Ellee and her new BFFs
Four weeks ago, when the World Race team arrived in Mokhotlong, we had no idea how they would nestle into our lives and hearts and leave us wishing that they didn't have to move on! It's been such a treat to have them here and enjoy living our lives together. Today they left Mokhotlong to journey on to another country where I know they will be a blessing and I pray they will also be blessed.
It is such a treat for us to have other "makhoa" (white people/foreigners) around. For me, it's sweet to have friends close in age -- despite our obvious gap in life-position, I really do belong in that generation -- to have around. Most of our friends here are a good deal older than I am. Also, it warmed my heart to see some of the girls jogging around Mokhotlong. They had to be adding to my stereotype of the "white girl runner" in town. Nearly every day I jog and nearly every day I receive the same questions about what I'm doing and where I'm going. Now at least people here can see it's not just me; we are all weird!
For my kids, it is sweet to have big kids they can look up to. They loved going up to the mission house to hang with the team during their off-times. I sometimes had to hold them back to allow the team some solitude. It's great to have people you can trust to look after your little ones. I know we'll be hearing stories from Kyle and Ellee for weeks and months to come of all the fun they had with the team.
We enjoyed lots of dinners together. As I can't easily accommodate twenty guests in my home, we made a meal schedule up and let the team choose which meal suited their cravings best. It was a great way to get to know each of them on a more personal level. Sadly I didn't get a photo of the first meal, which was Cracker Barrel chicken tenders and the fixings. But the rest we did document, including tacos, pizza, copycat Chick-Fil-A, and spaghetti. The spaghetti night was a big hit for five hungry guys and two hungry girls and they killed three pounds of pasta, as much meat sauce as I could fit in my big blue pot, and two big loaves of bread.
Jono's Table Setting Skills
Games after Tacos
The Spaghetti Crew
S'mores in the Cave