Today Frieddy and Ben Elliot went on a little night hike right before bedtime. It is impossible to describe how excited Ben Elliot was!! He had a blast!! I guess it was his first time going for a walk in the dark. He loved spending time with his Daddy! And he loved using his little headlight to explore different things around campus – like cars, tractors and diggers of course… 🙂
Here is a summary of our first weeks of Linguistics! I had the choice between writing a boring post about how to analyze a language you do not know OR to share some of the things that are happening in our life as we are studying this thing called linguistics. I decided to do the second (and maybe you are glad I did so… :))
This has definitely not been an easy semester for us so far! At the same time God has been so faithful in teaching us a lot of different things. Frieddy and I are both taking the course and it has meant a lot of adjustments for us as a family. Especially the first month was very intense. We are learning new stuff almost every morning, some days we have afternoon classes and we usually work on homework assignments until late at night which is why we are often tired. We will have studied parts of the grammar and the sounds of about 140 different languages by the time we have completed this course next spring, which is really exciting! A few days ago we looked at German and it was so funny to see how both Frieddy and I got so confused with our own language – it is one thing to be able to speak it, and another to understand what is going on on a grammatical level… After spending some time analyzing it, German does not seem that easy after all! 🙂
Wow, trying to sum up everything that happened this summer could fill endless pages… So I decided to just post some photos that speak for themselves 🙂 Our summer break started at the end of May and we spent most of it at the MTC, while Frieddy was able to work on campus for a few weeks. This was especially nice because our visas do not allow us to get jobs off campus. The biggest highlight was of course the arrival of our son Linus! We are so thankful that everything went well and we are so thrilled to be a family of four now! Just like Ben Elliot, Linus had trouble with his digestion for the first months of his life. After a lot of visits with his midwife and his doctor, many sleepless nights and trying to figure out what could help him, he is now feeling much better. Praise God!
We also loved spending a whole month with my mom, sister and youngest brother who came all the way from Germany to visit us! They were such a big encouragement to us and we soaked up every minute that we spent talking and having fun together! Ben Elliot turned two in July and we had a fun little birthday party for him. We spent lots of time with friends and also as a family. Ben Elliot is talking a lot now, both English and German and often at the same time, haha… 🙂 He loves tractors and diggers, the pool and the lake, helping in the kitchen and reading books. Linus smiles all day long, except when he does not – usually when he is hungry or tired… They both love to go on walks. Ben Elliot loves to run around, and Linus usually sleeps through the whole thing in the baby carrier. Frieddy and I had a pretty good start into the semester, although Linguistics does not come easy for both of us. This semester has proven to be one of the hardest so far, considering the time we need to spend studying but also the adjustments for us as a family to a much tighter schedule… God has been teaching us a lot of different things. But I will post more about Ling in another blog entry. Enough for now, before I really start to fill endless pages…
Today we graduated from the Missionary Trainings Center! We had a wonderful ceremony in the Chapel with a lot of people who came. Our official standard training with New Tribes is finished! But we are staying for another year here at the NTM Missionary Trainings Center to receive additional training in Linguistics. This is not required but encouraged for people who would like to dig deeper into the language.
Check out the gallery below to see the pictures from our graduation!