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Friday, June 16, 2017

6 Weeks In

Our schedule has been fairly full over the past few weeks. We have shared at Nanaimo Alliance Church, Mission Bible Fellowship, Nanoose Evangelical Free, and tomorrow we will be at Departure Bay Baptist

We've had the chance to visit many people in a couple of small-group settings and an open house on the island. And I was at  Camp Imadene at an Alliance Women's Ladies Retreat sharing about life in Madagascar.

A few photos from our last month in Canada:

Strawberries! We certainly don't enjoy such large and sweet strawberries like these in Madagascar. 

We are doing a few school items a couple days a week, just to keep our brains working. 

Back at the ferry terminal heading to Nanaimo. The breeze is still cool. This last trip we took the Swartz Bay route as we had a pre-camp meeting to attend in Shawnigan Lake as we made our way up island to Nanaimo. This sailing is very pretty as you go in between all the different islands. So nice! 


 Rob and Wesley went hunting with my brothers up-island. Yes, that's a bear.

 Down at the beach looking at see anemones and different shells and rocks.


 One thing about coming to Canada in May this year is that we've been able to see some springtime plants that haven't seen in years.
I love taking pictures of the flowers in bloom at this time of year.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Week 2 in Canada




We shared at Nanaimo Alliance Church this past Sunday, and it was such an encouraging time for us. Thank you, Nanaimo Alliance, for being so welcoming.

A few photos of the past 10 days in Canada

A group shot of us taking off from Madagascar. The kids look pretty alert for 3:00 am.  :) The first of four plane rides ahead of us at this point.

Everything went very smoothly, as far as this kind of long air travel can go. The kids were so well-behaved, hardly needed our help at all, and finally fell asleep from Montreal to Vancouver.
And at our parents' house, this is what jet lag looks like. Calvin couldn't keep his eyes open any longer around dinner time. Karina's grandparents visited with us that first day in Nanaimo. It was so nice to have them around, helping us stay awake until bedtime, but the kids fell asleep one by one and we helped them into their beds.....

We celebrated Calvin's 6th birthday last week with grandparents and aunts and uncles. This was his very first birthday in Canada---a very big deal for him! It was a fun evening, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and being with family.

The kids had quite a bit of their own money saved up over the year. So one of our first stops was Toys R Us where they picked out Lego sets they had researched on the internet long before we arrived in Canada.

And the of course a big novelty for our kids are North American playgrounds! 

We saw this little guy at a garden supply store. So cute!



When the sun came out, Rob got outside at his mom's place with some spring cleaning outside.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flights to Mandritsara & Mananara

Rob and Joyanne and Wesley had the privilege to go along on an MMR to Mandritsara and Mananara. They were back in Tana for lunch after visiting both villages! A trip completely impossible to do in that amount of time without the airplane. When I looked on google maps to see the route via road and ferry to reach this northeastern village, Google Maps estimated a 17 hour vehicle journey and 742km. You might be interested in watching World`s Most Dangerous Roads Madagascar to really see what a road trip to Mananara really looks like.