Archive for June, 2011

Happy Festive Friday! Here are some things we’ve been celebrating.

  • Happy birthday today to Ryan! So glad he got home from New Mexico in time to celebrate his birthday. He is my best friend and favorite person to be around, and I’m so thankful he was born 28 years ago
  • Happy travels to Ryan! By the end of June he will have travled to New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Texas within a two-month time period. I’m glad that at least half of those are trips involve me. (I’d rather have a higher percentage, but 50% isn’t too bad.)
  • Happy Friday! Don’t you just love Fridays? Fridays are great because everyone always seems so relaxed and ready for the weekend.
  • Happy Father’s Day this weekend to our dads and granddads and dad-like influences and friends who are dads. And to Ryan who is the best dog dad ever to our sweet LuLu. 🙂
  • Happy welcome home to my sweet, little memaw who was in the hospital for over a week (and it was her third time in the hospital within two months). So glad she finally got to home where she can be a little more comfortable. Praying she feels better every day.
  • Happy welcome home to my friend Stephanie who recently moved back to Tennessee from Hawaii. Steph and her husband Richie are expecting their first baby, and I’m so glad she moved back in time for us to see her so cute and pregnant. Loved catching up over dinner the other night.
  • Happy baby shower to my childhood friend Tiffany. Loved catching up at the shower, and I can’t wait to meet sweet baby Enoch.
  • Happy baby! Since our last Festive Friday post, we’ve found out even more people in our lives are expecting. Is America experiencing another baby boom, or is it just with people in our life? It’s a good thing I love babies.

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My coworker/friend Amy T. has been on a mission trip in Africa for the past couple weeks, while at the same time my childhood friend Jen C. is approaching her mission trip to Africa in July. As much as I’m excited for these two ladies, I’m also quite jealous. I love mission trips, and I love Africa. Their trips have me dreaming of hopping on a plane to go immerse myself in another culture and witness God’s creation/children in a faraway land. *sigh*

I’m choosing not to dwell on the fact that I’m stuck here, but instead to focus on the fact that I’ve had exciting adventures of my own in Africa. You might recall from this post that Ryan and I went to Swaziland in December 2009 to celebrate our good friends John and Anelle’s wedding, and also to take our delayed honeymoon in Swaziland and South Africa (Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands…as made famous by the last season of The Bachelor). I’ve been going through the pictures since I’ve had Africa on my mind, and I realized that we never posted any. So here are some of our African memories for your viewing pleasure. This is the wildlife edition.

While visiting the Kruger area, we saw so many animals. It was amazing to be able to see them roaming free in their natural habitat instead of caged up at a zoo.

We saw monkeys:

We're pretty sure this sneaky little monkey was eating mustard from our neighbor's fridge.

Isn't the little baby monkey in the middle so adorable?


We think this giraffe was in love with a giraffe across the street. They wouldn't quit staring at each other.

Giraffes in the road are not nearly as concerning as elephants in the road. Although this one was reluctant to let us through.


Mama and babies. Hyenas aren't really scary like "The Lion King" made them out to be.

We saw springbok and a hippo and lots of other creatures too. One of the most exciting things is that we were able to see all five of the Big Five game:


This is Grumpy the one-tusked elephant who was marching right toward our little Chevy Aveo. We knew who would win that fight. Thankfully, he decided against it at the last minute. But that's a story for another day.

Elephant march! I just love the little baby elephant on the end. This reminded me of the elephants marching in "The Jungle Book." Yes, another cartoon reference. Ryan kept laughing at me because everything I knew about the African animals I had learned from a cartoon.


We didn't get any great pictures of the rhinos. They seemed to keep their distance.


This guy was ready to have his picture made!

The three amigos


I love this one. We were so close to a wild lion! Pretty, isn't it?

It's so dark because it was 3a.m. and we weren't allowed to use flash because they didn't want the lions to attack us. I love that they just lie down in the middle of the road. They obviously own the joint.


We sat under the tree watching this guy for hours. I think he liked the attention.

Here he is about to pounce. He started playing with a meerkat just like a cat would play with a mouse.

The great thing about these pictures is that most of them were taken with our digital SLR, and we don’t have a good lens to zoom with. (Note to self: buy better lens for next African adventure.) We were just really that close! Close enough that the lions and the leopard could have jumped in our open air safari jeep at any minute. It definitely had to be one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced.

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