Friday, October 24, 2014

Five Minute Friday : Dare

dare verb \ˈder\
: to have enough courage or confidence to do something
: to not be too afraid to do something
: to do (something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do)
: to tell (someone) to do something especially as a way of showing courage
D esire to follow Jesus with
A ctions, not just words.
R elate with others in love with an
E ternal perspective.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whispered Word

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY October 21, 2014

Outside my window... red, gold and green trees beneath a gray sky.

I am thinking... of my dad.  Today would have been his 69th birthday.  Miss him!

I am thankful... for a new perspective of my 'old' life.

In the kitchen... thankfully it's pizza night for dinner.  I don't have to strain my brain to figure out what to eat tonight.

I am wearing... gray and blue sweatshirt and jeans.

I am creating... a photo book about my mission trip to Burkina Faso, Africa.

I am going... to start training classes with Milo (the dog) again.  Hoping to get him certified as a therapy dog by the end of 2015 or sooner.

I am wondering... what I will do with all the apples I have in the house and garage.  Peel, slice and prepare for freezing, make apple crisp and then?

I am reading...Words Unspoken

I am hoping... to adjust the household budget to free up more 'giving' money. 

I am looking forward to... getting together with friends.

I am learning... not to have any expectations.  This is a bit challenging for me.

Around the house... the dust bunnies are threatening to take over.  Today, I will whisk them all away.

I am pondering... change.  I feel the stirrings of some kind of change coming.  Wonder what it will be?

A favorite quote for today... "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

One of my favorite things... an early morning walk on a crisp fall day.

A few plans for the rest of the week: return some overdue materials to the library, go pant shopping for my oldest who seems to have grown another couple inches overnight, shoe shopping for the youngest, get together with friends on Thursday & Friday (woot, woot!) and prepare the garden for winter.

A peek into my day...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Whispered Word

But we have this treasure in jars of clay,
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 
(2 Corinthians 4:7, ESV)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dorcas House: Day 1

When we discussed what activities would be part of our trip to Africa, we talked about visiting Dorcas House and putting on a 3 day camp for the girls who live there.  As an American, I envisioned a 3 day camp full of fun activities that the girls would participate in just like a vacation bible school or sport camp in the US.

And that is exactly what it was with one exception.  It was so much more.  Sadly my vocabulary cannot even begin to express the love and warmth that is all around at Dorcas House.  Do you remember me saying that in Burkina Faso relationships come before anything else?  My poor little brain only scratched the surface of what that meant.  The Burkinabe are so trusting and have a great desire to get to know you.  They welcome you with open hearts and a forgiving attitude.  To walk with them is to feel like family.  It is rather indescribable how full my heart is right now and they are the ones that filled it to overflowing with love and acceptance.

Dorcas House is a home for girls.  You can read more about it here.  Whatever warm and fuzzy feelings you get when you think of home, that is what it's like within the walls of  Dorcas.  I just re-read what I wrote and had to laugh at how much I'm gushing, but that's truly what it's like.

Our van, packed and ready to bring us to Dorcas House.

On the way to Dorcas.

The Dorcas House water tower!  Almost there.
Gathering together for our first meeting. 
We started every class with singing and dancing to the beat of the drum.
Part of our teaching from Colossians 3:12.
A non-traditional student.

Tanti Sara and Tanti Amy giving instructions for our first craft, headbands.
The Jaune (Yellow) group making headbands with Nicole.
Jaune, modeling our finished products.
We taught the girls how to play baseball...
and ladder ball.
We ended the day with more singing and dancing and Smores over the campfire.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Long

long1 [lawng, long]
I took a long journey across the Atlantic ocean to Burkina Faso, Africa.  All told, there and back I traveled over 60 hours.

I was there for 10 days and I'll never be the same again.  My heart was filled.  My cup overflows.  The people are warm and welcoming.  The climate is hot and not so welcoming.

I heard roosters crowing, goats bleating, airplanes overhead, horns honking, motorbikes zooming, a language foreign to my ears and birds calling.

I smelled wood smoke and spice.  The odors of animals and the perspiration of humans.  The aroma of southern cooking in Africa as well as French cuisine and native foods.

I touched little children's faces and held babies in my arms.  I hugged the women and shook hands with the men.  I felt the heat rolling across the dry ground and the welcome relief of a brief shower.  My feet were always dusted with red dirt and water never felt so good upon my lips.

I saw fisherman in boats and standing waist deep with nets at the ready.  Women carrying items upon their heads with babies on their backs.  Vibrant colors of a fruit stand and the sacrifice of animals during Tabaski.

I tasted frog legs, pizza, Tô, peanut sauce, taco bake, deep fried eggplant and Mango juice just to name a few.

I gave and received love.  I long to go back.

Five Minute Friday is a wild and wonderful flash mob of words.  Five minutes on one prompt. No overthinking or editing.  Please visit Kate Motaung and link up with Five Minute Friday to see more.

Making Soap

One of the skills the girls are taught at Dorcas House is how to make soap.

The secret ingredients.
One of the ingredients is shea butter which is locally grown.

After all the ingredients are added, the stirring begins.

And continues....
until just the right consistency.

The soap is poured into flats.

Worked into the corners and smoothed on top.
The soap is then let to set for a few hours.

The soap is then turned out of the mold and cut in half.

It is cut into it's final shape by being slowly pushed through cutting wires.

The 'DH' is stamped on the top and stripes are stamped on each side.

Many hands make light work.

The soap is then allowed to sit and harden.