Friday, October 24, 2014

Zambia's Golden Jubilee!

The team left bright and early this morning, while we loaded up the kids at 9am and headed to Mapanza Basic School for the Golden Jubilee 50th year of Independence Celebration! We all wore our red school shirts (thanks to the Sharp family - we have gotten such great use out of these shirts!) and had a great time!

Diana and I were forced to sit at the head table, which was a bummer, until I saw that the others had to march in a parade! Ha! We got out of marching in the 100 degree heat! :)

There was a LOT of traditional dancing...don't ask...

Singing the national anthem

New Day presented a poem about the Zambian flag

One of the strangest skits I have ever seen...but awesome acting!!

When we got home, I made these Independence Day cookies for the kids and staff - fun!

We thought the adventures of the day were over, and I had planned on a quiet afternoon, but that was not meant to be! In the middle of my cookie making, we heard a loud sound outside. Whirlwinds, dust devils, whatever you call them where you're from, are common this time of year. We heard one coming, and then we heard a loud clanging sound. Blu looked outside our house and saw iron sheets flying in the air ABOVE the tank stand. The whirlwind had passed right over our library and took the roof COMPLETELY off!! Iron sheets were as far as the soccer field and on our main road! All of the roof lumber was broken and cracked and in pieces everywhere. Thankfully nobody was hurt as the iron sheets flew through the air (the staff girls said the Zesco men who were here working all dove for cover!) Unfortunately, Phillip stepped on an iron sheet and sliced his foot open, so Blu has taken him to Macha Hospital to get stitches...quite the adventurous day! Happy 50th Independence to this nation I love!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Day Ballet & Goodbye to the Camp Family!

Some days it feels like a huge sacrifice to live here in Zambia, and it's easy to look at all that our kids are "missing." Tonight, however, was a chance for one of my children to experience something that she otherwise couldn't, thanks to the Rosemont team! They brought ballet leotards and shoes for the New Day girls, and Gracie Camp taught them a routine to Here I am to Worship - it was awesome!

Getting ready!

Lipstick & buns!

I loved it! The girls did so great!

Afterwards, the boys showed their own little "dance"...

Then it was time to say goodbye to the team and the Camp family :(

Hugs for Abby & Lydia

Hildah kept begging Jonas to stay here with her - he LOVED Teacher Hildah!

We are so grateful for the Rosemont team's work this week, and for the sacrifice of the Camp family to spend almost a month in Zambia with us! We loved every second of ministering and fellowshipping with them, and they will be greatly missed at New Day!

Rosemont Team Pics!

Here are a few pics of what the Rosemont team has been up to this past week! We are so grateful for all their hard work in this hot weather!!

Cason and his new friend Scott. Cason crawled up into his lap yesterday and said, "What's up, buddy?" :)

Adam has really bonded with Maxwell!

I don't have many pics of Amy, but here she is with Hannah in a new village!

Cindy teaching Music Class at New Day

Hannah during Reading time

Love these ladies!

Lily working hard painting ceiling boards!

Thankful Scott killed this spitting cobra outside The Ark!

Silly faces!

A game of soccer in the sunset :)

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!