Christmas and birthday happenings

January 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Now, to be completely honest, I just don’t like Christmas that much. It feels full of hype, materialism, and obligations (some of which I enjoy, some of which I don’t). In the Christian community it’s considered sacrilegious to say such things. I’m supposed to enjoy the “magic of the season” and celebrate Jesus’ birthday. The Bible never mandates that we celebrate Jesus birth at Christmas or any other time. In fact, it was originally a pagan feast that the Christians took over (see THIS ARTICLE from Mark Driscoll). In addition to this my birthday is 2 days after Christmas and so it sometimes feels lost in the celebration. Growing up, my friends were often away for the holidays and so we couldn’t celebrate with them. My family, however, always tried to be conscientious of the day (thanks, fam!).

All that to say, I was glad that we could escape for Christmas and my birthday this year. All I wanted was to spend my birthday on a beach.

Beach at Siavonga, Zambia

So we borrowed Ben’s boss’ camping gear and headed 3 hours south to Siavonga town on Lake Kariba. It was a perfect locale for us and full of adventure. Each day was something like this: eat, read, play scrabble, swim, read, eat, sleep. We even swam in the water for the first 3 days until we saw a crocodile. Then we stuck to the pool at the lodge.


The first 3 days we camped on the beach and cooked over a small charcoal stove. I felt like such a big girl being the one to plan our meals and cook our food while we camped. Mama, I missed your famous spaghetti and thai lettuce wraps!

Cooking dinner

Sunset shot

On my birthday, we ventured outside the camp and went to visit a local crocodile farm. There was literally thousands of crocodiles from eggs in the incubator all the way up to 80-year-old males.


Baby crocs eating their dinner

We also traveled to the border to view the Kariba Dam at the Zimbabwean border. We got the dam tour, we read plenty of dam facts, and saw a lot of dam sites. Ok, I’ll stop now.


Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Kariba Dam

Zambezi river

There are no safety features (like, at all) on the dam except for this small sign. We took note and didn’t lean over the wall.

Warning for all

When we came back to the camp and had to move into the lodge for the night as a huge windstorm blew our tent over. Now we know why Jesus said not to build your house on the sand. Case in point. I had a dinner of chicken and chips and the lodge surprised me with a birthday cake and birthday gift! We missed our families but were thankful for some good holiday and birthday celebrations.

Surprise Birthday Cake




Merry Christmas from Africa!

December 23, 2011 § 1 Comment


Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Ben and I are going to take some time off for Christmas and my birthday to go exploring in Zambia. We’ll be camping and enjoying the bush, missing our family and friends back home but thoroughly enjoying spending Christmas in Africa! We’ll be back in this space after the New Year.

Much love from our home to yours,

Ben & Laura


Christmas Bonus! An early {Movie Monday}

December 25, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is fabulous! We may be singing this next year, enjoying Christmas in Africa

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 § 3 Comments

Remember this post about the old book wreaths??

Well, I did it! And they turned out beautifully. I made three (unintentionally unique) for each of our parents. It ended up taking me about 2 and half hours per wreath and I used up almost a full thick old book (think old encyclopedia) for each.

Merry Christmas!

Another fun thing I did this year was that I displayed our Christmas cards with ribbon and paperclips behind our tree. It is a really fun thing to look at and admire each of the cards with our dear family and friends.

Have a lovely holiday and may you know true Peace and Joy this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Menenberg Family!

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday season. Cheers!

Christmas Decorating

November 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Black Friday marks the first official day of the Christmas season…and in the same spirit, Christmas decorations are up at the Menenberg house. *To be truthful, they’ve been up for weeks after I found them organizing my yarn and made the impulsive decision to put them up early…but that’s another story*


Living in an apartment, our tree is small but perfect for our tiny family. Christmas cards are in process and gifts are being bought and made. What are your holiday preparations?

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