Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Now back to finishing up year-end reports! Oh HAPPY DAY!!
Hope your 2009 will be blessed and fruitful and joyful, overflowing with the knowledge of God's love and all He did for you in 2008!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
As Zvjezdana, who was supposed to be leading the program, was very late, I stepped in and became the "angel" (see if you can spot my halo below) and introduced each "act" and explained where the packages come from and here I was explaining about the packages and the little comic book which goes with them - about the "The Biggest Present in the World" (ie Jesus!):Here are Nemanje and Damir watching the program (yes, all the kids are CUTE!): When I originally shared this plan with Lea she told me about a "Magic bag" that she has through which you can tell the whole Christmas story: and so we decided to do it for the kids! Here she is explaining the bag with Sofija translating: The Christmas story characters are supposed to be in the bag, but they have disappeared: hidden somewhere in the room. So all the kids have to get up and try and find them and if they find them go up front. It gets all the kids involved: here is Lea with most of the kids up front and Sofija doing a wonderful job of LOUDLY translating what Lea was explaining!
In the end, the kids put the characters into the bag and they all come out tied together in order!!! Magic! (most still don't know how it works, and I am NOT telling!)
We were supposed to have another play which the English Club members were wanting to do: but unfortunately the main characters were unable to make it at the last minute so it was cancelled:-( but we still had enough entertainment after Lea's "magic bag". First we were treated to Jijska and Dina (from Finland) singing a Finnish song: and they did a great job!
And after that David shared his "magic" trick with the three ropes: telling the kids that God loves them no matter what!Then the best part, the handing out of the packages: Here is Dina handing out the comic books:
Zvjezdana giving Luka his package:
Me giving Gaga her present...
As you can see she didn't want any help and insisted on holding it by herself - it is almost bigger than her!!!
Here is Una with her package:
And Mladen with his:
All-in-all it worked out great despite MANY last minute changes... and most important the kids (and their carers) had a great time!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here is Ljilja with her and, yes, she is a cutie!!
We had a great time catching up with them and seeing her - unfortunately my camera stopped working for some reason (it is now working again - very weird) - so this is the only picture we have... but you get the idea! :-)
Me with Aleksandra and Sofija:
David interviewing Igor: got some great video, but haven't managed to download it yet:
Aleksandra, Sanja and Ceca enjoying the brownies...
Me with Sofija and Stasa: After we had eaten our full, and we had popped the Christmas Crackers, I brought out my guitar, and we started singing Christmas Carols - which was great! Once we got bored with that, we then carried on singing Bosnian songs: Ceca made me a book with chords for my birthday (what a great gift!) and it came in handy!! My fingers are a little sore from playing now: but I must admit it was really fun!! I think everyone had a great time!
Here is Mirjam (from Finland) with Srbo and his four kids. He is a single father (which is VERY unusual here) as his wife died when the youngest was just 4 months old.Here is Ljilja with two of our favourite kids: Bojana (who is the sponsored child) and her sister Zorana:
I left the second distribution early so I could get home to prepare for the Christmas party for the English Club - more on that in the next post!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Ljilja came for a bit and hung out with Mihajlo - our youngest class member:Here are the graduates and their diplomas: Mirela, Stana, Zeljka, Bozana, Tanja and Sedina in front. Merima our seventh graduate couldn't make it...
Now, I have a fun story: I have a problem with pronouncing "Zeljka" as I can't get the "lj" in the middle of the word: so she became known as "Zelka"... and this was a bit of a class joke... When I was typing out the diplomas I somehow mistyped and so she became "Zelka" on that as well! I will fix it - but it was pretty funny as it was totally unconscious!!
It is actually kind of sad to have to finish the year as we have had a great time together - and it is great to see people who at the beginning of the year couldn't even say "hello my name is..." talking up a storm in English now!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
And not forgeting that the greatest gift came down from heaven over 2000 years ago on this day!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
And here is a picture of us and the tree with Dragana which I promised her I wouldn't put on my blog, but it so cute that I couldn't resist (sorry Dragana!):One of the things that we were reminded in the video is the "real meaning of Christmas" is to remember God's love shown to us in Jesus. I know that sometimes in the rush and hustle and food and celebrating, we tend to forget that...
Friday, December 19, 2008
It is also the day when children usually get packages (instead of for Christmas) and so it was really great for me to be able to go to a school today and hand out packages with Sergej and David. We did a little talk about Christmas and David a little demonstration about how much God loves us in each classroom before handing out the packages to the very excited kids:Here are Jelena and Bozidar who are very happy with their packages:
Then later, Ljilja and I went to go celebrate Nikoljdan with Olja and Nenad and baby Andrijana (who is getting really big!) Here are Olja and Andrijana: And with me(by this stage Andrijana was sick of looking into the camera!):
I also finally had a chance today to put up the Christmas tree! I think I did a pretty good job:I even put up all my angels at the top to make a "choir of angels" which I think is pretty funky! I wanted to remind myself of the angels singing "GLORY to GOD in the HIGHEST"!!!All in all it has been a pretty good Nikoljdan!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I was tagged with this list on a friend's Blog - if you read this and have your own blog, consider yourself tagged! Go on, put it it on your blog too!
Anything I have done is BOLDED with comments in red underneath.
I hope you enjoy finding out a bit more about me...look forward to seeing yours!!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
Worship team at Church: guitar and bass
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
Camp Rio, Croatia, 1999, AMAZING!
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/World
Went to Disneyworld with my parents when I was 23…it was interesting!
8. Climbed a mountain
Table Mountain in Cape Town count?
9. Held a praying mantis
Not difficult for me as we have loads of them in Cape Town.
10. Sang a solo
And sung a duet in front of 1000 people YFC Camp 1990!
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
Been in the airport only... hate that airport
13. Watched a lightning storm
On the beach once over the ocean even - amazing!
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
No, but I was at the bottom
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
Technically I didn’t sleep as I can’t on moving things: but I have been on two 25 hour trips on trains from Cape Town to Johannesburg and back (remember that trip Jax and Nikki!)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
no comment :-)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
no comment :-)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
And went on the Maid of the Mist from both sides
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
Been to see where my Grandmother was born in London (it was a pub and I left my A-Z there by mistake…) and to Aberdeen where my Great-Grandfather was from
35. Seen an Amish community
No, but I did have an Amish girl on one of the teams I have hosted!
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (this seems like an oxymoron)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
I am from there!!
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
Once spent the night on a beach for New Year’s
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Snorkeling at Lake Malawi
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
Those were the days…
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
Hermanus near Cape Town – land based whale watching! And I even swam about 50m from a whale once!
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
No, but I have been IN one
69. Saved my favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
Albeit a little one
73. Stood in Times Square
My folks and I stayed in a hotel around the corner from Times Square!
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
With Helen in 1997 – after being in London 6 months!
77. Broken a bone
I broke my femur by falling out of a high chair when I was 9 months: so I don’t remember a thing!
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
More than once…this year I am trying to do it in one year…
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
I helped anyway: held it down and then plucked it – a chicken called Henrietta on DTS outreach
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a beeSo go out and multiply this on your blogs!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here his Saint's day is on Friday so the children and their carers prepared a little show to celebrate it. Most all of the 70 kids were involved in the show in some way. From the barely walking 1 years (who gave us a fashion show!!) to the teenagers who did a great job of telling jokes in their act.
Here are some pictures: Maja and Darko waltzing:Danijela telling us a story:
The preschoolers who recited poems both individually like Maida below and altogether (which was really cute!)
The 8-11 year olds telling us how St Nicholas takes care of children all around the world:
And below is Neven, Mladenka, Berta and Nemanje (with the cute mustache!) acting out the story of the old clock.
We had a really nice time and I am glad we made the effort to be there as the kids were all delighted to see us there!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We went to Tropic to buy his present (and other things) and actually ran into him (with his dad!) there - so he picked out part of his present: a very cool shirt. We also got him a car, which he loves. Here he is with Ljilja showing off his shirt and the car (which you can't quite see!):
When he was born, we gave him a white fluffy sheep and it is still his favourite toy and goes with him EVERYWHERE: so he is not quite so white nor fluffy anymore!! But nothing can replace "Blake" the sheep!
Then it was time for the cake: Here he is trying to blow out his BIG candle!! (with his mom, Sladja) And not to forget his little brother, Marko who is 9 months: here with his grandma (who refused to look at the camera!), our landlady Zivka: We really feel privileged because this family has really become like family to me and Ljilja: it isn't like we are renters, more like we are part of the family...
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here she is with one of her paintings:
And the other two...
We had a good time looking at the paintings and were even treated to juice by the person running the exhibition. So it was really nice way to spend an afternoon!