Merry Christmas!

It certainly doesn’t “feel” like Christmas when the temperature outside is hovering around 30 degrees Celsius, but celebrating in Macha does have its perks.

Christmas is very simple here, which I love. We did a little Christmas baking (homemade cinnamon buns!), we bought a few small presents and we spent time with family and friends who are like family. There were no crazy shopping trips (well, shopping in Choma is always a little crazy, but that’s another story) and no exhaustion caused by running from event to event – just lots of time together with those we love.

My Christmas gift - new laundry lines!

My Christmas gift – new laundry lines!

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is giving gifts. I think I enjoy it even more here because I know that some of my friends aren’t able to simply go out and buy what they want or perhaps even need. At this time of year, especially, I am reminded that I have been blessed with so much and thoughtful gifts are one small way I can pass that blessing on to others.

Tonight we enjoyed a Christmas dinner with friends. We kept it simple since we weren’t sure we would have power and decided to have a Canadian summer staple food – burgers. Yep, homemade hamburgers cooked on the grill for Christmas dinner. They were delicious!

From our family to yours, we hope that you have a wonderful Christmas season. And may the coming year be full of beautiful moments and reminders of God’s faithfulness.

Five

It appears the theme for the month of June is ‘5’…

Five years ago, we returned to Canada after living in Zambia for 1.5 years.

Five years ago, we announced that we were expecting another child, making us a family of five.

Five months ago, we returned to Zambia to live.

As we read through this list, we’re reminded of how quickly time moves. How much life can change in a relatively short amount of time. When we think about the future, five years seems like a long time, but when we reflect on the past five years, time seems to have flown by. There have been times of great joy and times of huge loss, but through it all, we have held onto the truth that God was walking with us. He has always been faithful.

And now, we’ve been back in Zambia for 5 months. Many people have asked how we’re adjusting to life here and our response has always been the same, “It feels like home!” There was no culture shock this time around. We were incredibly privileged to be able to return to the same community that captured our hearts years ago. And we have thoroughly enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new friends. That’s not to say that life is easy (is it ever?), but we are blessed to call Macha home.

Macha Dam

The Macha dam. A fun place for a picnic.

We don’t know where we will be five years from now, but we can say with certainty that God will be with us. And we pray that, wherever we are, it will be home.

“Home is anywhere You lead me. Home is where I want to be.” ~ Steve Bell

P.S. And in keeping with the ‘5’ theme, ZESCO (the nation’s power company), has just begun load shedding… so we will experience 5 hours without power each day, likely for the next 5 months…

Moving Day

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The view from our veranda.

This day has been a long time coming. After almost three months of living out of suitcases, we have moved to our home on the MICS campus! Monday morning, we loaded up our stuff and made the 2.5 km trek from the Macha Research Trust (MRT) campus over to MICS. While we’re extremely grateful to have been able to live at MRT for the past two months, we are thrilled to finally be in our permanent home. Yesterday, as we began to unpack some of our bags, you would have thought it was Christmas morning with all the excitement as long-lost treasures were discovered.

It’s been a while since we last posted and you may have been wondering what we’ve been up to. Our time has been filled with many days spent out at the school preparing for our family to move in. We have also been getting our feet wet as it relates to our new roles at MICS. To be completely honest, it has been a challenging time for our family as we went back and forth between campuses – trying to balance the work that needed to be done and meetings that needed to happen with family life, domestic tasks, homeschooling, etc. I kept track one day and we made six return trips in a 12 hour period – not to mention all that happened in between – what an exhausting day!

Lots of work to do!

All of this to say, we couldn’t be happier to finally be living at MICS! (We have some pretty great neighbours, too!) If you read our team’s latest newsletter, you will know that the students have now gone home for term break, which means it’s very quiet around here. We’re planning to use this time to begin settling in and making our house a home. Second term will be here before we know it.

I’m off to discover what I packed in all these bags three months ago…