Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wagoner, OK Team and more!

It has been a busy week with our Spring Break team from Wagoner, OK here with us! Here is a look at what's been going on!

Uncle Blu & David at Kids Club

Blu was like the Pied Piper last week with this crew following him around!

Now that's having your hands full!

Blu sends me these random pictures while I'm teaching school...

Some of our little ones in a tree!

I promise we're not about to fall asleep in church... ;) Luyando was there to keep us awake!

A closeup of sweet Emma!

And her twin Justin!

This girl is a mess!

She's getting so big!

Love Malilwe's beautiful smile!

Our new bus has arrived!!! It will be PERFECT once the air conditioner is installed!

Only 2 weeks of school left! Cynthia & Muchoni working on a file folder game!

Cason is a budding future electrician like his Paw.. :)

We have had some pretty weather, so Mama Dee took her 3rd grade Science class outside to learn about ecosystems and organisms!

And of course, we had to have green eggs & ham for St. Patrick's Day!

One of the biggest things our team has done is lead a Staff Retreat! Pastor Mark led and Courtlyn led music, while the rest of the team took care of all the teams! It was a great retreat!

Courtlyn leading worship

A cup stacking game!

Mama Lala and Mama Tembo

A massive game of Concentration with New Day faces!

Our usual team cook, Esther, couldn't cook for the team, so we all pitched in to cook! The team was blessed with Blu's famous cinnamon rolls!

All of this fun wears Laston out!

Last year, Michael came and spent hours reading Dora books to Lulu - this year, Lulu helped Nurse Carol make a special welcome for Michael! :)

Lulu was happy to see him!

And...this is what happens when I leave Blu & Cambree home alone at the computer... :)

Push the Rock

We had such a fun Saturday morning in Macha, Zambia (about 30 miles away...takes about 70 minutes due to bad roads!). An organization called Push the Rock is there (based in Pennsylvania with locations worldwide). This is a sports ministry that plays with kids, teaches them sports, all while sharing the Gospel. The Push the Rock team has come to New Day a few times to work with our kids, but they invited us there this morning for some friendly competition, so off we went!

5 of our girls played a basketball game! It was their first ever game (yesterday was their first practice!), and they lost 10-6 but had fun!

Meanwhile, Cason led the others in cheers... :)

Coach Papa Wes

We also divided up into teams and played disc golf on their amazing 9 hole course!

We got to see Teacher Madalitso, who lives at Macha where he is attending nursing school!

Fun in the shelter

We ended with a soccer field - their field was HUGE!! Our boys played great and lost 1-0, with Mweene having some awesome saves at goalie!

Way to go New Day!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Youth Day, March Birthdays, & More!

Lots of fun stuff happening around here (in between all the massive rain and bridge floods!)

The big boys are still working on their treehouse - they were so proud to build their first truss!

The kids love Art Class with Mama Lala!

So I know I'm his mom, but I think Caedmon's a pretty good artist!

Cambree finished up her Japanese unit in Language Arts with a puppet show!

She also worked with Mama Dee to repurpose an old bridesmaid dress of mine into a new dress for her!

They also had a Japanese tea party in her class with Mama Dee!

Nurse Carol showing them what nurses do to learn the letter "N!"

Spelling practice!

Finally - a smile from our newest, Chipego!

The Grade 3 Science Class took a field trip to Teacher Debbie's to learn about ecosystems!

A party in PreK to help learn the letter "P!"

Caedmon & Machila working hard with Papa Ron in Science class!

Today is International Youth Day! This is our 7th annual one to host at New Day! (The first one in 2011 consisted of Blu & I making homemade pizza for Mulenga, Cone, Abby, Elizabeth, and Hildah and watching a soccer game in Mulenga's house!) This year, since no teams were here, we asked the older kids to host the party! They planned games, prizes, and did a great job!

Ben was in charge of the bubble gum blowing contest! (Uncle Mulenga won BIG time!)

Caedmon & Francis announcing the teams! (Go Team #5! That was us. ;)

Cambree's job was to entertain Justin, Emma, Stanley, and Laston!

Nurse Carol & Papa Ron did great with the water balloon toss!

Papa Ron did not do so well with the bubble bum blowing..

I rocked it, though!

And still lost to Glory...

My partner for the 3 legged race was a little bit short...

Big Emmanuel had fun blowing bubbles!

Glory loved the water balloon toss!

Glory & Gertrude going hard at the sack race!

Mama Loveness getting after it in the sack race!

Mama Dee and Teacher Debbie ready for the water balloon toss!

Aunt Staci's bubble!

Dad didn't enjoy lifting the heavy water balloon trunk into the truck. We later discovered the kids had filled the ENTIRE TRUNK with water!! No wonder it was so heavy!!!

We ended with a massive water balloon fight!!

And then we went right into our March Birthday Party! Nurse Carol will turn 60 on March 25th!

Glory turned 10 on March 2nd!

Kelitah turned 12 on March 7th and is now a youth!

Luumuno turned 7 on March 5th! (Those are Green Lantern cupcakes for all of you who are wondering...

Malilwe will turn 9 on March 20th!

Mama Tembo turned 55 on March 10th! We taught her what it means to put your husband "in the doghouse" after Papa Tembo forgot her birthday!

Let the water pouring begin!!

Spring Break team arrives tomorrow!