August 14, 2022

Sabbatical

Having a sabbatical is a new experience for us. We’ve been pushing and striving for so long that we’ve forgotten how to rest. In Eswatini, we had multiple visitors daily, 7 days a week, often in large groups. While we had delegated many tasks and trained replacements, our work schedules were wrought with interruptions, pivots, and emergency planning meetings. Building a leadership-development-school/permaculture-farm/skills-training-venue in your spare time is not an easy project.

September 19, 2015

The Light at the End of the Tunnel!

We are so pleased to report that we are 89% fundraised for our monthly expenses and 100% for our startup funds! That means that if 20 friends supported us $25/month or only five at $100/month, we will be at 100% across the board! Would you consider helping us reach our goal with a monthly pledge? (or find out more about what we will be doing in Swaziland on our support page)

August 4, 2015

Out Crazy Summer - Mission Fundraiser Update

This summer has been a primer in “How to live a Crazy Life.” Zach went on his first plane flight with us for a family reunion on the west coast, and a few weeks later, his second plane flight, but to the opposite coast for another family reunion. He has started to master sitting and solid foods. We gave our first fundraising presentation at a church and this last weekend, we moved in with my fabulous in-laws so that whenever we are fully funded for Swaziland, we can just go.

May 23, 2015

It Has Begun

Money. Yuck. We are now in the throes of fundraising for our move to Swaziland. I have always appreciated what money can do, but asking for it, even for the sake of ministry, is uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassing. I’d love to just fly to Swaziland and start pitching in now and save the hassle and wait of the fundraising process. It doesn’t help that the two of us are introverts who have always strived to be self-sufficient.

May 9, 2015

Mother's Day

Yesterday I realized that about this time a year ago, we were driving to the ER. I was 6 weeks pregnant. We hadn’t told anyone yet as we had just found out a few days earlier. That very evening we were picking my mother up from the airport and had planned on breaking the news over dinner. On the way out the door, I noticed something was wrong and we wrung our hands about whether we should go straight to a hospital and leave my mom to grab a taxi or if I was overreacting to a little spotting.

February 27, 2015

Welcoming Zachary Alexander Babb

Meet Zachary Alexander Babb! It’s hard to believe we’ve been parents for a whole month now – the time flies by so fast. We welcomed Zach into the world on January 22. He surprised the midwife and doctor with his stats – 8lbs 3oz and 21.5″ tall. We are thankful that we planned to deliver at a hospital since Melinda needed an emergency Cesarean section. Zachary is perfect and Melinda is healing well.

January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all! We certainly thought this year would start off with a little one in the nursery! You may remember that a few weeks ago, everyone at our hospital thought I would deliver by Christmas, and as you can see, we’ve made it past that and even New Year’s. On Tuesday, I hit the 39 week mark, and while I’m so very grateful, I am also so very ready!

December 23, 2014

Merry Chrismas!

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve! Today I’m 37 weeks along, which makes baby Babb officially full-term! We are so excited and thankful we’ve made it this far. Yesterday our midwife and nurses all said everything is looking good, though they noted I had one weird Braxton-Hicks during my non-stress test (it lasted 6 minutes!). I am quite ready to meet our little one, and as the days go by, I become more convinced he will choose to arrive on Christmas day as the best present ever.

December 10, 2014

Little Baby Babb

Well now, we promised an update on baby Babb, didn’t we? Here we go! I’m now 35 weeks along! Today I went in for a non-stress test and an ultrasound. The tech estimated our little boy to weigh in at 6lb 8oz already! She also took some adorable 3-D ultrasound photos for us. Baby boy Babb ultrasound at 35 weeks and 1 day (Dec 10) Last week when I went in for my non-stress test, they sent me down to Labor & Delivery triage because I was having so many Braxton-Hicks contractions.

November 16, 2014

10 Weeks Later...

Today the little one is 10 weeks old! Zach is now 12lbs 10oz and 24.5" long (90th percentile for height!). It’s so fun to watch him grow and develop- he’s been smiling for a month now, and boy, can he ham it up! My heart just melts. A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of dedicating him at church. Our church follows the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:21-28.

November 16, 2014

Fall Update

Hi all! We have been meaning to write a fall update for some time now- sorry for the delay! Since we got back from our three-week Swaziland survey trip in August, a lot has happened- we are officially “on board” to move to Swaziland, Brandon started a new job, and we are preparing for baby to arrive (more on him soon). First, Swaziland- We are in the beginning steps of learning how to fundraise.

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