First of all, the voting in Sudan concluded peacefully, with an estimated 99% of South Sudan voting for independence! But, the “official results” of the election won’t be released until early in Feb. This article explains some of the issues that could still affect the election’s outcome. I still find it hard to believe that President Omar al-Bashir will give up the resources of the South without a fight. I am continuing to pray …
Of much less international concern–we took our house off the market! Plummeting real estate prices and inconvenient (and fruitless) showings made me a cranky camper. The last straw came when I was in the middle of a wii workout, still in my jammies, when the doorbell rang (it was 9 a.m.). A harried real estate agent, her client in tow, stood on my front porch wondering if I’d gotten the memo that they wanted to see my house that morning?
I hadn’t, but did a manic sweep of the place and bugged out 15 minutes later. Still in my jammies, I drug Scout around the block, both of us shivering and slipping on icy sidewalks.
After some discussion and prayer, Greg and I decided to take the house off the market. We will remain open to offers–a gazillion people tromped through the place the past six months–but it seems pointless to keep it listed with prices steadily dropping. We saw on the news last night that Portland was one of the nation’s worst real estate markets right now!
So, we are going to focus our energies on getting the house ready for grandchildren–we’ll take out the pool, put in a greenhouse and raised beds (and maybe get a chicken or two–right, honey?) God is still our realtor, and if He brings us a buyer, I’d still be very happy to downsize. He led us to this house before it ever went on the market–He can certainly do that again!
Speaking of grandchildren, Ramona is five months old now and doing great! Greg and I get to babysit her every Friday–and it has become the highlight of our week. She’s the cutest, smartest and sassiest baby on the planet–and I can only say that until baby Wani arrives some time in July.
Candyce had a rough first trimester, but felt a lot better this past week. She and Steven have decided to move back to the YWAM Salem base this spring as they prepare for the little one’s arrival. They plan to train and lead teams from Salem to Sudan for the next few years, then eventually move back to Steven’s homeland. You can read more about their adventures on her blog.
Someone recently asked me if I’m still running, but our sodden northwest weather has turned me into somewhat of a winter couch potato. The last time I ran in my vibrams, my feet got so cold that I couldn’t feel them by the end of my jog! And I just can’t get excited about running in anything but my toe shoes–they really are kind of magical.
But spring is just around the corner . . .