Monthly Archives: October 2009

Chapmans brother

My brother is so annoying. I cannot wait till he is six. I played a trik on him 1 nap time. I wish he was a girl, He is crazy.

He is nice once a month.

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Charlie Marlie

Charlie continues to be the rascal of the family but also the most charming.  He seems to always be in some sort of trouble but his dimpled smile has saved him from certain death numerous times.  He “sleepwalks” and miraculously always ends up on my side of the bed.  Paul HATES this because I crowd him so the other night he made a pallet on the floor for Charlie and when he showed up around 3am Paul told him to get in it and out of our bed.  Charlie immediately started fake snoring like he was dead asleep and couldn’t hear and we had to laugh that even at 3am that boy can think on his feet.

Chapman was so frustrated with his little brother always trashing their room that he begged to please sleep somewhere else.  We have great sympathy for Chapman so we took the bunkbeds apart and divided the room in half.  Charlie can only come on Chapman’s half of the room with permission and this system has been working great so far.  We tell Chapman that although Charlie is a pest now he will be his best friend in a couple of years. 

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Charlie is always looking for a fight and can trash talk like you can’t believe.  He loves to wrestle Paul and won’t quit even when he is pinned to the ground.  If he thinks his siblings are too quiet or happy he will punch, bite or pinch someone so there is tears and screaming and then he is very content with the mayhem he created!  He has his share of spankings but I guess Paul spanks harder than me because he always begs me not to tell him what he has done. 

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He may be almost 4 but he is still my baby and Paul says I spoil him.  I told him I don’t care if I do–well, I don’t care right now but I will care when he is 18 and still wants to live with me!

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Double Digits

Annelise turned 10 last Friday (the 16th) so we officially have a child in double digits.  I think Paul and I are kind of nostalgic about it all–he even mentioned that maybe we should have another baby (but before my mom has a heart attack, let me mention that Paul only felt that way for about a second.  Once I mentioned sleepless nights, diapers, potty training, etc. he quickly decided he was VERY satisfied with 4!)

On your birthday you don't have to wear a uniform to school and you can wear your hair down!

Annelise took a cake to share with her class at school.  She chose a yellow cake with chocolate icing and covered with chocolate covered strawberries.

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Saturday was her actual party and the theme was Hawaiin Luau.  Most of the girls didn’t know what a luau was so we told them it was just a fancy name for a beach party.  The girls swam and swam and  our dear friend, Jenny, taught them a lot of fun games that kept them running and giggling all afternoon.  Annelise had a wonderful day and I am glad to have 2 birthday parties down, 2 to go!

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Fruit Kabobs

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The pineapple pinata was a huge hit!

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Annelise and friends

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Kingdom Kids–Update

Our Bible club at church, currently called Kingdom Kids (until we come up with a different name–some people don’t want their kids called “kids” because that is another name for goats and we all know where the goats go in eternity.  I had a great laugh over this but seriously if you have a name suggestion please leave it in the comments) is about to wrap up for the year.  The school year in Namibia, and in most of Africa for that matter, goes from the middle of January to the beginning of December but this year all the schools are getting out early because we have a national election the end of November and they use the schools as polling places.  We have had a good couple of months with the kids and they have been diligent to memorize their verses and Susan has done a terrific job with the Bible lessons.  They respect her and NO one dares talk when she is talking–she has absolute control of the class!  She should teach classroom management.  I think they even wait for her to tell them when to breathe.

Our end of the year program will be Sunday night, November 15th.  Each of the children will say verses and sing a couple of songs they have learned this year.  We will be giving them all medals and awards which they are looking forward to. 

We need some prayer regarding next year.  AWANA has officially “denied” us as far as starting a club because they don’t have an official AWANA missionary in Namibia.  We wanted to use their materials but they say that isn’t an option so we will be looking at other materials.  The older kids are memorizing “Fighter Verses” from Piper’s church and will continue with that since they only got through Section A this year but we need something for the intermediate kids–ages 6-9.  If you have suggestions please email me or leave a comment.

We averaged 15 children this year and had another 15 come in periodically from an orphanage outside Windhoek.  We are praying that the Lord send us more children, especially unchurched kids.  It has been a joy to see the kids quoting Scripture and playing all of Miss Susan’s Biblical application games.

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Ta-ta tadpoles

About 4 weeks ago we went to Paul’s parents’ farm.  There is a “river” there which is mainly dried up but there were some patches of water that are sourced from an underground spring.  If you can believe it this water was enough to support lots of little tadpoles.  Chapman decided that he needed some new pets and caught about 20 of them.  We successfully brought them all back to Windhoek and had to google how to take care of tadpoles.  They live on a diet of boiled lettuce.  All was well for a couple of days and then unexpectedly about 15 of them died and were floating in the top of the jar.  We had company over at the time and Chapman had an utter meltdown about the “deaths of his beloved pets.”  He carried on and on and sought comfort from Miss Susan who assured him that if God wanted them to live they would have lived and how grateful we should be that not every tadpole turns into a frog or the earth would be overrun.  He wasn’t very comforted but was glad at least he had 5 left. 

A lady at church who also has kids who have tried the tadpole experiment told me that they would all probably die and would never turn into frogs because our jar was not the proper habitat, etc.  We convinced Chapman that the most loving thing he could do as the pet owner was to take his tadpoles to the local dam and release them.  I had been noticing that him tadpoles were getting weaker and weaker and couldn’t eve make it to the top of the jar and since I hadn’t fed them in many days I knew their days were numbered.  Fortunately we had time tonight to go and release them.  Chapman was so precious letting them go and then he cried.  He has such a loving heart.  I am glad that he still has Jock to hug and play with.  He is definitely an animal person. 

He had to write a story about when he went back to the farm with Paul and his uncle, Henk.  One of his sentences was “I went back to the birthplace of my tadpoles.”  Paul and I laughed about his dramatics and we can’t figure out where he gets it-wink, wink.

One another wildlife note, we had to go to a town 2 hours north of Windhoek for Annelise’s gymnastics meet to qualify for nationals.  (She came in first for her age/level so we will be going to the coast in 3 weeks for her to compete again.  Don’t be too impressed though because nationals in Namibia is like going to a state competition in the US since the total population of the country is only 2 million.)  On the way back in the early evening we hit some rain and I saw what I thought were baboons in the road.  Once we got closer we saw there were 2 cheetahs.  We have never seen cheetahs in the wild and it was amazing to see.  We also saw a full rainbow that was very cool.  Unfortunately a photograph wouldn’t do it justice so you will have to take our word for it.

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