Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Bloggin'

House is clean, last load of laundry is in, mostly packed....not much left to do except blog before we head out for our vacation tomorrow!

The kids like the pull strings as much as they like the solar lights! (ok, I admit, I like the pull strings too...)

Last weekend, we went to visit Max & Priscilla's new baby, Buumi (Life)!

This boy... ;)

I DREAD Friday Computer Class...I know they may look cute, but trust me, you put them all in the computer lab, and MASS CHAOS ensues...

This is my "Computer Class" face...

Dad hanging with Phillip

And showing off the ZamGold shirt he won at the grocery store... :)

Liz's girls at the Lukondo House

A pic from a month ago - sweet Mattie with our kids!

Mom & Dad in front of Happy Hollow!

Blu has been VERY busy lately, but he still had time to hire workers to build Cambree & Laurie a Clubhouse, and install a door for them. #superdad

Blu & Chad

Drumming during church!

And a twice daily (at least) occurrence...checking the water level in the tank stands. We have drilled FIVE dry wells in the last month...we are now just praying that our current well will begin to recover quickly and that the rains will come early and be heavy this year!!

Friday night we had a family dinner for Blu's birthday, since we'll be on vacation on his actual birthday! When thinking about the things he misses most from America, I thought of these things:

Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies & Swiss Cake Rolls

Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches!

Waffle fries....I might have used some type of screwdriver to poke holes in these potatoes....

He was very surprised!

Time for presents (and hugs!) from the kids!

Vacation money from his parents!

A Superman shirt & Superman vs. Batman from me! (and Blacklist Season 3 and some new shoes...which he opened early :)

Now THIS was funny...Dad & Mom got Blu a birthday card, but Dad got distracted when signing it, and he accidentally put "You're now halfway to Sunday." (He meant to say halfway to seventy.) Anyway, he decided to leave the card and see Blu's reaction - it was hilarious!!! Blu just looked at all of us confused, trying his hardest to get the joke of what "halfway to Sunday" meant!

He finally gave up and put the card aside!

We thought it was pretty funny!!

We ended our night by watching the first episode of the new season of Survivor and the guys annihilating us at 42..hey, it was late! I hope to blog from our vacation spot next week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Good Night....

It is 9:35pm on Saturday night, and I think everyone here at New Day is feeling exhausted. After posting FIVE blogs (your welcome), I'm going to call it a night. There really is no way to describe a New Day sunset or watching the full moon rise over the Matthew House, but here is a glimpse from John Brinkley - ocularist and photographer and preacher (tomorrow) extraordinaire.

Prosthetics 2016

And that's a wrap! Prosthetics 2016 has completed another trip to New Day! There is so much that goes into the 2 week trip, but here is a small glimpse of some of the work that was done!

Me & Blu hanging in the clinic on a hot afternoon off!

This is pretty much the look Blu has had on his face since June 23rd...

Everyone loved Chelle, our first Australian volunteer!

The huge tree right outside the clinic

To give you an idea of the group of people waiting outside the clinic to be seen...

Prosthetic eye patients - before & after!

Chelle & Suzanne with some patients

John painting veins on a prosthetic eye

This is Cason's eye patient from Olga's Restaurant in Livingstone!

Here is Sofia after getting her new eye!

Katie getting some love from Agness

They worked pretty much sunup to sundown but still made time for morning devotions at the shelter!

Luyando, the teenager who lost her leg due to a snakebite that they have made a leg for every year

A shy smile, happy to get her newly adjusted leg!

The line to get on the bus at Macha Hospital, the meeting point, to come to New Day to be seen

The mobile unit - searching for little boy Arnold in the bush! They didn't find him, but his leg was there! It was too small so Katie was able to make adjustments and will build a new leg for him in April.

Our friend "Peace Corps Jane" lives near us and works in Public Health, so she stopped by to see what was going on!