Another thing I will miss about Malawi- the crisis nursery. I go every Friday to hold and feed and love on the babies. It has been a great way for me to end my week for the past two years. It reminds me that there are bigger things going on in the world than the stress of my own life. Such as- babies who don't have parents and who are sick and who are one of 25 in an orphanage and who don't get as much love as a baby needs. Plus, I love babies and cuddling these little Malawian babies makes my heart happy! I hope you enjoy the pictures of my little lovelies!
One of the new twins. He/she (not sure which one this is) is about 4 weeks old.
This is Rachel.
She was born at the end of January. That makes her 4 months old and her arm looks like this:
My room mate Vicki goes with me. She likes the babies too.
This is the little guy I captured a great smile on a couple weeks ago. This is the room where they all play and eat.
Two weeks. That's sad. As is natural during times of transition I have been spending a lot of time walking down memory lane. I thought I'd take you with me on a few of those adventures. Today's feature that I will miss about Malawi: my students!! Teaching such a diverse group of kids has been such a wonderful experience. And they're pretty darn cute, too.
First Grade 2008-2009
First Grade 2007-2008
Charlotte (USA), Lisa, Tiwonge (Malawi)
Trent (S. Africa) and William (Malawi)- best buds!
Mina, the Pharoah (Egypt, just in case you forgot where Pharoahs are)
Tawile (Malawi), Hannah (S. Africa), Tayamika (Malawi)
Keith and Zizwa looking like babies- they are almost in 3rd grade now!
Here's what I've been up to for the past few days- in pictures.
Lake Malawi on a beautiful day.
With Andy. :-)
Loving on babies at the crisis nursery. Finally captured his beautiful smile!
As a side note: Please pray for Malawi as they hold election on Tuesday, May 19th. There is no reason to expect a problem, but this is Africa and anything can happen. We have the day off of school to allow everyone to cast their vote. Pray that the election will be free and fair.
Some quotes are just plain hilarious. Like these ones:
Martina: I think I'm going to marry a penguin. Tiwonge: Good idea, they don't talk so much. James: Not me! I'm going to marry a wo-man!
Alexandra: Be nice to me or you can't have any cake. Lisa: You can't buy me with your cake. I don't need your cake. Someexcite me because I can see that they are learning. Like these:
"I just can't stop thinking about this book! I dream about it and I want to read it all day long!" "Hey, that's just like in The BFG!" (My whole class was rolling in laughter at this book yesterday. Wow!)
Some show wisdom beyond their years: Me: Poetry is exciting because it can be so many different things. It's really different than reading a book, or telling someone as story. It can just do more. (I was struggling to explain it to them so that it would make sense). Mina: Yeah. It can really show emotion.
Pray for us as we attempt to finish strong this year. Pray that I can continue to show love to my students.