Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bug Battles Begin

Episode 1:

When we first got here, I thought the bugs weren't that bad at all, there weren't even that many mosquitoes flying around.  Truthfully, the bugs still aren't that bad, I just think we were exceptionally spared the first two weeks we were here.  Now that we're starting to settle in, I'm beginning to notice the little things.  Geckos scurry up the walls, but I can get used to them.  They keep the other small bugs at bay.  Ants crawl freely under the doors, some are big black ants, others are so tiny you can hardly see or notice them at all.  Keep the floors relatively clean and the lid tightly on the sugar canister, and they aren't a problem.  But, the other day I was outside burning our trash, and the biggest wasp I have ever seen landed on the bush right next to me.  I was more intrigued than scared, but I couldn't help thinking that the sting from a bee that colossal would probably make a rugby player cry.  I wasn't too concerned until I noticed yesterday that their nest is in one of our window sills.  I googled them today and found that they are among the most docile wasps in the world, and that they eat black and brown widow spiders and other insects.  I guess they can stay.

We also had a big surprise last night when I shut our bedroom door.  There was a spider the size of my palm staring back at me.  I promptly re-opened the door and ran to get the DOOM everything killer spray.  I let him have it until he shriveled up into a ball and then he went down the toilet.  I googled him too, and found out he eats mosquitoes, insects, other spiders, and even lizards and geckos, but I draw the line at spiders.  I don't care what they eat, how small they are, or what their purpose in life is--if they are in my house, they die.  Especially when they are that big, hairy, and can leap small buildings.  Their bite is not deadly, but can cause severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and heart palpitations.  More than enough reason for me to justify my actions :) 

Until next time!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home Sweet Home

As we fly in over the city of Bunia on an MAF Cessna Caravan, I think to myself, "Wow, this is small...and this is home!"  I look out the window as we make our approach to land and the first thing I notice is deep ruts and ditches in the roads, a few cars and motorcycles inch their way along; there are no paved roads here, not one--boy am I glad to be flying!  I notice a few thunderstorms off in the distance.  We are met by the entire MAF-East DRC team as we get off the airplane and they begin helping us unload our luggage.  After quick introductions, we meet a MAF national staff person who takes our passports to finish up Visa and entry paperwork, and we are on our way "home."  After a bumpy 10 minute ride we arrive at a big green gate and honk the horn.  A young man opens the gate (our day guard) to let us in and we get our first glimpse of what will be our home.  It is fully furnished with everything we need (for now) and I can't help but be impressed by the cleanliness!  Everything looks spick and span.  A quick tour reveals 3 bedrooms (one currently being an office) and two bathrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen. 
     I have to say, most of it has been a blur, but we are settling in, and are beginning to learn the ropes.  Managing the electrical power and water to our house, minimizing bugs, cooking with matchlight gas stoves, and listening in on the MAF radio have kept us plenty busy so far.  Much of it will become routine in the coming weeks and months, but until then, we have a sharp learning curve!  We will share more as more becomes availabe, but for now, I'll leave you with a photo of Kaitlyn helping mommy hang clothes out to dry!

P.S.  Please continue to pray for our health to be strong, for our adjustments to life here, and for our shipment to arrive in a timely manner (preferably in the next week or two!)  Thanks!