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Cali’s Birthday

Cali turned 10 on March 11th.  She had a smallish party at our house.  Emmanuel and Carys spent hours making homemade pizza crusts.  I think we cooked more than 25.  Cami made and decorated the cake.


Sorry for the Long Absence

Yes, it has been too long since I wrote a post for this blog.  And a lot hes happened. So I will just start where I left off at the last post and try to catch up over the next several days.  All posts will be augmented by photos on flickr, because a picture is worth a thousand words.

In Feb. we took a trip with NIC to the snow.  Yes, it does snow in Cyprus.  For many of the students, domestic workers and refugees it was the first time they had ever touched snow or had ever been that cold.  Most had under-dresssed.  I still had all my stuff from Germany so I was quite comfortable.  Everyone marveled at how hard Chris could throw a snowball.


A couple of Saturdays ago the sun was shining again after a period of rain.  We took the opportunity to go over to the kids’ school with some of the international students to play some basketball.

Check out the pics on flikr.

DeAnn’s Birthday Party

My (DeAnn) birthday was last Tuesday, but my party was the Saturday before.  All the better for the surprise.  My friend Suzanne was the main organizer, but many of my friends helped out to pull off the surprise.

I actually had no clue that anything was going on until Saturday morning.  I was confused when Gosia (you can see her in the pics on flickr) said that she would see me that night when we were leaving soccer.  I gave her a strange look so she said it again. Then it hit her and she said “oh no, it was a surprise!” I was very surprised.

What I didn’t know was the extent of the surprise or how much work had gone into preparation and logistics.  There were close to 50 people there. They had worked it out so that the prayer meeting would be at our house so all of those people would already be there. Then after the meeting many more of my friends who had been waiting across the street at the church came over.  It was so amazing to see how many people came.

Suzy, Katie and Carys had worked for days to prepare all the food. Fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, beans, pico de gallo. Making Mexican food for 50 people might not be that difficult in the States but here it takes a super human effort.  I hope they understand how much their effort means to me.

How old am I? Even the partygoers don’t know the truth.  The girls forgot to buy candles so we looked around our cupboards to see if we had any.  I found a number “7” candle and said that would be fine. Then someone else found 3 regular birthday candles and stuck them in.  So those who didn’t already know assumed I was turning 37.  The surprise will be on them next year when I celebrate my 40th.

There was a lot of dancing and foosball playing that night. Everyone had a great time.  And I was blessed in many ways. 

Be sure to check out the photos on flickr.

Saturday Soccer

Saturday Soccer has come to a close for the season and will start again in the fall.  This year Colson and Cali were both on the Red Team.  They had a losing season and some trouble along the way.  They made it throught though and will live to play another day.  Colson won the “Most Valuable Player” award for his team.


One of the things I(DeAnn) do but haven’t written about here is Guides, which is the British version of Girl Scouts. I’ve been volunteering there every Wednesday for the entire school year.  Always short of helpers, Kath, the Anglican Dean’s wife asked me if I would volunteer to just at least be there so they would have enough adults present to hold the meetings.  So I said I could do that. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  These girls are from the wealthier British ex-pat community and I hadn’t had any experience with them.  But girls are girls all over the world.  And these are no exception.  They have hopes, dreams, struggles, and self-esteem issues.  As I was helping with a craft or activity I found that my main job every week was just to listen.  They needed to tell someone about what was going on at school, with friends, etc.  I have really enjoyed getting to know these girls and will continue to work with them next year.

Last week was the final meeting until school starts in the fall.  The girls decided they wanted to have a Mexican party.  I made refried beans and Mexican rice and helped the girls make a pinata.  They had never heard of a pinata before.  We made one out of paper mache’ and the girls decorated it.  Check out the photos on flickr of the fun. 


Cami’s 6th Grade Graduation

At the kids’ school they have a promotion ceremony when the students move from the primary school to the secondary school.  So last Friday night Cami was officially promoted from 6th grade into 7th (or 1st prep as they call it here.)  The program was very nice.  Chris put together a power point slide presentation of pictures of the students.  Because of the transitory nature of life here there was only one student out her class of 18 that had started at the school in 1st grade.  Cami was at the school for a year and half.  She actually went to this school longer than any other school in her 7 years of formal education.  (She was at the Reit im Winkl school junst one month less.)  She is an amazing kid and has developed great skill at adapting to new situations.  We are very thankful that she will be able to attend the same school next year.

Check out some pictures on flickr.