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Zeek #atozchallenge

Dear Africa

I will end this letter with a P.S. to my cousin Zeek.

I know you are no longer a toddler,  you’ve already scraped your knees, you climb many fences, and tall trees. I hope as you grow that this thing you know – you are loved by your cousins on the East.

You have a loving family and I am grateful that they found you healthy on the steps of the hospital. Not all orphans are as blessed as you. I hope to hold and hug several as I am one day closer to Africa.



My cousin’s son was found (several days old) on the steps of a hospital. No one knows anything about him. Was his mother from Johannesburg or one of the outlying towns? That dear little face melted my heart.

P.S.S. My bags are full now what do I do?


Last Day to enjoy A to Zers:
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YoYo #atozchallenge


Dear Africa:

As I pack I am trying to think of small toys that I can take for orphans. Yoyo is a possibility. I already have 100 frisbees. My only concern is they are kinda hard to learn and when the string breaks you are out of luck. Hmmm

I went to and found all sorts of toys like legos, playdoh, dolls and even duncan yoyos. I remember buying 2 yoyos for $1.00. Now they range from $7 to $20. Im packing a ??? toy for the moment.

Any one have ideas for other small toys that children would love???

Enjoying these A to Zers as we finish the month:


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Wildebeest #atozchallenge



Dear Africa:

I guess on our trek to Kilimanjaro we will see Wildebeest. I have learned that they are in the same family as the antelope, they can run 50 mph, are prey to many carnivores in the wild. I always thought they were an unusual looking animal but would never have guessed antelope. Need to pack my binoculars for the trip to see all these wonderful creatures of nature.


Thanks to wikipedia for the photo of the Wildebeest.

We are wrapping up the April A to Z challenge. My goal for this A to Z  month was to meet new people even some who may have traveled to Uganda. We are in the process of finishing a remodel of our house and plan to put it up for sale. Helping in an orphanage in Uganda is our next goal (at least for part of each year.) Thank your for your visits and your inputs.

Writers who are also enjoying the A to Z challenge:

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Thunder rolls over Africa #atozchallenge

Dear Africa:
I can imagine that there are days and weeks when thunder storms roll over the country. Where do people go when lightning gets close? I was feet away from a lightning strike in Eastern Europe so I understand the danger of getting caught in the open. Isn’t it too hot for rain coats (which I don’t really wear.)
It’s rainy here today so I’m trying to stay dry. My trowel is waiting to plant topiaries.
I guess I’ll have to pack a few heavy-duty trash bags to stay dry.
Wow just a week away from the Z finale for the A to Z challenge. Here are some folks Im stopping by to say “Hi” to.
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Only one… #atozchallenge


Dear Africa:

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the details, but I am reminded that one person can make a difference. If each person touched one other person with kindness, our days could be that much brighter. Afterall, it only takes one sun to warm an entire planet.

I have one lap & one heart, and I’m packing dreams (in one suitcase) today with hopes for tomorrow.

noon sun


If you are visiting from the A to Z Challenge, I want to thank you for stopping by. Fill the Cracks is a blog started to create a book of poetry. The book is done and ready to be published. All the proceeds from the book will go to an organization that is helping children orphaned by Ebola. I was looking for an avenue to get to Liberia and in so doing ran into an opportunity to work with orphans in Uganda. Hence this A to Z journal as we pack up and close this chapter of life  and hopefully open another in Africa.

Im not alone in enjoying the A to Z challenge today here are some bloggers to enjoy:
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Something New… #atozchallenge

Dear Africa:

We have this kinda silly tradition “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” for brides to wear on their wedding day. But somehow it applies. I finger something “old”: my entada giga seed necklace that was given to me as a gift from So. Africa. I’m looking at “new” floppy hats to keep the sun off my head.  The hiking boots for trekking Kilimanjaro are green and yep “blue.”

The more I write the more I get excited about our eminent excursion and potential new life in Uganda.



Any ideas of something I need to pack that I can borrow ???