(For those who have asked, notice the sidebar with care package ideas!)
When we first moved here, I would see the kids in the pasture and look on with an achy heart. Oh, these kids are so small to be working all day with no parents around!
And you know what, they are young. Life is hard but there is love. These parents love their children and there is a beauty and joy in this little pasture community. The collection of the children, gathering their animals, yes working, but enjoying life and each other while playing marbles with rocks and hopscotch on boxes scratched in the mud.
There are still many things about the reality of life here that slap me on the face but I am learning. I am learning not to make rash judgements about someone else's life in a culture I do not understand.
I am learning a lot about shepherds this summer.
I feel like a toddler here, so much unknown but excited to soak in life through lots of experiences, some falls, scrapes and lots of laughter.