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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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Laughing into the Air

Kathy occasionally gets after me for my random spurts of laughter, directed at no one present, but fully engaged into the comments and lives and stories of people back home through my phone.  You see, though I live full time in Ghana, but the lives of the ones at home are still so desperately important to me.  So, through the beauty of the internet (and my trusty android phone), I am able to keep in touch.

So, this post is for Kathy, and all those around me, who witness those random spurts of laughter or the gasps of joy, the mini-celebrations that I get to be a part of a world away, and the ways we are able to support and pray for one another--makes this world seem somehow smaller.

A peek into the world of Autumn and her friends:

There was the time when my friend Katie, who is obsessed with gnomes, sent me pictures of her new "boyfriend".

Which then led to her introducing me to "my new boyfriend".  Apparently she thought we would be interested in each other since he led a choir and I enjoy singing.  I thought other issues might get in the way of a "normal relationship".

And then the time Joanna sent me this one:

To which I responded with one of my own:

And of course happy moments have been announced--
Like this one:
And this one (the announcement of little Nasiah May):

And this one (of our big 3-year old Brylie girl):

And of course the ones that just bring a smile:
Camo asked me to play with him!

Who wouldn't smile at this little guy?  Corbin is adorable!

31 has aged me too much! 
Faces of the ones I love!
Worlds Collide!!!  Katty and Zay with the Omorefe's at GhanaRock!
 And then the times that ask for prayer:
Poor Bella broke her collarbone. 
And since I just love Bella's crazy hair, I get to share my moments of crazy hair too!

But, I think the ones that get the most laughs thrown into the air are the ones that win the creep-tastic awards.  Like this one that Bristol sent for Valentine's Day:

So, even though my occasional laughs into the air at something I saw on my phone might be a little distracting to the person nearby...I think even you would find them worthy of a chuckle or two.


  1. You are RIDICULOUS. And I love it, even when I get after you for laughing at "nothing." I also like that I know who all of these people are because you love them so well and talk about them all the time. But Bella's crazy hair is way better than yours. Just sayin'!

  2. Also, sorry (not that sorry) that I comment on EVERYTHING. I think you can only count on this to continue after I leave, since I already manage to do it while sitting in the same room as you...