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Lions and other dangerous African creatures often lurk in the grass near villages.

Lions and other dangerous African creatures often lurk in the grass near villages.

After several weeks in Kabwe preparing everything for his girls, Timothy is now heading  toward Cape Town to pick us up.  Traveling the African roads is never without “adventure”, and this trip has been no exception.  Friday night he slept by the side of the road in his bakkie (pick up).  In the wee hours of the morning he heard gunshots, but no following noise.  Assuming the situation was a street brawl, he went back to sleep.  A little while later he and the friends traveling with him, Hannes & Christel, got ready to hit the road again.  While looking for an outhouse, they noticed that the villagers were all hiding in their huts… not a good sign.  Finally one of them whispered hurriedly, “Lions! There are lions in the trees!!  Get back in your truck!!”  Thank heavens they were sleeping in the truck, not under it (a common practice in the warmer seasons), as their bakkie was only a few yards from the trees where the lions were seen!  Lions rarely come near villages, as they are naturally afraid of people.  Any lion venturing into a village, is likely a “man eater”, a fearful prospect for the African people living in flimsy grass huts, often without doors.  Praise God no one was hurt and the lions moved on to find something else for breakfast.


No road trip is complete without some kind of near disaster; this trip was no exception.  Saturday morning the guys needed to pull the utility trailer out of the bakkie.  As they eased it down, the ropes broke with a POP and the trailer came hurtling out of the truck.  It nearly hit several people, and careened to a stop just short of the gate.  God’s hand was obviously on the trailer, as it could easily have seriously injured someone.  Fortunately, everyone (including the trailer) is fine and they continued after enjoying a nervous laugh.


Daniela and Monica play a duet

Daniela and Monica play a duet

After a surprisingly uneventful day and a half of flights, Monica and I arrived safely in Cape Town late on Wednesday, 8/26.  Monica really was SUCH a good baby.  She slept through most of the flights and played nicely in the terminals.  I was grateful to be traveling with Lenora Hammond.  It’s so nice to fly with friends; good company makes all the difference.  The weather in Cape Town has been stunning– no rain, lots of sun (did I get off at the right place??).  Monica has finally adjusted to the time difference, which she found much more challenging than the flights themselves.  However, she is having a great time with the Hammonds and their kitties, bunny, and duck.  I am really happy to be back on my home continent and in one of the loveliest cities in the world.  Although, I will be much happier when I can enjoy all of this with Tim! : )


Monica enjoying the duck pond

Monica enjoying the duck pond

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  1. We are thrilled to hear that you have safely arrived in South Africa, though we confess to a certain pang upon reading the words “home continent.” 🙁 You are very much missed. Looking around our living room, remembering little Monica playing here makes those photos of Monica playing in Africa bittersweet. We pray that you three and Timothy will be safely reunited soon!

  2. Life is just one big adventure after another! We already miss all of you a ton. Glad to hear that little Miss Monica is acclimating well. I thought of you all alot when we watched that movie, District 9; I’m interested in hearing Tim’s take on it. Did you get to read the book, “I married adventure” yet? Andrew is taking over on the bbq grill and is grilling steaks for our birhtdays today. I have some more cute pics of Monica and our going away dinner here last monday, I’ll post them on facebook. Love, MJ and Andrew

  3. Ahhh, Eddie misses Moomoo

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