Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finishing up some crochet

The girls dragged this huge afghan in from the 5th wheel where its been stashed in the closet for a while.  I decided I'd better finish it up, all I had left was part of the last row of white and then the final edging so I just got busy and finished it.  Its huge 96x96
Yesterday I finished this camo afghan which measures about 56x66.  I used up some odd balls of camo and so it doesn't match exactly but Mollie liked it so its hers.  I used an afghan hook which made the work go fast but I don't like the big holes it makes.  The next afghan I made I will use a P hook, I bet that will be just right.

This one has neon orange edging and is just right to use when watching tv.
I have a ripple baby afghan to finish and then I will get started on my next lap afghan where I will use the P hook.  Oh and I used half double crochet on the main part of the afghan as well as the edging.  I went around the edge twice.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy birthday Jeff

Jeff's birthday is December 24th.  His mom's birthday is today December 26th.  Happy birthday Donna.
Christina and the kids made Jeff a birthday cake.  His favorite, carrot cake with real carrots.
Christina is very good about getting everyone together for a family picture.  She has a timer on her camera.

Tortilla pinwheels


•1 cup (8 ounces) Daisy Brand Sour Cream

•1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

•1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives

•1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, well drained

•1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

•1/2 cup chopped green onions

•Garlic powder to taste

•Seasoned salt to taste

•5 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature

•Fresh parsley for garnish



•In a large bowl, beat the first eight ingredients until blended. Spread over the tortillas; roll up tightly. Wrap each with plastic wrap, twisting ends; refrigerate for several hours.

•Unwrap; cut into 1/2-in. to 3/4-in. slices. (An electric knife works best.) Discard ends. Garnish with parsley. Serve with salsa if desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 180 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

We made these and took them to church last sunday and they were great.  I thripled the recipe so we had some for home too.
Recipe source:

Dip recipe

1 bundle of cilantro

2 pint of sour cream

1/2 cup of buttermilk

1 can of jalapeƱos

3 cloves of garlic (fresh)

1 cup salsa verdez Herdez

2 pk of ranch dip mix

1 fresh jalapeƱo

1 avocado optional

I usually split everything in half and blend it then blend the other half It won't all fit in my blender at one time.

This from Cody a man my husband works with.  He says its great with tortilla chips.  I wanted to post it here so I can find it later.

Making memory plates

We spent some time with some of our favorite people over the holidays.  While there they made memory plates.  Here are lots of pictures of our friends making their plates.

We used dollar store plates and mugs, sharpie markers and when done with the art work we baked at 350 degrees for 30 min.  We learned that this works best with plain black sharpie markers.  It was still fun.  Even little Elijah made a plate.  We had everyone sign and date their plates so each year they can make a new one and when they leave home they will have a whole set of special memory plates to take with them.

Birthday gifts from friends

My birthday was the 12th and Jeff's was the 24th.  Our friends gave us these beautiful and thoughtful gifts.
 Jeffs picture is of a fish and has a bible verse.  Matthew 4:19  Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
My picture also had a verse, Isiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
Pastor Bill is quite an artist and he drew these pictures free hand.
This is the kind of gift that I like, one that takes thought and time and is a part of the giver as well as the giftee.
Thanks Bill and Christina and family.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No hair? No problem.

If you don't have hair and its winter it can get real cold.  What to do?  Oh wait, grandma knows what to do.  Grandma will fix both problems at the same time.  Grandma will make you a hat that has bangs and piggy tails.  It couldn't be any easier.  Its like a wig for little girls.
She looks adorable in her new hair hat that I made for her dont you think?  I just crack up when I look at this picture.

What took you so long?


When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place.

Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.
Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.

You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants!

The dispenser for the modern "seat covers" (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty .

You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one , but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, ( Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR! ), yank down your pants, and assume " The Stance."
In this position your aging, toneless (I should have gone to the gym!!!) thigh muscles begin to shake.

You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold "The Stance".
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, "Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!" Your thighs shake more.
You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse . (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That will have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail.

Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work.
The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest , and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.

"Occupied!" you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny , crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT.
It is wet of course.

You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late . Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any , even if you had taken time to try.
You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear , "You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get".
By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes.

The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.
At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat.

You're e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d.
You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket! and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks.
You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.
You are no longer able to smile politely to them.
A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, "Here, you just might need this".
As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom.

Annoyed, he asks, "What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?"...
This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restrooms (rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse, and hand you Kleenex under the door!

Missionary update

From: "Brenda Lange"

Date: December 18, 2012, 7:53:07 PM CST

Subject: Blog, Dec. 18, 2012

VICTORY after 6 months of hard work! Today we completed the building of our first all cement brick orphan complex and assisted 6 orphan girls and their foster parents to move in. For the first time they have solar lights, and a real sink with drain to an outside septic. This is real uptown living in the bush of Mozambique. We PTL and all our supporters for making this a reality. The inspectors are happy and our girl's lives are now secure from having to return to the village of their birth.

It was a fast paced day as we had to move all their personal items, get the beds set up complete with 9 mosquito nets that had to be hung from the rafters, dig post holes and put up the 25 yard long chain link fence section we took down for construction purposes, hang the fire extinguisher on the wall, and teach the foster mother how to use her new solar lights, kitchen sink, and hand washing facilities. Helping people step into a world of modern living THAT THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN is not an easy path to change.

Will be a fun time watching them all get used to a whole new way of life.

THANKS to ALL OF YOU for helping us to bring this vision into reality with your prayers and love gifts.

For me, it’s one done and one to go for this year!

We are hard at work, rushing to complete the window screens and paint job on the Boy’s dorm so they can move in my Jan. 4th.
I have to slop through the mud to Pemba this Saturday for supplies (11 hour drive usually), so you may not hear from me again until after Christmas.

(not to worry, I’m taking 3 men with me in case of mud problems)

Sorry there isn’t a photo of the new family and their new home, but Eric is in RSA and de Bunny is a bit “photo challenged” when it comes to downloading onto a computer.

We promise one as soon as Eric gets back!

Bush Bunny Brenda Lange

Linda Ferguson, (USA)

Eric Dry

Leona Phillips

And all the Balama orphanage staff

Monday, December 17, 2012

My sewing room

Here in our new house I have a small sewing room with a nice sized closet.  I needed shelves so my sweet husband put some up for me.  We started out with cheap boards and he didn't like how they looked so we went to Lowe's and he bought the nice wire shelves.  They really are very nice.
They are adjustable so I can configure them however I want.  I was able to lay all my fabric out and to my dismay I don't have very much. 
Here is the nice sized closet I can use to organize more of my crafts.
The closet still needs a bit of organization but its coming along.  I have my yarn and other craft items stashed in there.
The next thing we need to do for my sewing room is get better lighting.  Right now there is a ceiling fan with a light kit that has very small bulbs in it and they cant be changed out because of the way the base of the lights are made.  Jeff is going to look at it to see if he can change out the whole light kit.  We are also trying to figure out some type of lighting that would run along under the shelves.  I have been sewing and using this room for a while now but with these improvements it will make it so much easier and more pleasant.

German Restaurant

Jeff took me to a German restaurant for my birthday.  It was authentic and very good.
Jeff said the restaurant looked very much like the ones he ate at in Germany.

Jeff had the stuffed cabbage, it came with fried potatoes and homemade sauerkraut.

I had the Ruben sandwich.  It came with fries.  We each at half of our meal and then we switched plates so that we could each try both dishes.  It was quite good and I plan to return.

Missionary update

It’s been an INTENSE 6 months of work to prepare the new housing complexes for our resident orphans. The girls' old home had to be torn down, debris removed, and a whole new complex built from concrete brick. That started at the end of June and is now COMPLETE! Hallalujah, PTL! We have a few spots to touch up with paint on Monday but we plan to move our 6 girls and their foster parents into this new complex on Wednesday. Nothing like a new home for Christmas!
The Teenage Boys' Dorm still needs many inner walls painted, doors mounted, and windows screens hammered into place. We plan to move them in the first week of January, as the daily rains (1-2 inches per day) have greatly hindered the workers. Starting at 5 am, we make the most of the few hours we have before the rains hit. Our construction teams have worked SOAKED to make things happen in this last week. I really appreciate their dedication as they know the deadline is upon all of us and the job MUST BE DONE on time.
Eric did a marvellous job of installing the solar lighting systems and the kitchen sinks in BOTH the girls and boys homes. Our kids now have the most modern homes in all of Balama County. The health inspectors who came this week were speechless! The only criticism they could think of was to put in SOAP DISHES ON THE BATHROOM WALLS! We all got a laugh out of that one!
We do still have one orphan complex to build next year, as we were physically overwhelmed with the massive workload it took to build the first 2 complexes in order to meet all of the new regulations. Foster mother Assia and the 8 boys and girls who live there are patiently waiting for us to rebuild their home in 2013. This construction will begin as soon as the rainy season ends in April. In the meantime, we are considering building an ARK for rainy season survival. (Just joking!)
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO GAVE TOWARDS THIS PROJECT SO OUR KIDS COULD CONTINUE LIVING WITH US! Six-year-old Dollar, our newest resident, approached me on his 2nd day in our care and asked: “May I stay here forever?” Abused and abandoned, he knew LOVE as soon as he received it!
If we had not been able to build these houses, these children would have been removed from our care. YOUR LOVE GIFTS ARE GIVING MANY KIDS A FUTURE THEY NEVER DREAMED POSSIBLE.
The Bunny is hopping a plane to visit many of you! If you need further details, contact me or our office:
Sunday, Jan. 27th, 9 am, LEHRER MEMORIAL CHURCH, Garwood, TX

Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 10 am, EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP , Gonzales, TX
Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 6 pm, COLUMBUS BAPTIST CHURCH, Columbus, TX
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 am, ROCK ISLAND EVANGELICAL CHURCH, Rock Island, TX
Wednesday Feb. 6th, Private presentation, San Antonio,TX
Thursday Feb. 7th, CONCORDIA SCHOOL OF NURSING, Concordia University, Austin, TX
Friday, Feb. 8th (meeting pending in San Marcos, TX) place and time to be announced

Sunday, Feb. 10th, 10 am, NORTHPOINT CHURCH, New Braunfels, TX
Sunday, Feb. 10th, 6 pm, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Sequin, TX

Tuesday Feb. 12th to 15th, private presentations, Wichita, Kansas
Sunday Feb. 17th, HINESTON TABERNACLE (am service), Hineston, LA

Friday, Feb. 22nd, CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, Jacksonville, Florida

Sunday, Feb. 24th, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA CHURCH (details to be announced in January)

Feb. 26th-28th, VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTER, Tulsa, OK, Wed. night service
Sunday, March 3rd, FAITH COMMUNITY CHAPEL, Leesville, OH


Tuesday March 5th, Leesville Woman’s Meeting
Wednesday March 6th, 7 pm, Leesville Children’s meeting
Sunday March 10th, 10:30 am, OASIS ASSEMBLY OF GOD, Norwalk, OH

Tuesday March 12th to Monday, March 18th in Cordova, Alaska.
Sunday March 17th, morning service, LITTLE CHAPEL, Cordova, Alaska


Sunday, March 31st, 10 am, ALL AROUND COWBOY CHURCH, Sealy, TX

April 2nd, fly out to Mozambique!

Due to the heavy rains this week, travel to our bush churches is not possible. Eric Dry is in South Africa, as his 4th grandchild will be born via C-section this Wed., Dec. 19th. He’s a very proud grandpa and has the photos to prove it! Before he left, he brought me his portable hard drive with all his photos on it to put in our safe. 85,000+ photos to be exact! Most are the ministry, but he does have many files of his grandkids.
The blog will continue weekly during our wet Christmas season. Leona Phillips, Elizabeth Rumball (Australian visitor), and I are busy planning the orphans' Christmas party. We are praying for a dry day for the party, or we’ll have only water sports for activities!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us! I look forward to seeing many of you very soon. Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama gang.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Its my birthday today, isnt that cool?

Happy birthday KASTYN

Yesterday was Kastyns first birthday.  They celebrated by eating out at a Chineese buffet.  She really likes crab ragoon.
Then they drove around looking at the lights.
Happy birthday Kastyn, wish I could of been there but glad your aunts got to come.  I love you.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Missionary update

Dixon became very ill last week with a deadly type of amoebic dysentery. His mother is not well herself, and her weakness made it difficult for her to walk the 6 miles from her village to our mission station to ask for our medical help. ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE did Dixon survive 4 days with bloody diarrhea that should have killed him within 1 day! Supernatural protection is most evident here, as God’s protective angels surround that child, thanks to your many prayers. After a full course of medications, Dixon has recovered fully and is back to his cheery self again!
The mutual decision was made to move the entire family into one of our widow’s homes at our base for close observation and protection. With the mother’s unexplained weight loss and extreme weakness, Dixon’s health as well as the lives of his brother and sister are at high risk. This week, we will organize a medical consult for the mother to determine what is causing her problem. Please keep her in your prayers.
Eric installed the solar panel and battery yesterday, and all that is left is to paint the doors and around the window frames. I’m working with Social Services and the health inspector in hopes that we can finalize their inspection this week and actually move them in by next weekend. Pray for favour, as the rainy season is upon us and we need to get them into the house before the mud gets too deep!

BOY’S DORM is in the final stages of being painted and the windows/doors being mounted. We hope to have them in by Christmas.

NAMARA CHURCH was inaugurated today, as the local members built it and our carpenters blessed them with the tin roof. NACACCA CHURCH received it’s tin roof last week, so those members are very happy to have a safe place to worship during the rainy season.


Last week, a group of people from the western part of Nacacca came to Pastor Sufu’s home asking for help. They’d heard about the healing miracles that Jesus is doing, and wanted prayer for a friend who was very ill with a very distended abdomen (possible liver failure). Pastor Sufu went to this man’s home with a large crowd following. He prayed for the man but nothing happened at that time. The crowd left. But the next morning, the man was sitting up and EATING when he hadn’t been able to do that the day before! The word spread like wildfire, because everyone thought this man was about to die. He’s making a rapid recovery, and we may not know what was really wrong till we meet the Lord himself. The WORD WORKS, and I encourage ALL OF YOU to pray for the sick where ever you encounter them. YOUR HEALTH is irreplaceable. Never take it for granted. I praise God daily for my health and His healing power that can flow through all believers as they pray. My heart’s desire is for a greater anointing so that ALL the sick are healed as we lay hands on and pray for them.


Elizabeth Rumball from Sydney, Australia, has come to assist with our children’s programs for the next 4 weeks. It’s her first Mozambique experience, so she is working hard to learn some key Portuguese and Makua phrases. The children love her and get a big laugh at her attempts as talking to them in their language. Welcome aboard, Elizabeth!

Eric Dry will go on holiday to South Africa on Dec. 15th. Keep us all in prayer as “us girls” will have to hold down the fort while he is gone.

MY 2013 SPEAKING TOUR SCHEDULE IS ALMOST COMPLETE If you would like me to speak to a church or group, please contact me immediately as I still have 2 open dates.

Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama gang

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Safe in the arms of Jesus

My daughter Kaleena and son in law Justin go to church in Rockaway Beach Mo.  Their youth pastor and wife had a sweet little baby girl Gracie Honey who had Trisomy 18.  She was a gift they knew they might not get to enjoy very long.  Gracie went to be with Jesus last night at the age of 57 oops 56 days.  She now can breathe easy and is safe in the arms of Jesus.  Her parents loved her and shared her with all the people in the church.  She was truly a gift from God.

When Gracie's parents went to the doctor they wanted her to abort.  Her parents refused.  The doctor then refused to be their doctor.  Good riddance.  When Gracie was born they said her condition was incompatible with life.  She lived 56 days and gave so many hope and peace and taught them to pray for life.  For a little girl whose life was so brief , it's amazing how many she touched.
 God bless you Gracie.

Mollie and Hannah left this morning to visit Kaleena for Kastyn first birthday and were hoping to meet baby Gracie.  I think they will be there in time for her funeral.  They were crestfallen that they didn't get to meet her but they will see her in heaven.  God bless you little Gracie and all the lives you touched and praise God how your parents stayed strong in the Lord even through hard times.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kitchen chair redo

The people who sold us this house graciously left us a few pieces of furniture.  The kitchen table and chairs are one of the things they left us.  While functional they needed updating.  The first thing I decided to do was to recover the cushions.  Next I will be replacing the rollers as these are old and squeak and don't roll well.
I took a few pictures of the chairs as I was recovering them.  I forgot to take a picture of the actual recovering process but I will try to explain what I did.

The first thing I did was measure the chair seat front to back and side to side, I also measured down and around to the bottom both ways.  I figured I needed about 30 inches by 30 inches of fabric for each chair.  This would give me plenty of fabric to fold around and down under and staple.  The home DEC fabric came in 60 inch width so I bought 60 inches.  When I got home I cut the piece of fabric into four pieces.
This is what the chairs looked like when I began.
Flip the chair over and remove all screws that are holding the seat onto the frame of the chair. Take the seat off the chair and lay on your fabric which you have spread out onto your kitchen table.  My chairs had a flat or even side which was the front so I folded the fabric under and stapled along the even edge trying to keep the fabric even.  Next I turned the whole thing around and stapled the other side which would be the back of the chair or where it meets the back of the seat.  I pleated, stapled and so on from the middle out.  Then I did the same thing to the sides.  Don't be afraid to use plenty of staples.  Mollie took the old seats off and put the new seats on while Hannah and I recovered them with the new fabric.
Screw the newly covered chair pad back onto the chair. 

Then you end up with new chair pads.  They make the whole chair look so much better and cost me less than $15.00.  I forgot to mention that the main reason I recovered the chairs was because the old compressed wood of one of the seats broke, so we took that chair pad completely apart and traced the seat onto new plywood, cut it out with a jig saw and used that new piece of wood to recover and make the new seat from.  I used the old padding that was already on the chairs.  The other three chairs I did not take apart and just put the new fabric over the existing fabric.  If they had been badly stained or torn up I would of taken the old fabric off and replaced the foam as well.  Since mine were not torn or stained just old I just covered over them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sick missionary


DE BUSH BUNNY is recovering from a touch of malaria that started Friday night. Malaria requires immediate treatment to keep it from becoming life threatening, but to those of us who have lived here for many years, it is just part of the “environmental challenges” we have to deal with in order to get the Gospel to the people. So please excuse my short note this week.

The little boy, Noberto, that I brought to the hospital last Sunday with an infected foot (a tire tool fell on his foot almost amputating his big toe, and put 2 large puncture wounds in the top of his foot), has stayed in one of our homes with his friend Veronica all week. His courage in the face of 7 penicillin shots was AMAZING. The hospital gave me permission to administer the shots and change his dressings at my home. NOT ONCE did Noberto cry or even say ouch when given an injection or when I had to clean his foot wound! But believe me, he was quick to grab his sucker from my hand when I was finished! Hopefully, he will get to go home later this week, as the Melaleuca oil is helping his foot wounds close rapidly.
Eric and I just spent 2 days writing and recording the voice over on the 4 minute DVD movie we made of this year’s accomplishments. The film will be shown at all my USA speaking engagements. Copies will be made available in Feb. for those who are unable to hear our stories in person.

DE BUSH BUNNY is on FACEBOOK now. If you’d like to be a friend, just search for brendasuelange and send me a friend request. It’s wonderful to now have an internet server that is adequate to get us on the internet most of the time. It’s not perfect, but better than what we had!

We are praying for favour once again, as another group of inspectors are coming this Wed. or Thursday. So please keep us in mind during your prayer time.
More coming next week as we work hard to wrap up construction and prepare for the rainy season.
Lots of Love, Bush Bunny Brenda





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