Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of...Rain??

Cloudy skies behind our house
"I don't like rainy season!  It just rains all the time and we can't ride our bikes!" exclaimed Amerel as we prepared to eat breakfast to the sound of pounding rain outside our house (and sometimes inside, too, because of leaks in our roof) one morning.  I struggled to find positive things to say about rainy season.  It's actually always been kind of hard for me to enjoy this season, also, since we've been here in Lichinga.  Much of the rainy season is characterized by stormy mornings, stormy afternoons, stormy evenings and/or stormy bedtimes and it can last from 3 to 5 months.  It usually rains every single day until the end of rainy season.  As I thought of some positive things about having to endure the rain all day every day for the next few months, I began to think about one of my all time favorite movies that I used to watch around Christmas time every year.  One particular song from the movie came to mind and here is my rendition of it as I thought about cheering myself up during this mostly dreary time of the year here:

(Sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from the movie "The Sound of Music".) 
Popping popcorn, and watching good movies;
Worshipping Jesus and reading the Good Book;
Exercising and losing some weight;
These are a few of my favorite things!
Receiving phone calls and reading emails;
Teasing my children and just having fun;
Hearing good music and reading good books;
These are a few of my favorite things!
When it's raining and all's muddy,
and my kids are sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so baaaaddd!!
You know, I didn't come up with all of the words to that song at once; but I actually couldn't fall asleep one night until I had finished the song in my head.  And then this morning, I wrote it all down before I forgot.  Rainy season is actually a blessed time of the year here because it's the time when all of the local people get to plant their crops which they depend on for most of their food for the whole year.  Just because I'd rather look outside on the sunshine shouldn't make me want it to go away when it's so beneficial to all of us here.  When I can get over the dreariness of the cloudy skies, I actually thank God for the rains!  

Outside our front door
So, have a great matter what the weather!



  1. The picture of the clouds behind your house is magnificent!!!

  2. Looooove the rendition of My Favorite Things-LOL!!!!

  3. And you can wash your hair outside!