Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baby blanket

My aunt Debbie Grillo taught me to crochet about three years ago, right before we left for Africa. Since then, I have crocheted mostly scarves, baskets, and dishcloths, but I was really just looking for an excuse to take on a bigger project when I found out Kimmie was pregnant. The baby blanket I made is about 1m square and it's made of soft machine-washable cotton. The old Afrikaaner lady working in the yarn store was NOT happy I bought cream colored yarn for a baby blanket. She kept looking at me in dismay and suggesting more colorful options, like lavender/turquoise variegated yarn with sparkles. Ugh. I really like the way it turned out. The pattern is available here. I hope little Franklin likes it. (That's the latest name Jed picked out for him, we're trying it out.)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kachele Farm, Zambia

Here is a short little video of Kachele Farm in Zambia where we stayed during our time in Luanshya. The man in the video is Samuel Zulu who moved to the farm with his family at the end of last year from Chipata, Zambia. I will try to post more video from the trip in the near future.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Jed's Birthday

Highlights from Jed's birthday party at a nearby lake...

Jed's favorite thing to do in the

Birthday cake


Marley and Sonney

A rainbow over Mt. Legogote

Laughing at Marc and Divine untangling a line from the tree

Me and Jed untangling another line from another tree

A truly South Africa braai...boerwors, sausages, steak, chops and chicken

We had such a relaxing afternoon. We're so thankful for the great friends we have here, especially Dan and Jen (Marley and Sonney's dad and mom) for making it such a special day. We love you guys!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Praying for Conference

Hands at Work Conference time is here again, only this year instead of one big conference we're having 4 regional conferences. It will be a very busy time for us in the office, making preparations. In order to prepare our hearts and focus on the children we serve, we will have a time of focused prayer leading up to our first conference in South Africa on March 25. We'd love for you to join us. Follow this link to see a description and to download the prayer guide.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Little Peanut

By now, news of Kimmie's pregnancy is nothing new. But can I just say how fun it is to have your sister be pregnant first? I like asking her all the things I could never ask anyone else, like "doesn't the baby's kicks just feel kind of like gas or something?" Or "do you think you look pregnant or just kind of fat?" (Of course, people have told her she looks pregnant, not fat, but only really nice people, so that's not reliable.)

Also, I think it's going to fun to see her in a bridesmaid's dress when she's 8 months pregnant at Megan's wedding.

I can say all of these things and tease her because she's doing so well. She's strong and fit and SOOO excited to be a mommy. And she's going to be a GREAT mommy!