Well, I have changed our background once again. I can't seem to find something that I like and something that Sam doesn't think is too girly. So I found this one from Leelou Blogs. I'm still having a hard time trying to get everything in the right place, so bear with me.
I am trying to update our blog by changing the background and I have been looking around the internet and I stumbled across Shabby Blogs and they have a background called leanne so I had to use it. Well, it's not working as well as I thought it would, so please be patient with stuff moving around and all. So, that is why our blog doesn't look like it used to.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Amber Elizabeth now has her own blog. We spent most of the day today (Saturday) finding backgrounds and learning about blogging. We had a really good time together. Please check it out when you get a chance: www.soaringamber.blogspot.com.
Please, as you keep Haiti in your prayers, keep us here in Malawi in your prayers also. Some of you may have heard about the earthquakes we have been having in Malawi. They have all been up north in the small town of Karonga. There have actually been around 30 since the beginning of December. Karonga is about five hours north of Lilongwe. It's right on the Tanzania border. Well, we actually had a 4.something one this morning around 1:30 am here in Lilongwe. I don't know much about earthquakes since we are from Mississippi, but it was kind of scary. We don't know what to expect. We don't know what is going to happen next. In the second article below, you can see a map to show you how far Lilongwe is from Karonga and for us to have a 4.something earthquake is a little scary.
Here are some articles that tell a little about what is going on here:
This is our tree (before the girls got up) with all thier gifts, including the ones from Santa Clause.
This picture was actually taken on Christmas Eve. You can see there is a bowl full of cookies and an almost full glass of milk waiting for Santa Clause. There are also two letters that Molly Grace and Sarah Rose wrote to Santa Clause.
Here is the empty bowl of cookies and the almost empty glass of milk that was left for Santa Clause. I know now why he is so round and jolly; he has to eat cookies and drink milk from every house he goes to on Christmas Eve. Poor fella.
Below are four more blogs of Christmas morning. I uploaded from Picasa (which is faster here in Malawi), and it would only let me upload four photos at a time. I hope y'all enjoy them and I hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
If you haven't already heard, we will be going on furlough at the end of this school year. We will spend about three weeks on the west coast before heading to Mississippi around the middle of July. We will be in the States until around the middle of July 2011. We would love to see as many family, friends, supporters, etc. as we can so please get in touch with us and let's make a plan.
Thank you once again for all the prayers and support (emotional as well as financial) we have received over the last few years. We couldn't do this without y'all.
This is Sam with his Christmas gift from me and the girls. It's the Beatles' Edition and if you know Sam at all, you know he LOVES the Beatles!
This is Sadie, our Malti-poo. She was very curious all morning.
And here's Lucy, our part Maltese, part Terrier (don't know a cute combination name for that type of dog). She was wondering if there was anything in that bag for her. There wasn't. Sorry Lucy.
Here is Sam and the older girls trying out the Rock Band. They (the girls) have been playing it everyday since Christmas. And since it's the Beatles' Edition, they (again, the girls) have been walking around singing Beatles' songs (even Sarah Rose), which is too cute. Sam hardly gets a chance to play it.
This is Amber Elizabeth walking around the corner into the living room. She is not a morning person, can't you tell.
This is what she got from Santa Clause: a digital camera.
This is the DS game she has been wanting for over a year. We priced them at Game (a store kind of like Wal-Mart, but not really, here in Malawi) and it was over $100, so we told her she had to wait until Christmas. She is saying, "AWESOME!!!!" I think she liked it.
And finally, her Nutella jar from her daddy. This year we told the girls they would not be getting any because it has gotten too expensive (this jar is around $7.50), but it's a tradition and Daddy couldn't disappoint his girls. :)