Sunday, October 9, 2016

As the wheels touch down

As we began to land I could see Nairobi from the air it was a bit overwhelming.  Nairobi is a huge city and much larger than Lusaka.  As the wheels touched down, I began wondering how in the world will I ever learn this place and these people?  After being here for almost two weeks I'm seeing that the answer to that questions is little by little.  It is just going to take time.
We were met at the airport by two of  our good friends who came to the field a little bit before us and have now moved to Nairobi too.  They helped us with getting our dogs from the cargo area.  Then we drove through crazy traffic.  We stopped quickly to eat at Dominoes and then they took us to our new home.  We landed at 4 and we reached home around 8:00pm.  The truck with our dogs came just a few min. after we arrived.  That was pretty good timing!  Our friends left and then we walked around this new place called home.  We were pretty tired so we went to bed pretty soon after getting here. It doesn't quite feel like home yet but I'm sure in time it will. 
In the next couple of days we unpacked our 7 suitcases.  Kevin fixed several things that were not working.  We went to the grocery store.  We got our internet set up.  We had friends who brought us dinner for two nights which was a big help. We did quite a bit!  As I look back it seems like we were just constantly moving trying to get things done.  Then on Friday we left to go to our cluster meeting with the missionaries serving in East Africa.  We were at this meeting 6 days. We felt very welcomed by everyone. We enjoyed the fellowship, preaching, and especially hearing the team reports.  We had a fun day and picnic where we competed against other teams.  My (Suzie) team won!  We got a free drink at the coffee shop.  We came back on the following Thursday and Hannah came home on Friday for her mid-term break.  We have enjoyed having her here with us for a few days.  
Anyway, I just wanted to update you on what we have been doing.  Please continue to pray for us as we settle in to our new home and country.  Pray we will get our work permits soon so we can start the process of getting our things from Zambia. 

 Our new home
I was excited to see the bushes in the front of the house. They are called "yesterday, today, and tomorrow."  They are so pretty with the purple and white flowers and they smell heavenly!  We had them at our front porch when we lived in Chongwe too.  It made me smile when I saw them and I just know that God was trying to thrill me!


 Hannah and Sadie
The dogs are so excited to have Hannah home over her mid-term break from school. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Taxi and Take Off

As we sit on the airplane and the stewardess is talking about safety regulations my mind begins to drift.  I think about how hard the last couple of months have been as we have had to say “bye” to so many of our friends and to a place we have called home for the last 19 years.  We begin to taxi out to the runway and my mind is flooded with so many memories.  How can we leave a place we love so very much?  The tears come as we take off and I watch Zambia disappear below the clouds.   God has us on a new adventure in East Africa that we will begin today. As we go, we take with us a full heart and a lifetime of memories. We are who we are today because of the impact these people and this place has had on our lives. We raised our children in Zambia and it is where they call “home.”  We had many years of ministry in Zambia serving alongside of other missionaries and national believers and friends.  It’s not easy to leave a place you love so very much. But I know that we go in obedience to our Lord whom we love so very much.  He has used our time in Zambia to prepare us for this next step.  We just need to continue to walk by faith day by day and trust God in all of this.   As I took pictures over the last couple of months of some of our good-byes with friends I thought I would put them together here for you to see.  Of course, to you these are just pictures but to us they represent friendships and lots of memories.  I wish I had pics of everyone but unfortunately I don’t so I'll share the ones I have.  


Saturday, September 10, 2016

28 Years Together

 28 years ago today Kevin and I were married!  When I see the picture below it makes me smile.  We were so young with our whole future ahead of us.  We had big dreams....but God had even bigger ones.  More than we could have even imagined back then.  God is so good!  We have lived life together for the last 28 years.  We have traveled many places, raised our family, and had a great ministry.  God has truly blessed us! I'm looking forward to the years ahead!  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Evening of Day 2 in Mfuwe

 While we were waiting to go on our night safari I sat out under our porch area and watched 17 giraffe out in front of where we were staying.  I love Giraffe so this was so exciting to me!

 They are so graceful! 

 They are beautiful to watch!

 There were a lot of mongoose where we stayed.  The woman who owned the place fed them.  They were amazing to watch!

 They all came running and then the owner threw out some food for them.


 I loved watching the giraffe!  I could sit there all day!



 That evening we went on night safari.  We did not see a whole lot but it was still fun.

The end of another good day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mfuwe Day 2

On the second day of our trip we drove through the park ourselves.  Then that evening we went on a game drive in a safari truck.  My next post will be on that evening. 

 We saw lots of crocodiles.


 and hippos

 We were so excited to see a male and female lion sitting under the bushes.  We didn't get a good picture of the female because of where she was sitting.

 We brought our own lunch.  So we just picked a spot by the river and ate.

 We loved seeing the elephants especially the baby one.

 We don't often see the giraffe sitting down.

 I guess this one had an itch...

baby elephant eating

 This baobab tree is huge!
It's one of my favorite trees in Africa.

 Can you see me and Hannah?

 A close up of Kevin and Hannah

Isn't that sweet?

Giraffe are my favorite animal!
It was a great day!