Here are 2 things you probably didn’t know about Paul and 1 thing I didn’t even know…

The first one includes his weekend project a few weeks ago:  In our back yard we have two avocado trees.  They provide some nice shade, which is not so great for the carrots and tomatoes trying to grow underneath the trees.  When we first got back to Ethiopia in October, I had day dreamed about turning the area under the avocado tree into a nice sitting and play area for us and the kids.  Paul and I talked about it and we slowly began eating the carrots and leeks that were underneath.  Then Paul had the idea to build a table around the tree.  He thought about this for several days and methodically designed this drawing for our table:

We were in Addis at the time and were able to get some uniformed wood.  And we came back to Soddo and within one day we had this amazing table!  I am so impressed that Paul put this together from thought to finish!  We love it and eat dinner or hang out and watch Nathan play often.  I did not know my husband was so handy in this area and that he would enjoy it…hmmm what to put on his list next…

The second thing that some of you may not know about Paul is that he is great at giving relationship advice.  Of course, it may not be the advice you want to hear, but it will be the truth.  (For example, it could have the “He’s just not that into you” sort of tone.)  Well, about 9 months ago we had a visiting med student.  He was the typical non-committal-20-something guy…even you married guys were this guy at some point in time…I know Paul was.  So, we were sitting at dinner one night and Paul shared with him (and the rest of the table) that when you are ready to get married you just have to decide on the girl and choose to love her.  (He did note that mutual attraction is necessary.)  Well, little did we know that this conversation would have such an impact on him, but sure enough he went home from Soddo and was married about 6 months later.  The funniest part to this story was that his brother (pre-med) was here visiting last week.  We were sitting at dinner and asked how his newly-wed brother was doing.  I then informed him that it was Paul’s words that influenced him into settling down.  He looked at Paul and said, “That was you?  That was great advice.  I have even used those words on some of my friends!”  And then he proceeded to say that he thought the Dr. Gray he had heard about was like 60 years old!?!  I guess that means Paul is wise beyond his years!  Which is probably something we all did know about Paul.

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