Sunday, August 31, 2008

More pictures of the house...

All the dirt you see will eventually be grass. This is our backyard. We have a cement slab/patio.

This is to give you an idea of the height of our water tower. This is very helpful for water pressure.

The door and windows that you see are Brian's office and the church office. It's great having his office attached to the house. The offices have only been plastered. Right now they are being used as storage for cement, tiles and a whole lot of other things! We don't go in there very often, for fear of injury. Brian is still using his old "pandokkie" as his office.

We just love our huge driveway and the neighbors' kids seem to love it too! It's perfect for bikes and skateboards. Our 'Freestate Ferrari' is still going like a boeing!

God has been so gracious in providing this home for us. A place where we can raise our children. A place that can be used to share His truth and a place where Brian and the leaders of the church can meet and work from.


Try balancing on a piece of wood ontop of an old metal 55 gallon drum!

Or you can use it as 'stairs' to the top of a slide.

"If daddy can do it, then so can I."

Brian made the kids a huge bongo board and they had fun trying it out. It's a good thing the clinic doctor lives just down the road.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cupboard doors in your suitcases?

This is the ensuite bathroom. Brian built fixed laundry hampers in both bathrooms - no chute to the basement though, that's because there isn't one-ha. We are so grateful for such luxuries.

Both our bathrooms have tubs and showers and mixers at the sinks. They are small, yet efficient! Even Bradley comes out after bathtime squeaky clean and smelling sweet.

This is the kids' and guest bathroom which is frantically cleaned before guests arrive!

The big silver pots in the corner are for boiling our drinking water. We boil all our water at a rapid boil for a minimum of 20 minutes. It takes quick to get our stove going because it's a gas one. Most people here on the campus have electric stoves, which is what I am used to.

While down in South Africa this July, (Brian was the speaker at the Grace Christian Church Camp) we picked out some cupboard doors for the kitchen and bathrooms. There was a possiblity of shipping the doors up with a guy who works for a freight company, but the likelihood of them getting to Malawi before our final mission team arrived was slim. We decided to fly with them as luggage. We were, as you can imagine, heavily laden, but we made it through on both ends.

The tiles on the floor, which are the same throughout the house, are Malawian handmade clay tiles. They come from an area called Dedza. They make great flooring.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just down the road...

We have moved into our new house here in Malawi and it's just down the road from the one we were staying in. We have been here in Lilongwe for a year now and are so thankful to have a home that we saw "grow" from the foundation level. It's a brick house with a tin roof and a huge water tank which allows us water all day. Yay! We have had a number of very enthusiastic and hard-working people come on short term mission teams to finish up the house. They were a huge help to us and the Lord's work here in Malawi.
Just this past Wednesday we had 22 kids in our living room for Youth Group. May this home always be a place for His glory!