My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekend Fun

This weekend, we celebrated John's birthday in Johnbull fashion!! Every year, we've done something different with the kids to celebrate John's big day. It's always fun to see John so lighthearted and excited about the adventure of the day ahead. Life around here can often be so busy that sometimes it robs us of the excitement and joy of day to day living with kids.

In any case, on Friday night, we raced out of school and headed to Accra with the Omorefe family to celebrate. We ate...and ate...and ate some more and then we went and watched a movie. The only one that was semi-child friendly on a Friday night was Disney's John Carter. Let's just say that I spent a lot of time laughing...and it's not a comedy! It reminded me of some of the old Star Trek episodes from my childhood...80's cheeeese. But, it was fun to get out of the house and do something different.

Saturday, we took ALL the kids to Accra and we went swimming at the Ramada hotel. The kids had a BLAST!!!! We all jumped in the water and splashed around. I went swimming around a bit with DK, Mershak, and Robert...they were the only ones who could swim fairly well. Everyone else just splashed and splashed and splashed. We loved time teaching them how to swim, pulling them around on our backs, splashing each other and playing together. It was an absolutely magical time with the kids. They had a blast and it had been such a long time since we last did anything together that it was really good for them to get out and do something fun.

Sunday, we had a great worship gathering service at our house and danced and danced long past the usual time and then pulled out John's birthday cake and sang and danced some more.

It was a really fun weekend, though I was tired by the end of it all and just wanted a nap...instead, I decided to play some April Fool's fun on my family and friends back home--telling them that I had started dating a Ghanaian man. EVERYONE was fooled. It was awesome! Everyone's texts back and forth were so funny!

Anyway, despite the lack of rest, we had a good weekend and it was such a blessing to get to do some "family" things that we don't usually get to do.

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