Friday, May 22, 2015

Sixteen Years...

Today is our sixteenth wedding anniversary!  

I got to choose what we were going to do for our anniversary 
and I decided to try a new place that serves High Tea.

Below are three of our greatest blessings from our marriage....

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Book Review

Just a short book review on a book that will be available at the end of May.  

I very much enjoyed this story.  From the very beginning, you are thrown into the story and it sweeps you away - in more ways than one!  As I began to read, I feared that this story might be just another ordinary, a bit lack luster, tale but as the plot moved steadily along, I realized this story was more than just boy and girl meet, boy and girl are kept apart and finally, boy and girl live happily every after.  I very much appreciated the twists and turns of the plot.  Although this novel was not my most favorite, I hold it in high regard because of the admirable spiritual threads that are skillfully woven into the lives of the main characters and therefore, in my opinion, the true Biblical spirituality made the story worth five stars.

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Levi's Birthday Celebrations Take 2

Today, we got to celebrate Levi's 8th birthday with his pick of lunch.  He chose fried chicken (thanks, Jeff - it was wonderful), green bean bundles and mashed potatoes.  He chose Cookie Dough Lovers Ice Cream Pie for his dessert.  I didn't get a picture of the one that I made but below is what it (sort of) looked like.

Recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (her photo).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Levi's Birthday Celebrations Take 1

Because today is Easter AND Levi's 8th birthday and because we have a very busy day today at church, we have to do Levi's birthday celebration in two parts.  
This morning was gifts and tomorrow will be his chosen birthday meal and birthday dessert.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Book Review/Recommendation

I am making a new foray into book reviewing.  This book was absolutely stunning! I have long been a fan of Mesu Andrews even though I did not love 'In the Shadow of Jezebel'. Mesu is a master of biblical fiction. This may be my most favorite of her literary offerings. The history and research of the story did not overshadow the plot and characters but beautifully enhanced the entire book. The Bible was wondrously intertwined with fiction into the story which made it all flow so effortlessly. 

This is book is based upon the short description of Moses being put into the Nile as a baby and how he was raised in the Pharaoh's house.  The way the author took those few verses and created this amazing story was phenomenal.  The focus really was on the pharaoh's daughter and the book was ultimately her story.  I loved imagining 'What If' with Mesu Andrews and thoroughly enjoyed how it all tied into the Word of God.  I was even surprised by a few details that I did not realize were in the Bible.  

I was caught off guard when it ended and wanted it to continue into the Exodus but as I turned the last page, I realized there is going to be a Book 2 (yippee!!) that will focus on Miriam.  Very much recommended, especially if you love Biblical Fiction (which, honestly, I do not always prefer). Also, the Author's Note at the end was fascinating.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 28 - The last day of Photo A Day February!

This is what happens when I don't make my bed in the morning...
Two bug-a-boos make themselves at home as they read....
Hope you have enjoyed the glimpse into Zambia and our everyday lives throughout the month of February.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day 27 - Photo A Day February

Hadassah has had severe ear pain since Monday.  We went to the doctor on Tuesday and started antibiotics but had to return two days later because the pain was still constant and it did not seem to be getting any better.  We saw the ENT and she said that Hadassah had a boil inside her ear that had ulcerated into tiny sores AND a fungal infection.  She kept saying that this was a very painful condition.  So, Hadassah has a port in her hand and will receive introvenous antibiotics two times a day for four days.  She also has a specialized pain medicine that seems to finally be helping her. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 26 - Photo A Day February

These are all sitenge cloths that I see everyday here in Zambia.  The ladies wrap their piece of cloth around themselves, sort of like a wrap-around skirt.  It is also used for carrying babies, head dresses, whole outfits are made out of them, aprons, diapers when no other cloth is available, blankets, etc...  
They come in every color imaginable and all different patterns.

Day 24 & 25 - Photo A Day February

A nightly ritual in our house - rabble rousing around the sink as the kids brush their teeth.

 A friend of ours buried his 6 month old grandson today.  
We were there with him as he picked up his daughter from the hospital and the baby, wrapped up snugly in a sitenge cloth.  
We transported the family and the baby in our truck to the cemetery.
We were there as some of the family dug a tiny grave and gently place the baby in the ground.  
We were there to grieve with them.  
Below is just a representation of what cemeteries are like here in Lusaka.  It is not a picture from today. Really, they are much worse than this.  
Please pray for the mother, Cindy, and her family as they mourn the loss of Baby Kennedy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 23 - Photo A Day February

A picture from Zoe's new camera - on timer....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 - Photo A Day February

We just got back from our week in South Africa so this is a catch up day for last week.

Above are some flower creations for Valentine's Day.  
Some American holidays are making their way over here.

Hadassah - age 13

Zoe - age 10

Levi - almost 8

Cloud coverage on our way to South Africa.

Our scrumptious lunch from yesterday. 
Yes, those are shrimp with eyes and antennas.  From what I can figure, all shrimp (called prawns over here) are served just like this.  They were very, very good but I like our American version better!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Photo 16 - Photo A Day February

On Valentine's Day, Hadassah, Hannah and some friends handed out flowers at a local mall in Operation True Love.  They shared the Gospel and prayed with several people.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 15 - Photo A Day February

Lazy weekend morning, reading in bed together....
Sorry, the picture is a bit blurry...

Next week, we will be traveling, so I probably will not be able to do a photo a day but I'll catch up when we get back to internet capabilities.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Day 14 - Photo A Day February

Great name, right?  
Not quite as American as Jane or John....

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day 13 - Photo A Day February

These two ladies have been working hard.  
I don't know if you can see it but the second one is carrying a traffic cone (actually, I think she has two) on her head, like a hat.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day 12 - Photo A Day February

This cutie was my breakfast date yesterday.  
It looks like he got the sweet end of the deal with that Red Velvet Hot Chocolate!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day 11 - Photo A Day February

Meet our dogs - Cowboy (the puppy) and Pepe

Monday, February 9, 2015

Day 10 - Photo A Day February

One angle of part of our backyard...  
Those are our banana trees in the back.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day Nine - Photo A Day February

This is the view out my bedroom window.  The flowers really are much prettier than the picture shows.  Yes, those are security bars that are on every window in the house.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day Eight - Photo A Day February

A wedding party with two limos.  
They decorate the vehicles and drive all through town blowing their horns very loudly....

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day Seven - Photo A Day February

I love these children!  

Here are a few kids who have started to gather for our weekly chronological bible storying.  Once they saw the camera, they jumped up and started to dance.  This is inside the church.  Several weeks ago, they 'decorated' the inside of the church for a wedding (yes, that is toilet paper hanging from the ceiling).  Purple is the 'official' color for Baptists here in Zambia.  You can see in the left corner that they have started a small lending library.  The whole left side of the church is usually filled up with children by the time we are finished each week.  These precious ebony children are the highlight of my week.  Lord, let them have ears to hear and the heart to understand The Gospel.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day Six - Photo A Day February

Today, you get a two for one deal.  I wanted to show you what goes on outside our yard/gate all day long - well, most all day.  Sometimes there is much worse traffic and early in the morning (before 7am), there is not usually a lot of traffic.

This is the view to the right of our gate....

...and the view to the left.  These cars are waiting to turn onto the larger, more busy four lane road that runs by the other side of our home.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Day Five - Photo A Day February

One of the hardest parts of a missionary's life is saying 'Goodbye' to friends, family and friends who feel like family.  Some of our dearest friends left yesterday for their very long awaited Stateside Assignment.  Blessedly, they will return in October.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Day Four: Photo A Day February

Baked beans, anyone?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day Three: Photo A Day February

...and the boys in the family...