Tennis, horseback riding, and just being kids

The husband and I feel very honored that we have been able to raise our children in the best of both worlds:  school year in America and all summer in Zambia.  Of course there are sacrifices we ask our children to make.  We are certainly aware of those and have been creative in assuring our children continue to be well rounded and have plenty of childhood experiences.

True, our kids miss out on  church camp, parties, swimming every day, staying up late chasing lightning bugs, slumber parties with school friends, etc, etc.  When we return to the states every August, we cram in all sorts of summer fun in the few days remaining of our Texas summer.

But…..this year (thanks to our sweet friends who live here year round) we are discovering many many  many AND cheap experiences for our children right here in the capital city of Zambia!

For example……

TENNIS LESSONS!!!!  We are forking out a whopping 40K for this little experience (actually less b/c we are splitting it with another little gal, Kaleigh).  40K sounds like a lot but it is 40 Kwacha which is equivalent to 8 US dollars.  8 BUCKS!!!  The instructor is quite good!  The best part is the tennis courts are right behind our house so no need for transport, which can present challenges for us.

Starting this week the girlies will take horseback riding lesssons.  That too is cheap!!!

The Dutch market is the big social event around here for ex-pats (non Zambians) that is held on the last Saturday of every month.  Because yesterday was the start of break week, even the husband joined us for a bit before heading out to unload another container (that we finally got possession of from customs).

Of course being a part of Camp Life is a great joy and privilege for the children but they do not participate every week.  It is rather strenuous and exhausting so we limit the children’s commitment to having groups to once or twice a summer.  After all, we want them to have freedom and just be children!  We are quite proud of them, esp. our young man, for developing  more of a servant’s heart.  He is wanting to help out more and more with ministry needs.

I look forward to seeing what the Lord continue to do in our lives here in Zambia.  My heart is so full from the blessings HE has given us. May we continue to learn how to bless others and glorify HIM in all that we do (work and play).

We are about to head out to enjoy yet another fun blessing this morning…

A trip to Sugarbush Farms.  We are craving more and more family time during our break week (that term is used very very very loosely) and this is a perfect way to start off the week!  We are going on a little day trip tomorrow to a game reserve not too far away.

Photos to come….



  1. Ella Tracy
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    So wonderful to get to hear about a little R and R fun! I know that the tennis and horseback riding will be thoroughly enjoyed – and how wonderful that it is so inexpensive!! I’ll be looking forward to reports on the farm and the game preserve. Happy weekend with much love

  2. Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Glad your kiddos are getting the experience of a lifetime! I know there are challenges, but it sounds like they’ve adapted pretty well.

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