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Moving On

We have had a busy weekend with three separate un-related events that we attended.  Just to make a nice title, I wondered if there was a common thread in the three events and decided that they all have to do with moving on.

The first was Friday night and was a farewell for our friends, Jon and Christine and their kids.  I don't like good-byes in general and this one in particular as they have become good friends of ours.  For me, a good friend is somebody you feel completely comfortable with and can just be yourself around, and that is who Jon and Christine are for me.  Thankfully, they do plan to return to Niger.....but in the meantime, they will be very, very missed.

We had an open house at the office and everybody bought a plate of goodies to share.  Steve directed a prayer time, but before that he reminded us that Jon's "love language" is texting and he had us all send Jon and Christine a message at the same time. 

Then we spent time praying for them.

Yep, they'r…

Eating Out in Niamey, Part III

In yesterday's post, I forgot one restaurant we went to.  I think it's called Les Delices, but we call it "Kentucky Fried Chicken".  

Their specialty is coated fried chicken.  For about $7.00 you get three pieces, a big portion of fries, and an off-brand soda.  I wouldn't want to eat there too often because it's not the healthiest plate of food, but it sure is good!

One of these days I'll do a blog on street food.  Now y'all come visit us because we have plenty of places where we can take you to eat!

Eating Out in Niamey, Part II

We had another two weeks of stay-cation the end of August and beginning of September.  This time I almost always remembered to take my camera along.  So you'll get to see pictures of the restaurants we visited.

Cote Jardin -- I mentioned  this one in Part I of this feature, so I won't do a lot of describing of it. 

As I wrote before, they do have a beautiful garden and absolutely delicious food.  The service is good and that combined with the ambiance makes it a delightful place to eat.  We went at night, so, sorry, my pictures don't really show what the garden looks like.  We went for our anniversary, which was really before our stay-cation.

This is a restaurant that has never failed to please.

Les Roniers is a restaurant at a hotel. It is named for a type of palm tree common here in Niger. It is on the outskirts of Niamey and has a lot of trees and open outdoor space. It is right by the river. The hotel rooms are bungalows.  The pool is shady and has a lot of trees surroundi…

Grandparents' Day

My calendar tells me that today is "International Grandparents' Day".  Well, that's news to me since Grandparents' Day is not a day I've ever celebrated or even heard of.  But why not take this opportunity to honor my grandparents?

Interestingly, today is also my parents' 63rd wedding anniversary.  

So, since my story starts with my parents and their story starts with my grandparents, I thought I'd share a bit about their stories.  Mind you, I wasn't there for most of what I'm recording here, but these are the stories as I've heard and remember them.

My dad grew up in a small town in Susquehanna, PA and my mom on a farm 
outside Mishawaka, IN.  They met at the wedding of mom's close friend married my dad's roommate from Bible College.  I'm told it was love at first sight.  They carried on a correspondence for a year and saw each other only twice during that time.  After all, in 1952, the trip from Pennsylvania to Indi…

Thriving or Surviving

Imagine that you are a well-adjusted adult, happy and well-trained in your career, surrounded by friends and family who understand and love you, and involved in a church where you can both give and receive.  That's not hard to imagine, right, because that describes you!

Now imagine that God has called you to be a missionary, to live cross-culturally in a country where you've never been.  Life will be exciting, challenging, and meaningful.

And then you get to that new country.  Everything is new.  You can't understand a word people are saying and they can't understand you.  And that in spite of having spent a year of your life in language study.  You haven't got a clue where to go shopping and when you do go you don't recognize any of the food products on the store.  Not to mention that when you get it home, the stove is like nothing you've ever seen before.  Nothing is done the same as "back home".  Why, for example, can't the car insurance comp…