Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thank You Buttershaw Team!

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We recently had a lovely team from England here, from Buttershaw Baptist Church. 

IMG_3842I was thrilled to discover that the team leader, Liz and her husband (the pastor) and three kids had visited eight years ago and I remembered them!  Our conversations made a lasting impression on me and I thought of them often because they left me one of my favorite books for the boys, The Stories Jesus Told.  So fun to see Rebekah, there to the left with her mom looking on, eight years later!

 

They were a great blessing to us in Zimpeto and to me and my boys especially.  They prayed, cleaned, prayed, encouraged, gave, served, cried, painted and played some more!

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The Stich family – our Rainbow Loom bracelet instructors!

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Big-Hearted Tony helping paint the windows in my dorm – I think the whole team took a turn at it, and they look wonderful!

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I took one look at Josh and knew he needed to be hanging out with my boys – nothing like a guy to throw my boys around, wrestle with them, splash them in the ocean, let them climb on him, etc. 

His dad Dave came along for the ride and turned out to be just as big a kid as Josh. 

They joined us for a lot of activities and the boys had a lot of fun with them!IMG_3848IMG_3828IMG_3860

Sadly, I don’t have up close photos of Gentle Helen, Organizing Louise and Hospitality-Calling Maria!  But they’re in the group shot above and were every bit a blessing as those I have photos of.

Thanks for everything Buttershaw and I look forward to staying connected with you! 

PS:  I’m still wondering about this mysterious definition of “soon” you all seem to share over there!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Loom Banding Has Arrived in Mozambique ~Thanks to Keenan Davis! (and the Buttershaw Team!)

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My talented friend, Keenan told me all about Loom Bracelets (and necklaces, and key chains and dog leashes, etc) while I was in the US in November.  His mom, my amazing friend Jen, and he decided that my boys had to have Rainbow Looms of their own to create to their hearts delight!

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We went directly to the shop and they bought us FOUR looms, several accessories and EVERY color of loops for Christmas for the boys!  Generous hearts!IMG_3778

Well, yes, I do realize it’s AUGUST!  But no one seemed to know how to teach them and I wasn’t up for YouTube tutorials on bracelet making.  I knew the time would come!

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Well the day finally arrived when the Buttershaw Team arrived, with two little girls and loads of Rainbow Looms and accessories of their own!  They came prepared to do them with our kids, yay!  So I quickly made a plan for them to come teach my boys and even the Littlies caught on!

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Since I had an absolute plethora (love that word!) of Rainbow Loom items, I told the team to use theirs for the other kids in the center but please just come teach my boys.  And they did, three afternoons in a row, for my three separate rooms!

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So fun!  They were all enthralled!

Keenan, everyone agrees though that the looms were a bit hard for my age boys and they did a lot better on their fingers.

What do you think, should I keep them trying at the looms, does it get easier?

Thanks Keenan, Jen and Dwight for your generous gift and thanks Buttershaw for your generous time and patience!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Going Bananas!

IMG_3768So where I have been housesitting for a couple weekends, my friends have a banana tree, how fun is that? 

It grows what are called “Apple Bananas” which I had never heard of but have eaten plenty of times. 

They are small and super sweet – and fun!  Perfect for the boys!IMG_3766

Did you know bananas grew in a spiral like this?  I didn’t!  So cool!

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Looks are deceiving!  This little bunch fed my boys two and a half times!  Including Tias, that is about 85 bananas!  Isn’t that amazing?  You’d never know it from looking at it.

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So fun to eat something cut right from the tree. 

The guards had cut it about two weeks ago and stored it out of reach of the birds who you can see had already done some damage at the bottom.

Once they were ripe, the guards gave it to me for the boys.

Perfect!