Friday, October 21, 2016

It's My Birthday!

My 36th birthday was a great one! Power was out for 12.5 hours, and it was 100+ degrees outside, but I didn't let that get me down! I had a SUPER day!

A (purple!) Fitbit from Blu!

A 2 page letter from my 11 year old son...I do NOT take this for granted!

A handmade knitted bag from sweet Cambree!

And Cason gave me his miniature ketchup bottle! Ya'll, this is a HUGE deal!!!

My mama's famous handmade coffee cup card, plus money at amazon to buy new swimsuits for our upcoming beach trip!

A necklace scarf from my sis!

My sweet Blu did the dishes all day, made me a salad for lunch, and made supper with my parents!

After a good day at school (power was out so no computer class!!! I got to read one of my favorite books to the olde kids!!), it was time for the October monthly birthday party!

My favorite kind of cake!

Superman for Muchoni, chocolate chip cookie cake for me, and a Zambia flag cake for Mulenga! (with some help from Justin & Emma, who think it's their birthday every month!)

Justin was so cute :)

It's been a LONG time since my Daddy lighted my birthday candles!

Much needed new dish towels and trivets, plus lotion and perfume!

I make some great faces when I'm running from water..

Jacey did a great job on Muchoni's Superman cake!

Lots of soccer/sports stuff for this 12 year old!

Mulenga's birthday is on Independence Day, thus the Zambian flag cake!

Emma took her job VERY seriously..

And the water pouring...when it's 100+ degrees outside, it's hard to do anything but smile!

Hugs for this boy :)

Cason loving this!

Mama Tembo was the only one who got me with ice water!

Mean ole' Liz!

Muchoni is FAST!

But they got him!

The look on Mulenga's little boy's face is hilarious!

We are getting too old to run, so we just stood there..

We knew this was coming...

And some reading on the couch with my girl.. :)

We had a delicious supper of grilled bbq chicken made by Dad, roasted potatoes and broccoli made my Mom, and casserole onion bread made by Blu. I loved my special day and am grateful that in 2008, this little girl was born on my birthday. I wonder what she is doing in heaven with Jesus today!

A Busy Week!

Don't you think there's a "good" busy, and a "terrible" busy? There have been some weeks that have been a terrible busy....(the week Wes had a stroke, we did a village VBS with a team, and we had a field trip to the chief's induction ceremony...that wasn't necessarily a good busy!) This week, however, was definitely a GOOD busy!

First, 7 days ago, we got 3 month old Luyando, and she is a CUTIE!! Mama Loveness keeps telling us that she is the easiest baby!!

There are no words!!

Then, 5 days later, our new housemother Yolantah arrived! We interviewed Yolantah about 2 years ago, but the timing wasn't right. This time, however, it was clear that this was God's plan. Yolantah knows Wes, Laurie, Staci, and Elizabeth very well and has been discipled in our local Baptist churches since 2006. She will be the housemother in the Lukondo house for our 3 oldest girls and 3 little ones.

Her 17 year old son, Josh, will be staying in one of the rooms in our new staff housing (The Palace #2) rooming with Teacher Melvin and attending a local secondary school.

Lukondo House!

And then...the next day, 5 year old Edna arrived! Edna's mother died when she was 4 months old and her father hasn't been seen since then. She was living with a family that took her mother (an orphan herself) in when she was young. She was by far the LEAST scared child to arrive at New Day - she was all smiles and hugs!

She fits right in between Lulu & Agness!

New shoes are always a big hit :)

Her "first" family - we will make sure she always remembers them!

She didn't look back...

Tuesday was a school holiday, so we went to Choma to do some grocery shopping! (and eat some Chinese food...)

Our flamboyant tree we planted 5 years ago is blooming!!

Jacey's four little ducklings on their way to class!

Kids Club - Gertrude getting some braids from Uncle Blu!

Where's Waldo?

You have to make silly faces when it's 107 degrees outside...

Most of the kids didn't even play...they just sat...waiting for the Bible story and the food!

Blu made me a homemade scentsy!

Because when it's this hot outside in October, at least your house can SMELL like Fall! ;)