in photos: september 2009

a few of my fav pics from september 2009!

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in photos: july and august 2009

i went home for a visit for the 4th of july. these are the great sioux falls!
jacqueline and her new baby, named christa!
the kids licking the bowl after making chocolate cake!
tree pose!
more licking of spoons after baking!
went on a community school visit at siambele church of christ.
and the compulsory group photo after school!

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in photos: may and june 2009

may and june in the village were AMAZING!!!!!! i was back in my own house after having to move because i was sick. PLUS my parents and grandparents came for a visit!

below is a video that my mom took when we were visiting binashy, the best old lady in the entire village! i used to hang out with her and her old lady friends. they had their own group and i would go for their meetings. which was just them gossiping, me trying to understand the fast tonga that they were speaking and me telling them how to bake cupcakes. even from this short video, you’ll discover how amazing binashy is!

when the family arrived, we rented a camping truck so we could drive to my village and we would all have a place to stay! and right after we picked up the truck, we saw elephants! i had never seen elephants in my entire time in zambia – so the trip was out to a good start for sure! they were just on the side of the road! we were just driving into livingstone to go eat dinner! honestly, it was mesmerizing to see elephants like i would see deer in south dakota.
they were just on the side of the road! we were just driving into livingstone to go eat dinner! honestly, it was mesmerizing to see elephants like i would see deer in south dakota.
this is my all time favorite picture of jeannie. my mom took this one.
and then i took this one because it sums up my family’s visit in one great photo. my host family staring at my bio family to see if they might act different or interesting or do something funny.
zambia has a cold season! for a few weeks, tops. but staying warmed up in the house in the evenings was a necessity. maybe not the safest way to keep warm, but i managed to stay alive.
cooking inside! safety first, i moved my brazier off the plastic mat.
i remember one of the older girls coming over for help with math homework. which turned into everyone coming over to do their homework.

in photos: march and april 2009

i took SO many photos when i was in zambia. some of them bring back some amazing memories. some of them are extremely random. some of them are also just plain funny! i’ve collected my favorites from march and april of 2009 to share with you here!

enjoy!

i found this video of the kids at my house. they usually ran around and ‘sang’ and cooked. in this video, they are doing exactly that! they are roasting shelled peanuts with the last bits of my charcoal, probably from my breakfast. and winnie, the younger one, is telling patricia, the older one, that she needs more fire. enjoy:

this is scottie mixing cake batter for his birthday. i’m a little unsure of why i didn’t make him wash his hands…

peanut season!!! the best time of year in zambia! i would make fritters (simple flour batter, fried in oil) for breakfast. me and the little kids would then go and visit everyone in the fields to deliver the extra fritters. (and we’d also get fresh groundnuts to eat!!)

glow stick party!!!!!!!!!!!

this is joy, roasting peanuts. and yes, 100% there is fire underneath that pan.

the kids are pretending that they are cows!

there was a guava tree between my house. sitemba climbed up to get guavas and we all had a great snack!

what’s your favorite pic? share in the comments below!

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