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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Finding Familiarity

We have experienced a lot of change in the past year! Languages, weather patterns, shopping experiences, relationships, etc.

But there are some things that help us remember home:

We are so thankful for the wonderful house provided for us here in Tana, but it's not without defects. Which is fine, we're not complaining. People have asked us how renovating our house in Canada helped to prepare us for the mission field, and well..... some things just help us find familiarity in this foreign land.

Here is a picture of our dining room, and you can kind of see a wire poking through the ceiling, where we haven't put a light fixture yet. I guess those aren't normally provided by the landlords here?
Seeing wiring like this isn't very different from what we're used to. Even better, here it's out of reach of the children! :)

Also, you can see right beside a piece of the ceiling came down. This came down because of a broken water pipe on the outside wall of the house there. So the water was just pouring in underneath the upstairs floor and the ceiling here. This made the plaster ceiling.... wet plaster again.
But it's all okay. More familiarity! The next picture is a picture of our living room in Mission after a small accident happened while we were building the addition upstairs. This hole just became part of the decor while we finished the rest of the home. It was fixed eventually before we sold the house.

So there it is, a bit of how renovating a house helps make Madagascar feel more familiar to us. :)


Elia Lester January 8, 2013 at 4:18 AM  

Well, I think every homeowner is familiar with that kind of situation! I just hope that your broken pipe dilemma is all done by now. Living with that problem in another place will definitely help you feel a little close to home, but it is still nice to have a dry and clean place that is free of water damage. [Elia Lester]

Brielle Franklin February 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM  

We had to deal with similar water damage in our new house. With the strange "winter" we have been having (we have gotten mostly rain) our roof decided to start leaking and we eventually had a hole in the ceiling as well. It's not a fun thing to fix but we are glad we got it taken care of before it got much worse. Thanks so much for sharing your post. Hopefully you got everything worked out in your home.