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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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Third Airplane Did Arrive

Wow, so in the excitement and busyness of December--a ton of maintenance, and Christmas, then New Years, getting back into school, and just life in general, I realized after our friends Nick & Jocelyn Frey updated their blog with some of Nick's adventures over the past months, (including him flying the 182 to Madagascar) we forgot to actually update you about the third aircraft arriving! How anti-climactic of us.

The above photo was taken the morning Nick arrived with the 182 to Tana. It was definitely an adventure of a trip. We really enjoyed being able to spend a short time with him. It was Nick & Jocelyn who settled us into our apartment in Quebec City back in 2011. So that was really neat to see him again. Missed seeing Jocelyn this time around.

Rob has big plans for this aircraft and we're excited to see it utilized in the coming years.

In other news: You can please pray for the island of Madagascar. We should be experiencing normal seasonal downpours by now. It is so dry here that reservoirs that supply our city with water are running low to dry, crops are having to be harvested early, and the people who rely on their own agriculture are probably facing a tough year ahead.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Father & Son Project

Wesley and Rob spent the last two Saturdays working on a really nice project for the boys' bedroom.

It was so fun to watch Wes be involved with designing, measuring, and building this shelf.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Back to School 2017

A little homeschool update for those of you who might be interested in what keeps me (Karina) very busy at home with my children in Madagascar.

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