Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Yesterday, all the returning workers and our family gathered at the Care Home for lunch.  We laughed, ate lunch, gave out lots of hugs, and handled some business.

One of our workers updated on us on a previous patient that had passed away in December.  It was hard knowing that we weren't there for her during her time of need AND not sure if she had put her trust in Christ before her death!

Lord willing, we will be taking patients on Monday, Feb 25th.

 Cuddling with Nonhlahla

 Thulile brought her little guy.  Natalie was SO happy!

Giving some "reminder" teaching on infection control

Monday, February 18, 2013


To me, having a busy, full, loud house makes my heart happy.

Trails of ants eating up the dropped food tell me it was enjoyed  . . . all through the house:)
Piles of dishes to be washed shows the kitchen was well used.
And, muddy foot prints track the fun the kids were having.

This last week, we fulfilled the list above!

Thursday brought the joy of having guests for dinner.
Friday, saw a friend come over for tea with her 3 children.
Saturday was exciting with 11 kids and several adults here while a Sunday School training went on at the church.
And, Sunday was great with a staff braai at our home after church.

Now, some of you might ask how this all works since I'm still struggling with my mono?
There are several ways that God has provided:
First, I have an amazing husband who also loves having guests over and helps a ton!
Secondly, God has gifted us with a wonderful home with lots of space for children to run and adults to fellowship.
Thirdly, I am learning my limitations and when I need to sit and join in the fellowship instead of sweeping the ants or making the second round of coffee :)

Please continue to pray for my battle with mono and wisdom as to what I can tackle and what needs to be left!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


       It is great to be back in South Africa.  We made it back just in time for the last of the mangos on our tree, hot sticky weather and the start of avo season!  More importantly, it is great to reconnect with friends, be back at Calvary Baptist Church and work towards reopening Calvary Care Home.  It always seems a bit overwhelming; the cleaning, paperwork, restocking and praying that God will send us patients.  This next week, I have a few appointments set up to reintroduce the Care Home and the ministry.  One is with the local Hospice nurse manager and the other with the head ARV clinic nurse.  I'm praying that God would give me favor in their eyes and that they would understand the work we are trying to do.
     The girls are enjoying reconnecting with friends.  The week after we got back, we hosted the Field Council meeting at our home.  This was a wonderful time to see the other missionaries and touch base with how their ministries are going.

                                              All the missionary kids at the meeting

       Another fun part for the girls was jumping back into their rhythmic gymnastic classes.  We had left for the states before the annual prize giving, so the girls were very excited to get their trophies and medals from the last year!

        Emily received a trophy for winner of the Level 1 under 9 group with a few medals added on to that.  Abby received a trophy for winner of the Level 3 under 11 group and a trophy for Best Level 3 Gymnast (and a few more medals).  They did great!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Flying is always an adventure . . . especially with kids.  But this trip back to South Africa went pretty well.  We boarded in Washington D.C Wednesday evening.  Stopped some time in the middle of the night in Dakar or refuel.  Landed in Jo'burg in the afternoon (South African time).  Then hoped on the last flight to Durban.  Wonderful co-workers met us at the airport and we were finally all tucked into bed by 1am.
 Emily finally figured out a comfy spot!

 Natalie did better than expected!

Abby enjoys the freedom of "ordering" from the flight attendants :)