Christmas break does wonderful things to a person. There is time to read new books, take longs walks, pray, relax. I love to curl up in a cozy chair with a book, simultaneously reading and listening to the activities around the house. (And lately, there's been a lot of activity.) Voices in both English and Amharic fill every corner of this well-loved house.
I admit, at points, those voices have not been happy ones; rather, ones of screams and cries. Slowly, though, I am seeing my prayers answered. The littlest Ethiopian princess laid down for her nap and bedtime without screaming for the first time. The Four are picking up English, some faster than others, but picking it up all the same. That's the hardest part - the language barrier.
On another note, I ended my 365 project. Too much stress and a lack of inspiration were threatening to reach up and drown me. (Or something like that.) As soon as I stopped counting the days, I felt free. A rush of creativity has hit me. Some photos I've taken recently: