Friday, November 20, 2009

Home Sweet Home ... Almost


After a long flight followed by a short overnight stay in Joburg, we're now up in Tzaneen in northern South Africa with our new Brazilian teammates! It's so good to be back on the African soil even though we're not technically "home." One of the biggest surprises here has been the weather! We left a chilly Tulsa on Tuesday expecting warm, late spring weather when we landed in SA. Instead, it's chilly and rainy!

We'll be here for the next few days as we do all the paperwork to renew our residency visas. We started out out day at the doctor to get a clean bill of health along with Xrays--to ensure we don't have TB. Then onto the police station where I was finger printed--to ensure I'm not a criminal. :-) All this along with grocery shopping, a visit to the pharmacy, post office, and organizing school books and suitcases--I'm sure I've missed something. So yes, I'm tired!

One thing we brought with us was the kids new home schooling books and DVD's, but hadn't had a chance to look at them yet. The kids are so excited and begged to start school today. Now that's something a mom loves to hear. So we officially start the new school year on Monday and we are all very excited. We also decided that we will convert our single garage into a school room now that one of the couples are here from Brazil, and we won't have to store their furniture any more. Since I didn't think we'd have a space for school other than the dining room table, this will be a huge blessing.


I have great news from Allen's family. Yesterday, Allen’s vitals started to improve for the first time since he was admitted to the hospital. The ventilator is now only pushing 50% oxygen vs. 100% and at a lower pressure. We know that there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome, but we rejoice at this victory as it appears the pneumonia has been beaten back. More to follow as the doctors make their morning rounds.


Lastly, I'll be drawing the winner for the yummy toffee gift basket tomorrow, so you still have a little bit of time to sign up! I've had several people have told me that they are unable to leave comments. Know that I'm going to try and figure out what the problem is.




  1. Anonymous2:30 AM

    Glad to hear Allen is doing better. My prayers are with him and his family. Glad you arrived safely. God Bless

  2. Glad you arrived safely. Have a wonderful start to your schooling on Monday!

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  4. Glad to see you made it back...wonderful to hear the news about Allen.
    Be Blessed

  5. Thanks for your encouragement and prayers! It's wonderful to be back home!