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Another Engagement!

On Saturday our son, Daniel, proposed to his girlfriend, Kelly.  And, of course, she said "Yes!"!!  We think the world of Kelly and feel that they are well-suited to each other.  The miles separating us seem longer at times like this.  Daniel called right away (we knew it was happening this weekend), but the connection was bad.  I could hear him fine, but he couldn't hear me at all.  Later he and Kelly were able to skype with me....I could see a blurry representation of their faces and of the ring, but nothing ever really came into focus. I can vouch that there is a ring on her finger, anyway!  This is a picture my brother-in-law took with his iPhone.

Here are a few pictures of the couple I took in May.

The greatest joy parents can have is not to see their children happy, because sorrows and hard times WILL come into their lives.  If all we've taught them is that we want them to be happy, they will be miserable people when life doesn't deal them the hand they thin…

New Things around Town

When we came back the end of July, we had been gone for two years.  So many things are exactly the way they were two years ago.  But some things have changed.

Our MK school, Sahel Academy has grown a lot, increasing in numbers every year.  The biggest change there is the new classroom and administration building. These pictures were taken a couple of weeks before school started and there was still a lot of work to do to get the building ready.  The outside has now been stuccoed, tiling was laid upstairs, the stairs have been cleaned off, the lights have been hooked up, and the upstairs classrooms are in use.  The offices will soon be in use as well.  In this picture, it was still very much under construction and there were no lights in the building.  But you can see the stair case....this is our first double-story building at the school.

Another thing that is quite different from the old days is that there is now a green softball field/soccer pitch. It's pretty amazing to see this …

Giraffes

Niger has giraffes that live wild in their natural environment.  I understand that these are the last herds of giraffes in West Africa.  While Suz and Theo were here we went out to see the giraffes.

Because the giraffes are protected, you are not allowed to just drive off the road and look for them yourself.  You have to stop and pay for a guide, pay for each and every camera you have with you, etc.  Then at the end you have to tip the guide. But it's worth it and it's nice to know the government is working so hard to protect the giraffes.  Our guide told us that he is "Guide #1".  There are a number of guides now, but he was the first they ever hired.  He seemed to really know how to find them and knew a lot about giraffes, too.


He told us that when a female is in heat she urinates on the ground.  The males smell the urine and come from all around.  Then they fight with each other, attacking with their hooves.  The strongest male wins and he then mates with the femal…