My friend, Julie, recently sent me an email that included this phrase:
Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit, "Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway."
I found Tolkien's insight to be so true for our family! We've settled into a routine here. Our good, boring, normal routine. Aaron paddles over to work with Ezekiel or stays at home working to input data into the computer. The kids and I charge ahead with school, then go out in the afternoons to enjoy the company of our lovely neighbors.
But exciting (hopefully not uncomfortable, palpitating, or gruesome) times are ahead! Sunday, the translation consultant, James, will arrive to begin the checking. Would you go ahead and begin praying now for a few things?
-for James' trip on the Kosco all day Sunday
-for the protection of each marriage represented in the checking process while spouses are separated
-for my friend, Kiko, as she cooks for the team for more than a week
-for good rest each night to encourage mental clarity for the entire team: James, Aaron, Ezekiel, Matthew, Simon, and a UNS (Uninitiated Native Speaker)