The Toothfairy is coming to visit…again!

April 29, 2013 § Leave a comment


Book Review: The Red Tent

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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.

Cover of "The Red Tent: A Novel"

Cover of The Red Tent: A Novel

  • “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant
  • 3.5 Stars

The Red Tent is a historic fictional tale of the story of Dinah from Genesis. I kept hearing about this book and finally decided to pick it up. The kindle sample amused me enough to pay for the full copy.

The story chronicles the life of 3 generations of women who are the wives or daughters of the descendants of Abraham. The red tent is a fictional place but functions to explain some of the life and separation of women during their monthly menstruation.

In many ways, it is a beautiful picture of the bonds of womanhood and the daily lives of these nomadic families. I really love how they included the torture and despair of Rachel’s infertility, as that is a personally important area for me. Although even with this angle brought to light, It was still hard to read at points because much of the focus was about the amazing nature of the female and the wonder of our bodies producing offspring. That’s just not the case for me or many other women.

Some notes of caution: it is highly sexualized and may be offensive to some. Also, there is still a lot of idol worship in spite of the forefathers worship of the “One true God.”

I enjoyed the author’s fictional take on the story of Dinah and her later years. It was an interesting read and would be a great book for discussion groups.

The Toothfairy is coming to visit!

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ben and I were talking on the way home from work today (we are lucky enough to get to carpool home together) and I was totally stressing about my to-do list. There is a ton of things to get done both personally and professionally and not enough hours to do it in (and yes, I completely forgot it was Monday). We pulled into our driveway and were greeted by our sweet boy riding his plastic motorcycle. Our sweet boy who was missing a tooth. Wait- he’s missing a tooth?!? My baby is growing up!!

Cue mom-guilt for being at work when the momentous occasion occurred.
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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.

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.




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.



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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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