Posted by: Lisa | January 23, 2012

Belated Christmas In Lusaka

Since our oldest daughter, Felicia, was turning 5 in early January, she needed her passport renewed. We haven’t left our adorable little house on the hill here in Chipata since we moved in six months ago, and we were excited at the chance for a “mandatory” family vacation! Especially since Damon’s parents wereย  going to the capitol for their own reasons, and we’d get to see them!

Our goal was to leave Chipata at 5am that Monday. We pulled out of the gate at 5:02. Not bad. Especially since we all know the car clock is at least two minutes fast. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I could have gotten a picture to prove it, but I was too squished in a very well packed car! I have to say, Damon has always been of the mindset, “Leave early; get the trip over with!” But since having the children, I thought pre-dawn departures were too idealistic. Well. Now that we’ve successfully pulled one off, with three children? I’m sold. We finished our 6-7 hour trip by 1pm, and that’s including stops. We were at our destination with plenty of time to rest, let the kids play, and actually have enough time to shop and go out to eat. I have to say- Damon was right! We’ll have to try this again!

Felicia was so cute about getting her passport picture taken. She remembered the drill from Joey’s experience back in June, and was asking “if this was a good smile” all day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think she did a good job! She sure looks different from her last one- she was only 4 weeks old in that one!

We did enjoy having a belated “Christmas” with Damon’s family while there also. And unlike our Christmas here in Chipata, there was no cooking (or attempts at cooking!) involved. Pizza! From a restaurant! We all squeezed into their room at the guest house for our celebration.

This is what things looked like before we got started.

And this was during the gift explosion-

Our family spoiled the children with wonderfully fun gifts. I guess it’s a good thing we recently packed up unused toys from their room? At least they had space for this massive dollhouse Damon’s little sisters recently outgrew!

Think Felicia was excited?

And even though Damon’s dad was down with malaria combined with other things, he was such a trooper making the celebrations fun and special. We even got a mini-shoot with the “two Joe’s”. And here is when “mom-ish-ness” takes over, because I can’t choose which one to share. Here’s several! ๐Ÿ™‚

God was so good to “make” us take this trip. It was great to see family, to eat at restaurants and have some fun adventures…

Coming soon- Felicia’s 5th birthday in Lusaka! ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. Your kids are so grown up! Looks like you had a fun trip!

  2. Aww! It looks like such a special time! ๐Ÿ™‚ So neat how the Lord worked it out for all that to come together!

  3. I just “found” this blog!! Not only are your children growing up so fast, but Damon’s brother & sisters…WOW!!

    Glad your trip went so well & you got to have some sweet family time.

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