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 3, 2018
Let’s talk about the weather
Yesterday was a scorcher with a high temperature of 50C or
122F.It was too hot to even get
the air conditioning in my truck to get cold.Our buildings are not air conditioned so when I went down
attend Samantha’s 3rd birthday party, I wasn’t surprised to see all
of our toddlers in shorts, no shirts, dripped with sweat.
I happened to have a box of 48 Icy Pops in the freezer for a
rainy day (I mean hot day) so I took those down to the party. Each 2-year-old
received their frozen treat by extending two hands, giving a little courtesy
and saying some form of “thank you”. I LOVE how our staff teachers our children
good manners and Swazi customs.
Princess with an ice pop in the pool.
After getting their treat they all headed into the sprinkler
and/or kiddie pools to try to cool down.It’s hard to explain heat and humidity that we experience here. Everyone
moves slowly, intentionally, and you only do what you have to do.And remember, I grew up in Northern
Ontario, where we had snow from October – May. I thought this pre-menopausal mama was just simply going to go up in a puff of smoke.
39 toddlers enjoying the sprinkler
At the end of the day an incredible storm hit with a
lightening show that brought Ian and I out on to the patio to watch (like
watching fireworks, complete with “ooh’s” and “ahhh”s), and the dogs hid under
anything they could find.Then the
hail started, plants knocked over and we had to move inside because the rain
was horizontal.And last, but not
least, the power went out at around 6PM.The power is still out as I write this, and we are thankful for our
generator that has kept our lights on and our refrigerators cold.
February is Valentine’s Day month and we have a treat for
you! Next Saturday, February 10th at 9:00AM EST (that is 4:00 PM
Swazi time) we are inviting you to celebrate Valentines day with the children
at Project Canaan through a live streaming party.If you read my blog of last week you will know that we now
have unlimited high speed internet, which will allow us to do this (http://janinemaxwell.blogspot.com/2018/01/when-little-things-become-big-things.html).I will be streaming live from the HEART FOR AFRICA Facebook page and then I will repost the video on my personal page when
the party is finished.
Did you know that in
February 2017 more than $18.2
billion USD was spent on flowers, candy and cards for Valentine’s Day
loved ones according to the National Retail Federation?Would you consider reducing your
Valentine’s Day spending on friends and family and becoming a monthly donor to
support our 179 children?Maybe
you would consider a one-time gift?Your gift helps us love our children back to life.