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Easter Preparations

According to my language nurturer who is Muslim, this weekend is a “Christmas” (what she refers to Christians as – she speaks English about as well as I speak her language) holiday and all the “Christmas” people take off work.  I asked her what the holiday was for and she said “I don’t know, I am a Muslim.” Well said, I guess. Just thought I’d try.

The Orthodox Christians here have actually been fasting from all meat products (eggs, milk, cheese, meat itself) for 60 days prior to Easter and they broke the fast today. While I was running this morning, I got to pass more of the Easter preparations than I bargained for. No processing facilities here, if lamb is for lunch, then the lamb gets slaughtered and processed on the side of the road. We will be seeing heads and skins piled high on the side of the road for the next couple of days and I even got to step over a few heads while I was running. Makes things more exciting, I think. On my run, I also passed several men carrying very intimidating machete appearing things. I know they had them for the sheep’s throats, but regardless I made sure to run on the opposite side of the road, just in case they swung their hands a little too far one direction. Everybody and their mama was out this morning in my neighborhood at 6:00 all preparing for the day. I kept thinking, people why are you up at 6:00 in the morning if you don’t have to be. I guess I could’ve asked myself the same question. The only people who weren’t out this morning were the Muslims. If I had to guess, they were all staying inside mumbling about the durn “Christmas” people celebrating their “Christmas” holiday.

I got to take a day trip out to the village this week (to get the last of my driving hours in so I could get a vehicle here) and had a great trip. I am really becoming a fan of the goat cheese and the corn injera (think fermented cornbread) that we get each trip out there. I literally look forward to eating it each time we go. Funny how things change huh? While we were out there, I got to see all of the new baby goats and give them a couple of vaccinations as well as weigh them. We have one pure Toggenburg kid (the Toggenburgs are the ones we imported from America for improved milk quanitity) that was kind of an uh-oh pregnancy (someone didn’t keep a gate shut 🙂 The rest are Toggenburg and Somali goat crosses, so some turned out white like the Somali goats and a couple turned out with spots on them like the Toggenburgs.

I know how everyone wants to think Easter is about little cute animals like rabbits, and chicks, and fluffy sheep, so even though that is totally not what Easter is about, I am including some pictures of the baby goats for everyone to oooo and ahhh over. Here the goats and sheep are practically identical (more on that at a later date). The similarity between goats and sheep reminds me of the perfect sacrifice that was given on this day. The Son was led like a lamb to slaughter and took upon Himself the wrath of God for our sins so that we could be forgiven and justified. What a perfect sacrifice was made at such great cost for our freedom. #gallery-198-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-198-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-198-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-198-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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