Transition

I can hear the voices of my beautiful grandchildren in the other room. They're watching a movie on this cold rainy day in North Carolina. We came up for Chanukah, and as usual had a couple of concerts booked to cover the cost of the gas, food and other expenses of the trip, and this time hopefully the insurance, and phone bills also.

It has been such a joy! We have been enjoying the time with our family. On Sunday Kerah Skyped us from Haiti, it was so good to see her sweet face. She's lost weight, and is "brown as a berry" to use an old expression. It was good to hear that they are doing well, enjoying getting to know the native people, and beginning to learn Creole. She's eating lots of mangos for me, they are such a family favorite. I can almost feel the warn sun, and feel the sultry island breezes. Next trip we are planning on going.

I just had to laugh this morning when Mark told me we didn't have enough money to get home. I thought of all those email scams, "Oh no! We're stuck in Europe! Please send us money right away!" Somehow I just couldn't get my head around, "We can't go home". Stuck with my grandkids? I can think of a hundred worse places to be stuck! But really, what do we do with this? We prayed, and again as many times before, I'm just not worried about it. We'll get home.

The transition from being on the road full time to settling in one place and touring once a year has been difficult. We are working very hard, but have very little income, and that is becoming quite stressful. We have no buffer left, and we may lose our phones this coming month as we just can't make the payments. We almost have our song "Butterfly" finished for uploading as a single, we hope to finish that when we get home. That should help some.

At this point we have a small garden started, Baruch and Adrielle purchased building materials for a large storage and work shed for themselves. This will relieve some of the space issues we've been having. I am scheduled to teach four jewelry classes for the community in January and February.This will help relieve some of the financial stress, it should pay the electric bill, give us a little grocery money and also, give me an opportunity to be a light here. I'm excited about these classes, they will be ongoing but scheduled month to month so I can work the classes around our few local concerts.

Mark and Baruch have been working on the property, Mark doing many repairs first on Andre and Kerah's boat engine before they left for Haiti (then we sailed with them for four delightful days, well delightful for me, Mark was head down in the engine compartment most of the time! He says he was "Scottie" for the journey.) and then working on the flatbed trailer we finally got on Craig's List for a miraculous 200 dollars! Now we can haul away the rest of the piles of trash on the property. That will make me much more comfortable on the land, I just hate the trash! We have two more trees that need to come down so that we can expand on the vegetable garden, and put in a small fruit orchard.

We still don't have a working septic system, we have to pack up and move the RV every week and a half to dump the tanks. This is a bit frustrating as it takes half / three quarters of a day to get it done, and we'd much rather be doing other more productive things with the time. That is rather frustrating for me, I want to get building! But, first things first, and we have to wait. I am thankful to have a working well, and a roof over my head!

TransitionsThe transition from being on the road full time to settling in one place and touring once a year has been difficult. We are working very hard, but have very little income, and that is becoming quite stressful. We have no buffer left, and we may lose our phones this coming month as we just can't make the payments. We almost have our song "Butterfly" finished for uploading as a single, we hope to finish that when we get home. That should help some.

Transitions are often difficult, but I know we'll look back on this one as we have on others, and bless God for the amazing things He did during this season.

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