly noises for him.
He is very sweet and likes kisses and cuddle time.
I love you Jonathan!

Okoboji with Oromo Church

On Sunday we went with Tes' church to Okoboji! I have yet to get used to being a minority. It is fun but hard. I enjoyed the church picnic because it gave me the opportunity to communicate with them in English, whereas their church services are conducted in Oromo. Since I can't understand Oromo (or only a few words anyhow), the services are hard for me. I enjoy their music, but I can't sing along. I did start trying to lalala along with the melody just for fun at the picnic. And I could clap my hands with them if I could overcome my awkward feeling. The prayers are really fun to listen to and watch, but I can't understand much of what they are saying, so I cannot truly pray along, but I can pray my own prayer along with them.

So yes, I did enjoy the church picnic. Here, Jonathan is playing with one of the children. She is playing with his toy. Later in the day, apparently he stole her toy away from her and made her cry. 

Playing a game of volleyball/soccer :)

We all went for a cruise around the lake on a small ship called Queen Anne (I think that was the name.) It was actually pretty cool!

You can't tell, but we were actually on the second story.

Here is a rundown of the words that I understand in their Oromo services:
Waka (God)
Eyesus Christos (Jesus Christ)
Toko, Laama, Sadee (one, two, three) (from them testing their microphones. haha!) 
(Sorry. I'm sure my Oromo spelling is atrocious.)

photo shoot at Falls Park

On Saturday we went to Falls Park and did a photo shoot, before going grocery shopping. It was so hot out and I left my jacket in the car. The best part was standing so close to the waterfall that we got sprayed on. 

Tes and I have been married for one month now! I am so blessed to have such a husband. His faith in God is encouraging to me every day. His gentle patience with me is so calming to my spirit. 
That's not to say we haven't had any disagreements yet. :)
But I love being married to him. God has blessed me far beyond what I deserve!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A house in Ethiopia

Tes' family is building houses to rent out. It is so crazy how much different their houses look than ours! This is the house they have been working on.

This is Tamene working--In this picture they were clearing away the old house that was there before. I'm not sure who the other person is.

On another note. As I am watching Jonathan play and try to climb all over the couch next to me, I had this thought: If babies had the same attitudes a lot of adults get sometimes, they would never learn to walk. They would lie down in despondence and bemoan their state of helplessness. 

Guess that means I should get going on the mess in this house instead of bemoaning it . . . ;)

So long for the weekend! (Just caught Jonathan as he was about to roll off the couch.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My brothers-in-law

So I really wanted to do a post on our weekend from over a week ago, but I still haven't gotten pictures off of Tes' phone.

I decided I would do a post on my brothers in law.

I have only met these guys over the phone or over skype, but I'll share what Tes has told me about them. 

Here is Daniel. He is the oldest (beside Tes). He works in computer technology and I think he is getting married next year! He likes to play ping pong, and being out of doors.

The next brother in law is Tamene. He is an accountant/auditor. He loves to watch movies and sing and play guitar, as well as be with friends.  He enjoys history, math and art. He also likes to joke around a lot.

After Tamene is Adane. He is a mechanic. Tes says that he can build anything. He makes furniture and sells it on the side.He also welds. He likes to play soccer. Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of him.


The last brother is Dawit, or David. He just finished his first year of medical school. No kidding. Apparently he is very intelligent (although I think they all are . . .) He is kind of quiet and serious and studies a LOT.

They all seem like pretty cool guys and I hope to meet them someday. But not now--I want to stay away from all Ebola virus particles if I can. 

Oh, and here are some pictures of Tes, the oldest brother, my husband, so that you can compare family resemblance. ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding Picture II

So far, happily married! ;) Tes told me he has never had so many different kinds of food in a week, before marrying me. Guess he likes what I cook. And he is pretty awesome about cleaning the bathroom and taking out the trash. We never discussed it but he seems to volunteer. Isn't that just the sweetest thing? 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jonathan pictures

Jonathan has gotten great at sitting! He has been sitting by himself for two weeks now.

He likes to chew on everything--his fingers, his teddy bear, his stroller . . .

He rolls mostly only when he is in bed and is supposed to be sleeping.  Otherwise he just rolls on his side, then back again.

He ate rice cereal yesterday. He liked it, kind of! Daddy also gave him tastes of his chocolate milkshake today at lunch time before I could stop him. Jonathan loved the milkshake and begged and demanded for more. (Daddy!!!????)

Daddy and Jonathan are great buds and hang out quite a bit. Here, Daddy has given Jonathan his cell phone to listen to music on. It was early this morning and Jonathan got us up, like he always does. :)

I am enjoying all of Jonathan's milestones. I am so proud of him getting big and strong and developing a little personality. But I was reading a book, First Time Mom, by Dr. Kevin Leman, and was reminded that what really matters is the character he develops. Dr. Leman wrote, "Human development isn't a race, it's not who gets anywhere first! Character takes seasoning and really isn't seen until we're adults. I can probably drum up hundreds of kids who rolled over onto their stomachs before all their peers--and who ended up in jail."  

I believe we can see some of the character before we're adults, as "Even a child is known by his doing," but the moral of the story is to be focused on training a child up to fear and love God.

That is a sobering responsibility.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Horrifying, simply horrifying.

Eeeek! I cannot believe what just happened. I went to the courthouse today to change my driver's license--update my name and address.

This evening I pulled out my temporary license, only to discover that I signed my maiden name instead of my new name! Ahhhh. The name on my license will be correct but the signature will not.

What can I say. The new card cost me $15.

I never cease to amaze myself.

Friday, August 8, 2014

wedding picture

This is pretty much the only wedding picture I have so far with myself and Tes in it! Hopefully I will get more pictures and be able to share a couple better ones ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ethiopian Cultural Tips and Other

Well. It has been too long since I’ve posted. I must say, it was a busy couple of weeks. My wedding, my cousin’s wedding, moving across the state . . . not to mention that I don’t have internet in our apartment (!!!!!).

How does one live without internet?? One doesn’t.  I utilize the local library. Very helpful.
It has been interesting trying to get settled. I finally took care of the mountain of clothes on our bedroom floor.  It is definitely improved.

Sunday we went to Tes’ church. They had an event going on there in which all the different cultural groups that meet at that church came together for a unified worship service. They had a great meal with food from all of the different cultures—Oromo, Laos, American and Anouak (South Sudanese):  Enjera, egg rolls, fried noodles, potato salad, etc.

Some interesting cultural information: In many Ethiopian cultures, when you greet an acquaintance, you ask them at least twice how they are. The exchange would be like this: “How are you doing?” “I’m well, how are you doing?” “I’m good, how are you?” I am doing well, you are doing fine?” This is very different from what I am used to. It can feel slightly awkward. Tes told me, however, that the exchange between friends can be up to five times of asking each other how they are doing.

That explains why when I talk to his brothers over the phone, the whole conversation is usually “how are you,  I’m good, how are you?” over and over again until it gets too awkward for me and I said goodbye. Guess I never quite make it past the greeting! (Sorry, dear Bro’s in Law)

Back to Sunday. A very sweet Oromo lady, Hawi, gave us some of her very own specially cooked Chukoo, pronounced kind of like Choko(the Amharic word for it. I don’t remember what it is called in Oromo). The name is quite fitting, as I felt like I might choke on it when I first tried it because of the dry texture. Since she gave us a whole cup packed full of it, Tes and I tried to eat it while we sat by the lake. It is a pasty, floury substance with a salty cardamom flavor. The trick to eating it is to only take a tiny pinch at a time. Then you won’t  Chukoo.

I’m sure the other people at the beach thought we were eating sand. ;)

Jonathan was a little shy of the water. Probably colder than what he is used to.

In the evening we checked out the state park. Got to see lots of friendly buffalo and climb in a “tipi.” My camera had gotten dropped and wasn’t working for the afternoon, so all of the pictures are on Tes’ phone. The quality is questionable.

Until Next Time!