Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet things

I love seeing Ami read to the younger kids. So sweet to see the girls oohing and aahing over simple nursery rhymes. I do hope these two will be good friends!

Eating mangoes makes for a sticky mess, but who can resist the taste of that sweet, juicy flesh? Bradley loves mangoes and he gets quite sad when there aren't any around or when they are on the counter and cannot be eaten because they're unripe. He can easily eat two of the large ones in one sitting.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen

Brian preached from John 20:1-10 today in our Easter service and I was so encouraged to have the truth of Christ's resurrection reaffirmed. Brian mentioned Charles Spurgeon having said that the resurrection of Christ is the keystone of Christianity and without it there is no reason for faith in God.

The kids had fun looking for eggs in the backyard. Last year we forgot where we had hidden them all and Felix found one in the plants while working, it was about four months after Easter.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Brown Eggs

Our friends in CA sent us these great egg dyeing kits and the children and some of their friends enjoyed colouring and decorating hard boiled eggs for Easter. The colours don't always come out that brilliantly because our eggs are brown. My neighbour did something even better. She made resurrection cookies. They talked about Christ's burial and resurrection while baking them and the end result is a hollow meringue to show that the tomb is empty. Indeed, He is risen.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The fort soon became a shop to sell things to the neighbourhood kids. I don't know what it is, but our kids like making money. Bradley told Brian after he had to give some money back to a friend at school-(Brad hadn't taken the money-it seemed his friend was just being sweet), "Dad I don't know why I want money, but I just love it...Oops we need to work on that one. "For the love of money is a root af all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Tim 6:10.

Not long ago they made these twirly kites out of paper and string and sold them. And who knows why, but kids came and bought them. They also made telescopes out of empty toilet rolls and those went quickly too. A cardboard gun that shoots elastics, puppets out of paper and toothpicks and a sword made up of a bundle of sticks all taped up, were just some of their wares up for grabs. When next you're in Lilongwe be sure to stop by the "bp shop" for a purchase you'll never forget:)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fort Final

Bied helped quite a bit with the final finishes on the fort. The kids did carry the huge wooden door from where Wilbur's pen used to be all the way to the 'bee tree' (named so, because of the periodic visits from swarms of honey makers:)). I helped to bandage and mend the one toe that was crushed by the very heavy wooden door...So after some effort by all, we went from mud pool to mud hut. Did I mention two of our kids have some kind of fungal ringworm from playing in the dirt? I felt bad for letting them get all mucky. But then someone reminded me that playing outside is better than sitting cooped up in front of a computer or TV all day.

Yes and in case you were wondering, Wilbur's pen behind the water tower is no longer. To market, to market to buy a fat pig...we sold him. He was getting rather large and costing us quite a bit to keep him that size. Suprisingly, the kids haven't been too concerned of his whereabouts. What did concern us this week though, was Allison's very high fevers and listlessness. The doctor here has put her on a dose of malaria medication. Her fevers have come down, but we're still keeping a close eye on her. She and I were unable to join the rest of our family who joined the team on a mini safari and trip to Lake Malawi today.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Team is here

After about 32 hours of travel the team of seven guys from the Master's Seminary have arrived safely here in Lilongwe. Kwacha Simwaka is leading the team. He however, continued with his travel another 6 hours north to Mzuzu, to visit his family who he has not seen for almost three years. He returns today! We had a good lunch time with the rest of the guys today and now they're off to the market area and Mtsiliza village. Our prayer is that at least three guys will make the decision to join the ministry here in Malawi. We know that God in His perfect plan will bring the right people to serve here. It's exciting!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Looks like our hopeful redhead is losing the strawberry tinge she had.

Allison talks so much now and certainly handles her big brothers. Today Ben was running from her saying, "Mom help! Alli is trying to get me." She's quite feisty and sometimes gets away with too much cause she's so cute!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Wacky Wednesday in Bradley's class meant that you had to dress up all crazy-like. Socks mixed up, clothing back to front and inside out.

The rest of the Wacky Biedebachs.

Ami's class is learning about 'Then and Now'. The children had to dress up for "school long ago" They wrote with feathers dipped in paint and were put in stocks for punishment.

They have also begun transforming their hot mud tub into a fort.

Everyone got stuck in.