Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lovely Friends!

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My dear friend Becky has flown off to England to have her baby soon.  I so miss her (you!) and her hubby and two darling girls, Gracie and Honor.  What will I do without them all this time?  Oh, I know – visit them in Bath next month!?!  (sorry Jonny, I like you too, just don’t have any photos of you at hand!)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday Sports Day! And St. Mary’s Longfleet . . .

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This past week we’ve had a really fun – and big! –team here from St. Mary’s Longfleet Church in England.  There were 30 of them!  They helped with so many projects through the week and just had a blast playing with our kids – my boys loved them!  The Grand Finale was Sports Day the day before they left. 
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It wouldn’t be Sports Day in Mozambique without futball!
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The Littlies had games and races tailored for their skills, so cute!
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Watching the races . . . .  Waiting their turns  . . .  .

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During intermission, the team taught them a fun dance.
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But the highlight, as always, was FOOD!  A BBQ done to perfection by these two men, Graham and Dave, at, if you look closely at the time on the camera – 4:00 on the dot!  That was impressive cooking for over 250 people!
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Adam and Maddy were team leaders who planned the day – you can see who carries the weight between them!  And this is Beth, who loved my boys and I wanted to lock her in my room so she couldn’t leave! 
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Dave is a missionary in Zambia and I loved talking with him and picking his brain and learning from his experience!
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Ok, so if you look up the word “sweet” in the dictionary, you might find a photo of this couple, Lydia and Rhys next to the definition.  Lydia drew the whole alphabet by hand and they painted them too – gorgeous!  Come back!!!
(I wish I had photos with all the team to sing their praises too!)
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This guy, obviously crazy enough to bring a team of 30 young people to Africa, is the team leader who made this all happen – well done Richard!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cute Patoots!

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These little lovelies are waiting to go to preschool, aren’t they adorable?  They are all four with a couple who are 5 and they are all gorgeous!  And silly!  And sassy sometimes too!  Gotta love ‘em!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Meet Malachias!

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Mister Malachias might be little but he is a little tough guy, as you can see in this unposed shot.  He looks so serious here but he has a giggle that can melt any heart. 

Yesterday, he was sweeping in the garden after playtime and was right outside my bedroom window.  I stood listening to him hum “Hallelujah Hosana” in a gurgly kind of way for at least five minutes!  So cute!

Malachias turned five in April and has two siblings here in the center as well.  Please keep him in your prayers!

Friday, August 09, 2013

Little Monkeys!

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We have the greatest tree in the center of our playground and especially during winter, as it is now, the boys love to play in it! 

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I sometimes get scolded for letting my little boys play so high in the trees but I LOVE to see boys be boys – adventurous risk-takers and all! 

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That IS pretty high, isn’t it?  Looks a bit scary in these photos!

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But it sure looks fun too!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Judge Lucas gets a new chair!

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Lovely Lucas just keeps growing and growing! 

That’s a good thing!

But unfortunately, he still can’t sit by himself, even in a chair (or stand or walk, etc.). 

This week, our carpenter completed a new chair for Lucas!  He can now hold court and monitor all the other boys! 

Doesn’t he look grown up and important?