On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to Swaziland to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. The 365 day count down started on June 1st, 2011, but the real journey begins now. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
We are not getting any younger
I used to love traveling around the world.I counted down the “sleeps” before we
would get on an airplane to our next adventure location.Once we started serving in Africa my
“count-downs” would start weeks out, and I couldn't wait to land on my favorite
I still count down the days to come home to Swaziland when
we are traveling abroad. I can’t wait to see the “Welcome to Swaziland” sign
and know that we will soon see the children.I look forward to sitting on our patio with our crazy dogs, overlooking the
farm (which looks green and beautiful due to recent rains), and to see the
smiles on all of our Swazi staff.This is truly home now, and I love it.
A man and his dogs
What I don’t love it JET LAG!(I know, this is a bit of “first world” whining). I just
can’t seem to shake it off and get on the right time zone. We arrived on
Wednesday night and I am still out of wack, and getting worse.I took two Aleve PM last night and went
to bed at a decent hour.Ian and I
both picked up coughs on the airplane and so we both started to cough.You know how that goes.
At around midnight I moved to the couch and watched TV until
2AM when I got up and made some eggs (comfort food… thinking it might
help).Then a herd of cows from
over the mountain came and decided to graze right outside our fence.Our dogs when CRAZY and proceeded to
bark from 2:00AM – 5:30AM, or at least that is when I finally fell asleep.I awoke at 11:30AM and am now just
trying not to bump in to walls as I make my way around the house.
Our three-week long trip to the US and Canada was busy and
fruitful. It is always great to see friends, share the stories of how God is
alive and well in Swaziland and thank the people who give so generously to
support the work at Project Canaan.But, as well all know, there is nothing quite like getting home and crawling
in to your own bed (even if you can’t sleep).
Live from Swaziland … readjusting to time and space here.
PS – some of you may have seen that a Cyclone hit the south
east coast of Africa this past week. Fortunately we did get a good amount of
rain from it, and little damage (other than to our roads which need a lot of
repair). Dam #2 is starting to fill with another 4-feet before it hits the
spillway.The Living Water Dam
(#3) is possibly half full.This
is all good news, but does not reduce our need to complete the pipeline from
the top of the mountain so that we become “water secure” and can irrigate crops
all year long.