Saturday, April 2, 2011

Game Night and Water

Game Night

Once a week we have a game night.  After dinner, we clean the common room and then I pull out all the games.  The kids have their favorites and are easily entertained until bedtime.

Justina and Josephat LOVE playing memory.  We have lots of versions of the game but their favorite is the I Spy cards.

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Just a little twister action with Lweendo, Charles, and Gift.

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Blocks and toy cars.  The little kids love to play with these.  Robert plays while he eats (it takes him FOREVER to finish his food).  Emmanuel and his big grin.

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Lovemore and Alice

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They like to line up the blocks from one end to the other and watch the domino affect.

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Rabecca and Kennedy playing Mancala.  It’s definitely the most favored game.

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Festose jammin’ to his little radio.

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Robert praying…always praying.  When you ask Robert to pose for a picture he immediately holds his hands up as if he is praying.  He is always casting out demons and sending them to the devil.  True Pentecostal blood.  This boy makes me laugh.

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Water (or lack thereof)

I would like to invite you all to join me in my pity party while I lament about the absence of water.  For the past 6 weeks we have not had running water at the CRC.  Do you have any idea how many things you use water for and how much water is needed to do all of those things?  Let me just list a few things that come to mind…flushing the toilet, washing hands, brushing teeth, washing hair, bathing, drinking, washing plates, washing clothes, cooking, and the list goes on and on. 

This is how I clean myself everyday.  I squat in the tub (too scary to actually sit) and then splash water on myself.  I don’t think I’ve been really clean for six weeks (thank goodness for the weekends and the chance to actually shower in town.)

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This is where we get our water.  We fill up all the yellow buckets and carry them back to the house in a wheelbarrow.  We use this water for everything.

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Here I am pretending to be pumping the water.

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When in actuality this little boy pumps all my water.  I keep three buckets outside my bathroom.  When they are empty I stack them all up.  A few hours later I come back and the buckets have been filled…it’s like magic. 

Don’t know what I would do without my sweet Bwalya.

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The good news: the pump should be fixed on Monday and we’ll have running water by then.  The bad news: that’s what they said last week.

2 comments:

nAnnie-Laurie :-) said...

I feel for you!! I DO KNOW how it feels not to have running water ... even if only for 36 hours!! My septic tank had to be repaired, so the water went off for a few hours <3 it's an amazing gift and blessing, isn't it?? <3 <3

Heidi said...

So glad your water is running again but really, now you can say you've lived without water for weeks. Isn't that what it's all about?