Friday, April 27, 2007

Strange Things that Don't Seem Strange Anymore

1. Finding geckos in my kitchen cupboards
2. Finding the little golden tree frog that lives somewhere in my bathtub drain
3. Garden snails the size of the palm of my hand
4. Buying shelf milk in a box, unrefrigerated
5. Brown eggs only
6. Driving on the left side of the road
7. Paying for absolutely everything in cash, including car insurance, electricity, and gasoline
8. Buying electricity at the store on a little card, which I then insert into a box inside my house which then recharges my house with electricity.
9. Electricity going out in restaurants, in grocery stores, at church….and no one even reacts. The waiters light candles, the clerks hand-write receipts, everyone keeps singing…. No big deal!
10. Full service gas stations only
11. Always removing my shoes when entering someone’s house
12. Warm rain
13. Gorgeous pineapples on every street corner for about $1 each
14. Waking to the sound of roosters and the Muslim call to prayer.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Joy of Wearing Sweaters

Considering that we live in the land of perpetual summer, it's a special treat to be able to open the drawer that holds our meager supply of warm clothes and actually get to wear them! We spent the last week in Nairobi, Kenya and definitely one of the highlights was the weather. I mean, it got down to, say, maybe 50 or 60 degrees! Brrr....

There were other highlights as well: singing with a worship team, connecting with missionaries from other parts of Africa, hearing the stories of the national African leaders who attended (even one from Liberia--my childhood home!), and eating yummy food that I didn't have to cook or clean up after!

This one was just too cute not to post! Grace with our friend Janet, a Kenya missionary, who is holding baby Faith. Janet is fostering Faith until she goes home with her forever family. Grace was enchanted by the baby!

McKayla thought it was pretty fun to drag Grace around all over the place. The kids loved all the beautiful grass! We don't have parks here, so this was the next best thing.

I am so thankful that I am married to a man who is such a great Dad to our daughter. He is always willing and happy to help with feeding, changing, bathing, etc. Grace loves her Daddy so much and is always so excited to see him!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

He is Risen!

Praise God we work at a school in a country where we are allowed to openly celebrate the Resurrection. Since our term break started on Friday, HOPAC had their annual Easter service on Thursday. Singing, dancing--and this year--foot washing celebrated the Day.

"I sat so nicely during the program. Notice my new hair style! Mommy was pretty proud that she managed to get it done on my squirmy little head!"