Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hearing Aids for Paito

Here's my darling Paito Dambo. He came to live with us about six months after his little brother did. His brother was quite sick. Paito was healthy when he came to us but must have been sick in the past which caused him to lose most of his hearing. We know he could hear because he can speak and make car and airplane noises. I SO want him to be able to hear those noises again! After - how many, 15, 20, 25? - visits to Central Hospital, this week he finally came home with hearing aids!!! We're pretty sure he can hear more now but this stage is quite confusing because it's difficult for him to distinguish noises, something we take for granted as our brain is used to sorting out all the noises it hears (the difference between the person talking to us and the converstion going on nearby, kids playing, birds chirping, cars driving by). It's likely a bit of a jumble for him right now but we are praying - not only that his hearing and brain will come into alignment so he can understand what he hears but also that he won't even need the hearing aids, because we know God can heal him completely! Paito is going to a school for the hearing impaired in the city, learning sign language and to read lips. I'm so hopeful that these hearing aids will make those the back-up plan! I am thankful to God for his provision for allowing us to be here to help Paito!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I'm a Mozambicana!!!

Well, not exactly, but I have my DIRE! It's more of a green card (it's a residency permit) then citizenship but after almost four years, it certainly makes me feel more Mozambican. No more having to buy a new visa every month which is a good thing because last month, they went from $15 to $105!!!!!!! So I'm very happy!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I'm on the Internet - I must be Famous!

I know I already told you about Justin Fox's website but now I'm on it! ( ) There's a little sidebar on it that has a photo of me and some of my darling boys. Just wanted to share my excitement about being on the Internet! (As I wrote that, I realized THIS is on the internet but it's not the same when you put yourself there. . . ) Listen to Justin's cool music while you're at it! Hope everyone's recovering from eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, I've been blessed with two Thanksgiving celebrations! Last night, the missionaries got together for a potluck that was yummy and fantastic fun. It is good to come together and thank God for his amazing blessings upon us. Some visitors brought pumpkin pie mix so we even had that quintesential Thanksgiving treat! Then today I was invited to join a group of very international friends for another potluck, hosted by an American couple. Pumpkin pie again! This time from scratch! Enough about food. I am thankful for so many things this year, as always. My mom's life and health after last year's cancer diagnosis. My sister and two of her sons moving to a new place and a new start. My strong friendships without which my life wouldn't be the same. And my darling boys - I was thinking today how strong and healthy they are. We've not even had a serious illness or injury this year. What an amazing blessing - thank you God! I'm thankful for God's provision and faithfulness. And perhaps most of all, his persistent love for me. He is full of grace and mercy and loving kindness and I am grateful every day for his presence in my life! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Rough Night

It's been a bit of a rough night tonight. I came home from picking up a visitor from the airport and as I approached my dorm, I could hear terrible screaming. When I arrived, I discovered Glouber, one of my boys who arrived while I was in America this summer, clinging to the gate just crying and screaming his head off. He had been at home with his step-mom (his dad died this summer and there are appoximately 20 people living in the house so she asked if we could care for him here) for a visit and when she brought him back and said goodbye, he began his screaming. My first job was to get him in my house and away from the 40 other boys who never help in situations like this. I was surprised when he continued crying at the top of his lungs for another hour. He finally wound down of his own accord and I asked him to sit on my bed, then lay down and rest. He promptly fell asleep and has been sleeping ever since. I took a photo of him to show you. I hope that doesn't seem weird. My heart is broken for Glouber, at one point while I was sitting with him on my lap, trying to console him, I just began weeping right along with him, which surprised him enough for a twenty second lull in the screams but then he began again. I've never had a boy act like this when coming back from a visit home but sadly, this type of tantrum isn't rare, it happens at least once a week where one of the boys just loses control, even ones who are nine and ten years old. I think they don't know how to properly deal with their emotions and so when something sets them off, they go to this place that's difficult to return from. But for so many boys, those times are becoming much less frequent and I'm so grateful for that. I'll just continue to pray for Glouber, that God comforts his heart and mind. I know that God has promised to place the lonely in families and so I pray that Glouber will feel a part of our family here as well as at home.

Meet Justin Fox!

Do you ever wonder about so-called normal people who are friends of celebrities? Like who they are and how they got to know the "stars?" Well, you can just ask me anything you want to know. Cuz my friend, Justin Fox, is a rock star! Really - check out his website, if you don't believe me. He's also a gifted worship leader, a dedicated husband and father and a surfer! Justin has been serving in music ministry for over 13 years which is so amazing in the music business. He's got tons of CDs, he plays in large and small venues and has travelled internationally to bless others with his unique style of music and ministry. His wife Heidi and our friend Pamela, both my dear friends for over 16 years (I was in their weddings!), came to visit me here in Mozambique last year. Justin and Heidi have faithfully supported me since I came in 2003 and now want to get even more involved. Justin is going to share the news about what God is doing here with my boys at his concerts! I am so humbled and honored that he wants to partner with me in ministry in this way. Thanks Justin for your support! You rock!

Justin and Heidi Fox, Me, Pamela and Trent Maddox (L-R around the table)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Feeling Blue

I'm just feeling a bit homesick these days. I really love Fall and miss enjoying it so much. It's just such a comfortable season, with lots of reading curled up under a blanket on the couch, the cool, crisp, sunny days, and of course, FOOTBALL! Here in Mozambique, it's the reverse now: can I find a thinner sheet for the bed? The blazing hot days and what ARE the rules to the futball my boys play?? The other day at a meeting, someone mentioned November 23rd and I teared up thinking of not being home for Thanksgiving. I try to be thankful every day so of life so Thanksgiving isn't just about thankfulness, it's about all the comfortable, familiar things of home and family. I'll be coordinating an American Thanksgiving dinner with a couple other Americans, for our whole missionary family of about 25. So that will be fun, just not quite the same. But, a wise manager at Shoprite gets turkeys in November and someone is bringing us some pumpkin pie filling just in time so at least we'll have all the ingredients for a feast! I'm just glad someone else is cooking them so I won't be heating up my house baking!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Five on Friday

1. Given a choice, and imagining that money and time were no object, would you rather cook dinner, eat out or order in? Cook dinner (although I DO love to eat out as well!). When time isn't an issue, I love to cook.
2. What is the most elaborate meal you've ever prepared yourself or purchased at a restaurant? Purchased - from Trader Vic's in the Bay Area, a set dinner that isn't on the menu any more but the ladies in my family went every year for my granny's birthday for almost 20 years. Begins with turtle soup and ends with Cherries Jubilee. Everything in between is amazing!
3. What food do you find yourself making and/or eating way too much? Soup - I eat canned or powdered soup several times a week. But that'll change now that it's heated up again here in Moz.
4. What was your most disastrous cooking/eating out experience? I can't think of a disastrous one but a funny one - the first turkey I ever made, I cooked upside down! I kept sticking it back in the oven cuz the "breast" wasn't white enough! Finally realized it was upside down and then learned that some people prefer it that way so the meat stays juicier - who knew?
5. Would you rather cook for someone else or have them cook for you? All my friends are such good cooks - I enjoy both but for now I'd say, I'd rather they cook for me.

Here's a couple photos of some yummy food from my short-lived "Eating My Way Across America" tour this summer:
Dessert in Seattle

1/2 price starters in Costa Mesa