Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We spoke at FBC Bangs last Sunday, and it was great! I forgot my camera, but we speak again there on Wednesday night (more of a question & answer time and showing videos), so I will TRY to remember to take it then!

Meanwhile, we have been BUSY loading up 2 crates for the 3 American ladies who are coming to New Day with us in January! Crating is NOT fun, although it is fun to open them when they arrive 4 months later in Zambia! :)

Mrs. Carolyn, Mom, & Blu's mom sorting through things!

Dad & Blu trying to compress the mattresses down!

Dustin, Blu, & B-Maw making it fit!

Cambree liked helping me sort through clothes! "Mama, I need this! Save this for me!"


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cason turns 3!

Cason LOVES getting birthday cards, but I have to say his one from Abigail in Zambia was his favorite, because it was his favorite color! He said "ORANGE!!"

He also loved his card from Isabel!

And his card from Mama Dee...

At the cake table!

Cason loved his pinata!

Cason's Woody car and "Monkey George" movie from us!

Mama and her baby boy Cason :)

Cason's birthday party table - racecar theme!

Cason loved his "kuh-kuh-kuh-kuh-choo-choo!"

Cason's present from the Kimbroughs in Zambia! His most favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Somewhere amidst all of this chaos, little Cambree (who just turned 5!) lost her first tooth! Yes, that is very early!!

The boys love watching Power Rangers with Paw!

A mean game of horseshoes...

Cambree helped me make 2 pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving! She did a great job!

Cason LOVES his Aunt Sammy! I think he has a crush on her :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent Thanksgiving in Brownwood with Blu's family, plus my parents! We have had a great day so far! Here are the first round of the pictures - more will come later as we all shift to Cloud's house for football and Cason's 3rd birthday party! :)

Cambree, Cason, & Andie

The girls

My mom & dad

The original Tidwells

Our family

Only in Texas can you eat your Thanksgiving meal outside...in shorts..oh wait you can do that in Zambia too!

The whole family

Monday, November 21, 2011

Field Trip!

We are taking this week off of school due to Thanksgiving, but today we took the kids on a field trip to the Science Spectrum in Lubbock! We all had a blast (though nobody as much as Blu!)

Slumber Party!

We spent Sunday night with my best friend from 4th grade, Whitney & her family! We reenacted our slumber parties of days gone by.... :)

1) Put the kids to bed

2) Be silly

3) Drink coke floats

4) Things our husbands do become hilarious

5) And the night ends with happy feet :)

I am so blessed to have Whitney's friendship for the last 22 years!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fellowship Church Lubbock

If you live in or near Lubbock, Texas, you should check out Fellowship Church! It was an awesome worship service, and the people treated us like family!

Here is the 2010 and 2011 teams to Zambia, reunited! (missing Debra, Beth & Johnny Boy in this pic!) You can see that our kids remember our teams!

When I saw Denise, i said 'Oh you look so different!!" She laughed and said "no..this is what I look like in America!" If you've been to New Day, you understand!

We love Johnny Boy :) We had a great time staying with John, Pat, & Rachel in Lubbock!

Our kids have been to 7 different churches in the 7 weeks we've been back in the USA! They are troopers! :)

Fellowship Church faithfully prays for us, financially supports us, and will be sending their 3rd team to New Day in 2012! Thank you FCL from all of us at New Day! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The school must go on!

We are still homeschooling Caedmon & Cambree (grades 1 & K) while we are in the USA! We do school Mondays-Thursdays, wherever we happen to be! Here we are during History class making an American flag!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ocker Church!

We love Ocker Church! As Baby Cason says, "Me go Ocker Church! Me eat goldfish!!" :) My dad has been the pastor at Ocker for almost 11 years! His first Sunday as pastor was the day after Blu and I got married, so we feel like Ocker has been there since the beginning of our marriage for us! We have been so blessed by this church - they have prayed for us, given New Day over $28,000 in the past 2 years, and now they are sending Ms. Carolyn full-time to New Day in January to serve as one of our teachers!

Blu preaching and sharing about New Day

The church presented Ms. Carolyn with a "Texas" quilt for her room at New Day!

The 3-6 year olds made a wall hanging for the Luyando House!

Caedmon & Cambree helped with the children's sermon by singing the Zambian "abc" song!

Here are the Noah's Arks New Day is presenting to our supporting churches!

We have a busy week here in Temple, and we head to Lubbock next weekend!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Cambree!

Lots of fun today celebrating Cambree's 5th birthday in America! We had a Strawberry Shortcake party in Mama Dee & Grandpa's backyard! We were so excited to have Mama Dee, Grandpa, Paw, B-Maw, Caity, Andie, AJ, Cloud, Mrs. Carolyn, and Hope & Jordan here!

The presents chair :)

Cambree was very disappointed that she did not get water poured on her in Zambia for her birthday, so we told her in America they pour leaves on you for your birthday! :)

Winnie the Pooh from Mama Dee & Grandpa!

The strawberry pinata!

A personalized pencil bag from Cambree's cousins in Zambia! Cambree also LOVED the cards Isabel & Abigail made her!!

Uncle Cloud drove all the way to the party, but Aunt Sammy & Brenden are in Mexico! Cambree LOVED her Minnie Mouse set!

The kids enjoyed peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches and strawberry yogurt!

Gorgeous outfits from B-Maw & Paw!

Cambree trying to bust the pinata!

Remember Hope, the muralist who came to New Day this summer? She brought the cake & cupcakes to Cambree's party!

Look what Hope & Jordan got us to take back to Zambia!!!! A Kindle for Darbi and a new laptop for Blu!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Hope, Jordan, & family!!!!! :) :) :)