Menenberg Family Walks

April 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

We go for a family walk almost every evening these days now that rainy season has finished and the dirt roads are dry. Ben and I need the exercise and enjoy the time we get to talk. Nathaniel loves seeing the ‘motocars’ and greeting everyone we pass. Higgins is excited about the new smells and loves to be with us.

{Post by the Husband} Book Review: Anna Karenina

April 3, 2013 § 2 Comments

This is a series of brief book reviews of literary works that have been read by Ben or myself. The book list will be published at the end of the month and will include titles that have been finished in the previous month. All books are rated using the following system:

5 Stars – Excellent. Couldn’t put it down, a real page turner. It’s easy to be a bookworm when the material is this good!

4 Stars – Very Good. Liked most of the book, a little slow in parts. Was an enjoyable read overall.

3 Stars – Average. Nothing really made it stand out. A bit boring. Unrealistic plot.

2 Stars – So-so. Blah. Could only read a few pages before I fell asleep.

1 Stars – Poor. So boring…I couldn’t even finish it.

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English: Title page of first edition of Anna Karenina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not long ago, I read and reviewed War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.  Inspired by this epic novel and intrigued after the recent film Anna Karenina, I decided to try reading this Tolstoy classic as well.  I expected that Anna Karenina would be of similar caliber to War and Peace, especially as sits near the top of many listings of the greatest books ever.  However, I was surprisingly disappointed by Anna Karenina, and after reading 40% of it, I had to put it down.  I tried to finish it, but I couldn’t find enough redeeming value to complete the work. « Read the rest of this entry »

Easter Weekend 2013

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

We had a lovely Easter and 4 day holiday weekend. We went out to the mall almost every day so that Nathaniel could practice walking. Although the mall isn’t my husband’s favorite, it is the perfect place for Nathaniel to practice walking on a big flat open surface.

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He even got to drive his favorite little electric “motocar” as a treat. He always says he wants the “jumping castle” then changes his mind at the last-minute when he see this beauty.

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We had a lovely Easter church service at our home church where we had a Passover seder celebration and enjoyed lovely food with our dearest friends (and their guests) in Lusaka. The kids with special needs ran around and had a nice time finding Easter eggs hidden around the yard. The older typical developing kids helped them out. It was a nice pairing.

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Nathaniel was so excited his chewy tube fell out of his mouth!

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His friend Isaac helped his find his eggs. Mama wasn’t needed.

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Joab and Andrew quickly tired of looking for eggs and took a minute to rest.

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Now that Sam is 18, he was WAY too busy texting and calling on his pretend phone to busy himself with an egg hunt.Easter-Weekend10

 

In the busyness of the day (I cooked 25 home-made latkes and made a big green salad. Latkes are way more work than you think.) we neglected to get a picture together even though we all looked great. I’m hoping you can imagine how handsome and pretty we looked. Higgins included. We are sending our love back to our family and friends at home!

 

Long Weekend

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Twin Palm Road, Lusaka

It is the beginning of a four-day weekend here in Zambia. Yes, you read that right. Four. day. weekend. Good Friday and Easter Mondays are national holidays in this Christian nation. Adding to that joy is that my husband has returned from the Great Blue Yonder of the Luapula province of Zambia and has been returned to the loving arms of his family. We are taking some time off this weekend to be together and enjoy the Easter celebration as a family. Wishing you a lovely holiday and restful weekend.

One of those days…

March 27, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Today was one of those days. You know, the type where you can’t wait for them to be over??

Nathaniel was sick with a bad cold virus this morning and didn’t wake up until 8am. I call him my human alarm clock because I never have to set my phone to wake up. I am typically greeted around 0600 with, “Mama, Nathaniel wake up! And then manzi [water] please??” This unusual behavior of sleeping in then made me late in getting out the door because I woke up late also. I also needed to get a sick, tired, cranky Nathaniel settled before leaving.

Then this afternoon I broke down in tears at our office over the realization that the Menenbergs will soon be leaving Zambia.

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This is Zambia: What’s in my mobile nursing kit?

March 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I first visited Africa in 2006 with World Outreach Mission Fellowship in Uganda. I assisted with a few medical bush camps and had my first exposure to nursing outside of the US.

After another medical mission trip to Uganda and working as a nurse in Zambia for a year and half, I have gotten good use of my mobile nursing kit. Like many nurses, I often get calls to come look at a sick or injured person day or night and so I always keep the kit available to me. For those that are curious, I thought I would share what I keep in my nursing kit.

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Medical kit and water/sharps bottle

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{This is Zambia: Post by the Husband} Wonderful Waterfalls

March 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

Zambia is famous for Victoria Falls, and rightly so.  However, there are some other equally impressive waterfalls in this country.  I traveled north to Luapula Province, about 1,100 km from Lusaka, for work this past week.  Since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to visit two of Zambia’s most spectacular waterfalls: Lumangwe and Kabwelume.  It is the middle of the rainy season, thus the falls were full and powerful.   However, this meant that the roads were fairly bad, so our journey from Kawambwa to the site took about 1 and a half hours.  We were greeted at the site by Joseph, the park warden, who eagerly offered to show us around.  We started with Lumangwe.

Lumangwe is 100 meters across and 30 meters high, and is most often compared to Victoria Falls.  What made this waterfall so impressive is the fact that one is able to walk to the bottom and stand on a dock in the pool about 15 meters from the curtain.  It was awe-inspiring to see sheets of water pounding into the pound so close to me.  A fine mist filled the air, and waves reminiscent of the ocean swirled around.  Check out this video which I took from the dock in the pool:

After admiring Lumangwe, we headed to the 2nd of the falls: Kabwelume.  We took a poor road for 5km and arrived at the site.  The 300m path to the falls was in good repair, with two new bridges that were good-looking and provided secure footing over small streams.  There was one 10m section which was flooded, but not to fear: Joseph had me hop on for a piggy back ride, and we made it across just fine.  We finally reached the falls, a spectacle well-worth my long trip.  The falls are 75 meters across and 40 meters high, and they fall over a series of 5-6 curtains and levels.  Some say that this is the most beautiful falls in Zambia, and I would not dispute the claim.  You can judge for yourself:

After viewing the falls, we started back to Kawambwa.  By this time, it was getting late, and the rains started to fall heavily.  At times, I could hardly see the road in front of the vehicle as a wall of water poured down around us; even with a slow speed, we were sliding all over the sloppy road.  And every few minutes, the entire sky would illuminate with lightening.  With the waterfalls, rain, and lightening, I felt as if I was living in Psalm 42:7:

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.”

Thankfully, we made it through the storm and back to the tarmac, at which point my driver said, “We are safe!”