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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tiny Discoveries

When I came downstairs this morning and cracked open our shutters, the sun shone in bright and warm! What was beginning as a very warm morning would inevitably turn into a gloriously hot December day.

I poked around the different potted plants on our deck and went to pick off a wilting rose. Upon closer inspection we found this tiny treasure, just climbing around the branches of this small bush, enjoying the shade perhaps and the early morning dew.

This tiny discovery brought a smile to each face in our home--as the children inspected the details of mantis' legs and face. 

I'm reminded that if I'm not paying close attention, things can easily go unnoticed. Not just things, but treasures, or small blessings. The message of God's grace in my everyday events. Sometimes the big events or circumstances of life can swallow up that still small voice.

We hope you're being blessed during this Holiday season--and that you are being reminded of Christ's sacrificial love for you.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cutting the Lawn & Decorating For Christmas

It only took almost 6 years to find this gas lawn mower here, imported from the US once upon a time. That being said, we haven't been actively looking for one. But one of the workers at MAF was storing it and didn't intend to use it. So we bought it.

We have always used a rotary push mower, and hand clippers to cut the grass and do the edging in our yard.

It's amazing to hear the purr of a mower and have that fresh-cut-grass smell permeate our yard.

And of course, it was time to get the tree out! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Greetings!

Merry Christmas all! It's already December 1st here, so we will be digging out the decorations and sweating while putting them up.  :)

We miss you all so very much. Please click on the photo below to read the latest news that should be arriving either in your mailboxes or inboxes in your home.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Joyanne and I went by the hangar this week, just time to see Dad push the Caravan into its parking spot:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Plague and Mamafy

(A post we made on our Facebook page on November 2)

We realize not everybody are on Facebook--- so we are just sharing the same update we did a week ago there, here.

Anyone who has read about Madagascar in the news over the recent weeks knows that we've had a more intense plague season than in past years. Rest assured, we have remained unaffected by these happenings. Grocery stores continue to be open, we are still free to go where we want, schools have re-opened since this Facebook update. Please continue to pray for the nation however. Fear and uncertainty continues to grip the nation... perhaps more-so than the actual plague itself. It's difficult to find reputable accurate information. Nobody seems to really know what the facts are. We do know, however, that nobody around us is sick or getting sick. PTL.

This week Rob had a special opportunity to meet a couple flying with MAF via the Mamafy program we shared about in various churches in Canada. As Rob explained it to me, I sensed the passion and excitement this couple translated to him. It is a very special thing to be able to maximize their travel time to go to the isolated regions, not to mention travel a much safer way! More on this in our next newsletter update to you all.

This is what happens when Mom starts cooking "stinky" sweet and sour sauce for chinese noodles on the stovetop.... they all loved it though. (All except for Faith.  :)

Head over to Karina's blog if you want more of a peak into our homelife and homeschool world.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Back to Madagascar

After a great sunny and warm summer spent in Canada visiting many of you in churches on the island and the lower mainland, we have safely arrived back in Tana. We are on day four since our return, and the jetlag is still going strong. Hopefully we will get a good night's sleep soon!

In an effort to keep ourselves awake when we're supposed to, and fill time when we are up in the middle of the night, voila, we have created this video summary of our trip back. Maybe it will give you an idea of what it's like on the plane ride back. Of course this three and a half minute video condenses about 28 hours of travel.  :)

We also hope to get our September newsletter out to many of you in the coming weeks.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Meeting On Another Continent

Even though relationships overseas tend to remain as one of the difficulties a missionary faces... God has remained faithful in providing those special families and individuals at just the right time.

This one family in particular has been a huge source of encouragement to our family. As our journey with MAF was just beginning, and we were still raising support in the lower mainland, we had the chance to meet this lovely Swiss family on their way to the field with Helimission. From a mutual contact through church, we found out they were also bound for Madagascar! They were living in Canada temporarily to build flight hours and develop technology before heading off to Bible school and back to Switzerland to finish preparations to move to Madagascar.

So we had a chance to meet up a couple of times before moving abroad in 2012. They moved to Tana in 2013 and live just a few minutes away from our house.

We have walked the path of transition to overseas life together, walked through home assignments together, and been able to be a "sounding-board" of sorts for one another. Sybille has been a huge source of encouragement to me. A beautiful Christian sister, indeed.  :)

Because of their stay in Canada from 2009-2011, they have dear friends to reconnect with here as well as in Switzerland, making a very full furlough.

We were so excited to get the chance to make some real "Canadian" memories together on the ice this time!

As we look to continue serving together in Madagascar with Helimission and this great family, we are also sobered by the fact that God can take families in other directions, to other countries. While that isn't the case for either of us yet, I trust that God's timing is perfect, and His plans for each of us are good and only for the purpose of glorifying Himself.

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.

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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