Thursday, August 30, 2012
This is the last week at New Day before school starts back! As you in the USA are starting your school year, we are finishing up ours - 3 months to go! "What do the kids do while they're on break?" you may ask. The past few days, we've seen them huddled in groups slowly walking on the land. Turns out they have a new fascination with grasshoppers and have named Cynthia "The Mother of the Grasshoppers." They then try to catch them, name them, and play with them :) Things (besides grasshoppers) keeping our kids busy have been.. Haircuts! Cason wanted to have a bald head like Daddy!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Last year, we did a fundraiser for a 29 seater bus for New Day - many people and churches responded and within 2 months we had $30,000 for a new bus! We ordered the bus from Japan (an old model with low miles) and we are so impressed with it. We had heard from many people that vehicles from Japan are the best way to go when you are living in Africa, and so far that has proven to be true for us! We are gearing up for a Fall fundraiser for another vehicle for New Day. "Didn't you just buy a bus?" you may ask. Let me explain. The bus is a 29 seater that will be used for field trips and transporting our kids for years to come. It is not, however, a vehicle we would take into town for grocery trips. The orphanage currently has two vehicles, both bought used from the Baptist Mission of Zambia. One is a 1999 Toyota Hilux. We bought this in 2009 and it has over 200,000 km on it. It is the truck that hauled sand and basically built the orphanage! We are going to demote this truck to a "work truck" around the orphanage. Besides the fact that it no longer has a rear differential, no air conditioning, and it has to be push started each morning (Darbi is a pro at this!), it is not safe to drive long distances (you summer volunteers can all attest to this!). The orphanage does have a reliable vehicle, a 2000 Ford Everest that seats five people and is currently shared between the Tidwell family, Wilcox family, and 3 American volunteers. We have seen that now is the time for a new vehicle! The truck we are looking at is a newer model, as we want this truck to last for many years. It is a slightly used 2012 from Japan, and it costs $27,000 (+$5000 for customs clearance).
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Zambian government recently raised their minimum wage which means we are looking for a double sponsor for our house mother, Margaret. The cost to sponsor Margaret is $65/month. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your family, Sunday School class, etc. are willing to sponsor Margaret! :)
Friday, August 24, 2012
we are back home at New Day after 2 days of travels! We can now relate better to our volunteer teams this summer and the sheer exhaustion they feel when they arrive here! :) We had a 7 hour layover in the London airport and didn't have quite enough time to rent a day room. Thankfully, the airport had a playscape for kids in one of the terminals! Caedmon catching up on some math homework
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Blu stays SO busy at New Day that I love to see him relax! :)
Friday, August 17, 2012
Blu has had fun with his brothers! (Cloud surprised us by coming in from Costa Rica!)
Traveling with 3 kids is across continents is always an adventure! :) Here are some glimpses into our trip from Lusaka to Houston! Looking at planes at the Lusaka airport
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The secret is finally out... :) Blu's parents graciously gave us money for a vacation this year...after our trip to Tanzania fell through at the last minute, we were able to find cheap tickets to the USA! We surprised my parents and have spent the last week in Temple, TX and were able to surprise Blu's parents in Brownwood, TX today! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are having a blast! :) We flew to Houston (spent a night in London during the Olympics!) and drove to Temple where we helped Ms. Carolyn surprise Ocker Church! We stayed with my parents for our first week and had a blast doing tons of fun things! Enjoy the pics! Baseball - it is HOT in Texas in August!!One of the favorite things the kids did was go to VBS at Ocker! Every night they took their offering and canned food!