Thursday, August 1, 2013

my room

I guess most of you laughed when, in one of my posts, I said that for the first time in 15 years I had my own room. Yes, it's part storage room and the glass door doesn't quite shut, but it's my very own room! In case you didn't know, storage boxes stacked up make great bookshelves. 

The picture that I did have of the seven storage boxes on the left side of the room didn't load, but here are a couple more. 

This is the view that you get when you enter the room. My bed is in the center of the room -- whenever the electricity comes on (it usually comes on at night) I take advantage of it. The walls are a bit dirty, but I cleaned them off as best as I could. I think some of the dirt on it is just stained . . . 

For those of you who are wondering what the blue thing is on my bed, it's a mosquito net. Here in Chad mosquitos carry malaria so we're extra careful and try not to get bit. Before I had a mosquito net that was treated (which means that whenever the mosquitoes touched it they would die), but for days my skin was itching terribly and it turns out I must've been allergic to the net, because whenever I got this non-treated one the itching stopped. And yes, that is pink toilet paper . . . I have a cold and in Chad, the best stuff to use is this toilet paper. I don't think I've even seen regular toilet paper since I left the capital! 

This is my second bed/floor couch. Whatever you want to call it. The Brotens normally end up using this mattress outside at night to sleep on, but they needed somewhere to put it during the day and it makes a great place to sit since I can't use my bed with the mosquito net. 

And so there you have it -- the tour of my Chadian room. I'm running out of ideas of what to post about so if there's anything you'd like to see on the blog, just leave a comment. 



  1. Oh, I love your room! Simple, but pretty at the same time. The yellow color is so cheery (even with the dirt, lol).

    I'd love to see a post with what your typical day entails. If you haven't done one before, that is--please excuse my ignorance, I haven't been following very long. :)

  2. Like Rebekah said, a typical day!! And maybe a list of things...The biggest thing you love, the biggest thing you despise (you know what I mean..hahaha like something that you really wish wasn't so...as far as the trip & your relationship w/ God goes...), the most unexpected, the best surprise, something you'd do again if you got the chance (as far as the trip goes..), something you WOULDN'T do again, if you got the chance, etc. (:

    (I'm one of nine & have never had my own room, either. xD hehehe totally get the thrill of that..and btw, just looking @ your room..it's so...homey, and sweet, and comfortable looking. I'm kinda falling in love your room, actually. It's so cozy!!! and I really completely mean that!)

  3. Well, for your first ever owned room - I think you've got the coolest room ever. :D Mosquito netting and all!!! I love your picture window -- it's a good idea for any strange room...it makes it look like home.

    I'm rambling. Again.

    I miss you (if that's possible since we've never met?) and praying for you always!!!!!!! Say hello to Chad for me. :)

  4. I finally figured out how to post! YAY!
    Things I want to say:
    ~I love your room.
    ~What about a post about a typical Chadian meal?

  5. Oh, and I almost cried when I saw our picture around your window. What's it say under it?

  6. I love your room. It looks just like you would have it. I guess cozy and with lots of room to be creative and think.
    Lots more pictures. Tell about the Broten children and what you are doing every day. Who is new in your life? How do you see God working? Especially the very small ways.
    Ok to enter a Chadian pic in the fair?

  7. Wow, this is so interesting and different...what a great and hard experience.

  8. Wow, that's so amazing that you're in Chad. :)


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