5 Years in the Making

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May 15th marked 5 years since our family arrived in Swaziland!

Whew! So much has happened. So many changes. So much growing.

On our 5 year anniversary we woke up in Abilene, Texas, of all places, and enjoyed breakfast outside. Brad had gotten us a few favorite Abilene treats and as we sat together as a family we made a list of things that came to mind about our time in Swaziland. A way to reflect and a way to remember.

Storms
Macadamias
Simple
Complicated
Bee stings/attacks
Singing
Lion cubs
Stuck in the mud
Flies
Hot
Rooibos
Fire pit
Pizza oven
Guests
Max
Community
Safaris
SiSwati
Friends
Wall of rhinos
Talent shows
Dancing
Movies
Cookies
Spur
Braais
Mangos
Butternut
Sweet potatoes
Spiders
Geckos
Borders
Kruger
Swimming
Miscommunication
Long church
Shima
Chicken slaughtering
Eggs
Baby goats
Chicken
Loosing teeth
Hospital stay
Bats
4am sunrises
Loneliness
Electricity outages
Summer Christmas
Book tree
Gardens
Left handed gear shifts
Zinnias
Kumquats
Kumquat juice
Snakes
Home
New couch
Containers
Suitcases
Long plane rides
Mountain top views
No A/C
Screaming children
Merry go rounds
Scullery
Clothes lines
Sunshine
Ugly plants
Poinsettias
Loud birds
Kingfishers
Hoopie birds
Crows
Planting trees
Soccer
Giant avocados
Bumpy roads
Dirt roads
Now now
Borrow me
Family
Goodbyes
Sweat
Greek class
Music lessons
Learning
Sickness
Tea time
Oil
Travel
Waiting
Crocodiles
Hippos
Flat dogs
Feeding Nyala
Mlilwane Buffett
Bowls
South Africa
Table Mountain
Waterfalls
Ice cream
Jacaranda
Craft markets
Shredding cheese
Cooking from scratch
Wonderbag
Braids
White skin
Libraries
Strangers touching us
Benevolence
Struggles
Shona
Pizza night
Swahili
Zulu
Pretty plants
SiSotho
Chichewa
Big shady trees
Coral trees
Reading outside
Story time
Picnic table
Wasps
Holidays
Thanksgiving meals
Deaths
Vacations
Adventures
Hikes
Execution Rock
Quesadillas
Fajitas
Hillbilly Rock
Ginger beer
Haircuts
Forresters Arms
Malva pudding
Beautiful disgusting desserts
Walks through orchard
Monitor lizard with can stuck on head
African blankets
Slow wifi
Prepaid data
SIM card exchange
Honey
Wednesday night meals
Chapel
Teaching
Preaching
Song leading
Choir
Band
Caroline starting bible class
Skating
Bicycles
Net ball
Uncle/Auntie
Babe
Make
Children
Hugs
Games
Meetings
Government business
King
Inkhosikati
Big guns
ATM’s

There are so many more! Our time in Swaziland has been all the things!

Here’s to tomorrow and remembering the past!

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2 responses »

  1. Rachael,
    I love this list and kept wondering if you’d mention the avocados and you did! You certainly can’t find them around here.
    I’m so sorry to have missed seeing you all at the dinner. I know you know that I was with Mom and I’m so glad I was with her in her last days, especially since we thought she would be with us longer.
    Hopefully we’ll be back next year.
    Love,
    Linda

  2. Wow! That’s a lot of experiences! Hope your remaining time there is as fulfilling as the last 5 years. Prayers continue for your safety and health and for the good of the school. We love and miss you,

    Carrie

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