Sunday, June 17, 2018

Top 5 Things I Noticed about the US

 This is a random list of things that changed while we were in Tanzania this last term, that I noticed when we first got back.

1.  You can order ahead to fast food restaurants on an app now, and it will be waiting for you!  That is so cool.  Also, so frustrating.  I haven't been very successful using it.  Usually we have arrived before I can place the order on the app and we just end up ordering the old fashion way.
2.  Black and white American flags with a blue stripe.  I had to look it up to find out that it stood for policemen and their courage.  That was a new one on me.

3.  Clothing styles like leggings with mesh panels, sports bras with open sleeve tee shirt over it, and lots of pink, and blue hair.

4.  Doctor's offices text instead of call.  Found that interesting.

5.  Popsockets-- little handles on the back of phones.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Things You'll find in Tanzania that you won't find in America...

Things You'll Find in Tanzania that You (probably) Won't Find in America
  All photos are copyright Bill DeLaughter

First, the obvious-- The Wildlife, the Fauna!

This giraffe wasn't going to move from the road in Mkumi National Park. We weren't going to rush her!

   Zebras, lions, rhino, hippo, giraffe, monkeys... these are all found wild in Tanzania.  You can see them in America, in the zoo.  I always think they look so sad in those small pens after seeing them roam on wide open plains in Tanzania.

The Flora!

    We having in our yard lemon trees, lime trees, jack fruit tree, mango tree, custard apple tree, cashew trees, banana trees, and coconut trees.  There are many palm trees in our yard as well as giant bamboo, moringa trees, African Tulip trees, and deciduous trees as well.  And that is just our yard!  There are giant baobab trees here, and so many beautiful flowering trees, and flowers in Tanzania.  It's like living in a botanical garden.
Some of the lemons from our trees
One of our lemons

Jack fruit from our tree

Some of my favorite foods

Nundu.  Nundu is fat from the hump on the back of the cow.  It is served alongside mishkaki (shish-kebobs).

Tanzanian style Barbecue


And many other favorites like Mchecha (fried spinach), pilau (spicy rice and meat dish), chapati (thick tortillas), Tanzanian style beans, and many, many others

-Our house doesn't have glass in the windows because you always want to let in a breeze to keep cool.

-Motorcyle helmets are required by law... but sometimes they are sitting on the top of a ladies' very high hairstyle!  I wish I could have found a photo of that one.  

-Cattle walking the streets, including in front of our front gate.

-Open air used clothing market.  This is where we do all of our clothes shopping here.


Friday, December 8, 2017

A Tropical Christmas

  Christmas is a little different on the coast of Tanzania.  There are no Christmas sales, or Christmas music playing in stores.  Most people here do not celebrate Christmas.  There are no Christmas trees for sale, no lights up on houses, and certainly no snow!

      We definitely have to make our own Christmas spirit around here!  We don't mind though.  In fact, sometimes the over commercialization of Christmas in America can be overwhelming.

Our Christmas tree is up

Hot cocoa with marshmallow and peppermint- special treats from  my mom!

  What makes Christmas special this year, is having Katrina home on school break and having Bill's mom, Carolyn, here visiting as well.  I am enjoying these times together so much: shopping, cooking and baking, doing crafts and just talking.   

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Family Time!

Bill's mom, Carolyn, is here visiting for Christmas and Katrina is home for Christmas break!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Search for Thanksgiving

This year has been a very difficult one for us.

          In January, Leah's grandmother, Clara Zuener passed away and we weren't able to go home to be with family.  We have lost family members, friends and mentors this year.

We were asked to step down from the Management Team of ACM in February while at a retreat in Kenya.

   We have been through three verification processes for our organization and our work and residence permits here in Tanzania which have been mentally, emotionally and financially draining.

 We have seen very little progress in the "soil" in our area, even as we continue to pray and meet with people, while at the same time the discipleship in Arusha is flourishing.

It has been a discouraging year overall, and we are looking forward to this year being over!

              With Thanksgiving approaching, I am encouraged to thank God for those things this year that we may have taken for granted.

For our health
For our family, both those living and those who have gone before us
For our supporters
For food, clothing, water, shelter
For our safety

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings!

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Pet Kitten!

Masala in the background and Periwinkle sit on the couch
So... we have a new pet kitten!  She is a female, and we named her Periwinkle.  A friend almost hit her with her car and rescued her.  Having looking and not finding her mother, she brought her to our house and we got very attached.  After keeping her over the weekend, it became official, and we have made her a part of the family.

Our cat, Masala, is not too thrilled about having to share her family and space with a new kitten.  They are starting to get used to each other though.

We now have 2 cats, 2 dogs and a hedgehog!
Max and Ruby

"Mouse" our hedgehog

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Heather turns 13

   Heather turned 13 on September 13th!

I now have two teenagers!  

Heather loves to paint with acrylics.  

She entered this painting of a sea turtle into the Celebrating Art completion and her painting will be published in their book!

Heather also plays the piano, knits, loves to read on her Kindle, play with our pets, and of course with her brother and sister.

We love you, Heather!