Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Darbi Part Two!

Pardon the interruption, but Darbi's blog has been hacked. By Blu. (Yes, the guy who has the gall to give a tetherball to his wife and try to pass it off as a legitimate present) :) Today is Darbi's birthday, and I was going to post on facebook in order to brag on her. Unfortunately, facebook hasn't been working for the last two days out here, and my once-a-year opportunity to unabashedly shower praises on my wife has been slipping away. So I opted to sneak in and post a blog about the blogger that all of you follow. For those of you who have spent even a little time with her, you'll recognize what follows to be true. After celebrating Darbi's birthday with her for 16 years now, I've come to the conclusion that she's never going to stop amazing me. She's up every morning before anyone else to spend time with Jesus, constantly scribbling in her prayer journal. She loves all of our children very deeply, and constantly tries to work out ways in her mind to become the best mother possible for them. I can't think of anything on earth that she considers more important than her family. And that's not just us five in Mapanza, Zambia. It reaches from her parents, to her sister, to my side of the family, all the way to those distant relatives that nobody else would ever really bother to keep up with. She braids hair (not mine) like a champ. She teaches at New Day school like a professional. She organizes finances in multiple currencies like a CPA. She cooks like nobody's business. More than anyone else, she brings the ministry of New Day to the world through constant communication and vivid descriptions of what is happening. While I like to think of the next project, or work to be done, Darbi is always thinking of those around her. She loves to give gifts and make people feel special and loved. On top of that, she finds time to workout like some kind of crazy combination of Billy Blanks and Tony Horton. And, of course, all of this is done without the modern conveniences to which we are accustomed in America. She endures the heat, the slow internet, the mice, the bugs, the power outages, the slow internet (some things need repeating), the snakes, the vehicle breakdowns, the ants, the dirt, the frustrations of day to day life with exceptional grace and poise. She does this, not because she enjoys suffering, but because she believes in the ministry God has given us. Because she loves the children of New Day and desires to see them walk with the Lord and succeed in life. This morning, I read Proverbs 31 and thought about the wife God has blessed me with. It occurred to me that she fits the description of a virtuous wife almost exactly (the exception being that she doesn't hold a spindle--verse 19). I am extremely blessed to have her in my life. But I'm not alone. Our children, parents, families, fellow missionaries, friends, and even random people who stalk her blog are all blessed by her life and love. Happy Birthday, Darbi. I'm looking forward to celebrating many more with you. And next year, you might just get a spindle for a present.

Happy Birthday to Darbi! :)

A look at some birthdays gone by...

I share my birthday with this cutie pie, who is celebrating in the arms of Jesus today.

We went down to Precious's grave today.

Uncle Ricky & her sister Glory put some balloons on the grave. I was fine until the kids sang Jesus Loves Me!

Back to my morning...

I love seeing what our kids come up with for gifts! Caedmon made me this and gave me 5 kwacha!

Cambree gave me a stuffed turtle and a coupon book for help with dishes, laundry, and spider killing!!!

Cason made me a card and also gave me 5 kwacha! I told the boys 10 kwacha will buy me a cappuccino at Wonder Bake!

My mom always makes me a special birthday card, but this year she sent me a card that my Grandma made years ago - how special! They also got me 2 puzzles and 2 bags of coconut coffee!

A puzzle and money from Blu's parents - I do love me some puzzles!!

Blu got me some Ralph Lauren perfume and a tetherball!!! I am the reigning 3rd grade champion of tetherball - you are all going down!!!

After a normal day of teaching, working on my puzzle, and some birthday calls, it was time for my birthday party! I always make sure that Mulenga has his party with me so that some of the water pouring gets deflected onto him!! ;)

Blu arranged for the team to bring the stuff to make cookie cakes - my favorite!

Cynthia made this card for me in Art Camp with Mr. Chris, and Niki got me the pretty turquoise bag (monogrammed with my initials!)

Content to be at New Day...

We had a nighttime water pouring - what were we thinking?!!! It was pretty much awful!!!

A birthday selfie in the sunset

Such a gorgeous sunset tonight!

I LOVE this cross from Wes & Laurie, plus my favorite coffee creamer!

These two.. :)

Cason has REALLY enjoyed Mr. Scott (AND Mr. Chris!)

It was a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rosemont Team Saturday/Sunday

We are blessed this week to have a team from Rosemont Baptist Church in La Grange, Georgia! This is their 5th group to send to New Day! It is always nice to have a team to look forward to during the hot month of October! This week, the team is putting on a roof, putting together Christmas packets for Kids Club, putting EVERY book in our library into a database, and working at Kabanga Basic School! One member of the team, Chris, is an art teacher and is doing an Art Camp for the New Day kids - so fun! Cindy is also helping with Music classes! Here are a few pics of their ministry so far!

The team brought leotards and ballet shoes for each of the girls, and Gracie Camp taught them a dance to a worship song - they LOVED it!! Here Axer had just woken up and was none too thrilled..

Until she got her ballerina costume, that is!

My princess :)

Gracie had her hands full but did a great job!

Group photos!

Hannah demonstrated a ballet move for everyone :)

On Saturday at Kids Club (217 kids!!!), Adam & Blu led Bible story time - they are quite the pair as they are both very dramatic! :)

Lining up for supper at Kids Club

The older siblings never stray too far from their younger ones!

Nurse Mandy, Prince, & Axer

Adam has been teaching a lot of village Bible studies - we are going to miss the Camp family so much!

Kids Club

Nurse Mandy is so excited to have her former youth pastor's wife, Hannah, here to visit!

Here is Chris leading the Art Camp for our younger New Day kids - they are loving it!

Here's the Dream Team that put up EVERY roof truss on the new staff house today! At this rate, the roof will be completely done by the time the team leaves!! Ricky, Mulenga, Austin, Blu, & Scott

Friday, October 17, 2014

Date Night!

As a post-birthday celebration for Blu and a pre-birthday celebration for me, we took a one night trip to Livingstone! Caedmon stayed with the New Day boys, Cambree stayed with the Camp girls, and Cason stayed with Nurse Mandy! It was so great to get away for a night!

Getting ready to leave Thursday morning - Caedmon didn't like what I had on originally but approved my second outfit :)

Our first stop was at this new coffee shop - I'm not much of a coffee snob, but EEWWW it was gross!

Then on to eat my favorite food - seafood! (after Blu got a speeding ticket coming into town, of course...)

We splurged using birthday money from Blu's parents and stayed at the Zambezi Sun right on Victoria Falls!

They wanted me to dance with them but I politely declined..;)

Blu being...Blu

There were zebra everywhere!

That afternoon, we headed to the poolside bar and I got a Coconut Joe - it was orange juice, pineapple juice, and coconut milk - YUM!

When Blu asked me what I wanted to do in Livingstone, I pretty much said enjoy some air-conditioning and EAT...someone else cooking it besides me! We LOVED our Indian meal (Blu's favorite!) at The Golden Leaf!

On our balcony, getting ready to head back to New Day!

We headed to the airport to pick up our volunteer team from Rosemont, Georgia! Excited to serve with them for a week in this VERY HOT month of October! :)