12 so far

12 boxes are packed, inventoried, labeled, and ready to be loaded on one of four ocean containers heading to Africa.  

Notice I said 12 so far.  Not done yet.  Almost but not yet.

Most of the items in the 12 boxes are personal items our family will need during our 2 month stay in Zambia.  A few contain ministry supplies.  

Oh!  Guess I failed to mention that I actually have a job while we are in Zambia.  I am quite pleased to have an assignment but I must confess that I am a bit apprehensive about my task.  I will be teaching the Zambian cooks at our housing complex how to “cook American” for the 400+ Americans who will be participating in Camp LIFE this summer.  Fortunately since camp is broken up into 8 weeks, not all 400 will be attending at the same time.  Still, I will be responsible for planning and preparing meals for at least 80 people per week.  Yes, I love to cook.  Yes, I have a lot of experience.  Yes, I have cooked for large crowds. 

BUT… I have never prepared many meals in a foreign land.  I have never cooked for 75 plus people for 7 weeks in a row.  And I have never taught a non-American how to do it our way.  

So…..yes, I am a bit nervous.  I am also honored.  Holly, a fellow FLMI staff member, responded to my doubts of being able to do this by smiling at me and saying, “So isn’t it great to be out of your comfort zone??”  Well, that was not exactly my first thought but sure, I’ll go with it.  I will embrace the task and the challenges that accompany it and enjoy my time of serving in Zambia.  I might be apprehensive but I really am excited.  

I did not take pics of the contents of the previous boxes. (UUGH!)  I do, however have a spreadsheet of all the items being shipped thanks to my sweet husband!  

So what items are we shipping?  Well, to give you an idea, I bought more Crisco tonight that I will EVER buy in my entire life.  (I plan on making homemade rolls that we affectionately call “Diet Pills.”)  Also, in the photo below, notice the 16 containers of cornmeal to be used for homemade cornbread.  We also bought 42 large boxes of instant vanilla pudding for my homemade cookies.  This is just a small sampling.  The husband and Greer (his boss man) bought pallets and pallets of other items today at Sam’s for me to use in the kitchen.  I read in the paper that Sam’s CLub recently laid of thousands of people.  Well, after the purchases the ministry has made over the past few days, they can rehire those poor people.  (You are welcome!  🙂 Glad to help.)

Tomorrow the husband will begin loading two 40-foot ocean containers which will contain our twelve boxes along with a gazillion others filled with important items for the children and our Zambian staff.  These containers will take approximately 100 days to arrive at their destination in Zambia.  By the time they arrive, the husband will already be there!  While this summer seems a long way off, in just a few short months we will be back on an airplane on our way to Zambia.  We plan to be there for eight weeks this summer!  The husband will be there for 11 weeks. 

Will twelve boxes be enough?

Better keep packing!!



  1. Pam
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Ooh, can I come help you? That job sounds right up my alley! I wondered how you were going to gain access to American ingredients there until I saw that you are shipping them! I am sure that you will rise to the challenge, and do just great.

  2. Posted January 29, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Yay!!! I can’t wait to enjoy your fabulous cooking this summer!!!! Whoo hooooo!!!

  3. Posted January 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like fun – I wanna come! 🙂

    I remember a post about cool lunchboxes that have sections and I think separate containers for each section and they all fit in the lunchbox? … and I think it was you that posted about them. If I’m remembering correctly, can you refresh my memory about those and where you got them?

  4. Siv
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh, those Americans are gonna be eating better in Zambia than they do in the States!! Lol!!!

  5. Posted February 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    OH my! Sounds like SO much fun! Can you share your recipes with us . . . or maybe just give us an idea of how you plan to feed all those people and what you plan to teach them to cook. That sounds like a project I would love to take on – yet I too would be very apprehensive about being out of my comfort zone! 🙂

    So excited for you!

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