Saturday, February 25, 2006
So today was a rainy Saturday . . .and Clint and I spent the whole day painting our living room cause our carpets are disappearing on Wednesday! Under the nasty stained carpet is WOOD FLOORS!!! I am so excited. Turns out all the homes built in the 50s here have wood floors underneath 70's carpeting. No more pink walls and nasty carpet for the Archer Abode!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Luther: "All my life is patience… I have to be patient with the Pope, I have to be patient with the heritics, I have to be patient with my family, and I even have to be patient with my wife Katie"
Luther: "But think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their 900 years…Eve would say "You ate the apple" and Adam would retort "You gave it to me!"
"In the monastery Luther had been accustomed to being secluded, but Katie wouldn’t stand for that. According to one story, he once locked himself in his study for three days until Katie had the door removed. Innocently, Martin asked as he saw Katie in the doorless doorway "Why did you do that? I wasn’t doing any harm"
Luther: "Before I married, no one had made my bed for a whole year"
Ok, so I officially recant for mocking all those annoyingly ignorant Americans who asked me over and over (as if a national memo had circulated conspiring against me) if in Africa we had monkeys in our gardens and animals walking in the streets. Last week my Timberwolf-Alsatian puppy and I had equally incredulous looks on our faces as we met our first vervet monkey. Yes, we were in our back garden, where I have also seen a snake and innumerable frogs 9a la Exod 10). A day later I had to rescue our kitten from the hungry glare of a crested eagle who was opportunistically perched in a tree in our front garden. And I once had to swerve from our main road to dodge roaming cattle. Taking a walk with a congregant on a golf course I saw several species of deer and was warned about crocodiles in the water traps. One would swear we were living on a Hollywood set for Tarzan. In Africa we think nothing is real unless Hollywood acknowledges it in a film. In LA people think what Hollywood represents is reality. I don’t know which is more bizarre: that Americans think there are animals in our gardens, or that there actually are animals in our gardens!
FYI, for those of you who know Jesse Johnson, or Diedre Shannon, they both got engaged on Sunday. What a coincidence.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The guy that Clint has been meeting with on a weekly basis (His name is Brian, 19 years old) repented and gave his life to the Lord yesterday!!! Our God is sooo great! This guy had grown up at the church, and even knew that he couldn't understand the Bible until he was saved, so he asked Clint to pray for him since the only prayer that would be heard by our Lord from an unbeliever would be a prayer of repentance. He definately knew that you had to count the cost beforehand, so he took 2 weeks to count, and repented last sunday night!! So exciting! :) So if you think of it please pray for Brian!
Clint's mom got Clint a Braai (African version of a BBQ) for his birthday (on the 9th!) So he cooked me dinner for Valentines Day! (sooo fun!) Valentines Day is SOO commercialized here in South Africa. I think I saw more red hearts then I did Christmas trees in the malls, crazyness! But we had a great table for two in our back yard. And we had South African Boedevorse (i have no clue if I'm spelling that right or not!) It's this awesome spiced sausage that you cook over flames, yum. There is something cool about having holidays in different seasons. Valentines Day was our hottest yet!
Clint cooking dinner! :)
My exuberant joy that Clint cooked me dinner, and Clint's joy over finally being able to braai!
Our "Table for Two" in our back yard :)
For God so lo V ed the world,
That He gA ve
His onL y
T hat whosoever
Believeth I n Him
Should N ot perish ,
But have E verlasting life." - John 3:16
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Before: 10am Saturday (kitchen window)
After: 10pm Saturday (dead on livingroom chair!)
So we are out for Clint's birthday this last Thursday, at the #1 rated restaurant in South Africa, which is across the street from our house. And Clint gets a phone call that Geneva is barking and running around at the "parent night" at the preschool next door. So we had to stop our dinner to get her out! Yikes... We've considered an electric shock collar fense. But all the pet shops look at us like we are mad, and one lady told us that they are illegal in this country. NOT SO! We finally found one! But I think we are going to try the more "humane" effort first, and build a proper fense. We did our investigation, and found where she gets in! She creates alot of sermon illustrations for Clint, that's for sure. Although today we found another reason why she goes into the preschool. A family of MONKEYS lives next door! Don't picture cute little monkeys, these things are HUGE!!!
BTW, thanks for all the suggestions for kids songs, I got some really fun ones from all of you! We did "Praise Ye the Lord, Halleluia!" this friday and they loved it!
We just introduced "Jesus I my cross have taken" to the main worship service, yea, a song I know! :) If anyone knows any good websites with worship music (like the actual piano music) let me know. We are trying to introduce some new songs to the sunday worship too!