South Africa

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What a difference a year makes! Last year right around this same time, Joyce and I were crying our eyes out saying goodbye to Alyssa at the airport. Of course we did NOT bother wearing mascara! We knew putting her on an airplane bound for the Door of Hope in South Africa would produce a […]


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In a few weeks, we will once again head to the airport, cry big tears and put Alyssa on a plane headed back to South Africa. When Alyssa began her trip home from South Africa last summer, she knew that her volunteer work at The Door of Hope was not done. She knew that God […]


Post image for How About a Visit to A Lion Farm in South Africa!

Of course, here in South Texas we are familiar with farms. Farms with things like tractors, cows, horses, chickens  . . . lions . . .  Wait lions? . . . Toto, I have a feeling we aren’t in Texas anymore. We might not have lion farms here in South Texas but while in South […]


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Join me on Safari! Life with Joyce Look Close, Look Close,  What Can You See On a Safari? Print this book FREE: Look Close, Look Close On Safari Look close, look close. What do you see? I see a zebra. Look close, look close. What do you see? I see a lion. Look close, look […]


Post image for I Went On a Safari: FREE printable book

I wish I could take every child I know on a safari! It is simply a magical experience. Well come on . . . join me on my safari . . . (you’ll find a link to the FREE printable guided reading book at the end of this post) . I went on a Safari […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: One Muddy Pool by Liz Graham – Yooll Why we love this book: On my recent trip to visit my daughter Alyssa in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had many wonderful experiences which I hope to share in the upcoming weeks. At the top of my list has to be the […]


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Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 1 Timestamp: 2012-05-07 16:34:17 UTC Congratulations Ellie # 1! Ellie May 2, 2012 at 2:55 am Hmm … the craziest thing my kid has gotten me to do is run around the house chanting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 … over and […]


Post image for My Trip to South Africa: Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch Why we love this book: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Most are familiar with this classic book and song about the enduring love of motherhood. I’ve been rocking and singing to […]


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Update from Alysaa and The Door  of Hope, “It definitely feels like I am working around the clock.  In our home, we have 12 babies (11 are on the same feeding schedule), and they have only been scheduling two aunties to work.  That means that one person typically has five or six babies, one to […]


Post image for In God’s Time: My Trip to Africa

My journey to South Africa began many years ago when I was in the 4th grade.  A missionary came and spoke to our class and I told God “that’s what I want to do when I grow up.”  In God’s time, He would send me to Africa but not as I had imagined.  I married, […]


Post image for Volunteering for The Door of Hope in Johannesburg, South Africa

Alyssa’s first week in South Africa, volunteering for The Door of Hope, was let’s just say a bit of a hard transition. I know we’ve run it into the ground around here, but we are a close family. It would be hard for anyone to leave everything she knows behind and move to a country […]


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Have you ever had to take your baby to the airport and put her on an airplane going half way around the world, knowing she would be gone for six months  . . . When I was eighteen, my sister Joyce gave birth to her last little baby, Alyssa. Despite our 18-year-age-difference Alyssa and I […]