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Adios Amigos

Well, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have a BBQ to end our time here in Dar. Our friends Steve and Dyan and some others, helped to put together a Beach BBQ this past weekend which was such a perfect way to end our time here.

We invited all of our friends here, including our fellow staff at HOPAC, all of the Tanaznians we have been friends with, our Young Life Africa family and all of my students. It was such a blessing to have everyone together in one spot. It was also a blessing to see our two sets of friends here, Tanzanian, and Expats, come together.

We had hot dogs, many different side dishes brought by our guests, punch, and two fabulous cakes made by our dear friend and host Dyan. We played sand volleyball, beach soccer, and swam in the ocean. We tried to visit with everyone we could, but it was not easy because there were so many people here. It was so nice to feel so celebrated, appreciated and loved. At the end everyone gathered around us to pray. I thought I was going to be able to make it through the party without crying, but no such luck. A few of my students prayed for us, which choked me up right away. To think about all of the memories we had together, in and out of the classroom, how much they have grown, and how much they have taught me is truly a work of God.

Thank you SOOOO MUCH STEVE, DYAN, TESFAYE, CALEB, ZOE, and EPIPHANY! For hosting our party and loving us so well this year! We are in denial that we will not be neighbors anymore!

Adios Amigos! Vaya con Dios!

Babu and his family!

The Grahams : )

Beach volleyball with the whole gang!

Cake made with love from Dyan!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Getting the pontoon ready for the Flotilla parade, 2008. Hopefully we can be back to win the title again soon! : )

We are at Young Life camp in Iringa for this fourth of July so there won’t be any fireworks or BBQ’s, but we will be having a great time!

Hope that your Fourth is filled with joy and lots of family time! Missing out families in Pinetop and on the lake at this time. Hopefully we can be at one of those next year!

Nothing But Proud!

In case you don’t know, this is my brother. He is one of the most determined, hard working, gentle, and so many other great qualities, people you will ever meet!

Growing up, Drew and I were so blessed to be the kind of siblings that actually get along really well. We had our fair share of fights over the remote, or who got the last bowl of cereal but overall we really have been best friends since I can remember.

Well, this week he is officially a college graduate and I am so proud of him! Although he is one of the hardest working people I know, school has never been fun for Drew. I always loved school and never wanted to miss a day, but Drew wanted to be outside spending time shoeing or doing anything else besides school. Therefore, this was no small accomplishment.

He is graduating with a degree in History and a minor in Equine Sciences (which is perfect because he loves history and always has, and he is so passionate about horses and the proper care they need.)

During his sophomore year in college he decided to sign up for the ROTC Army program at the U of A. He is now a graduate of this program which makes him and OFFICER! So cool! He leaves the week after graduation for Kentucky to lead a ROTC training, then heads off to Virginia to train for his position, and then in January will be stationed at Ft. Hood, in Texas.

I am so excited for my brother and his new adventure, although I must admit I am a bit sad because he will be far away for awhile. However, I cannot talk too much considering I currently live on the other side of the world. Either way, I am nothing but proud of my brother! I pray God’s blessing upon him in the next four years in the military and will be praying everyday for his protection.

I am so grateful for the blessing of my brother and only wish I could be there to celebrate in person with him today!


Grill Time

The long awaited grill has come and Austin has officially begun the DMGA (Dar es Salaam Men’s Grill Association). He is super pumped about this and I must admit that I am too.

Being the researching type, Austin made sure to look around and get the best grill Dar es Salaam had to offer. In Dar there is no Home Depot or grill specialty store to get your grill from. No, here there are men on the side of the road who are grill “fundi’s” or experts if you will.  After much research he decided on THE grill that fit the bill.

DMGA and Grill

A few weeks later he got a bunch of men together, and a truck and bought the grill!

Since then we have used the grill a few times. We are still trying to get a feel for it and figure out which charcoal to use and such but I would say our attempts have been successful.

We had a big BBQ with all of our neighbors and many friends from the community. It was so much fun! Austin and I always love having people over and what better excuse than a new grill. We ate some delicious chips, salsa, and guacamole (homemade of course), hamburgers, and funfetti cake all the way from America. We had a dance party for the kids and lots of laughter with friends. Hopefully we can get more BBQ’s going very soon!


Party Time!

The grill master.

Dance Party!!!!

Thanks to all the Mantime Men out there who helped support the DMGA BBQ! You have no idea what it means over here!!!!!

Happy New Year from Ethiopia!

Happy New Year to all!  We are currently in Ethiopia and have so much to share! However, we have very little internet! Sorry I haven’t posted anything yet. I should have them up by Monday!

Kuwa na Krismasi Njema!

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d]—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

In  such a beautiful season of love and happiness, I am so reminded of how blessed we are. GOD IS WITH US! Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to His people on earth!

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family! We miss you all terribly. We are so grateful for your love and support. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

If you can't be with family you might as well be at the beach.

Birthday in Bed : (

Austin turned 27 today. After my big birthday celebrations, I wanted so badly to spoil Austin as well as he had spoiled me. He kept saying he wanted to just have dinner at home and to keep it small and low key. So I did. I got him a small present and got all the supplies to make dinner.

Sadly, the Saturday before his birthday, Austin got sick. He spent the entire day sleeping on the couch with a headache. Sunday, it was a similar day, however, he did make it to church and lunch afterwards. We took his temperature that night and he was at 101.2. As Monday morning approached I could tell this would not be the birthday I was thinking of for him.

Lying in bed watching a movie.

I decorated the house, made a cake, wrapped his presents and made a big spaghetti dinner, while Austin stayed in bed ALL DAY! I felt so bad. I just wanted to do anything to make him feel better. We watched A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (with the Abominable Snowman, a childhood favorite of his), and Harry Potter. He left the room just a few times to eat and the house once for a few mins to run down and grab eggs from the duka with me.

Homemade Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

Apparently, growing up he spent his birthday sick a lot of the time. Makes sense to me, once you let your body rest after working so hard, your immune system lets down and you are more susceptible to falling ill.

Due to his sickness we have decided to not go with the Larmey’s to Ruaha for Christmas. We were very sad about the decision, but we are glad to be resting over the break, and getting back to 100%.

As much as I hate watching Austin be sick, I love his attitude about it all. Instead of complaining, he just kept telling me how much he loves me and loves how I take care of him. I wish that I could say the same about my thoughts when I am sick. He is so selfless in so many ways that I am not. I thank the Lord for his selflessness and pray that in being married to him that some of that will rub off on me over time.

Happy Birthday My Love! May this year be filled with many blessings!

Make a wish!