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The Woes of an Avid Reader

I had an awful thing happen this weekend. I was reading what I thought was the third book in a series with four books. As I neared the end of book three, I could tell that the story was winding down more permanently than I anticipated (I compare the feeling to watching a TV show and realizing that it will be “To Be Continued” because they’re running out of time). I read the last page, then flipped to the front cover and discovered, to my horror, that there are, indeed, only three books in this series.

You see, every time I finish a book series that I love, I feel like a little piece of me dies – I have to say goodbye to the characters and the story. And, because I often read fantasy, I usually am saying goodbye to an entire land or world of the author’s creation. I have to find another book to read, or another series, or a new author. I’m sure my fellow book lovers can relate.

The series I just finished is called Beka Cooper. It’s one of four different series that author Tamora Pierce has written. All four series take place in the same land, though in different areas and different centuries/generations. I have read three of the four series in their entirety. The same night that I discovered Beka Cooper only has three books, I also discovered that I read all of these series in the wrong order – at least in the wrong order if you list the tales chronologically. I read the last series, then the third series, and then the first series.

So the question now: Do I read the second series by Tamora Pierce? Or work through my ever-lengthening list of recommended books from friends? Or re-read the Harry Potter series for the first time (I’ve read each of them once)? Or maybe steer away from the fiction novels altogether and do something crazy like re-learn Spanish?

Oh, the woes of an avid reader.

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We Are Saying Thank You, Jesus

Each morning at Potter’s Village, they have a “devotion,” where they sing several religious songs, pray, and hear a spiritual message from one of the resident reverends or one of the older kids. One of the songs has been stuck in my head all day. It says, “We are saying thank you, Jesus. Thank you, my Lord.” I think those are the only words, but repeated many times.

First of all, I love starting each day with this devotional, even though I only understand half of it. I hope to learn many of their songs while I’m here. Anyway…because of this song, I’ve been contemplating the many tender mercies God has shown me since I left home – and they are many. No bug bites, no sunburn, only minor sickness, easy-going fellow volunteers, safety in crowds, running into the missionaries from my faith on Saturday so that I could find the church Sunday morning, two fellow volunteers who joined me for church even though they knew nothing about it, children who warm up quickly and show love constantly, a cook who makes popcorn (a snack I eat nearly every day at home and thought I would really miss) every morning which helps me feel at home here, a baby who contracted malaria and was able to come home from the hospital today, and many, many others. “Thank you, my Lord.”

Today I successfully and safely rode a trotro by myself to Madina and back (about 45 minutes each way). I also learned how to wash my clothes by hand…and realized what a wussy American I am when a 15 year old girl (Mawrine) took pity on me and began to help. I have only washed my underwear so far, and yet my hands are actually raw. But I’ll get it down!

At the orphanage, I spent some time having the kids read to me. Some of them are really good at it!

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Speaking of tender mercies, three new volunteers came today, just as we were beginning to worry that we wouldn’t have enough help. They are only here for a couple of weeks more (they transferred from another orphanage placement in Ghana), but it’s great to have them!

Today I also said goodbye to seven of our teenagers who, thanks to a lot of time and dedication from one of the volunteers, are heading to senior high school (boarding school) in the morning. They are each receiving money from sponsors, which allows them to finish their education! It’s very, very cool. There are still a few who are waiting for sponsor money in order to go, but this is a great start!

Stay tuned for my experience with a Ghanaian band. It’s a great story with some fun videos. For now, goodnight!

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