Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Birth, fevers and a little hanging out...

Its been an interesting week and a half.. nothing too exciting going on besides the plague that is sweeping through our community of 400+.. ok so maybe plague is a strong word to describe the flu bug that is at play in the fields of the Lord... ok sorry another bad pun.. (At Play in the Fields of the Lord is a movie where the flu sweeps through a unreached tribe in the Amazon )
anyhow..there has been lots of coughing and sneezing and fevers and people walking around looking half alive.. but even though it is one of the downfalls of living and eating in a community.. it is also a blessing to have people around to help when you need it and what a caring community we live in!!

We are all on the mend and thankfully although 3 of us got it Bruce remained healthy and could carry us all through the worst of it.. and truly we were blessed that we only got coughs and fevers and felt yucky for a few days.. The kitchen has been cooking up this spicy coconut curry soup that has been burning away the germs (I am convinced!) Ok enough with the sick talk!! :)

So I bet you wonder what we do all day??
Here is a schedule that we follow..
830a-930a ----- intercession (prayer) groups or worship
945-1000a ----- tea time!
1000a- 1230p-----  Heather class
1230p-130p ----- lunch
130p-330p ------Bruce work duties/Heather with Ab & Jo
345p- 5pm ----- 3x a week Heather classroom activities
530p - 630pm -- Dinner

Monday 630p-830p-- Heather class
Tuesday 630pm-830pm-- Heather small group
Wednesday --- free/study night
Thursday --430p-7pm  Evangelism in Perth
Friday ---- 700p-1000pm Friday night meeting (base church service)
Saturday--- sometimes free, sometimes school obligations, sometimes work duties
Sunday--- hour of intercession (prayer) and free day

Abigail has preschool mon-tues-weds 9am-12pm
and when I'm in class Bruce and the kids are exploring Perth, playing at parks, library story time, shopping for Bickies (biscuits or cookies) and breakfast supplies..

We have a very full schedule!! its so busy and we are doing well with it.. It was a rough couple of weeks getting into it but we have been able to get into the swing of things.

This last week we had an amazing German midwife teaching us who has been practicing in East Africa for the past 20 years. She now currently helps run a YWAM medical clinic on the coast of Tanzania.  She lives there with her husband and 4 children. She taught on normal labor and delivery and the value of life.  It was a jam packed week of teaching and even ended with some role playing of mothers in labor and midwives assisting!! that was interesting! :)
Here are a few pics from class.. I swiped these from a few classmates.. I need to remember my camera in class more often.

Bek our fearless leader (left) assisting Beate (Midwife teacher) with the fetal rotations in birth

Bek our fearless leader!

This is a role play from our Antenatal clinic week.. we literally stuff our shirts and pretend to be pregnant women/healthcare workers.. hahaha

 Other than that.. weve been just laying low... and hanging out.. here are a few more pictures from the last week and a half...
of course there are Koalas hanging out in the trees in Australia

Josiah's art work.. I love the man on the right!!  He also wrote his name last week!!

smoothies for the sickies :)

 There is a birthday on base almost every night so there is always singing and sparklers (Aussie style.. this day was Andrea's (from my class) Birthday.  Josiah is terrified of the sparklers.. but we are working through it :) Hopefully in time for his birthday!

some of our class in the dining room.. (minus me and Josiah)
                                     a few more pics from 2 weekends ago at the nature park

This pic is for Mom (Wilkens) who was asking about big Joeys in mommas pouches :)

and of course I have a rival in my class... only Jesus can heal this!

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