This is a sad season of good-byes here in Moz. Many friends are parting ways. I love moving around and meeting new people, but this is the hard part of it all. Beth has been a wonderful hostess every Tuesday morning as a very small number of us have met weekly for prayer and accountability. These ladies have made the difference for me here, helping me to adjust to the culture shock. We laugh, cry, and talk about family and life.
As a parting gift, Beth requested one of my aprons. Her only requests were either black-and-white or brown-and-white fabric, with a contrast, and she mentioned that she would prefer my Eiffel tower print. Having only scraps left of that, I drove to the store here in Maputo to get more of the butterfly print and used the Eiffel tower for the pocket. I chose lavender for the contrast because I've found it to be a refreshing new twist on a favorite. I chose one of my lovely models for the photo:
Beth seemed very pleased with her apron when we delivered it yesterday. I'm disappointed that I won't get to see her wearing it, unless she takes photos. I will miss our Tuesday morning talks, coffee, sesame-coated pretzels from Woolworth's, the sounds of her sweet daughter, Saba, playing in the background with the nanny, getting fresh mangoes from her yard... It has been a blessing knowing her.
This is my only finished project for this week. Shame on me! Today is Gabriela's eleventh birthday, and I had really hoped to make something for her. Instead, I've been running errands and baking bread this week. Before I close, I must share this fabric with you that I found on my trip to the store for the butterfly print:
I couldn't resist. This cracks me up! I'd like to use it either for pajama bottoms, or perhaps for the lining of a bag.