Some activities we are witness to in our house:
Friday, December 11, 2015
Some activities we are witness to in our house:
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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The garden is bursting with new blooms, and I always love taking photos of how it changes as things grow. These are new this year. The plants under the litchi tree have always struggled to thrive. But one of the neighbors had these Agapanthus planted, and they are doing really well! And so pretty to see some color in that shady place.
Also new to the public yard, are these fruit trees of my neighbor. She is thrilled to see so many apple blossoms and tiny fruits coming!
Faith found a really large grasshopper at the pool this week. The kids thought it was a locust at first!
I had to capture this funny one of the kids - just playing a game they love, being on an airplane, if you can believe it. For some reason they are fascinated with packing suitcases and sitting in cramped spaces. They are even pretending to be somewhat entertained by a half-decent tv system. ;) LOL
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We are back home, Rob is busy in the hangar, and we are busy at home doing our stuff. A common question I encountered in Canada had to do with school and what we were doing. Being a homeschool family, this naturally takes up most of my time during the weekdays. With Faith in Grade 4, Wesley in Grade 2, and Joyanne in Grade 1, it's a busy household with many hands going up asking questions and me kind of everywhere trying to help everyone. But it's working, by God's grace.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
This summer in BC has been phenomenal, weather-wise. Even after a week (the only week, mind you) of dreary rainy weather, warm sunny skies have returned for us. To have sun and dry weather has been great for the kids--their normal life includes lots of time playing outside, so this hasn't had to stop all summer.
Between presentations at churches, we have had a very full summer! We have seen people we haven't seen in years. Our family made it out to Sunnybrae Bible Camp for a week of family camp with all of Rob's family, and we also made a small camping trip with my brothers and sisters-in-law on Vancouver island. We celebrated my littlest sister's high school graduation. I got to hold my dear friend's second baby hours after she was born. The kids have been to the Imax in Victoria, toured Granville Island in Vancouver, seen Science World, played on countless playgrounds, and visited the library. It has been a full summer, indeed.
And this has all taken place in between the many hours we have spent in the stores--which are so nicely organized with everything under the sun, in a variety of colours and sizes! :)
So, one question that we seem to get asked a lot when we mention shopping is, "What do you take back with you?" First, I'll start off by saying, we can get most everything we need in Madagascar. Many other things are simply wants or items that might add a bit of convenience to our lives. Many of the things I prefer to purchase in Canada, however, are much cheaper, easier to find, and of much better quality.
With that disclaimer, I share my list with you :)
Furlough Shopping List
- Fireplace door seal (Rob built a woodstove for upstairs, and he needs a seal, so he can put a nice glass front on the door)
- Apple Corer
- Lemon juicer
- Pencil Sharpener (A heavy duty electric one)
- Airlock seals (to make mini lacto-fermenting contraptions in my kitchen, for doing pickles and other lacto-fermented foods)
- Dried Black beans
- Mustard Powder
- Peppermint Extract
- Lemon Extract
- Water Kefir Grains
- Advil or Motrin soft gels (most medicine we can get easily and inexpensive, but I really like soft gels)
- Badminton net and rackets
- Battery Candles, LED lights (nice ambiance for long power outages in the evenings, and decorating in general)
- Good quality mini elastic bands for hair
- Bathing Suits for us girls: a few sizes
- Beach Towels
- Paper trimmer
- Maple Syrup
- School books (60lbs worth)
- misc. School supplies
- Prepared microscope slides,
- Christmas gifts (for 2015 and 2016)
- Birthday gifts (Faith will have 2 birthdays, Joyanne will have 2 birthdays, Wesley will have 1, Calvin 2)
- New Welding Helmet
- Transmission rebuild kit
- Rear axle bearings, seals, fuse box (to repair/maintain the Suzuki Samurai)
- Clothes, clothes, and more clothes
- Tom's Toothpaste (a brand I found here and really like)
- New board games
- Yarn for knitting and crochet projects
- Computer Hard Drive
- Camping Tents (2 for a friend, one for us)
- Shoes for everyone
- Crocs for the kids
- Sandals for everyone
- Scrapbooking paper for crafting
- Vitamix blender container, and parts to fix our Vitamix machine
- Power inverter/battery that is charged by solar
- Gifts from Grandparents for upcoming Christmas/Birthdays
Saturday, August 1, 2015
So it has been far too long since an update. Maybe it's because we are just having far too much fun, and stopping to post anything online is feeling at the bottom of the priority list. :) But here we are:
We have had warm receptions at every church we have visited thus far. We are so thankful for the visiting times we've had over the past several weeks, and the special sharing times at each fellowship.
We have a couple of meetings in churches left:
Nanaimo Alliance: August 16th
Mission EFree Church: August 23rd
Maple Ridge Alliance LAF group: August 29th
We will also be planning a few more open house gatherings between the two more places. If you are keen to join us, please please please send us an email. (firstname.lastname@example.org). This way we will be sure you know about them.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Hangar was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday afternoon, when the new engine for our Cessna 182 finally arrived! None too soon either. We have barely 6 working days left to install it before heading off to Canada, as Rob has scheduled mandatory maintenance on the Caravan most of next week. Things have felt somewhat like a pressure-cooker around here. Once the C182 begins flying again, MAF Madagascar can commence the mission to the local church with program like Mamafy.
Please pray for every detail that must be tended to, as we prepare to leave the program for a time. Please pray that the time-pressures won't affect the work being done, and that both aircraft with be ready for service soon!
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The latest project: a chain-link fence with 2 gates on either side of the house. This is so Hunter won't have to be tied up so much.