Thus, African Life

I’ve been slow to enter the technological world. I started a Facebook page after almost everyone I know had one for a few years already. After hearing repeated questions through the years from friends and supporters of our ministry—“Do you have a blog?”—I’ve decided to take the leap into Bloggity-blog-blog land. The following are some of my goals for Ita Vita African:

1.    Update overseas friends, family, and supporters with news of our family and ministry.
Ita vita is a Latin phrase meaning, “Such is life.” I added the word African, which adjectivally specifies “life”—our life, here in Africa. “Thus, African life.” I want to give our family and friends a better picture (literally) of our mission and us. I want you to feel like you’re here even while far away. I want you to be able to laugh and cry with us, be encouraged by our growth in grace and in knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to know the answer to the very vague question we are often asked—“How’s Africa?”

2.    Learn to write.
I have always loved to write and wished that I could do it better. A comment from an editor in an issue of WORLD magazine has stuck in my mind for some years now, that no one who desires to write well has an excuse not to improve his writing skills in this modern age of blogging. Blogging gives an opportunity to practice writing.

3.    Keep myself accountable in our homeschooling journey.
I plan to post weekly reports of our homeschooling journey. I hope this will help me to be diligent when I feel lazy, to put forth the effort to “make it fun” when I might tend toward punching the time clock and just surviving the most important subjects, and also to log our accomplishments so I can remember these precious moments with my children.

4.    Keep an online journal of our memories and thoughts.
I can keep all our favorite pictures, stories, memories, and personal thoughts in one place—with categories and tags. Neat!

If you visit us here in Africa via my blog, you are most welcome! I am doing this for close family and myself, but I hope to encourage you as well.

About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and homeschooling mother of five children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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18 Responses to Thus, African Life

  1. zebranay says:

    I love it already! Maybe you will help inspire me to start blogging again. I never quit, just got too busy or too tired. However if a mother of four and a missionary pastor’s wife can do it, I can too!! Love the kid pictures and love you guys!

  2. Tammy Doiel says:

    Hey, Amy, I love it!!! Good job! Your writing is great; and the pictures are wonderful! I admire you adding one more thing to your to-do list! Dave has tossed around the idea of us doing a blog together, but I don’t love to write–don’t think I’m very good at it either, and I don’t see us having the time for it. But I’ll read yours!! Love you, Tammy

  3. Amy Meyers says:

    Thanks for your encouragement, Tammy and Mom! Maybe I’ll keep it up then. 🙂

  4. Ann Bedford says:

    I love this Amy. Look forward to being with you via your blog. God bless your family especially during this wonderful Christmas Season.

  5. Dana Jordan says:

    Amy, I am so excited about this!! Every time Seth sends an update I get mad at him for not including more about your family, lol! Not really, but I’m excited to see what you experience on the mission field and to hear a mom’s perspective. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Cindy Johnsons says:

    Great to be able to “peak in” on you guys! Thanks so much!

  7. Cindy Johnsons says:

    Peek in on you guys. lol

  8. I absolutely love this, Amy! Saved the pictures immediately. It’ll be more fun watching the nephews and Callie “grow up”. Thanks for sharing! Love you!!

    • Tammy Doiel says:

      I didn’t even think about saving the pictures! Good idea–too bad I already have the calendar ordered for mom–just ordered that Sunday night.

  9. Jonathan Halk says:

    Great opportunity! This will be a great way for my teens to keep up to date with what God is doing in your ministry, and will allow Clarinda and I to “introduce” you guys to them! We look forward to seeing what God has in store for you there!! We’ll be praying for you guys!! Love ya!!

    • Tammy Doiel says:

      Along the same line as Jonathan’s comment, we are trying to read some of the missionary letters that we get on email, etc. in family devotions. So it will be fun to read these posts as well as they love to look at the pictures that are also included.

  10. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I look forward to reading you. 🙂

  11. jochetta says:

    I’m looking forward to getting to know you—and Africa—better! God bless!

  12. Great blog mrs. Meyers! Ivor and Didi

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