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Week Two of an Eight Week Trip

This has been a very busy and fun week! Last Sunday we spent the night with my aunt in Mishawaka, IN. The next day we drove to the Indiana Dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I always thought of Lake Michigan as grey and dreary (sorry to anybody from there!) but I don't know if I've ever seen water that looked any bluer than it did that day. We hiked up some dunes. One trail we climbed was marked "challenging". It was pretty hard...the challenge being sand on the hills rather than the hills themselves. Although I told John that "challenging" was a bit of an exageration...people like me shouldn't be able to do "challenging"! I'll have to admit my legs were pretty sore the next day!

We have been staying with friends in the Chicago area all this week. The first day we drove to Wheaton and met with Ben Stam, who had taught at Sahel and then with Bryce Brown who is an m.k. from Niger. He told us…

The First Week of an Eight-week Trip

August 13 we left our home in PA in the good hands of a mouse that was still on the loose and that refused to be caught before we left. I just hope he has brought his wife and 10 kids in by the time we get back!

We had a great weekend with Suzanne during her Getting Started weekend. They have a lot of good sessions for both students and parents....some sessions together and some separate. We kept busy all day on both Friday and Saturday and walked what felt like miles around campus. Suzanne has a nice room. It's not huge, by any means, but it's not bad. How do you like the Songhai blanket she has on her bed (top bunk)? She wisely didn't take everything she would have been hard to find a place for everthing.

Cedarville has a beautiful campus. This is the Dixon Ministry Center where daily chapel sessions are held.
This is the Stevens Student Center which houses the cafeteria, the post office, the theatre where they do plays, and numerous offices. It is prett…

Our 23rd Anniversary

Today we drove up to Conklin, NY, which is only about an hour north of here. It was a drizzly, foggy morning, but the scenery is beautiful under any weather conditions. We visited Little White Church and John spoke briefly during the missionary moments. This is the "new" church. I was baptized in the "old" church in 1972 and John and I were married in this church in 1986 on August 16. So today was just one week short of our anniversary. Here we are today and here we are 23 years ago. I thank God for the good and godly man he has given me. My friend, Christine, recently made a remark about a cake she and her daughter had made. She said it didn't turn out like they had expected, but it was still good...rather like marriage. Isn't that true??? No, it hasn't been a fairy tale and sometimes we've hurt each other and not understood each other. But we've worked through things and though maybe not exactly what we expected, it has still been …


Whenever we leave Niger and come back to the USA, one of the first things we have to do is get a car. There are several criteria for getting a car. First of all, it has to be affordable! Secondly, it needs to be in good working order and preferably low mileage because of the amount of driving we do.

This time we sold our Toyota HiLux pick-up truck in Niger. Since we will be gone for two years, we decided to go ahead and sell it rather than try to store it or let somebody drive it. When we go back we probably will just get a smaller car. So, we were able to use the money from the HiLux to buy this 2005 Chevy Impala. It is a really nice car! After the rough ride of the HiLux, this seems like real luxury!

Many police departments use Impalas for their cruisers so we've been told that at night when people look in their rear-view mirrors and see the shape of the headlights and the vehicle, they'll slow right down! Ahhhhh! Such power. We're just really glad that God provi…