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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Around Town

 Thought we would share some photos taken around town. The visit with Oma has been so nice, and as we take her for drives, we are seeing some things with "new eyes" once again.

This is a picture of the famous baobab trees in Madagascar. Mostly they are in the south of the island, but this small one appears in the Tana City Zoo. As we are nearing the end of the dry season, you can tell things are looking browner and not as lush.


This lady is sitting along the side of the road with her little boy selling some goods. You can see the sugar cane on the left side there as well.

 These are the stacks of bricks the people have made after the last rice harvest. The mud comes from their rice patties, and now it is planting time again.

Hair-cut anybody? "Coiffeur" is hair-stylist in french. You see these little beauty parlors everywhere around the city.

 Traffic ....... ............. this boy is selling a local malagasy snack, which when translated to English is called "Dead Man's Leg."


 A local property in the middle of Tana surrounded by rice fields.

Local housing in the city . .  these are all along main roads we frequently drive on.

 Wash day.
 Another local property, with the rice fields behind.
 This man is selling sugar cane along the side of the road.

Hot, hard job.... making piles of gravel. This lady was working right at a major round-about along the side of the "highway" here.

Until next time :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Exploring with Oma


We have been having a fantastic week with Oma. She has recovered from jet-lag and the soreness that two 10-hour flights gift you with - and we are starting to explore a little more. Despite some initial shyness, Calvin is starting to warm up to Oma now. It's so nice to see the children enjoying this reunion.

Oma had the opportunity on Saturday to fly with MAF and pick up the Madagascar Medical Safari team and see some of the geography of Madagascar from the air!

Today, after church, we headed up a road and took her to a favorite picnic spot of ours. Along the way we saw this large gathering of people watching a soccer game.



It was a relaxing and warm Sunday.

Bon dimanche!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Anticipating Oma!

We are anticipating the arrival of Oma (Rob's mom) tomorrow evening - late evening, probably close to midnight once she is off the plane and through customs.


It has been a year since we saw her last in Quebec, and everybody is so excited to welcome her to Madagascar and have her experience some of what we've seen over the past 9 months.


Please pray for safety and good health during her long journey here! We are thankful she's no stranger to long-haul travels. Her travel-repertoire includes two visits to Zambia and one to Burma. 

More updates to come :) 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Kids, An Update

Joyanne will be 3 years old in November. She is enjoying childhood so much here, and tries to get involved with Faith's school-work as much as she can. She is a blossoming "lefty," and I anticipate it being difficult to hold her back from starting school a little early! She truly is a Joy to us, and greets us each morning with such a sweet little smile that, without words, says "Good Morning Mommy."

Wesley turned 4 in August. He is a bundle of energy! Much of his time is spent building Lego spaceships, riding his 2-wheeler bike around the driveway of our compound, and generally being loud and boyish. He loves to play rough with Daddy in the evenings, and he is also fascinated with any insects he may find around the yard. As much as he loves being outside and running around, he will stop and listen to a good book (with lots of pictures) and frequently asks for cuddles.

Faith is 6, started Grade 1, and is losing teeth one after another! She also loves to ride bikes with her brother, and run around the yard with the other kids. Anything social pleases her. Her day is "made" when a friend is coming over, even if it's just adults for Mom and Dad to visit with. Faith is a singer! We often hear her humming or singing favorite songs to herself.

Calvin is 1 and almost running around now. His favorite place is outside, and he loves playing with the dishes he can reach in the kitchen and is generally exploring everything within his reach, or climbable reach!