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How fun it was that I got to fly out to Kansas City, Missouri from CA on Thursday the 14th of November to attend International Conference of Missions (ICOM). I was met at the airport by the Jeff Barringer family from Carl Junction, Missouri.  They worked as our Maintenance family from 1990-1996 at Chidamoyo.  Their three children, Isaac, Sarah and Bethany are now all grown up and have 8 children between the 3 of them.  It had been 4 years since I had seen them, so it was great.  They had rented a big house for all of us to stay in and on Friday their youngest Bethany and her husband and girls joined us. Isaac Barringer and his wife and 2 girls are now missionaries in Cambodia and had just arrived home for their first furlough--only 2 months before they head back.  It was so great to visit with them and hear about their work. The sessions were great and exciting to hear all the work going on throughout the world.  I also attended a class and saw many old friends. The first day I saw Z…

End of fires, Major arrives home safely, Disneyland, meeting old friends!

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Major arrived home safely in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 1st and after a night in Harare travelled home to Chidamoyo in a light rain!


He was happy to be home and was busy all week at work, working long hours to catch up.He called me over What’s App several times last week.Saturday the electricity had a fault from 11 am onwards and was not fixed as of today (Monday) and no phone because their generators ran out of diesel!Too bad we don’t have PG & E to sue or complain to-ha!Before the fault it was still 8 hours or less of electricity a day and only at night!


The day after Major left, my nephew’s wife, Derekca, took my sister-in-law Kathy and I for a pedicure at the Spa.This one you sit in recliner chairs with warm towels around you and your feet up in the air!What a relaxing 45 minutes!


After the fires ended and people got to go home on Thursday the 31st of October, my 2 great-nephews had no school for another week as all the schools had to be inspected before reopening.So, guess wha…

Fires and more excitement

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We have been having fun visiting friends and eating wonderful food.  We got to visit with our minister who used to be at our church in Sebastopol for 30 years,  Rick Hahn.  He and wife Sue are Chidamoyo alumni and now minister in Occidental. We also went to Gene and Diane Nabor's house in Windsor for dinner.  Gene is a 1993 Chidamoyo alumni.  We made ravioli's for our dinner which was great fun. A few days later they have been evacuated. On Tuesday the 22nd of October,  Major went with Gloria, Sylvia's niece, to San Francisco to see the sights.  He enjoyed a crab sandwich and a big fudge sundae at Ghiradelli's Chocolate factory.  On Wednesday the 23rd of October Major and my brother  Dennis and his wife Kathy and my great nephew Maximo and I traveled to Fairfield for a VIP tour of the Jelly Belly factory.  We were on the floor seeing how everything is made from start to packaging.  It was so fun and then we had a nice lunch and drove home. This week we have been exper…

Visitng and Eating our way through the US!

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Major and I have been busy traveling around and visiting friends and family and enjoying many meals! On October 5 we were visited by Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, from Washington, DC and enjoyed having lunch with her and my family.  I met Lisa in Zimbabwe when she was in a post fellowship in Infectious Diseases and stayed at my flat in Harare 1994-1995 and again in 1998.  She got to know my family when she moved to Berkeley to work on here MPH.  We enjoyed seeing her after some years. On October 6th we spoke at Adventure Christian Church in Natomas, Sacramento, CA.  We enjoyed speaking for 2 services and staying for a lunch with church members.  They blessed Major and I with some spending money and we headed that afternoon for Bass Pro Shop and Major bought fishing supplies!  He had a great time seeing all of the different things in the stores and how cheap they are compared to Zimbabwe. We spent 2 nights in Sacramento so we were able to have dinner with 2 friends I started nursing with in 1…