December 2015 Newsletter
The children have returned to their extended families (aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) for the holidays which gives us time to wash walls, blankets, sheets, etc..
I now have a staff of three and soon a volunteer from Austria will arrive and spend 6 weeks helping us. So I finally have good help.
The rabbits continue to reproduce providing us good meat. The chickens are getting old, so one by one we eat them. I plan to order about 25 young ones soon. Lucky, our mama cow is now producing about 10 liters of milk a day. Because the children are not here at this time, we are selling it.
The roof is on the workshop. Construction is moving along well.
For a Christmas present to me, Thursday the 3 staff and two students from school living at the orphanage until they return to school in January, (Noeli, my son and Claudi, age 25 who will attend grade 9 next month), all of them worked hard to make Sunrise look absolutely beautiful. Mekio mowed all the lawn, we have the only lawnmower in the village, and the rest worked in the gardens, mopped floors, cleaned walls and cooked.
We had a great Christmas Day. After church, we all cooked and had a wonderful dinner. I asked Beno how many in the village had meat for Christmas Day and he said about 30%. Christmas here is church, no decorations or gifts, lots of visiting and a nice meal maybe with meat. One thing I did notice today is that some of the children out by the street had a soda bottle in their hands. That was probably their Christmas gift.
I missed my U.S. family so much this year. So, to keep from falling into depression, after church I just kept busy. We cooked, played dominos, cards and listened to Christmas music. It was really a nice day.
I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and many wishes from me to you for a great 2016.
Peace, joy and gratitude,