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A Walk in the Park

On Easter Sunday afternoon we walked in John Bryan State Park. It was a gorgeous day with a light tinge of green on all the trees and violets and bluebells covering the ground. The Little Miami River ran along the path. Unfortunately we didn't have time to make it all the way to Clifton Gorge. At one point in the gorge there is a place where Daniel Boone supposedly leaped from one side to the other as he was being hotly pursued by Indians. Doubtlessly the story has been somewhat exaggerated, but it's cool to think we may have walked where Daniel Boone himself walked! (Evidently Daniel and Suzanne were practicing to do the Daniel Boone Leap!) We did walk on an old stage coach trail and got a pretty good idea of what rough travel that would have been!

A Great Easter

Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love seeing the little flowers popping out of the ground and the trees with their fresh array of bright green leaves. After a long, cold winter I love the warm sunny days. I miss spring so much while we're in Niger where April and May are the hottest months with afternoon highs hovering around 110 degrees or more. It's hard to find much enjoyment when it's that hot!

It was a double blessing for me to have Easter while the weather was warm. Sometimes when Easter is in March it is still cold and snowy. But this year the weather was perfect.

And the triple blessing was that we got to spend it with my Great Aunt Jeanette and my Great Uncle Carl. Aunt Jeanette lives in Ohio and her brother, Carl is from California. I think Daniel and Suzanne had met Uncle Carl only once before, so they didn't really know him. How exciting for them to see what a godly and goodly heritage they have! They are fun, encouraging, and amazing. They are the…

The Sword of the Lord

These are Tuareg (Tamachaq) swords called "takuba". The Tamachaq people are unmistakable in Niger with their flowing robes, their blue or black turbans, and their long swords hanging at their sides. Nearly every tourist ends up buying one of these takuba, which can be as long as 34 inches!An aside here: The Songhai also call swords takuba, so I don't know if they borrowed the word from the Tamachaq or if both the Songhai and the Tamachaq borrowed it from the Arabic.

While in Sebring, FL, Dr. John Oliver preached on Psalm 45. Verse 3 says, "Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty." He told us that during the coronation for the Queen (or King) of England, the Archbishop hands her/him this sword which dates back to the 15th century and says:"Receive this kingly Sword,brought now from the Altar of God,and delivered to you by the hands of usthe Bishops and servants of God, though unworthy.With this sword do justic…

A Real Travel Adventure

John and I recently traveled to Sebring, FL to take part in the Bible conference at the retirement village there. We were the "missionary presenters" and got to share about what God is doing in Niger. There was also a Bible teacher who was an encouragement to us. But one of the highlights of the week (beside the pool and getting away from winter for a week) was having lunch and dinner every day with one of the senior saints who invited us to their homes. We heard so many stories of how God had used them to start churches and to do his work all over the world.
This one is my favorite.

While we were at Penny and Rose Pinneo's, Penny showed us a booklet another missionary had put together. Tucked in the back of the book was this type-written story which I will re-tell in my own words. First let me explain that when my parents first went to Nigeria in the 1950's, they traveled by ship. So I assumed that until the 1960's all missionaries traveled by ship.

But I learned…

Blogging

I've thought of blogging for some time now, but didn't quite know how to go about it or if I would be too technologically challenged to do it. Then I talked to my friend, Joanna, who shared her blog site with me. It is wonderful and her joie de vivre comes out in her postings. It inspired me to leave my comfort zone and get started. So here I am, doing something for which I'm not even sure of the proper terms. Am I blogging? Is this a blog page, a blog site, or a blog web? Whatever, I'm doing it!

When we return to Niger I want to be able to blog at least once a month when we go to the capital, Niamey. That way you can have a more frequent insight into my life in Tera. You can see my joys, my struggles, my friends, my challenges, and my family.

I also have a hard time expressing myself and this way I will put words to my thoughts. It will be a way to force me to be more creative.

Speaking of creative...I'd like to recapture some of the joie de vivre that Joanna has. I …
Spring Has Sprung,
The Grass Has Riz,
I Wonder Where the Flowers Is?

April 6....I wonder where the flowers is? I wonder where the grass is, for that matter. Last week it was in the 60's, the grass was turning green, the white birch were beginning to bud. But this morning we woke up to snow!!! It was 26 degrees. Daniel and Suzanne were late getting around for school, Daniel had a poster he didn't want to get wet and so I said I'd drive them to school. I cleaned off the Cavalier -- snow on top of ice, so I had to brush off the snow, then scrape the ice. Then the gear shift button wouldn't push in -- I guess it was cold and frozen, too! Since I couldn't take the kids in the Cavalier, I had to clear off the Caravan -- snow and ice.
The poor little robins were struggling. They were huddled down by the side of the road. It must have been a bit warmer there. But it was a beautiful morning. I don't especially enjoy being cold, but I do love the beauty.