Sunday, November 27, 2011

My smart boys!

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My boys ended the school year at the end of October and the best kids in class are always awarded little prizes, for first, second and third place.

This here is Jose’ and he is BRIGHT!  He takes after his older brother, Lito, who used to be in my dorm but has moved up with the older boys.  These boys are, I believe, the smartest kids their age in our whole center!

I’m praying they can be reunited someday with the people they inherited their smarts from!DSC_0054 (2)


This here is Pai, affectionately known as “Piece of Pie” Pai by me every time I say his name.  Lots of the boys copy me now.

One question Pai:  where are your shoes???





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It is no surprise that Shelton B. Belton is one of the smartest kids in his class.  Oooorrrrr, is he so cute that his teachers just give him good grades?  I might not blame them if they did!

Please keep our kids in school in your prayers, the education system in Mozambique needs a lot of support and restructuring which is a slow process in a developing country.  They are getting better. With my boys, 31 of them don’t go home to their individual supportive parents to help them with their homework and try to create a learning environment.  That’s up to me and my Tias and as you can imagine, with 31 of them, I can’t really do that like I’d like to. 

Educators – any ideas welcome!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


What a wonderful holiday we have here in the United States every third Thursday in November!  I try to cultivate a grateful heart all through the year but it is nice to have a special day set aside every year to give thanks.  This year, I am thankful for:

1.  My mom's health has stabilized and she is doing quite well with chemo only once every other month.

2.  Although my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer this year, he has done quite well overall and right now is feeling better than he has all year.  We're praying the clinical trial he is approved for will help him.

3.  A new car!  Wahoo!  So blessed that my dad and Judi gave me a car.  It is so much easier to have a car when I am here in the US for visits.

4.  A check off the Bucket List - because I got a new car, I had to drive it cross-country, something I have always wanted to do.

5.  My cousin Maureen who is the most wonderful cousin and friend a person could have!  So blessed she helps me all year with the practical side of things that allow me to be in Mozambique and also that she went Road-Trippin with me!

6.  My three wonderful nephews and my sister - wish I could see them more often but grateful I got to see Randy while on the Road Trip.

7.  My Pedro - although he has been gone over a year now, I remain grateful every single day that God blessed me with him in my life.  I am also grateful that God has met me in my sorrow and helped the pain to subside.

8.  My darling boys - I am so blessed to be able to work with my little munchkins in Mozambique.  It's always a challenge but always a delight!

9.  Wonderful friends who partner with me in this adventure I am on, financially, in prayer and in encouragement. 

10.  God's provision in every area of my life.  He has been faithful to provide for us financially during tough economic times, he has provided me with his love and presence and his most wonderful gift of my salvation!  I love this life he has given me!

I have a rich life!!


Missing these cutie pies right about now!

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They are so gorgeous!  I really enjoy my time in the States every year with family and friends (and all the luxuries of my other home!) but I sure do miss these little pumpkins and all the joy and love they bring to my life!  In this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for them!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My new car!!!

Here's my cute new car!!!! Thanks to my dad and Judi, I'm the prooud new owner of a 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe (which I'm still learning to spell!). I love my new car and am so blessed.

And, it's caramel color - not gold!!