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missionary wife & mommy in Mozambique

Hot Dogs


Okay, being as this is a blog, it’s supposed to be personal, right? And since many people have wanted more “Life in the Bush” by Jen in our newsletters, I decided that this will be where that will occur. I can’t guarantee any regularity, but I can guarantee hilarity!!! And sometimes rhymes?!?!?!

So, I know there’s a big push for “healthy” eating these days. Many large families (which apparently we fall in to that category) grind their own wheat, grow their own vegetables, etc. But us, we just try to keep food in 6 hollow legged boys (that’s 12 hollow legs we’re trying to fill up, people!) So lately, hot dogs (I know, I know) has been our go to meal of choice (well, okay, corn dogs, too!)

Sliced hot dog buns

Sunbeam, Mrs. Baird’s, I don’t remember…

Americans don’t know how blessed we are.  We walk into the grocery store, go to the bread aisle and search for hot dog buns and, voila, packages of pre-sliced hot dog buns (even whole wheat if you want).

In South Africa, that’s not the case.  You’ve heard the old adage, “It’s the best thing since sliced bread!” Well, we have spent quite a bit of time in South Africa, and invariably, when you go to a friend’s house for a braai (Americans, look it up on wikipedia!) somebody says, “I’ll bring bread rolls!”  And then, while the meat cooks, one of the ladies will go forth and slice all the rolls (hot dog buns).  This is my least favorite thing to do, almost, in the world!  I’m serious, I think I would rather clean a toilet than slice hot dog buns for my family!!!!  Oh, it just irritates me!  My South African friends laugh at me and think I’m crazy.  Okay, my American friends laugh at me and think I’m crazy too.  Hey, at least I don’t change from continent to continent, right?

Ready to eat hot dogs

Ready to eat hot dogs!!

So the other day as I made hot dogs for the boys here in America, I was inspired to take a photo of my wonderful meal preparations, which is what inspired this post!  You just can’t beat the buns here, y’all!  I know they may not be as fresh and are full of preservatives, etc.  But they sure are easy!

Thank you Lord for American hot dog buns!


YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!! I’ve been working for 1month since we’ve been here in the States to try to redesign our website. I started to use an online build-a-site type service, but it lost several pages that I designed, so I figured that was the Lord’s urging for me to design on my computer and upload it.  I have no webdesign experience, but I thought your average person these days knew how to do that.  WRONG!!!!!  So I set about to figure it out.  It took me about 14 days to realize that what I needed to do and learn usually takes about 4 years of university to learn.  So I did a self crash course in basic html and css computer coding so I could design our website and upload it.  I used a template, but it was still incredibly difficult (for a mommy of 6 with no time to fiddle)!  Many nights of midnight and 1am dozing at the computer later and we’re finally revamped!!!!  I’m so excited!!!!!  I hope everybody out there appreciates it as much as I do!!!!

First Entry in Life in the Bush


I have started this blog under a bit of duress because it seems people want a bit more of bradnjenministries.  I have undertaken the arduous (to us techno-retards) task of redesigning our website.  So in order to insert a link in our menu bar, I had to go ahead and take the plunge and start a blog.  If you know me, you know that I generally have a difficult time making decisions.  And of course, at the moment, Brad’s away and I am left to my own counsel and couldn’t decide which blog company to use, so I just picked one.  Anyhow, the website is going to probably take another week or so before it’s actually published fresh and new because I’m having to correct alot of little glitches & mistakes I’ve made and I have so much free time to do it…..At about midnight, after only being able to work about 1 hour, my eyes just spontaneously shut & I start typing nonsense!  So, it’s a bit slow-going, but I’m working really hard at getting it done (simply because I have other more artistic and creative things I want to do)!

Hope this ends up being a worthwhile endeavor…..