Summer is slowly fading away as the days get shorter and there is a bit of a nip in the air!
We are still getting some very lovely days and like the wise ant we are trying to get our place in order to hunker down for winter.
This summer has been productive in a different number of ways. Here’s what we have been up to…
We have started to clean up the front of our house and Tom & Jon built a really nice stone wall. Based on an idea we got in
We have also started 2 other projects – downstairs & upstairs. Downstairs is just a small room we will gib and carpet – it will become Jon’s studio. Upstairs is a bit more of a major project. Tom & Igor have knocked out the front side and rebuilt a straight wall, made stairs & sorted out the floor. We are hoping to have 2 bedrooms and a toilet up there. This will really extend the usefulness of our house and having people to stay.
It is great to be living in our own house, enjoying the view and working with our hands to improve it.
We had a week in
Jon has started working with a few people from our church, helping them out with learning guitar etc. They are coming over every second Saturday night for a practice and a jam. We are hoping this will be a good time for growth and community building.
School & Study
Jon is back to school & driving 2-3 hours a day, which is tiring, but he is enjoying living at home, rather than in an apartment. He has moved down to teach Year 5 this year (stealing all my plans from last year) and enjoying his new class. I am still studying (have been since July – second Semester in NZ) and I will finish in 3 weeks time. I am not sure what I will do during the NZ summer holidays (Nov – Feb) but probably will include some painting upstairs etc & maybe some language lessons. I will also continue with the 2 students that I have started to teach 2 afternoons a week. They are the 2 oldest in a missionary family that home school, so I am taking them for Science & Social Studies. I am really enjoying this and it keeps my teaching fresh.
We took the plunge and got a dog that had been rescued off the streets in
We are praying about and want to start actively working toward becoming part of Christian camping here in
Hope this finds you well.
Ruth-Ellen & Jon Pirini