Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What's Been Going on the Past 2 Months?!

This blog contains all of the stuff I thought about posting over the last 2 months, but just never got around to it!  Hope you enjoy all of the photos!

Amerel and Isaiah graduated on May 13th.  We celebrated with a special dinner of pepperoni bread, one of their favorite meals, and other special treats.  Thanks to Tyren's parents in CT, my sister in NJ and another special friend in NJ for supplying us with pepperoni from the U.S. for special times like this!  Also, thanks to another special friend in CT, we were able to buy ice cream for dessert!  Yum!!  (Ice cream is about $13 for 2 liters so it's a very special treat that we don't buy very often!)
Amerel is now a 6th grader and Isaiah is a 3rd grader!  Time flies by so fast!

Below is a photo of myself and a team from the World Race ( that we hosted for a few weeks last month.  Since I'm the head of our Hospitality department, I was very busy with scheduling, and other things concerning the team.  In this photo, I am holding an orientation with them shortly after they arrived from a very long ride on the back of a truck preceded by a long bus ride to get here.  It took them almost a week to arrive to our base from Maputo due to a long bus ride, overnight stays and then the long truck ride.  It would have taken them just 3 days by bus from Maputo to Lichinga, but they were given the wrong transport information in Maputo!

Chayah turned 2 years old on June 25th!  She loves to lick the beaters when they have sweet stuff on them like dream whip topping, another item supplied to us in a box from the U.S.  Since it was her birthday, she got first dibs on the beaters! 
Chayah loves playing with Amerel and Isaiah's legos, which doesn't always please her older siblings.  We ended up finding something similar to Mega Blocks for her in town as her birthday gift.  She hasn't been bothering theirlegos ever since!

I've renewed my interest in sourdough baking.  Most of you probably don't know that I experimented with sourdough off and on for a couple of years when we lived in America.  It's something I've always wanted to get back into, but just never started it again until now.  So far, I've made sourdough bread, pancakes (that started out as waffles, but due to the batter sticking to my cast iron waffle maker ended up as pancakes), pretzels, and sourdough crackers. 
The first photo is the beginning of a batch of sourdough crackers, which has recently become one of our family's favorite snack foods!  See the next photo for the outcome!
This last photo was my first day teaching at our Iris Lichinga Bible school.  I am really enjoying being able to teach adults!  I'm used to only teaching children...mine!  I need to have a translator since I still can't communicate in Portuguese.  Pray for me that I can learn it enough to communicate!  I can usually understand when people speak to me in Portuguese, but I usually have to respond in English.  There are 6 teachers for this session of the Bible school and I only teach on Thursdays.  Tyren is also one of the teachers.  It's amazing to see how God has been lining up our teachings even when we haven't been discussing them with one another before class.  We've found out that our teachings are actually complementing one another's so that the students end up getting a fuller understanding of what God wants to say to them students through us. 

It's been a busy couple of months for us!  Oh, yeah, I almost forgot! I'm now five months (25 weeks) pregnant with our fourth child.  Surprise, surprise!  We were, too!  The baby is due at the end of October.  Hopefully, I'll be blogging again before that happens!  But, until then...


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