Sunday, March 9, 2008


Yes, I've been gone quite a while. I know I'm beginning to sound like a bit of a broken record, but life as an expectant mom in the U.S. just doesn't inspire me half as much as life as an career gal in Africa. I just feel so pedestrian writing about pregnancy, modern comforts, and daily life around the house.

But I have my public to think of, so I must soldier on and find things to write about.

Today will be a bit of a flashback, then. On the day before we left Malawi, our friend Christine hosted a big barbecue for us at her wonderful, cozy home. It was such a treat to get together with so many of our friends before flying off. I'm not sure if it made it easier or harder to go, though. But I thought it would be nice to share photos of some of the people who have really touched our lives over the last year and a half. I know it's a lot of photos, but I actually had to cut a lot of people out, so apologies to those of you I missed here!

By the way - why is it faster to upload photos to my blog in Africa? That just seems wrong.

There was a ton of food, and we even got gifts! Yay!

Our generous, gracious host Christine, dragging us in front of the crowd for toasts.

Ooh, we're being feted! That doesn't happen to me very often.

With Leslie, who has been a close friend since we first arrived. She even "rented" my husband and mother-in-law for a vacation once.

I'm sure I'm not the one making the witty remarks that made these guys smile. Must have been Jorge.

Our dear friend Cassandra, who I already miss.

Ann, who has an infectious laugh, and an inspiring sense of calm.

Jennifer, who likes to bake as much as I do!
Ali, Jorge's off-roading adventure buddy, who also happens to be a real sweetheart.

Matt, host of many a fun party, and a linchpin of social life in Lilongwe.

The lovely Mariah and Mena.
And the equally lovely (and accomplished chefs) Barbara and Alisha.
Amy and Andy, a couple I am just incredibly fond of. Look at those smiles - how could you not like these people?

Godfrey and his two oldest children. Speaking of terrific smiles...!