Saturday, December 31, 2011
The first of January doesn't just mean a new year in our family, it means Janae is literally starting a new year of her life! :) Janae, I can't believe it's been 15 years since that cold January morning when you were born between blizzards! I love you so much! I hope and pray that this year will be even better than the last and that you continue to follow God and discover where He's leading and guiding in your life! Happy Birthday!
P.S. It really is January 1 here, my computer is still set to home time and it knows that it's still 8:00pm December 31, 2011 in Venturia, ND. But really, it's 3:00am January 1, 2012 here in Buea, Cameroon!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
I feel like it has only been a few days since I posted about the fact that we had been here in Cameroon for 50 days. Well, it's been more than a few days, it's actually been another 50! I can't believe my time in Cameroon has doubled since my 50 days post, makes me wonder if the next 100 will go as fast. So here's another post of random pictures to commemorate 100 days in another country and another thought I had recently for you to ponder.
I am constantly taking pictures, video clips, and trying my very best to remember every detail possible so I can tell my friends and family what it's like here. I get overwhelmed just trying to write in my journal because there is just so much I want to record and remember. While we were walking along the beach in Kribi I, once again, had a dozen "mental notes" and images floating around in my head that I was trying desperately to remember long enough to get to my journal so I could do my best to capture them for my family. I stopped and just stood there as a new thought entered my mind.
Every day I try so hard to capture my African experience as vividly as possible because I have such a passion to share it with my family. I realized that if I had nobody to send these pictures to, I wouldn't have taken a single one. My experiences feel void and pointless unless I have someone to share them with. And that's when God connected the dots in my mind. When He works in our lives we should have the same passion to tell the world! Without someone to show and tell I would have ignored most of the beauty in Kribi and my African experience so far; but because I want to capture it and convey it the best I can, I notice and treasure ever little detail. I am constantly using worlds like "incredible," "indescribable," and phrases like "I can't even tell you how beautiful," or "I can't describe..." I wish there was some way to convey how amazing these things are, but I really, just can't capture it. It's the same with God's working in our lives. If we don't share the amazing things He's doing in and for us, the blessing will not only be prevented from blessing others, it will seem void and pointless to us as well. So I challenge you to do your very best, though you can't fully capture it, to tell everyone what God is doing for you!
Little girl from Kingston
Ignostius "mowing" the lawn
Log trucks we saw in Douala
African Sunset :)
3rd roommate! :S
Beans and puff puff! :)
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mmmmm.... :S deep FAT fried!
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This X-ray was taken one year ago today...
This one after my surgery in July
And these were taken today
They're not very good quality and esspecailly so because it's just a picture taken with the x-ray film held up to the light (outside). :P
When I first got here to Buea Trixy (the Doctor) was asking all about my wrist and said that I should get an x-ray while I was here just to see how it's doing, not that we can really tell much, but mostly for the experience of getting an x-ray (and for MUCH cheaper) in Cameroon. Mary and I went up to the General Hospital today and got it done because we don't have an x-ray machine in our clinic. I thought that one year to the day from the original break was a fitting time to get it done.
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Monday, December 26, 2011
After a lot of fanning, dry leaves, some paper and a lot of patience we got it going! (here I'm pretending to have "African hands" it's crazy, the ladies here just pick up the lid of a pot that has been over the fire for hours with bare hands! all of my skin would stay on the lid if I tried that!)
Some of the girls :) (LtoR) Trixy (doctor), Kim (volunteer from Germany), Kathrine (local friend), Sarah (SM from CA), Me and Mary :) (ND SMs).
Nate found a "snowman in a can" RANDOMLY at some little shop here! you mix up the 'snow' and the kit was complete with little eyes, carrot nose, and a ribbon scarf!
Sad leaning little snowman! It must have either been to hot so he was melting, or not warm enough because the snow wasn't sticky enough!
of course, with snow around, even if it's only a small bowl full of silicon snow...
the gang! :) 4 continents represented!
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thanks to some cute cookie cutters Mary's mom sent in a package we had the urge to make some good ol' fashion Christmas cookies!
Once again, limited space, tools, and "baking" facilities, but we made it work!
Three friends from church were SO EXCITED to learn how to make cookies American Style! We had a great time, Elizabeth is coming back on Monday to teach us how to make puff puff! I am SO EXCITED about that! (stay tuned!).
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
It's campmeeting time here in Buea and I've been loving it so far! I spent almost the whole day up at church today (besides a quick trip to market because this was our last chance for market until after Christmas). This is my friend Kathryn, you can see the "kitchen" behind her!
Beans and carrots I helped prepare this afternoon for the supper time meal, smoke in the background from the fire where the okra soup was cooking.
This was dinner, SO GOOD! :) it's basically the same thing we had at Elizabeth's house, okra soup (this stuff had agoose in it which made it extra yummy) and gari fufu which I liked even better than the casava fufu. But once again, just imagine okra soup (the definition of slimy) eaten with your fingers...
Dorine and Mercy, remember, all 5 fingers is the proper way to consume this stuff!
Charlotte and Elizabeth snapping green beans
The cooking area
My little buddy! When we were in Douala with Pastor Rich we ate at this little guy's house after church, his family is here for campmeeting and he was my shadow all day! Followed me everywhere and fell asleep by me in the meetings :) such a cutie!
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