Today Matt is 27! Sometimes we feel so young to be doing what we're doing, and other days, like when we go to bed at 8:30 almost every night, we feel way older than 27 :) Speaking of "older" (WAY older), sending a special "Happy Birthday" to Martin, whom we love, though 98% of his blog posts are smart aleck.
We had his birthday supper last night because we have a meeting and potluck tonight, and were both spoiled by the "Hack Shack" (it's a Sabetha thing) pork chops that Sharon brought us last April (OH man, they were SO good) and the pumpkin pie, featuring Brenda's pumpkin. The best part, though, was when Lily and I brought out his pie, complete with candles, and Lily was SO excited that she threw her arms out as wide as she could, and yelled, "TA-DAH!"
Matt's gifts from family, friends, Lily and I ALL came yesterday (I was starting to get nervous!) which will make today extra special too.
Today's chapel service was the monthly English service, which I somehow seem to get chosen to "default" lead as the English teacher every month. There is always an extra buzz in the air for English chapels, and everyone is always so excited that the students will only speak to each other in English after they enter the chapel. (even if this means they are limited to: "Hello!" "Hello!") We had a GREAT service, with a very exciting rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Pastor Matt, a few solo and class performances, and a great sermon on "The Joy that Counts" by Past. Guenson.
I know you're waiting to hear about yesterday's service, which proved to be even more exciting than predicted...a community fight, Matt's muddy trip to the hospital, a packed service (everyone is fine now, promise!) but I'll share the whole story with you tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's a quick photo of Civil and a community member, testing out the newly producing well!