On Thursday I slept most of the day because I was tired. Mary went with
Brenda to pick up pottery and Mary's ring that she had ordered made for
her, and they were also shopping for a house the next missionaries will
live in. I had the opportunity to chat with Matthew, our son who is
serving with the Marines in Iraq. He is very busy right now, and he
doesn't even always have time to chat, but does usually have time
blocked out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. In the evening
Mary, Brenda and Robert went out for ice cream while I rested.
Friday August 18
On Friday I helped Robert work on a Powerpoint presentation for his
upcoming Sunday sermon. Mary and Brenda did some more house shopping,
and I think they had their nails done too.
Early in the evening, Robert and I went to the mall to run some
errands and find a DVD-R on which I could copy one of his DVDs. Most
of the stores here carry only DVD+R which is great for PCs, but the
drive on my Mac Powerbook seems to like only the -R versions. We
finally found a store that had one to sell.
Saturday August 19
Early Saturday morning Mary, Robert and I did our three-mile walk in
Later Mary taught Brenda some rubber stamping techniques. In the
late afternoon we had Bible study at a neighbor's house. We went to
this same Bible study last Saturday afternoon, so we already knew
everybody there. Mary and Brenda had a smaller group of kids and
their rubber stamping project (greeting cards) went more smoothly
than last week, when they had more than a dozen kids. Robert
taught the adults a nice lesson about the words we speak and that
kind of lesson always points out our failures, since as the book
of James says, the tongue is the hardest part of our lives to "tame."