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The Year in Pictures: My First Full Week back in USA

I've now been in the US for a little over a week.  I recovered from jet lag incredibly fast.  In fact I've  hardly had any of the usual symptoms which has been really nice.  
Monday, April 22... I went and got my hair cut.  She asked if I wanted a straight blow dry.  I thought she meant just a blow dry....nothing fancy.  She spent at least 20 minutes blowing drying it straight.  I loved the look, but I'll never be able to repeat this at home. I NEVER spend 20 minutes on my hair, so I'm not going to take that long to do something to my hair it doesn't naturally do.  
Wednesday, April 23... I got a rental car and drove from Arlington, VA to Beavercreek, OH.  I needed to get the rental car back by 5:00 p.m. or pay for a 2nd day.  I got it back at about 4:50!  Whew, just made it.  Kelly and Suz were so helpful....Kelly taking me to the rental place in Arlington on her way to work (but actually going out of her way) and Suz rushing from school to pick me up at the other e…

The Week in Pictures, April 15-21

This past week ... three countries in twenty four hours.  Stepping from one world to the other.  Jumping from one culture to another.

Monday, April 15 ... The week started in Niger with me packing my suitcase by the light of the camping lantern and candles.  The power was off, which isn't unusual during the hot season.  Thankfully it hasn't been too bad so far this year.

Tuesday, April 16 ... I was told that our director's wife would be bringing a birthday cake for his birthday to our Tuesday morning coffee/tea time.  So I just assumed Tuesday was his birthday.  I thought that if nobody said anything about his birthday he would think it was a bit weird, so I asked him if he was feeling old.  He kind of looked at me funny and said his birthday wasn't until next week.  Another missionary who works in the office also wished him a happy birthday.  In spite of almost spilling the beans, he was still surprised when he walked in the break room and saw his wife there with a huge…

Last Week's Photo a Day Pictures

My year in pictures... April 8 - 14 Day 115, April 8: I guess life is pretty routine when I start taking pictures of my breakfast!  French toast and grapefruit.
Day 116, April 9:  I was in area council meetings for three days straight.  On Tuesday I had to lead the devotions.  These are my notes.  I don't think I'll ever be comfortable with public speaking (even though it was a small of group of people I normally feel comfortable with!).
Day 117, April 10:  Our first attempt at rain.  It hasn't rained for about seven months.  This day there was clouds, thunder, some dust, and a few spits of rain.
Day 119, April 12:  It seems strange to take pictures of food since I try to avoid cooking as much as possible while John is gone.  This is lamb sausage (halal), potatoes, onions, garlic, and green pepper sauteed together with fresh tomatoes and carrots on the side.

Day 120, April 13:  I took down our mosquito net to wash it.  No, it hasn't been hanging there for years....just week…

The Past Two Weeks in Pictures

I never posted my pictures from last week.  John has been gone for over three weeks now and it's pretty quiet around here.  I've got tons of work to do and have been in a lot of meetings, but it's kind of hard to take pictures of those things.  I can't believe that by the end of this week I'll be in the USA!

Pictures from April 1-7
 Day 108, April 1

This is the pool where I go to swim.  I like it best when I have it all to myself! :)
Day 109, April 2 The peacock at the pool.

Day 110, April 3
 This is one of the houses we rented after the flood.  It didn't work out for the people we rented it for to live there, but for somebody else.  

Day 112, April 5

 Day 113, April 6
 Saturday morning at the pool.  Bible reading after.  It was a windy morning.

 Day 114, April 7

Sunday morning I woke up at 6 and thought I'd sleep another hour then get up for church.  I woke up three hours later.  Woops.  So I had a really long leisurely time with the Lord.
Pictures from April 8-14 OK, I…


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::
Here where I live...
Here, the people on average are poorer than any where else in the world. Chances to meet needs are everywhere.
Here, people take precedence over time.  Yes, this often means meetings start late.  But it also means that relationships are most important.
Here, our children grew up.
Here, we have our home.
Here, we have helped to start churches.  And here, we have also seen failure in our ministry (at least humanly speaking).
Here, we do what God has called us to do.  And really, the here doesn't matter...the obedience does.  Wherever God puts me....where…


On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker. We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat. Here’s how we do it: 1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}. 3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard. OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt: After…Wishing away time with all my afters...
After I grow up, I won't have to do all these chores.  I can do what I want, when I want, how I want.
After I graduate, I will have time to read, to explore, to hang out with friends.  After I graduate, I will see the wor…

My Year in Pictures, March 25-31

Well, Monday the 25th I didn't take any pictures.

Tuesday, I received this as a very special thank you!  A friend who had been here for a year with her family came back to help with flood restoration.  She brought this to me.  How did she know these are my absolute favorite kind of GS cookies??'s hot.  94 in the house for the high and 88 for the low.  Thankfully the power has been pretty reliable so far.

Thursday...This is the bulletin board above my desk.  I have a calendar with the teams coming to help in restoration in different colors, a mission plane flight schedule, a travel schedule, a school calendar, and of course pictures of my family just because they make me happy.

Friday...was Good Friday.  Our small group prayer group came to our house so I made hot cross buns.  I've never made them before, but they turned out great.  The only thing was, I used left-over brown sugar frosting I had.  I tried to thin it down a bit and got it a bit too runny.  But it …