Tuesday, June 30, 2009

School Photo Days

Do you remember those days of dressing your best, combing your hair, and looking extra nice on that one day of the year that your school photo was taken? You had to look your best otherwise that bad hair day and crooked smile forever marked that year. That's a lot of pressure! The kids recently got their school photos for the year. So what will forever mark Emma Grace's year of pre-primary? Those tats!

gr. 1 school photo joshua

pre-primary school photo emma

Of course, they look adorable. But...I'm still a fan of my everyday random photos in the outside world!

cool joshua

lovely

Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend Activities

roar!

Saturday morning was a real treat for the parents of the Price family. We got to sleep in. This never happens where we both sleep in. The kids got up, put on a movie turned down low, got themselves breakfast, and made a craft. It was so nice!

They found some empty toilet paper rolls in their craft basket and painted them for binoculars. I love creativity at work! Emma Grace brought hers with on our Saturday outing. I think she was hoping for a safari!

spotting something

looking at mommy

We had already decided to go to a local White River hotspot, Casterbridge, to find some local honey, so once the parents got moving we headed out on our 10 minute drive. We found the local honey, visited the shops, and stopped in for milkshakes and cool drinks.

sipping coffee

sipping vanilla milkshake

sipping mango juice

Relaxed weekends are so nice! Hope yours was also wonderful!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Spinach Dip In A Bread Bowl

spinach dip in a bread bowl

I love dips in a bread bowl. They just seem to go together. I made this the other night for our Community Night. I guess it was good because I was left with an empty platter! Original recipe can be found in Taste of Home's The New Appetizer: The Best Recipes for Today's Party Starters.

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup smooth cottage cheese*
1 bunch fresh spinach
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped onion
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 round bread loaf

Boil spinach until cooked; drain and chop. Fry bacon in pan; chop into pieces. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and cottage cheese. Stir in spinach, cheddar cheese, bacon, onion, and garlic; set aside.

Hollow out middle of bread loaf, leaving a 1/2 in. shell. Cube bread. Fill bread bowl with spinach dip. Wrap in heavy duty foil and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until dip is heated through. Serve warm with cubed bread, crackers, and veggies.

*Original recipe calls for mayo. No one in the Price household is a fan of mayo so I replaced it with smooth cottage cheese and it tasted great!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

hope

This week we received some sobering news. A fellow friend was murdered in the country he was ministering in. I can think of only two words that describe what I'm feeling...shock and sadness. This tragic event begs the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" The DTS was faced with this question when a lady they met shared her story of loss, pain, and destruction.

I know in my heart that free will was the most loving choice that God could make to allow us amazing relationship with Him. The flip side of that is sometimes people make bad choices. Not just bad ones but ones filled with hate and destruction. These are the ones that bring me to my knees in prayer.

We've experienced God's protection many times, but anything could happen. In my prayers to God for protection, I also hold to unwavering faith, knowing that my hope and trust must always be found in Him.

Please pray for this family. Because of the sensitive area they worked, I am unable to disclose much information, but God knows and He will hear all the prayers going up for them.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Father's Day Crafting

As with any celebration, there had to be some crafting going on! The kids made their sweet homemade cards with their special touches.

spider man

daddy

This is Emma G reminiscing last year's Father's Day daddy/daughter brunch.

daddy and emma grace

Emma Grace's words...mommy's handwriting.

i love you!

The timing of Jeremy going to Hong Kong was perfect because I was able to do some special knitting! Jeremy has let it be known for some time that he hadn't received any knits from me. Poor guy! He really wanted some fingerless gloves. You might remember me talking about it in this post. The pattern I started with did not make any sense after I finished the cuff. Maybe more experienced knitters can understand it. My solution was to stop, take a day off from it, and find a new pattern. Knucks were the answer and new pattern of choice! I love them! And Jeremy did, too!

fingerless gloves

fingerless gloves

I also made him a Snappy Hat. I love the cabling in this one.

jeremy's father's day hat

Now I know it's hard to wrap your head around this kind of gift for Father's Day, but being that it was the first day of winter in our hemisphere, I think it was just perfect!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tales Of A Princess

Ok, everyone, now listen here!
I really am a princess.
now listen everyone

And you know what princesses like to do?
Wear makeup, put on pretty dresses, do their hair, eat ice cream.
i am a princess

They also have many talents. Like princesses can do this.
princesses do this

Oh, I just love being a princess!
look how beautiful i am

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tender Treasure :: Busisiwe

Have you ever listened to someone's story and thought, "How much can happen to one person?" That's what I was thinking when I listened to Busi's story. This little 10-year-old has been through so much and her story is more than heartbreaking.

beautiful busi

Her mom passed away when she was just 5 years old, leaving her in the care of her auntie, a drunk. Everyday, as she walked to school, her stepfather would spot her and call her to his house. What went on behind closed doors is atrocious. Repeatedly raping her and paying her for it. It's sick and breaks my heart. This only stopped when the man passed away 2 years ago.

looking

As her aunt received grant money for Busi being an orphan, she spent it on alcohol, and lived in a state of drunkenness. Her aunt's boyfriend started abusing her sexually and her aunt abused her physically. If Busisiwe didn't wash the cloth diapers, she got beat with a wooden spoon.

watching games

Eventually she stopped coming to the feeding program in Kabokweni. This alarmed the volunteers, so they went to the aunt's house to see why. The aunt had refused to let her come to the feeding program and she had even stopped going to school. They got her back in school and removed her from the home. This was only one month ago. She now lives with a different aunt in a good situation, but she is suffering from the affects of all the atrocities done to her.

She is very scared of men. I went to pat her on the head and as soon as I raised my arm, she flinched. This girl needs your prayers! They are looking into getting her counseling and switching her grant money to go to her. Please pray for restoration; pray that she finds joy and hope.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Father's Day Post

feet

I hope all of you had an excellent Father's Day! We sure did! After church, we had a nice family lunch and just spent time together. Holidays are always a reason for photos so here's some I took of the kids and their daddy!

sweet!

the kids and their daddy

lovely people

silly boys

sweet moment

smelling flowers

daughter kisses

I asked Joshua how he would describe daddy. "Silly and cool." And I asked Emma Grace what her favorite thing was to do with daddy. "Cuddle with him!" Daddy, we love you!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Winter In Africa

laundry on the line

You know what I love about winter in Africa? The evenings are cold enough for sweatshirts, throws, and hot cups of tea. Mornings of piping hot oatmeal and fresh coffee. And amidst the occasional wintry days, there's sprinkled in there absolutely beautiful, sunny days that make you want to bask in the rays. Sunny days for hanging laundry, bike riding, climbing trees, and trips to the playground. I just love those days!

cousins on the slide

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Happy Father's Day To All The Dads Out There!

Joshua: "Is Hannah Montana a rock star or a pop star?"
Emma Grace: "A pop star."
Joshua: "Is Daddy a rock star or a pop star?"
Emma Grace: "A rock star."

That's the conversation that ensued on our way to pick Jeremy up from his Hong Kong trip. So, rock star daddy, Happy Father's Day! We love you!

This Father's Day weekend, I made one of Jeremy's favorite Indian dishes, Tikka Masala. Yum, yum! I adapted this recipe to my own liking.

tikka masala

Marinade

1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon masala curry powder
2 teaspoons black powder (gives it a little kick)
1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

Combine all ingredients and marinade in fridge at least one hour. Heat griddle. Thread onto skewers and grill until juices run clear, about 5 min. on each side.

Chop carrots, green beans, and any other veggies you might like. Boil until soft.

Sauce

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno or chili pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons curry powder
2-3 teaspoons salt, to taste
8 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup coconut milk

Melt butter in heavy skillet. Saute garlic and pepper for 1 min. Add cumin, curry powder, and salt. Stir in tomatoes and cream. Simmer about 20 min or until sauce thickens. Add grilled chicken and veggies and simmer 10 min. Serve with naan or basmati rice (or both!)

Note: Next time I would add less black pepper to the marinade and a little cayenne pepper. I would also add a little cayenne to the sauce.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Changing Rooms

I know that's a British home show but I think it can also describe my life, because once again, this week we changed rooms. In the span of less than 3 months, we went from Outiniqua to our humble abode, from that to a 2 room upgrade, and now to a 2 room plus small office area upgrade! We had to move because of a current mold problem (maybe a cause for all the sickness?) I'm still sharing a kitchen, but the kids have way more room to play now and I've made a small kitchenette in our bedroom/living room. I'm really praying this is the last move until it's to our house!

view of the house

As you can see, progress is a little slow. After making final decisions and seeing more finances come in (by the way, thank you to those who donated!), work is going to start soon. The footers for the addition are dug and cement will be poured in the next week!

footers

Currently the garage, this plus the addition will serve as the kid's bedroom as well as an open kitchen and living room area. I look forward to updating you as progress continues!

The one good thing about all this moving is it's causing me to downsize! I really like the feeling of that! In all this chaos, I kept that nice giveaway safe and sound, so don't forget to enter!

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