Well, for July anyways! The needles have been my nightly pastime this month. Of course, I didn't mind. It gave me the chance to try some new patterns that have been on the waiting list for some time. Including Rae's birthday gift, the Peaked Cap by Elle. Unfortunately I couldn't find this pattern online. It is found on a poster given to me by the lady at my favorite knitting shop! Isn't it cute!?
August is quiet for birthdays (only mine :)) but September is full of fun! Here's a sneak peak of what I'm working on for September birthday festivities...
We drove as far as we could to visit the Sifumdza family. When the road stopped, the hike began up the mountain to a little wooden house at the top. Initially, upon seeing the house, I didn't think it looked so bad. But as I heard her story and looked inside the little wooden dwelling, my heart broke.
You will have to imagine their living situation through my words, as I couldn't bear to take photos of the place they called home. Sunlight shining through the cracks in the walls and roof. Barely any food on the small table in their living/bedroom. Mattresses on the floor to sleep this family of four. I could tell life was tough for this sweet family.
Originally from Swaziland, Ncobile, met her husband and found a home here in S. Africa. While pregnant with their 3rd child, her husband left her, alone and without an income to feed her precious children.
The Kabokweni volunteers discovered her situation when her children, Simphiwe and Lando, started coming to the drop-in center. Elizabeth now tries to help her out with food. I've seen Ncobile, with 2 month old Hendrikah strapped to her back, at the drop-in center cooking the food for the kids. This precious woman is thankful for the help she has received and wants to give back!
Please pray for this family. Pray that God would continue to provide food for them. There's already love flowing freely, but pray that this family would have an adequate dwelling, keeping them safe and warm from the weather elements.
The other day I noticed that most of my posts lately have had the label "ministry" attached to them. I want this blog to reflect my life, and "ministry" is definitely a part of my life. I try to blog about several aspects of my life and not just the ministry side, but there's been so much to write about lately! It makes me sit back and say, "Wow! God you are doing something here!"
Sometimes, no, actually many times, you look around and get overwhelmed with the number of orphans who need care and all the work that needs to be done. If you're not careful, you end up doing nothing. We always tell ourselves that we must do what we can, even if it's one child at a time.
And then we get these moments where we sit back, and realize God is doing so much through willing hearts! Just 2 weeks ago, we started feeding about 85 children in a community called Dwaleni. We had a team here from the states who brought the Gospel message through drama and dance. Not only did they receive physical nourishment but they received spiritual nourishment!
In just 2 years of living here, feeding programs are going strong in 3 communities, reaching around 300 kids weekly. One child at a time...growing to hundreds...and thousands...
One of my favorite things to do when I'm in photography mode is to take random photos without the person ever knowing it. You capture so much more heart and expression! I'm unofficially the TTH photographer now (just takes a quality camera and a willingness!) The fun thing for me is I get to go and visit and the projects and snap away. It's so relaxing and enjoyable for me! I've also used this opportunity to take photos of our staff in action. These are some of my favorites.
Amanda was having lots of fun spinning this little girl around.
Tried a new dessert for dinner guests. Risky, I know but they were so good with a good cup o' joe! This recipe comes courtesy of my Nestle recipe book!
2/3 cup butter 2 cups oats 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup flour 1/4 cup corn syrup 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. salt 1 3/4 cups milk or dark chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 375F. Line baking sheets with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Melt butter in saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Drop by level teaspoon onto baking sheets. Spread thinly with rubber spatula.
Bake for 6-8 min. or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Peel cookies from foil.
Microwave chocolate in microwave in 10 to 20 second intervals until melted. Spread thin layer of chocolate onto flat side of cookie. Top with another cookie to make a sandwich.
**This is the recipe with my modifications. I used dark chocolate instead of milk and they were delicious! The first batch I cooked just on the foil, like the directions said, and they stuck. So I decided to spray the foil and they came right off. And make sure you spread the cookies really thin. These are awesome!
A beautiful sunny afternoon, sitting on the grass with Anneke as the kids laughed and played outside, commenting on how Zoe has seemed to grow up overnight.
I hear my name but don't see the youngsters. As the sound grows louder, I see them walking up the newly dug drainage ditch. They convince me to follow them on this adventure in the dirt, through the roots. Along the way, Joshua swears he hears a snake and decides this adventure is over. So began the next one that warranted this...
As I'm standing in the sun's rays, Joshua runs up screaming, his hand covering the right side of his head. "What happened?" Through tears and explanations, I see that the right side of his head is covered in blood. We quickly go and rinse off the blood. Jeremy and I make a decision to take him to our doctor. Almost closing time, but she graciously agrees to see us. Joshua was beyond relief when she decided against stitches. A butterfly plaster and a bandage (a bit dramatic, she admitted, but necessary to keep it in place overnight) and we were good to go! The next morning it looked like it was healing nicely. And Joshua had a cool head wound to show his friends!
I'm actually thankful that we haven't had any broken bones or stitches or anything. I know with a boy it's inevitable, but for now I'm thankful for that clean bill of health!
Knitting, photography, sewing, anything crafty, and all things handmade are at the top of my hobby list. I have 2 beautiful children and one wonderful, smoking hot husband. We founded Ten Thousand Homes, whose goal is to provide HOPE and HOME for Africa's orphans, in 2006. I now work as Communications Director for TTH, telling the stories and creating awareness of the millions of children without parents.