One of the Burundi girls has a birthday on July 1st. All the other girls on the mission station are taking turns sneaking over to my house to sew her a gift. It’s fun watching their ideas become real as they decide what they want to make, pick out the fabric, and learn to sew on my sewing machine. I'm not sure who’s more excited about the upcoming birthday—the birthday girl or the girls making the gifts!
This weekend I moved out of my house—for four weeks. When the Burundi refugee families came here, we had one group of people already on the schedule. I decided if I moved out of my house, the short-term volunteers could stay there, and all the Burundi families could stay put. So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a good motivation to get rid of stuff and give my house a good deep clean! I added two extra beds for the four volunteers sharing my place, and I moved into Sheila's house. I'm used to packing for trips, but packing for four weeks to continue life as usual here was a bit of a challenge. I need my sewing machine, printer, supplies from my NICU closet, etc. The first day after I moved, I was back to my house three times to get things I’d forgotten. The first thing I went back for was my toothbrush!! ☺
I had a very nice birthday this year! The twenty kids living on the mission and their parents threw a “surprise” party for me…although I don’t think anyone was surprised. ;-) The kids all pitched in and did odd jobs around the mission to earn money to buy my gift...a piece of African fabric. Then they planned a scavenger hunt for me to find my gift—hidden in the tree house at the top of the steps in this picture.
After this wild party with way too much sugar, Sheila and I drove to a nice hotel about forty minutes away from Kibogora to recover. ☺ A relaxing day at a beautiful place, peaceful and quiet. A birthday of two extremes. Each part I loved! I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on all the handmade cards from the kids or the beauty of nature at the hotel. A very nice birthday!
For a couple of weeks now, we haven't had enough babies in the NICU to keep us busy. So when we heard we were getting premature twins, we were actually excited for more work. ;-) The nurses set up the oxygen and prepared the incubator for the 2 lb. and 2.8 lb. babies. Perfect, now we had plenty of work.
Wait! Two hours later another set of twins arrived. These were bigger, weighing in at 3 lbs. and 4 lbs. But their mother had kept them home for 24 hours, hoping they’d be okay. So by the time they arrived, they were tired and cold, needing some oxygen and warming up. Two sets of twins just hours apart! Okay, we have enough work now!!
Baby J’s going home!! She’s grown and is doing well which is exciting. But the real excitement is the huge transformation in her mother. A woman who used to curl up on a bench and never spoke or smiled has accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, become the smiling woman (on the left) in this picture, and initiates greeting visitors. Thank you, Lord, that the first two months of this little baby's life brought her mother to the place where she’s open to God's voice! Please keep them in your prayers as they go home this week.
I started cutting out this quilt years ago. I sewed the two fabrics together to make the squares then grew tired of it. I took it to the USA with me in 2011, but never finished it. While cleaning out my office this weekend, I found it, have it almost half sewn together now, and will really finish it this time! Since I haven’t seen the pattern for years, I’ve fallen in love with it again and am tempted to make another one. But that might not be a wise idea!! As you can see, Peter my cat likes it too.
We moved all the furniture into the new morgue this week. It’s such an improvement from the old building. One change is the metal carts we decided to use for storing the grass mats. The mats are used to wrap the body and send it home with the family. In the past the mats have been in a pile on the floor and end up getting wet and moldy. I hope the carts prevent that problem!