Monday, May 27, 2013

10 days and counting

The anticipation is over. After 1 week, 4 states, 17 hours in airplanes, 5 hours in airports, and 37 hours in cars we arrived in our new hometown  in Tanzania. It's been ten days since we've actually been in the country itself. And let me tell you, I love to travel...but I gotta say I was tired of traveling after a weeks worth of it! We're not to our house yet, but that's because it needed renovations. Tomorrow we move in. For now we've been blessed to stay with a wonderful missionary family. With seven people a hotel could get expensive for a whole week...I'm so thankful we didn't have to do that. Besides, we've also been able to meet other really nice people through this family. People that will be life friends. 

So I don't have a lot of time to blog, and therefor I won't write too much. I'll let you look at the pictures to see some of our adventures. Much less time to do that than me write a ton. God Bless. -Sveta 


Yes, that's me sleeping on the floor..don't make fun, I had slept about 3 hours in two days and was tired!

Typical African highway scene. 

A little town...

Kids! I've never felt so white in all my life.

Playing games with village children. The first kids we played with over here.

Laundry day!

Why, hello there!

Beautiful sisters in a beautiful land. I'm blessed.

Sunday afternoon hiking.

We saw monkeys.

Mwanza: the city of rocks. Oh, just in case you ever wondered - rock climbing in a skirt doesn't work very well.

Totally worth the hike! So wonderful to be here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

going on a safari

scale of 1-10
excitement level: 15
nervousness level: 10

This time next week, I'll probably be somewhere in the air flying over the Indian Ocean, into the land of the unknown (for me, anyways). Yep. I'm very excited, but also very nervous. Kinda like that i'm-jumping-off-a-cliff-like-THIS sorta feeling (click that link...).

By the way, did you know that "safari" simply means "trip"? Yeah...

We're saying our goodbye's. Seeing good friends one last time, having three families over in one day just to visit more people, going to work one last  more time just to see my awesome work family, going to supper at other's homes, then there's shopping, heart-to-heart chats, Swahili, and mostly Africa on all our minds. Asking Daddy questions about where we're gonna be. "What's the house to be like?" "Do they sell ___ in Africa?" "What kind of food??" That's what we've been doing. Oh, yeah, and finishing up school.

This week I went to the library twice. Twice, people! Do you know how often we go to the library? (we're avid readers) If we're lucky, it'll be twice a month. Only if we're lucky, and at that time we walk out with about ten books each. For some, it's twice that. So I went two times (got tired of "twice"), walked in, returned books, and walked out. That felt weird, no checking out tons of books. Not even looking at books!

So you wanna know what this whole "Africa" thing is? I've mentioned it a few times on here, and then fixed up the header image. You've gather that I'm going, but what you may not know is that my FAMILY is going. Plus my best friend, she's practically family. That's eight of us. We have our own house awaiting us, empty, in the land of Tanzania. Yes, we'll have electricity and running cold water. We're cooking on a charcoal fire. That doesn't mean hot-dogs every night. That means I'm gonna expand my awesome cooking skills [that i think i have].

Mi Familia. My older brother is staying at the home-front. 

Our new home.

My Daddy is working hard to write a Bible school curriculum in Swahili with the pastor there. Mommy is to teach English to whomever might want to learn such a language. One sister is teaching at an international school. My other brother and sisters are just gonna live and have wondrous adventures. My friend and I have no idea what's coming up our alley. We were just informed that the orphanage we planned to work at won't work out for at least the first month or so. There's a possibility of teaching and working at a health center. All I'm saying right now is God has a bigger plan than we. He know's what we need to do, and I feel like an Abraham. Okay, half-way. I know where I'm going, but not a clue what I'm doing. Funny, just last week my bff and I talked about how God loves mysteries in our lives. But He's got a plan.

If you might wonder why I'm not posting much, it's because I'm without much internet for these six months. I don't even know if I can post at all. But no worries, I'll be back in November if not. We covet your prayers during this time, especially as we travel over and adjust the first couple weeks. This trip isn't just us, it'd be impossible to make it without all the help you've all given us. We're taking this trip with you, all together in the body of Christ. You're at home, we're going. You're praying, we're serving. Thank you all!

Blessings, Sveta

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Plank Family | Portraits 2013

Meet the Plank family! These people are such a great family, they moved here from Montana with the plans to help at a local children's home. We got to know them a couple years ago, and were pleasantly surprised at the move! It's been a fun year getting to know them better. I really like they're openness and friendly demeanor. The are just an all around fun family to be around. I hope they had fun with this photoshoot, I know I did. 


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Background
This shot is one that I didn't share from the senior shoot I did last week. It seemed the perfect "background" picture with gorgeous spring trees popping out finally! I just love this time of the year.

2. Spot or Dot
These flowers are circle, so therefore kind of spotty. And the bokeh is just wonderful in this shot too. 

3. Weather
This is a picture of the area I live in: farm, machinery, cows, barns, green, dark rain clouds, and bright sunlight all in one shot. The weather in the mid-east is just crazy! I can't really tell if this was taken right before or after a rain, but I think maybe it's after because usually it'll be super bright green if it's after. That's Kentucky for ya.

4. Motion
This prompt was perfect for this week because we had homeschool field day on Thursday. It was a day of fun and games and ice-cream and water fights. I helped out with the third grade students...but mainly took pictures because there were several others helping out too. 

5. Sweet
I work at a little family run restaurant in the area...yesterday was my last day of work before heading out on the great African adventure. It was kinda bittersweet. Anyways, myself and one of my co-worker bff's split this delicious banana split. 

Well, I've got one more post from a family photoshoot I did last week scheduled for Tuesday and then it's AFRICA! Prayers as we get ready would be greatly appreciated. Have a fantastic Sunday!


Friday, May 3, 2013

Katrina | College Senior 2013

I'd say I've pretty much know Katrina my entire life. But, at the same time, I don't really know her. Does that even make sense? What I have seen of Katrina is a sweet, but still feisty ;), smart, and beautiful young lady. I had a great time taking her pictures, along with a couple of friends/cousins along. Katrina is studying to be a nurse, with about one week of school left. WHEW! What an accomplishment! Good job, and keep it up! You're going to be a fantastic nurse, Katrina!

Congrats to Katrina!

xoxo, Sveta