More About the Willards...
When it rains, it pours.
In the last month, I've had my phone stolen, the lens on my camera broke, the battery on my laptop died and the charger is shorting out, and then last night, the coup de grâce: the internal hard drive on my laptop died. Lost some important work and other documents.
Well, at least I was able to buy a used hard drive in the downtown market today and am working on getting my laptop back up to full functionality. I have no idea why all this is happening at once! Maybe the salty air where we live.
At the guesthouse where we're staying in Tana, there's a small washing machine with a little window so you can see the clothes spinning around. Ever since Matimu first saw it a few years ago, he's been simultaneously terrified and fascinated by it. When we talk of "Tana", the first thing he always says is "washing machine!"
Well, this time that we've been here, the machine has been broken and Matimu has still enjoyed seeing it just sitting there immobile on the lawn and talks about it to his Malagasy friends he's playing with. Today someone has been trying to fix the washing machine and it's working slightly. Matimu runs around it at a wide angle and then cautiously approaches it to see it closer. While eating lunch, Matimu said:
"God made the washing machine soooo special" very matter-of-factly.
I think it's awesome what fascinates him growing up here and what ideas he latches onto. Of course we've been teaching him that God made everything, but that's easier to explain without exceptions on Nosy Mitsio (where there are few things that are man-made and a LOT of beautiful nature) and much harder when it comes to all the technology of a large city like Tana!
Lora to Matimu: "Would you like to have a brother or sister?"
Matimu: "Yeah... Could you make it please?"
So here it is! I know this ultrasound is a terrible photo, but that's our boy at 20 weeks. He should be arriving in early December. :-)
You can tell Matimu's grown up in rural Africa: we've been in town for a couple weeks now and he's amazed at all the different "machines".
In the grocery store the other day, he was shocked to see a door open and close without a person touching it. He was excited to see it, but also too afraid to try the "door machine" himself, so we used the manual door.
Yesterday, at the guesthouse we're staying at, he excitedly pointed to the faucet and exclaimed his realization: "That's a water machine!"
Adam Willard: Please pray for my mom! My parents had a great visit here in Madagascar and just left yesterday. Along the way home (on their flight from Kenya to London) my mom started having seizure-like episodes together with heart palpitations (her heart actually stopping for short times) and it's happened many times along the flight and since. They entered a hospital in London this morning and I'm waiting to hear more news. Please be praying for a quick return to health for my mom and safe return home for both my parents.
Adam Willard: After travelling non-stop for days, we made it to Nosy Mitsio! Only one big obstacle along the way, broken down for a few hours, then trouble with the driver. But we made it and are off to a great start on Nosy Mitsio!
There’s a lot we don’t know about living near the ocean and depending on it for so many aspects of our lives. I should’ve had my first clue about that over a month ago when I took my first boat ride to Nosy Mitsio from Port St Louis…
Early last winter, we accompanied one of our primary schools to a far-off township as their “Under 12” boys’ soccer team competed for the title of provincial soccer champions. It was an exciting time for us, to take an all-day trip with some of our school’s students and almost all the staff to a place [...]