Zambia

Here are a few pictures of our time in Zambia. What a great experience! It’s kind of a culture shock coming back to the states and we were only gone 5 weeks! Ha!πŸ™‚ Hopefully someday we can go back to visit again.πŸ™‚

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Fergusons
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a local village
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Shopping in the boma (Mwinilunga)

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Randy, Nolan, and David
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Canoeing on the Lunga
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Sunday before church
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Sugar Cane
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Nolan, Raechel, Rontina, Anita, and Abigail
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The kids loved taking walks
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David and Nolan
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where a lot of the cooking, washing and laundry takes place
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Rontina doing dishes
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Sweet, sweet kids
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The plot

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Sable at Nkwaji Wildlife Reserve
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more wildlife

Easter 2016

Just popping in to add a few photos from yesterday. This little guy was looking quite dapper in his new shirt. He’s such a happy boy and smiles and laughs all the time! His new favorite trick is wiggling his tongue back and forth making noises with it. :P 

He has become such a climber too. We can’t even contain him in his high hair anymore. He really is a joy to have around.πŸ™‚β€

  
    
    
 

Avion Tour

Maybe it’s because this trailer house has become Home Sweet Home to us, or maybe the tiny home concept is just cool to me, either way I love getting a tour of other people’s small living spaces. So if you’re like me, maybe you’ll enjoy this little tour of our Avion trailer. I didn’t deep clean or anything to take these photos, so keep in mind we live here.πŸ™‚

Randy and I have done quite a lot of work on this trailer, and there are still things we could do to it to improve it, but for now, we’re pretty happy with it.

Here’s the outside of it captured by the lovelyΒ Whitney.

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As you walk in the door, immediately to your left is our dinette. Nolan’s highchair recently made it’s appearance and it fits pretty nicely on the bench. I just have to put a towel underneath so his tiny messy fingers don’t stain the cushions.

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Across from the dinette is the kitchen area and then down the hall are closets, bathroom and bedroom.

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You might accidently trip over this cutie in our small space. He makes his way around the trailer quite fast these days.

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As you come in the door, to the right is our living area. The sofa is built in and pulls out to a full size bed, and also has great storage underneath.

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We keep Nolan’s toys in a basket in here, but he’s usually not too interested in them. He would rather be up and about exploring.

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Back to the bedroom end of the trailer, we’ve tweaked Nolan’s baby bed and created a co-sleeper. It has worked out pretty well, though he normally ends up in the bed with us.πŸ˜‰ I’m sure it won’t last too much longer as he gets older, but it’s fine for now.

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This trailer feel like home to us and will always hold such sweet memories. I will never regret the time we have lived in it and travelled with it, and quite honestly would recommend this kind of adventure to anyone!

Zambia

We just bought plane tickets to Africa!

Randy and I have dreamed/planned/hoped to go to Africa “someday” ever since we got married. And for some reason, right after Nolan was born we said, let’s go to Zambia! Having a baby does things to you, I’m telling you.πŸ˜‰ We’ve prayed and God has provided to this point, and so for 5 weeks this spring we’ll be in Zambia, Africa.

The largest portion of our time there will be spent helping with the construction and development of a children’s home. And since both sets of Randy’s grandparents have been missionaries there, he has many relatives in the area that we hope to see as well.

We’re pretty excited about this upcoming adventure!

 

 

Nolan Scott 7 Months

The light is one of the things I love most about our tiny house. The Avion has windows all over it which allows the sun to stream in very nicely. The other morning, I had my “big camera” out and took advantage of some of that lovely light and snapped these photos of my sweet little guy.

I can’t believe he’s 7 months already! Here are some of his accomplishments if you’re interested.πŸ˜‰

  • 16 lbs, 28in long
  • he’s crawling
  • pulling himself up to a standing position
  • sits up on his own
  • eats his pureed sweet potatoes, green beans, peas and carrots, and his new favorite: butternut squash.
  • he loves getting into the trash (we’re working on that)
  • he recently experienced his first swing and slide and loved it
  • he’s babbling da da da, ma ma ma and of course we like to think he’s saying mom and dad.πŸ˜›
  • he’s definitely not sleeping through the night:/
  • he gets so excited when daddy comes home and crawls straight to him when the door opens.

All in all, he’s a cutie and a very sweet boy!

Christmas 2015

This was a special first Christmas with our sweet Nolan. Christmas Eve we woke up and ate our traditional Christmas bread and each opened a gift. Of course, it was quite entertaining watching Nolan tear into his gift. I think he may have enjoyed the paper as much as his toy.πŸ˜‰

Later that day we drove a couple hours to Greenville to have another Christmas celebration with Mark and Sherry and Sherry’s family. It was such a fun time.

Christmas day we had a huge delicious breakfast at Mark and Sherry’s and prepared for our flight to Texas to be with the Proffitt side. A few hours before our flight, we were notified it was canceled. After much time on the phone with the airline trying to get a refund, and booking another flight with a different airline, we finally got it worked out and headed to the airport. Nolan did a great job on his first flight. Of course, he did get a little antsy near the end, but overall, not bad.πŸ™‚

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a chilly day in Texas
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Uncle Justin teaching Nolan how to play piano
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Nathan and Regan
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the Proffitt family

Christmas in Texas started out great. We had a big dinner the night after Christmas with the entire Proffitt side–16 of us! As we were finishing up dinner, we heard the tornado sirens sounding nearby. Many people rushed to the hallway, while others thought it more important to finish their dinner or lounge on the couch. The sirens stopped and we resumed what we were doing only to hear them go off a second time. We still weren’t completely convinced the tornadoes were near us, after all, growing up in Texas we’ve heard many tornado warnings. As the lights started flickering, we knew it was a bigger deal than we were giving it credit, and soon we could hear the strong winds and see the effects of the wind outside the window. This time we all squeezed in as tightly as we could into the hallway. I don’t think I’ve ever held Nolan and Randy so close. It was real. And it was scary. We stood there waiting for glass to shatter. Nolan was crying, and I was on the verge. Someone started singing Silent Night and we all joined in. Β And then? Silence. The tornado passed by us. We later discovered that houses about a half a mile away were leveled. We were so thankful to be safe!

We were without power at my sister’s house for over 24 hours which made feeding 16 people a challenge, but it was an adventure and we were glad to be together.

I thought later that maybe we should have just accepted the canceled flight as a sign from God.πŸ˜‰

All in all it was a great time with family. A special treat of the week was my last little brother getting engaged! We are so excited for another member of the family to be joining us probably in July. My brother Nathan and his fiance Regan, have actually known each other since they were about 10 years old, so it was really neat seeing how God crossed their paths again.πŸ™‚β€

 

Weekend

These photos are actually from the last two weekends. Here are the highlights:

We took a mini vacation to St. Augustine. This spring when we worked there for a few months, we kinda fell in love with the place. Plus, it’s also where Nolan was born so that makes it extra special.

The church we became a part of while in Florida was such a blessing to us and the sweet people we met I think will be life-long friends. It was wonderful getting to see them again. Also a sweet surprise was “running into” a friend from California while we were there.πŸ˜‰

This past weekend was pretty great too. We stayed in town, and even though Randy had to work Saturday, we made the most of our time with him. Saturday started out with a 5k for Nolan and I. When I signed up for this race I was definitely counting on the fact that Randy would be off and could babysit so I didn’t have to push a 100 pound (JK) stroller 3.1 miles. Ha! I was going to just give up on it, but there was that nagging determination that made me just want to go ahead and try. Nolan was such a sport riding a long with me. This race wasn’t to set any personal records for me, just to give me a little push to run a little farther. We had fun even though Daddy couldn’t join us.

After church Sunday, we had a nice family hike and some half-price Starbucks lattes, and then a yummy cookout with some fresh produce from a local farm. Family time is so special and these days with baby Nolan hold so much sweetness.