Monday, June 26, 2017

Lusaka Trip!

A few weeks ago, we realized that we needed to go to Lusaka. 1) We needed to start the process to get an air conditioner installed in our new minibus (BEFORE the hot season!), 2) We needed to take Abby's things to her, and 3) We have a new long-term volunteer coming in September, and we needed to submit her Immigration papers. We looked at the calendar and realized, lo and behold, our only free weekend was the 22-25...which just happens to be Mom's birthday! So we invited Teacher Diana along and made a trip of it!

It took us FOREVER to get there (6 hours ish), so we were relieved to finally see the city lights and stop at The Cake Bar for supper!

Cason ordered "Creaky Hot Dogs!" We wondered what that was, and this is what came out. On the receipt, it was printed "Creamy Hot Dogs" - guess it was a typo in the menu!

A BBQ meatball sub on a pita for me!

The next day, our first stop was a delivery to Teacher Abby of all of her things. Meet Abby's baby boy - Lutangalo, which means Joy! He is a cutie. Abby is applying for teaching jobs in Lusaka and living with her brother and his family.

We did a LOT of shopping on Friday, took the kids to see The Boss Baby, and then had supper at Mugg & Bean. The next day was Mom's birthday (and their 44th anniversary!), so we headed to the spa for manicures, pedicures, and a massage (for Dad!)

Meanwhile, Blu got the minibus a/c situation taken care of and entertained the boys...

Lunch at Spur - where obviously a sports game of some kind was on!!

That night, we headed to our favorite Chinese place, Dong Fang, for a yummy meal! Blu even sang "Happy Birthday to You" in Chinese to Mom! (a man of many talents...!!) My brother-in-law was able to join us and treated us ALL to the meal - we had a great time!

Blu had (on his own!) picked out a cake for Mom earlier that day while we were at the spa - so sweet!

We forgot the candles, but she pretended :) It was a great day to celebrate Mom's 61st birthday!

And that's a wrap on last week and this past weekend! We have a somewhat calm week (ha!) before our next team arrives on July 3rd! Our kids are traveling back to the USA with this team, so time is flying by! Today, I have taught 4 classes, wrapped 7 birthday gifts for July birthdays, sorted/cleaned things in the Resource Room, sorted/cleaned things in The Ark, planned a menu and shopping list for the next team, done grocery inventory for the next team, done 2 expense reports, worked out, and blogged! And now it's time for me to head to the boys' soccer game, have a prayer meeting with Wes & Laurie, and then figure out supper!! AAAHH!! This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible, and I feel like it was written JUST for me!!

Last of the Clanton Team!

We had a great time (and stayed up WAY too late!) with the Clanton team last week! We were blessed by their Discipline Workshop, fun afternoon activities with the kids, and other ways they pitched in and helped - AND with the laughter/fun they brought to New Day for the week!

They also got some great shots of the kids - here's Miss Agness!

Installation of a new hot water heater...and turning the old hot water heater into a smoker!!

Building church pews/benches!

Some soccer, of course!

Emma just hanging around!

Grace & Edna


Josh & Christy stayed in our house for 3 months while we were on furlough back in 2011. Love these two so much!

Justin just a'swinging!

Lily & Lydia loved spending their time with our littles!

Who's the Boss? This girl right here! ;)

Nurse Mandy came!! Everyone was SO excited to see her!


Manly Stanley!

Another gorgeous sunset!

Josh & Christy did a great job on the discipline workshop!


A great group of people who will be missed!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Catch up!

I have a lot to catch up on! From Rosemont (Georgia) being here and the 412 we had at VBS, to a week off in between, to now Clanton (Alabama) being here doing a discipline workshop and various other projects, it's been busy!

Look at this adorable picture I found of our Lulu Bug!

Our kids SO enjoy the team campfires! (Cold season here - it was 45 this morning!)

A great picture of our twins!

Mrs. Barbara from Rosemont spent all her time holding our babies!

Charles at VBS - love this boy!

We even sent some Rosemont team members to the grocery store to help with the weekly shopping trip!

Anna Beth painted this mini-mural in our dining hall!

Sweet little Joy - 3 weeks and 2 days old!

A highlight of every trip - tank stand climbs!

Love those smiles! This was our 6th VBS, so the village kids know a little of what to expect!

Wendy helping out at the school

They redid our sponsor board - looks amazing!

And then on to our Clanton team...a little Kids Club basketball!

Beef jerky for Caedmon!

Science experiment fun in the afternoons - building a bridge!

Mrs. Charlotte worked with the kids on the Evangecube!

Fun fact - Mrs. Charlotte's husband, Burks, came on a trip to New Day 6 years ago! A lot has changed since then!

Christy working in our dreaded wonderful clothes container!

Building church "pews!"

Gum for Cambree!

Hudson helping out with the Science projects

Kids Club - Christy did a great job!

Nurse Mandy is back!! Helping out with homework time!

Cason loves him some Mr. Goodbars!

Steve has been doing it all - from installing a battery, to Choma grocery shopping, to building church pews!

Trish washing clothes - Steve & Trish have been to New Day tons of times and have done a wide variety of things!

A gorgeous June sunset!