On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as 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. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Our kids crack me up
At the end of each semester we reward the children who have
done really well in school by publicly recognizing them on stage at church and
then inviting them to our house for a special evening.This past week we had 25 children from
Kindergarten and Primary school up for pizza, Fanta orange ice cream floats and
an episode of Planet Earth. (Slurping is allowed at this party).
While they were eating their pizza we asked them to share
with us what they liked best about school.I thought you would enjoy some of their answers.
Emmanuel: I like Science because we learned about Benjamin
Me: What did you learn about Benjamin Franklin?
Emmanuel: He invented electricity.
Me: Where do we use electricity at your house?
Emmanuel: For the electric fence.
Yes, indeed we do have an electric fence around the children’s
campus. But I might have thought he would say the TV or lights?
Leah: I liked learning about Community helpers.
Me:What is a Community
Leah:It’s people who
help other people, like Doctors, nurses, Firemen, Police.Good people who like to help.
Ben:Who was the
first child to come to Project Canaan?
Me:It was Joshua.
Ben:So then when did
Spencer and Chloe come?
The kids were looking in our bedroom window to see if they
could see Linda-honey (the cat) under the bed.One of them asked me if that was my bed?I said yes. Another asked where Ian slept?I said that he sleeps there too. What??All the children whip their heads and looked
at me with eyes as big as saucers!I
explained that we are married and when a man and a woman get married then they
sleep in the same bed.Emmanuel then
said to everyone, “And they have been married a very long time.”😂
Me:Deborah, did you
lose another front tooth?
Me:Where did it go?
Deborah:In the trash.
(There is no tooth fairy at Project Canaan).
I often find myself sitting with Margie or Shongwe or Allen
and just cracking up about the things the kids say.They talk A LOT, ask a million questions and
are trying to figure out life.It’s a
joy to be a part of their journey and to be able to love their individual
A few weeks ago I tried a marketing experiment to see if any
of you would be interested in buying an avocado keychain from Khutsala Artisans
and in return we would plant an avocado tree on Project Canaan. The experiment
was a success and we have the funds to plant 500 avocado trees!So we are doing it again, this time we want
to plant 250 bananas and 250 papayas.We
also want to plant shade trees around the children’s campus as the African sun
is very hot and we live in the bush with very few trees.If you buy our brand new “Rooted in LOVE”
t-shirt, we will plant a shade tree in your honor. If you buy a banana or papaya keychain we will
plant a fruit tree in your honor.Mother’s
Day is coming up – perhaps this would be a great Mother’s Day gift for all the mothers
in your life.