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.
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 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.
I love that I got to grow up in the country! 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 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.
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.
After graduating from high school, I went on to nursing school and began planning and dreaming of using those skills on a foreign field.
I lived in France for a year learning the French language before coming to live in West Africa in 2008.
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.
The nursing cap isn’t the only hat I get to wear here. Sometimes 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. 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!