Monday, October 29, 2007

Perspective (From a Friend in Zimbabwe)

As I’m sure most people know, Zimbabwe is a country that is literally falling apart at the seams. I read about the devastation weekly either online or through forwarded emails from friends and relatives. It breaks my heart each time I read about the desperation, not quite able to comprehend it, but I have to be honest with you, nothing has come close yet to breaking my heart like this did.

A brief background for you: my dad was the Senior Pastor at a pretty big church in Harare. His Associate Pastor, Joe was my dad’s right hand man, his best friend and a true man of God. My sister & I babysat his 2 adorable little boys, and his wife and my mom were also very close. Needless to say they were a really big part of our growing up years in Zim. They also moved into the first house I lived in, and actually still live there. When we immigrated to South Africa, Joe became the Senior Pastor and has been there since, doing a wonderful job! He is a brilliant man, who can quote ENTIRE books of the bible. He walks the talk!

Fast forward to present…Joe is spending a week with my parents in Cape Town on a mini sabbatical. My parents said that he is as thin as a rake. He shared w/ them how finding food is a daily struggle. He even offered to do house hold chores this week to make a little extra money. This is so much “closer to home” & it really hit me hard, as these are hard working people, living in the CAPITAL city, in a house, not able to eat. It made me appreciate every mouth full I’ve had since! My sister’s family, Steve’s cousins and Steve and I decided that we’d pool together & send over some money to at least “help” Joe feed his family. He is doing the Lord’s work and feels that he is called to minister especially in this time of need. And in this time of need, he still sees the Lord's hand at work, and continues with a joyful attitude. If anyone else feels led to help support Joe, please contact me at If nothing else, please keep his family in your prayers. Those too are greatly appreciated.

Joe is going to research the best way to convert American dollars into Zim dollars as the government has it’s own conversion rate, so that they make more and Zim public make less. South African Rand can be used as payment in Zim too, which is helpful.

Current Exchange Rate:
US$10.00 = Z$306,000.00
US$10.00 = SAR 65.00

Thank you for your prayers for a dear friend of ours.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My Story

Thanks Melissa!)

Hi, my name is:

But you can call me:
Sharon...unless you're family or a VERY close friend and then you can call me Shaz.

Never in my life have I:
been to an American football game.

The one person who can drive me nuts is:
Anyone that chews gum or food with their mouth open, making disgusting noises.

My high school is:
in Zimbabwe & South Africa. Both were awesome!

When I’m nervous:
I rub the bottom of my nose with my finger knuckle.

The last song I listened to was:
Bon Jovi - Making Memories

If I were to get married right now it would be to:
Steve (again) of course, I wouldn't change anything that we did at/on our wedding.

My hair is:
Going to be colored tomorrow....a deep rich chocolate brown, or so we hope!

When I was 4:
I still had a speech impediment and I couldn't pronounce the first letters of my words. My sister was my translator. We were walking in the veld (bush) one day and I saw some "Ticks in the Grass"...HOWEVER, what came out was "icks n the ass" HAHA
Last Christmas:
Was was my sister & family's first Christmas in the States!

I should be:

When I look down I see:
Floor fan

The happiest recent event was:
Getting my folks approvals!

If I were a character on ‘Friends’ :
I'd want Ross' apartment!

By this time next year:
I hope my parents will be with us!

My current gripe is:
People complaining about the States...fine, you don't like it? Go live in a 3rd world country for a year and then come back and we'll talk!

I have a hard time understanding:
The money invested in Space Programs...I don't get it! Why not invest it in something actually worth while? Like AIDS funds, poverty, water, homeless shelters, food, orphans, WORLD HUNGER...

There’s these girls:
called my nieces, who are JUST precious and I just LOVE them!

If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be:
Steve, unless it was for engineering some amazing computer, then he'd be hatin' on my sweet computer skills!

I want to buy:
a baby chimpanzee, or at least pay to hold one, especially if it's in a cute tiny little diaper!

I plan to visit:
South Africa at least one last time...and Zimbabwe with Steve, so he can at least say he's stepped foot on the country of my birth!

If you spent the night at my house:
You would get little soaps on a towel on the bed, a mint on your pillow, flowers in your room and a yummy home cooked breakfast in the morning!

The world could do without:
A certain Dictator/Murderer who is killing Zimbabwe one day at a time...

Most recent thing I’ve bought myself:
Knee high boots and a pencil skirt

Most recent thing someone else bought me:
An autumn candle holder

My middle name is:
Marienne, pronounced Ma (as in L"A"mp)Ri ( As in "REE") and Enne (as in "N". Per peeve....people pronouncing it Mary-anne! ITS NOT!!!!

In the morning I:
I take Domino on a little walk to go "potty", even though she thinks it's time to catch up on the neighborhood gossip...nope, thats for later...NOW - it's potty time!

Last night I was:
Snuggled up on the couch watching 'Ugly Betty'

There’s this guy I know who:
Super Hot! his name is Steve!

If I was an animal I’d be a:

A better name for me would be:
Little Miss Giggles

Tomorrow I am:
Busy! Work out, hair appt, Sew What class, taking photos of my mom's jewelry line, going to a surprise 50th birthday!

Tonight I am:
going to friends for dinner.

My birthday is:
in's going to be the BIG 3-0! WOo-HOOOOOO!!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Life of Late

I love the title of Cates latest blog. I have not been feeling very bloggy either. Maybe it’s contagious! I’ve noticed several other blogs I read haven’t been updated in a while either. Anyway, enough with the man survey, I’ll try and update you with life of late!

I was single for a week, which thanks to my mom’s advice, I kept myself VERY busy and didn’t have time to mope around the house. Our good friends Jim and Rachel frequently go on amazing vacations that Jim wins through his work. Did I say frequently? He works really hard and they get to have fun vacations because of it. Well, this summer was no different, and sure enough Jim won a trip. However, the difference this time was that Rachel was starting Law School the very same week as their vacation. So guess who got to enjoy some fun in the sun with Jim? That’s right- Mr. Hughes!!!
And where did these 2 fellows’ spend their week vacationing in the sun? The FOUR SEASONS, MAUI!!!!!!!!!! Nice huh!! Steve and I even convinced Jim to get a pedicure w/ Steve before they left! They were completely spoiled rotten and loved every minute of it! They went on an ATV ride in a thunder storm, catamaran sail, snorkeled, swam with turtles and enjoyed hikes. When they weren’t having full-body massages by the Four Season’s Top masseuse, they were being spritzed with avian lying poolside. Needless to say, that was a once in a lifetime, all-expense paid trip, unless Steve’s company starts giving vacations as rewards!!
Like I said, I was totally busy that week/end. I had dinner plans every night, and then I took Friday off - just because! I had lunch with my girlfriend Deb on Thursday, which all I’ll say is I had an experience with the wheatgrass and will never ever go near the disgusting stuff again. Just writing this is making me sick to my stomach! Friday Rachel and I had a good dinner, and then my friend Farah came and spent the weekend and we had a fantastic fun girly time, movies, pedicures, dinner, more movies, girl chat and so much more! Before I knew it, Steve was home again! It was great to have him back as I really did miss him!

Well, we were busy after that and then I asked for the whole first week of October off, as I had the vacation time. Steve took Monday off which was fun to enjoy that time with him, especially as he ended up having a business convention in Las Vegas the same week. Monday was spent helping him with last minute errands for the business trip. He left early Tuesday morning and Ruth and the girls picked me up early and we spent a fun-fill day at Seaworld! I had never been before and they had been a few times, so they were able to show me around! We had a great time, feeding dolphins, watching the whales and seeing the Pets Rule show! Wednesday I had errands, worked out and went to the dentist! Happy to report still no cavities or fillings! I used to cry on my way home from the dentist when I was little, as there was never ANYTHING wrong with my teeth! I’m older and wiser now and appreciate that’s a good thing!!
Thursday I worked out and spent the afternoon/evening with my friend Katie and we went shopping and watched some really good TV shows! I found a fun pencil skirt from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new line “Bitten” and I have to say that I normally would never wear one, but I liked it! Maybe the working out is helping!!! haha!
Anyway, Friday was super fun as Farah was having a HUGE 30th b-day weekend/party. As Steve was gone, I spent the whole weekend and made it another fun-filled girls weekend. In case you're wondering, Dom gets to be spoiled at her granny & grandpas' while I"m gone! Her aunty CHristine even taught her to roll over! VERY cute! Such an energetic "roll-over"!!
Friday, 4 of us girls went to Beverly Hills for the day! It was so much fun. We ate lunch at The Ivy, and Lyle Lovett walked right by us. I kind of wish it was a bigger celebrity, but oh well. Justin Chambers was eating inside by the time we came back from “window” shopping to pick up our car! I’m pretty sure that Lindsey and I talked with an important director guy, but we’ll never know! It was amazing to see how the other half live. After walking around some fun stores like Kitson, we drove to our nail salon where we all got pedicures. They we grabbed some coffee at Starbucks and headed to Rodeo Drive. We made it in time to Tiffany & Co, but that was it. They apparently close very early! WE then had to drop Katie off and then we headed home! We were up till 2am-ish getting Farah’s condo in order and decorating for the party on Saturday! Needless to say, we were all very tired the next morning! Saturday we did more decorating, and some of the girls had their hair and makeup done. I don’t think I mentioned that it was an 80’s themed birthday party! I just went with the side pony and lots of blue eye shadow!! Anyway, I’m hoping to get some pictures of that evening! Kim, Farah, anyone??
Anyway, we went to the Holiday Skating Rink, Roller-skating, not ice-skating! That was fun and then we went back to Farah’s for the rest of the party! It was a blast!
Sunday we were at WCC as Frank was being commissioned as the new Senior Pastor! It was a special day seeing so many old faces and being a part of so much history! Farah and I even got a shout out in Frank’s mini-sermon!

Steve and I got home Sunday around the same time and let just say, its’ now Friday October 12th, and we’re still tired!!!

This weekend is busy too as we have a luncheon with family tomorrow, dinner with friends tomorrow and Sunday Steve’s’ aunt and uncle’s 50th Anniversary party!

However, I have saved the best news for last…a gift, if you will, to those who actually read the whole post!

My parent’s I-130’s got APPROVED!!!!!!!!

Praise the Lord!

Just a few more steps until it’s final!