We are one week in to our Burundian season as a family! This is the first photo of the kids back together after 2 months apart. They are adjusting quite nicely! Today we had a relaxed Saturday around the house. Claude and the kids relaxed in the front room together while I read upstairs. Later Claude and I sat on the porch discussing transformation, reformation and redemptive suffering over tea.
Then Aimable and Mutama helped prepare a little plot of dirt for the seeds I brought. Once the dirt was tilled, they decided it was too poor to plant anything. So they walked down the street, to a field where things were growing in abundance, and brought in bags of top soil one by one. The soil now was dark and rich - ready to receive the seeds! So carefully Aimable and Claude dropped the seeds into the ground in long lines. Rosemary, sage, arugula, parsley, basil, thyme and mint all have a place in the garden. Now I look at the square of soil with such glee and hope! Maybe in a few weeks I will begin to see sprouts of green herbage peek through...
Our friend Nicole dropped by to welcome me to town. We shared lunch then moved to the patio for conversation and cool beverages. It was nice to relax together and enjoy an unhurried afternoon of conversation. Claude is hosting another set of friends as we speak - it is now Saturday night, after all!
P.S. It has been raining on and off the past few days. One thing I have been reminded of is that when it rains, we often lose our internet connection. We were without it for the last 24 hours. So friends, if we do not respond to your email promptly - check the weather report, it might just be raining in Bujumbura!