Sunday, August 28, 2011

Return from Angola

The month of August is just about over and I'm finally sitting down for a breath. The warm, slow days of summer blended into a quicker pace as we ran into cabin season, cousins visiting from out of town and then finally my trip to Angola for two weeks. The shock was great upon my return, with just a day of rest before I dutifully returned to my teacher's meetings. Tomorrow, of course, is the first day of school. Good bye wonderful summer, we enjoyed every little jump, splash, berry, tomato, squeeze, giggle, snuggle and leap!

My dear friend Stephanie lives in Angola (in southwest Africa) with her fiance Rolf. Their baby Cecilia Caroline was born in Namibia in May and died 17 days later when she stopped breathing and had to be put on a ventilator. Her cause of death is still inconclusive and the pain has been awful for everyone.

Originally I was going to visit to help take care of sweet Cecilia, but after her death, the trip took on a completely different tone. In the coming days and weeks I will be posting photos of the amazing beauty and sights we saw as we road tripped across southern Africa.

To those of you with kiddos heading off to school these next few days and weeks, good luck!