Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AAAAHH this weather!!!!

Ok, so this blog has nothing to do with the weather, but it is WONDERFUL in Zambia right now!! Our winter seems to have come early (it could be a fluke, but it feels amazing!!) It has been in the 60s and 70s during the day, and we all have our jackets out (and my sleeveless stuff is put away!)! Love it!! Now on to other things...

Cambree working hard on a ramp into the dining hall!

Love my sweet girl!

And this boy, who spent some time reading in bed with me!

My boys..almost 12 and 8!

We took a break one afternoon to read...with lollipops.. :)

My kids are ALWAYS. DIRTY.

Dad does such a great job teaching at Kids Club!

Great lesson on the lepers (Agness & Cason)!

Justin is always dirty too... ;)

Look at that long hair!

Laston discovered he loves Fanta.. :)

He is a turkey! (which one, you ask??!!)

My kids are a little intrigued with the eyeball making!

We enjoyed another fun morning at Push the Rock Macha with sports games for the kids! These two are best buds (most of the time...)

We let Dad come, even in his UT gear...

The boys lost 1-0 but played great!

A little disc golf too, which Blu says is the "dumbest game ever..." ;)

The girls had another basketball game and did great with their new zone defense! (time to work on rebounding...and passing...;)

Stanley loved his new birthday hat!

Blu couldn't resist with this cold weather and made me open my Mother's Day gift early - a burrito blanket!!!

It's not too hard to keep the kids busy during school term breaks - we had a trash pickup competition!!

The girls' pile!

But the boys obviously won!

And a random pic of Blu's little brother Shade's family - 93 days until we are together again!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Prosthetics (and more!)

The Prosthetic Team has 5 more days at New Day - their trips always go by so fast! They typically spend one day setting up the clinic, two days "casting" patients, all the days in between building prostheses, and then 2 days at the end fitting patients! Here is a glimpse of what it looks like around here! (We've come along way from the 2012 trip when they used Carolyn's & Diana's front porch to do all their work!)

Cambree has served as John Brinkley's translator and notetaker when patients have been here - she loves all things medical!

A mob of people in Choma waiting to get into the Disabilities Office and get on the bus to New Day! They had to turn people away this year - first time that's happened!

So glad to have Chris back this trip!

John's friend Rick has been very busy helping the team however he can!

This team has invested so much into training Protashow to make repairs (and eventually make from scratch!) on prostheses!

Katie working hard!

Katie & Chris

John's work is SO detailed!

Katie's sister Traci was able to join her on this trip!

On the days patients are here, we hire local ladies to provide a meal for all of the people waiting.

Rick working on crutches repairs for patients!

And a few pictures of our sweet Maggie, who is 8 days old today!

There's been a lot of baseball playing around here this school break! Cason took one to the lip and Blu told him to "put some meat on it!"

Katie painted this gorgeous family crest on an awesome shield for Caedmon's upcoming 12th birthday!! :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Birthdays at New Day!

Today we had our April birthday celebration at New Day! We celebrated 4 birthdays (Josh & Mama Cecilia were out) this month! It was an unusually rainy and cool day (for April!), but we still enjoyed getting everyone wet!

Axer turned 9 on April 18th! She was THREE when she came to New Day!!!!

She was FAST!

Teacher Debbie turned 50something on April 17th!

Everyone loves getting Teacher Debbie wet!

Prince turned 6 today (April 24th)!!

Stanley turned 4 on April 11th!

He took the water pouring like a man!!

It was COLD!!!