Friday, July 30, 2010

Gradually's 9th Birthday

What a fun day!

Gradually and two of his friends spent the afternoon at our place. They loved the swing...

and the trampoline...

the birthday cake...

But the biggest hit were the balloons...

We went to a concert, a talent-show-style fundraiser for a nearby village project, and had a sleepover. The kids (including Jed) all had a great time. :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

World Cup US/SA 16 reunion

So, here we are 11 days into July already. We've been back in South Africa for a month already. Two weeks after returning to SA we had a little get together with some of our old Peace Corps friends. 4 of us extended for a year (Me, Brooke, Tom Barker, and Nick Verono) and two more of our friends have come back to South Africa (Rose Zulliger, and Keri Dodge). Keri is working just up the road at YWAM/Ten Thousand Homes and Rose is getting a masters in public health down at University of Cape Town.
From L to R (Brooke, me, Tom, Nick, Rose, Keri)

We got together to reminisce old times and we also got to watch the USA in the world cup, well, not live, but we got to go to a bar together and cheer on the red, white and blue.

Unfortunately, the US lost to Ghana 2-1 in that game. Disappointing, but at least we got to go down together. It was great to have each other and it definitely made the game more fun. For the US we were playing the last African team surviving and we were the definite minority at the bar.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New nephew

I've been so busy posting these pictures to Facebook, I forgot not everybody has access. My new nephew Gino, born July 6th...

Isn't he adorable? I can't wait to hold him and kiss him!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thank You Grace!

I would like to thank the Quilters of Grace Lutheran Church who generously donated 12 quilts for Brooke and I to take back with us to South Africa. It is winter here, and although it doesn't get nearly as cold as it does back in the states, temperatures can dip to freezing and below at times. Here is a picture of Emmanuel and his neighbor Derek with one of the quilts that were donated. Emmanuel was part of my Junior Achievement program last year. He lives on his own in a cinder block house with no insulation. You can tell by the smile on his face how blessed he feels!
Emmanuel on the left

Grace Lutheran Church also sent back many new pairs of socks, soap and face cloths to give out to those in need. They also allowed us to host our "Taste of Africa" dinner at their church. Thank you so much for all you have done! The rest of the quilts and donations are on their way to Swaziland today with Robyn and Samantha!