Sunday, June 29, 2008

More from Mozambique

I got a chance to talk to Todd tonight and get caught up on what he's been up to half a world away. I think the girls are really starting to miss him so, if you think about it, please pray for them (and Mommy) that we can hang in there until Friday. My great friend Amy is taking the girls for me tomorrow so I can have some Mommy time, and Nanny kept all three Friday night (I cleaned the whole house - such fun!) and Emma and Aubrie Sat. night. I think I'm starting to catch up a little from our trip - the drive back home from TX really wore me out!

Here's a sketch of what Big T's been up to:

Last Tues/Wed - He went to Nacala (on the Indian Ocean). He got to ride into the bush where they saw three or four villages where there is no evangelical work being done; there is hope to start work there soon. He was also very excited about getting to ride on a dirt road that became a walking trail (that they drove on anyway) which dead ended into the Ocean. Very much up his alley! They stayed on the beach at a place called Bay Diving where they slept to the sound of waves under their thatched roofs and mosquito nets.

Saturday he was back on the coast but this time in Angoche. The trip there was about 250 kilometers (going to have to re-learn that metric system...ugh) on a dirt road. They drove through a Koti area, and all I know about that group of people is that they fish for their livelihood. In addition to the Koti the Makhuwa people also live there, but they are separated from the Koti by a mountain.

Sunday he got to attend a local church which had a concrete floor and concrete walls with a metal roof. Pastor Fernando preached - the sermon was in Portuguese and Makhuwa. Todd said the music was great with about half African music and half hymns which were adapted to the African worship style. Lots of drums and other instruments; I can't wait for the girls to experience that!

He said to let everyone know that another highlight of the trip has been getting to visit with some missionaries who previously served two years in western Moz. Apparently, they have lots of crocodile stories...people getting yanked out of moving boats by these massive creatures. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle, please.

It's already Monday morning for him so he just has two more days in-country before he'll begin the long trek home. Please continue to pray for safety, health and that God will continue to confirm in us that this is God's perfect plan for our family.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

And There was Peace...

We (the girls and I) got back home tonight from San Antonio. They are all in bed asleep, and I'm getting caught up on all the emails I couldn't see this last week because my webmail wouldn't work. I did not enjoy being out of the loop, to say the least. I'm hoping to be able to stay up a few more minutes so I can Skype Todd. Then, I will crash...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Catching Up

The girls and I had a great day in San Antonio.  We got to visit with some great friends of mine from Grand Prairie - we go all the way back to high school and DBU.  We haven't seen each other in at least five years, but we picked up like we'd seen each other yesterday (which I think is so cool).  We met at Chick-fil-A and let our kids have a normal and natural - much fun!  They are church planters in Kyle, TX and you can check out their website at    

The other highlight of the day was that we got a call from Todd.  He used Skype to call my cell phone for cheap-cheap money!!  We all four got to talk to him for a bit; his next stop is Nacala which is on the coast.  I'll be sure to check back in and let you know how it goes.  Please pray for his health while he's mos-qui-toes and getting used to the food.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Update from Todd

From an email I got today from Todd:

I spent my day on the wild streets of Nampula.  The roads are full of bicycles, motorcycles, Land Rovers, 4-wheel drives, luxury cars even here and more people out and about than I’ve seen except the French Quarter. It has that sort of feel, but very AFRICA. Open cargo trucks are piled 12 high and have five workers sitting on top of it going down the middle of the road at 50 mph. Then, we went to an open market and bought vegetables. They had everything from teeny tiny red VERY HOT peppers….don’t ask, so HOT it made my lips numb…you know I can’t back down… to potatoes and papaya, coconuts to cabbage, and cilantro to chickens….live or dead was the same price because it was the same chicken….They had oranges and green lemons and carrots and braided rolls of tobacco. So cool and I have pics to prove it.  All over town in peoples yards are coconut bearing palms 75 feet tall, papaya trees loaded with fruit on the side of the road, wild banana trees just growing in an overgrown lot and the most brilliantly colored flowers.

Janice fixed an awesome chicken and potato recipe from Zambezie with rice, bread from the Indian bakery next door, fresh cucumber, tomato, and onion salad and fresh pineapple for dessert. The chicken and sauce on rice reminded me of jambalaya. GOOD stuff.

We went to a back alley post office and a grains/flour/corn meal store where you buy it off the pallet 25KGs at a time. That little store was packed with people of every socio-economic group. We went to the SIL compound and met some folks, drove down red sand roads that were still in city limits, saw thatched roofed homes with mud and brick mortar and more small roadside stands than you can imagine... all in the city limits. We saw granite rock outcroppings 300ft tall and termite mounds 10 ft tall and boys on bicycles so loaded with grain sacks full of charcoal on the back of the bikes it looked like it would take a small pick-up to carry it all.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Safe Landing

Todd was able to send his first email today which was wonderful since that's the first communication we've had since Friday.  He is now in Nampula with a long list of things he and Eddie (his future boss) want to get done.  Thanks for praying for his safety!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Please Pray for Trip

Okay, first some random thoughts. We survived VBS last week and are having fun with Aubrie at Kindermusik this week. I hope to remember to bring my camera tomorrow so I can post some pictures. She's a hoot! :-) Big sisters have been very impressive staying in the hallway coloring and playing games on their cameras. It's gone very smoothly, and I have been very pleasantly surprised.

I have read on my friend Mer's blog and on another blog called GirlTalk about having kids spend a little time each day reading in the summer. I decided to try it out - I gathered some blankets and pillows and made a cozy corner in Aubrie's room and told them to gather up one or two favorite books. They loved it! Emma asked if they could do this everyday (this from the girl who declared this year that she doesn't like reading) so I was excited, to say the least. Emma opted for a "real" book instead of a primer and worked on reading the first sentence by herself. The other two gals had fun looking at the pictures, and Jessie "read" from her Mother Goose book which she has pretty much memorized. Thanks for the GREAT idea!

Now, on to the serious stuff. I can't believe it's finally here, but Todd is leaving for Mozambique (hereafter refered to as Moz) a week from tomorrow. We are such the procrastinators and are going to sit down sometime in the next few days and actually make a list for the trip. The purpose for the trip, since neither one of us has ever been to Africa, is for him to see and experience things that will help us better prepare for life there - at least whatever we can cram into the next six months. So, besides safety, the main thing would be to pray that he will see and experience all that he needs to for that end. He has been told repeatedly that he is to take many pictures, and I will be sure to post some after he gets back on the 4th of July.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Organization tips needed

Mer, I figure you might have some really good ideas for this. I need some help. I have a 3-drawer craft caddy/tower thing which was organized way before kids. In one drawer I keep all of their markers, crayons, paint pens, etc. I need a neat way to keep the things inside the drawer tidy. The drawer is tall enough for the crayons to stand up in a cup or something but not enough for the markers. Any ideas?? I think we would use more of what's in there if we could actually see it!

I really appreciate any ideas I can get!