About Me

About Me

Bird Watcher, Avid Crafter, Children’s Teacher, Monkey Owner, Bike Rider, Nature Lover, On Call Nurse, World Wide Traveler, who enjoys living in Africa and knows His eye is on the Sparrow.

My brother and I.  We didn't often get snow, but when we did what a blast we had!
My brother and I. We didn’t often get snow, but when we did what a blast we had!

Well, I would have to say that sums it up in a nutshell, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As a five year old wearing a paper nursing cap, little did I know that one day I would actually get to wear a real nursing cap and get the opportunity to help many others. My grandmother is a nurse and I always enjoyed hearing her adventures in nursing. One time an elderly man from the nursing home where she was working crawled in the back seat of her car during her shift and waited for her there until she went to leave that evening. He surprised her good! He said he wanted to go home with her ☺

My Grandma and my mom- the two together are such a hoot!
My Grandma and my mom- the two together are such a hoot!

My grandmother’s adventures weren’t the only stories I loved listening to. We’d frequently have missionaries from all over the world come to our church and share their exciting lives while living in foreign lands. Some would share about snakes and spiders, others about different foreign customs and their early funny language blunders, to lives being changed and people healing from terrible sickness or injuries. At 9 years of age, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and not long after I knew that the Lord created me to do mission work in Africa when I got older.

My brother, sister, and I
My brother, sister, and I

I love that I got to grow up in the country!

family fun night with costumes...we don't dress like this everyday :)
family fun night with costumes…we don’t dress like this everyday 🙂
If my brother and I weren’t out in the creek, building forts, or running through the woods being wilderness children, we assumed we could help mom.

She was always into a craft of some kind and we loved glueing, painting, cutting, baking etc, with her. I think when my mom picked up craft supplies, she always bought in quantities of 3; one for her, one for me, and one for my brother. She knew we loved making creations with her.

My Mom, sister, and I
My Mom, sister, and I
My sister didn’t come along until later but that doesn’t mean she is any less of a crafter. My dad is a painter and architect and allowed us kids to be a part of many DIY projects throughout the years.
My Dad
My Dad

Since my mom is a teacher, many times I got to be her class helper. Watching her in action, I got to learn how to capture children’s attention and make a story come to life. Little did I know that all this was shaping and molding for my future.

kids club

After graduating from high school, I went on to nursing school and began planning and dreaming of using those skills on a foreign field. college days
I lived in France for a year learning the French language before coming to live in West Africa in 2008. french learning
Life here is slower paced, simpler and much warmer. The Africans live mostly outdoors rather than inside during the daylight hours and are generally very friendly. Most walk, ride their bike, or get a motorcycle taxi to go from place to place. In this tropical climate, many variety of birds are abundant and usually the first to greet me each morning.

African ladies

The nursing cap isn’t the only hat I get to wear here. medical daysSometimes I get to teach children or ladies, help through medicine or bandages, visit the sick or ones who have had babies, or travel country wide; I am very thankful I get the opportunity to live here. teenage girls class The Lord takes such good care of me and I know His eye is on THIS sparrow. I thought it would be fun to write about life from here. There isn’t a single American store or restaurant in our country, therefore, this opens up the door wide for creativity in living, decorating, and cooking. I’m excited to share life from the bird’s eye view or this sparrow’s view in Africa. Welcome to The Spunky Sparrow! I’m so glad you’re here!

Callie and me

21 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You did such a great job on this one. Love the pics:)
    Especially that hillbilly one at your ole place…now,
    that was fun.
    Keep up the good work. You were meant to write!!!

  2. Those shots are wonderful!!! Really! So I don’t know if I misesd something or if its because I’m blogging on my phone, but I need details!! You moved furniture out of what room? How did you get the reflective surface? Tell, tell!!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. The reflective surface is probably due to the oil painted walls. It is nice to paint with oil paint here so that walls can be cleaned especially during the dry and dusty months here. I’m constantly moving furniture. I love changing things around! 🙂

  3. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  4. I just want to tell you that I am new to blogging and absolutely savored this web site. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You surely have very good article content. Thanks for sharing your website.

  5. Hello, Lisa! I love your website –and oh my! You have a pet monkey! Lord willing, I will be about to meet you some day in the future! Maybe even in Cote D!

  6. I don’t know how I found your blog, possibly facebook, but it’s good to see how the Lord is using you across the pond in Africa! You and Adam were such wonderful examples of Christian living and I’ve always admired your family and their commitment (all of them) to serving God.

  7. Lisa, don’t know why I’m just seeing your blogs! Didn’t know about them and they are wonderful. I’ve got to read them all so I can catch up. Love the pics of your wonderful family. I am so blessed to know all of them. You are in our prayers and look forward to seeing you again soon.

    1. Well, Mrs. Wilson, this has been something I have wanted to get started for some time now. That’s why you will see lots of different dates. The internet is faster and power is steadier now which makes it much easier. We are blessed to know you guys too! We will have to meet up when I am back again stateside! Thanks bunches for your prayers and encouragement 🙂

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