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On This Day, April 13

My Windows program has a photo organizer with a cool feature called "On This Day".  They make a temporary folder of all the pictures you took on that date.  I thought it would be fun to look back at pictures from 13 April.

We lived in a small town for 16 years, doing church planting.  During that time we helped get a church started in a small village about 5 km down the road.  The believers there built their own church and we helped them by transporting the bricks they made down by the river up to their building site.  We helped some financially, too, but mostly they provided all the funds and the materials.  Here are some pictures of them building the church, taken 13 April 2007.





The man in the red shirt was from another country and did not even live in this village, but he got right in there with guys from another ethnic group and worked with them.  I love how the love of Christ breaks down barriers and brings people together.  That man is now in heaven with Jesus.



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Hidden Blessings by Kim Cash Tate
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March Happenings

Well, I totally failed at taking pictures in March!  

The last few days of our trip were in Illinois with good friends. 



Lloyd and John had been best friends back in college.



We got to visit one of our MK's who attends Wheaton College.  She was supposed to fly home for spring break on Friday night, but due to the nor'easter, her flight was cancelled.  She had two nights and days where she needed to find somewhere to stay because the dorms were closing.  Our friends are so hospitable, and they gladly offered her a bed.  It was fun spending time with her, though I know she would much rather have been home!



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Quilts for the Twins

I've been spending a lot of time, right here, in front of the sewing machine.  Our twin grandsons were born almost a year ago.  I've made a quilt for each grandchild when they were born, so it's high time that I finally get these finished!



Batiks with scenes from Niger are often seen for sale on the streets and markets where tourists can be found.  A friend of mine had taken some of the batiks and added applique detailing to the batiks to add color, texture, and interest as most of the batiks are only two or three colors, though I've seen a few that are more colorful.  From that I got my idea for Levi and Everett's quilts.  I also knew that their room is decorated with an African animals theme and Kelly had said blue and brown would be nice colors.  So I got blue/brown batiks, one with elephants on it and one with giraffes on it.



Instead of doing applique (which I don't really know how to do), I embroidered some of the details on the quilt.  I really like the way…