Friday September 21, 2018

Jeremiah 15:19-21 Therefore these says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you”, declares the Lord. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

We had a very exciting (actually probably more scary than exciting) situation today. I got done volunteering at the school a few minutes early today and Lucia wasn’t quite done, so I walked home, knowing that we live about 300 M from the school and she has regularly walked home with no problem. However, Lucia never made it home. It was 15 minutes past when she got out of school and I took a walk over to the school expecting her to be at the playground with her friend Louise, but there was no one there. My heart instantly sank. So I went inside the school, maybe I had the times wrong (sometimes she gets done after I do), but alas, no Lucia. However, one of the kids said that she was walking home with her friend Louise, which made me feel quite a bit better (Louise has been playing at our house the last few days and Lucia had mentioned that she wanted to play over at her house.). The secretary at the school gave me Louise’s mom’s number and her address, but there was no answer by phone or at their door (the door bell was broken). But after about 30-40 minutes of looking for Lucia she comes out and I know that she is safe and has been all along. Relief overwhelmed me, but Lucia was extremely upset because I ended her play date and she refused to talk with me, which means that I was not able to convey to her the dangers of what she did today. So when we got home, she went upstairs to pout and be angry while I went outside to cut out the wooden fish that Johannes asked us to do before we leave. Thankfully Jeff got home shortly thereafter and agreed to talk with Lucia about what she had done and to get through to her that she can’t do that again—she always needs to tell us where she is going. It was surprising how cathartic cutting wood with a jigsaw is!! I came in about an hour later and Lucia quickly apologized and we were able to move on with our evening.

We had a wonderful evening with some friends—Steffi and Steve and Saskia (who rides to school with Anjali) came over for dinner, as well as René (Susi wasn’t feeling well and Emma was at a friend’s house for a sleepover). We had a lot of fun visiting and laughing and the evening ended with René, Jeff and I playing poker, using the fish I just cut out as chips—it was hysterical but effective!

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