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A Huge Sigh of Relief

Two weeks ago did you hear the collective sigh of relief and the shouts of joy coming from Niamey?  I think the entire city rejoiced as two years of construction and massive road stress came to an end.  OK, there will always be crazy drivers no matter what and there will always be challenges such as sharing the roads with camels, donkeys, pedestrians, and mentally ill people.  But at least we can now return to the trip to Sahel or to church and back being 8 km instead of 20 km and of said trip taking 5-10 minutes one way instead of 30 minutes to an hour one way.

I will try to show you some before, during, and after pictures of the construction.  Please remember that some of these are taken through a streaked windshield so I apologize for the poor quality.

The next few pictures show the Rond Point Kennedy taken from the bridge looking towards the center of town.

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Best Gift Edition

It's Thursday and I'm just now getting around to linking up with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday.  This week we are to write about our favorite Christmas gift.  My favorite Christmas gift was given to me on December 24, 1985.

I was a missionary school teacher in Miango, Nigeria.  My then-boyfriend was a missionary in Niger, the country to the north.  He had been in Miango for six months studying Hausa and that is how we met.  We first met in January 1985 and got to know each other throughout the year.  In December, he came down to Nigeria for Christmas.  My parents came from the USA for that Christmas, too.  I knew in a general sort of way that we would probably get engaged, but I didn't know when it would happen.

I was in the habit of going out to a Fulani camp with another missionary one or two evenings a week.  We did literacy and sang and told Bible stories at different Fulani camps.

 So on Christmas Eve, John, my parents, and I all went out to the Fulani camp.  T…

Me and Christmas Cookies

I think I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas cookies.  I love to eat them.  But I know I shouldn't.  And they are so much work to make.  But they are so beautiful.  But John now has what seems to be a lactose intolerance, so all that butter can't be good for him.  And it's only two of us, so how will we eat all those cookies?

I see pictures of Christmas cookies like this 

and this

on the internet. And how about these cookies that are too pretty to eat? 

Then I think, "I should do that."  And then I think, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" Not to mention that aside from some sprinkles (or hundreds and thousands depending on what part of the world you are from) cookie decorating items aren't available here, so I have to stick to the limited supplies I brought with me.

When my kids were little I'd have this Hallmark movie idea in my head of making cookies with my kids and how much fun everybody would have.  And then as the dough stuck to t…

Show and Tell Tuesday....Christmas Decor

Woops...once again, it's no longer Tuesday.  Nevertheless I'm linking up with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday.   The topic this week is Christmas Decor and I can assure you this will be a short post!

I love Christmas and I've got nothing against Christmas decorations.  But since we are missionaries in a country with a very small minority of Christians, we decided a long time ago to keep our Christmas simple. For one thing, we wanted new believers to be able to celebrate Christmas as they think is appropriate and not feel that the way we celebrate is the way Christians have to do it.  Here Christmas is celebrated at church with your church family.  At first we found it frustrating to try to open gifts with the kids and then spend the day at church, so we created our own tradition.  We usually have a special supper on Christmas Eve.  Then we go to church on Christmas Day and that almost always involves a meal of some sort.  Then on the day after Christmas (Boxing Day)…