Saturday, November 6, 2010

Finally an update!
















In mid-October the visitors (Chris, Amber, Lauren, Liz, Stacy and Kial) and I were able to spend 3 nights and 3 days at a wonderful safari camp called Rhino Camp. We actually got to see Rhino—there are only 14 in the whole National Park—so it was special! We had many elephants around our cabins and looked out on Kariba Lake which made us feel we were on a tropical island with African elephants! We also say lions with cubs and lots of other animals and enjoyed walking, riding and boating to see the many different animals. Amber's birthday was the day we arrived so made her wear the famous birthday hat (the picture with her and Kial on boat to elephant point). We had a special dinner with chocolate cake--too windy for candles! It was a relaxing and fun time by all.
Amber left us on October 28th and returned to Lincoln, Nebraska. Her welcome home party turned into her engagement party when her boyfriend popped the questions—Makorokoto (Congrats) Amber!
Our rains have started and people are busy plowing and planting. There is always excitement in the air when people get back into their fields after several months waiting for the rains! Already the dusty brown all around is starting to green up.
Talked with Major by Skype this week and he certainly must be enjoying America as he has put on a lot of weight! The Pillsbury Boy of Zimbabwe has been created! Thank you to all who are keeping him so well fed and drunk (with Root Beer)! He will be back to the reality of sadza and veges soon enough! He is complaining about the cold and it was down to low 30’s at night in Kansas when I talked to him. He will be home in 4 weeks and we will be so happy to see him here!
The hospital has decreased a bit with people busy in their fields. Only the very sick come and Monday and Thursday are days people cannot plow in our area in honor of their ancestors and so those days are very busy. Since a week ago we have already received 100 mls of rains—so we are happy! It has cooled us down too. Our visitors now know why October is called suicide month—it was a hot one! They were sleeping out on the platform every night in my yard—now they have to guess if it will rain during the night or make a run for it from the platform when it starts to rain.
Dr. Zimudzi went on leave this past week for 6 weeks and Dr. Murenje and I are trying to hold down the fort while he is away. So far so good!
One more visitor leaves this week—Liz flies on to be with her mother and siblings in Shanghai this Friday. She has been here since then end of August and has been a good gopher (go for this, go for that) for me—so we will miss her and wish her well in college in Portland, OR in January. Lauren and Kial leave on 21st so everyone is getting excited about home. In fact, In and Out Burger has been the topic of many of the conversations lately!
The house is decorated for Thanksgiving and we are trying to figure out when we will have this big day. We don’t get the holiday off here so we can celebrate whenever we want! Lori, Chris, Stacy and I will be here and we will invite some local friends too. It may be chicken with all the trimmings. The turkeys are pretty old and tough around here.
Thanks for all of you who pray for us and financially support us so much! You are the ones who make this work possible!

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