Things in the village are great. The weather is warm, the food is tasty and laughter fills the holiday air.
The other day we woke up at 6 am prepared our things and went over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house… Nothing like not only getting up but also making it almost halfway up the mountain before the sun rose above the great mountains.
Robert you’d be proud as I was the only one with a flashlight (in the form of a headlamp) this trip. So I guided those of us who needed the help up the mountain. (Ruth’s parents both somehow were able to walk in the pitch black with no problems! We’re talking a dirt path that goes straight up the mountain with plenty of large rocks, plants and turns. We’re nearing Chinese New Year so the moon is close to being new and NOT FULL! I’m still not sure how they did it.)
We made it to Grandma’s house around 9, just in time for the pig killing. (Sorry no gory pictures this time). The feast was like nothing I’ve had before with at least 12 dishes on each table (of which there were 5, each seating at least 8 people).
I love the time spending with this family learning more and more about Chinese culture, Mandarin and the local dialect!
It’s been especially great to see the change that’s been going on in Ruth’s dad’s heart since he decided to fully follow our Heavenly Father. The stress that was once loading down his shoulders has been lifted giving him more time and strength to simply enjoy the gifts that our Father has blessed us so abundantly with. He used to smile some before but now he smiles with a joy that can only come from Him. It has been amazing to see that change come from her dad being surrounded by those showering him with the love of the Lord.
I’ll close with this picture describing the beauty of this place and the serenity and peace I’ve seen in her dad. (Taken at the top of the mountain on the way to Grandma’s).