Until next Monday, we are staying at SIM Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Throughout the past year, we have had multiple trainings in community. It always has it's perks and it requires flexibility. :) We had no water the other day and it was amazing to watch lots of people completely take it in stride and no one was freakin' out. I did not publicly freak out but did feel immediately greasy upon the notion of no shower in the morning.
A glimpse of where we are staying:
The shared living space. We eat at the tables through the archway. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared. We come when the bell rings. Much wonderful fellowship happens in these spaces.
The beautiful garden outside of the guest house.
The playset is behind the flowers and has been well used by two little girls.
There are signs like this in multiple places. Very motivating to clean up after ourselves.
Nana and The Littles spend much time in the toy room. A bit grimy, but the Littles delight in the toys and books.
Here is one part that took me a bit to get used to...
Everyday you can have your laundry done.
Good news? Yes.
The weird part, everyone in the guest house puts their laundry in the same baskets and then after four, it is ready for pickup. And then you dig through stacks of peoples laundry, searching out your items.
Sorting through stacks of men's underwear, looking for Jon's, the hilarity of it struck me.
Then looking for my underwear, hmm, are these mine? Right color, wrong material.
Our room. Because we are the only family with kids right now, we have our own bathroom. It's just down the hallway.
Mom has her own room but has community showers and toilets.
Because of transition issues The Littles were having, we decided to make things as normal as possible. So they are sleeping together in the big bed. Just like how things were. And Jon and I bunk in the bottom bunk until the middle of the night wake up when all of the sudden, it feels like we grew into way too big of people to share a twin. :)
This is helping us all sleep better. Because if The Littles don't sleep, neither do we!