Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last Safari Adventure

On our last trip to Kruger, we experienced some amazing things, several being things I'd never seen before including watching a pack of wild dogs and witnessing two female lionesses stalk impala on two separate occasions.

What I realized, though, is that as wonderful as video and photos are, even they aren't always enough to completely capture everything happening from the roars of the lions feeding, to the haunting sounds of an impala taking its last breath. Some scenes we couldn't capture on video because the animals had slipped out of view, but we could still hear them as we watched the pride of lions over a period of two days from our mission guest house situated just outside Kruger with its stunning view into the park.

This will be the last of my safari footage. I hope you have enjoyed what I've shared. This video was also partially filmed and produced by Jayden and Mariah.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back on Safari with Wild Dogs

On our last afternoon at Kruger, we stumbled across a pack of wild dogs along the side of the road. Wild dogs are one of the animals that I had never seen before at Kruger, so you can imagine my excitement to not only see them in the park, but for the chance to watch them lounge on the side of the road. They are simply gorgeous animals as these photos will show you.

More photos from our recent safari coming soon. Enjoy!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seasons of change

In so many ways, this year has been a season of change and transition for our family. And this week marks yet another huge change as Gabriel leaves today to attend boarding school at RVA in Kenya.

Many years ago, I remember feeling frustrated at a job I had. I convinced myself that I was going to have the same job the rest of my life--a thought I hated. When the day came that I was able to quit, I was struck by the lesson it taught me. Life is one of seasons. There are good seasons we long to hold onto forever. And sometimes there are seasons filled with pain and longing for something better.

What Solomon said in Ecclesiastes is so true. There is a time and season for everything. And as we send Gabriel off to boarding school, I'm reminded that once again, our family is going into another season. Life will be different without him as he leaves a hole in our family while he is gone. But I also know that this will be a season of new beginnings and growth for him as he begins high school, something I'm truly excited about for him.

Whatever season you are in, (and this goes for me too!) may we learn to be content. Change what needs to change, learn from the experiences faced, help others along the way, enjoy the memories we're given, as well as the moment we are in. Because in all the ups and downs in life there is one thing that remains constant, and that is the promises of our Heavenly Father, who was, and is, and is to come.

Be a blessing today,


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Safari Photos

Here are some of my favorites. Next look for photos from a lion kill and an encounter with wild dogs.



Elephant Crossing

Spooked pod of hippos

Posing with a giraffe

Elephants at the waterhole

Mama and baby

Giraffe crossing

Mr. Gecko

Okay, not exactly one of the big five, but he is adorable

Beauty pageant material?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Adventures on Safari: The hitchhiking bird

I love photographing birds, but there was one bird on our recent safari that not only captured my interest, it also made me laugh out loud!



Monday, August 15, 2011

Adventures on Safari

We're finally home from South Africa, and as always, it's good to be home and back with all of the disciples. Thankfully, we were able to accomplish everything on our long to-do-list, including shopping and doctor visits for Gabe before he leaves for school and swapping out our vehicle for one that will be better for Mozambique's roads.

One of the highlights was time together as a family at Kruger. We ended up having a number of incredible experiences, some for the first time like watching a pack of wild dogs lying on the side of the road. We also saw two lionesses stalking their prey with one successful kill, and a water bird hitchhiking on the back of a hippo. (You've got to see this!) So I'll be sharing a number of photos and videos throughout the next couple weeks I think you will all enjoy.

In the meantime, the kids are busy back in school and I'm busy sewing on labels on all of Gabe's clothes. (Any volunteers to help? :-))

Be blessed,


Monday, August 08, 2011

On Safari with the Big Five

While most of the last week was spent taking care of business, we were able to spend one day at Kruger. So while I have internet today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos from that day. Unfortunately, while we did see the big five, I've yet to get a good photo of the illusive leopard. It's the one photo I'm still waiting for!

What about you? Can you name the big five?