Saturday, August 27, 2016

Week in Review: Aug 21-27

Receiving the gift of a chicken was one of the more interesting things that happened this week.
We enjoyed Poulet Yassa on Tuesday.

I'm always interested by the things people transport on their bikes.
Both of these men had a live goat in the basket on the back of their bikes!

These two ladies come by a couple times a week selling vegetables and caterpillars.
They are always so nicely dressed!

Ebony is growing!

Some of the beauty we are seeing in rainy season.

Friday, August 26, 2016


It's almost time for another year of ICI Academy.  This summer, I heard the term worldschooling used  on The Simple Show to describe doing homeschool while traveling the world.  I decided to adopt that term for our school.  After all, we don't stay in one place for the school year.   Every year has at least one international move or international trip.  During the last school year, we were on four different continents.  This year, we are starting late due to a visit to another country.

Ready to start the 2014/ 2015 school year in Congo
At Gibraltar- June 2014

While traveling and moving can make it difficult to complete the academic work for a school year, they also make great learning opportunities.  Our kids are much more interested in geography than I ever was in school.  History takes on new meaning when you get to walk some of the places that you have read about in your studies.  They also have a better understanding of the world after viewing multiple cultures.
Community Service in Congo- Spring 2015

In Montana- early spring 2016

Exploring ruins in Greece- Spring 2016

Taekwondo in Mali- summer 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Village Church

Sunday, Stephen preached at a little village church.  It has been there a number of years, but does not currently have a pastor.
The outside of the church

Inside the very small church before it started

Inside the church as it filled with more people.

Stephen was gifted with a chicken before he left.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Share the Road: Animals

Here are some more of my fellow commuters:

Lots of donkey carts- all the time!

The dirt road in front of our compound has grown grass as the rainy season continues.
I get to see these cute little baby goats romping around,
or hanging out with their mom who is tied on the side of the road to graze.

Caution: Animal Crossing

About 1/2 the time there are cattle crossing the road in front of the sign.

Cattle grazing beside the road in our neighborhood

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Week in Review: August 14- 20

Every week we see the corn growing around the church.
It's getting tall.

Sunday night was a sleepover with the Kim kids.
They are showing their silly faces.
You can tell whose kids are used to hamming for the camera.

Only a few weeks left until school.  Isabelle and Caleb are preparing by having their stuffed animals start back to class.  They've also already done some of their assigned reading- just for fun.
These are the same kids who complain about school!

A container arrived with items for the hospital and personal items for members of our team.
We worked hard unloading and then moving things to various locations.

The kids were all hard workers!  Here our team leader is handing the kids keys to some of the offices, and explaining where to move some piles of boxes.  They did a great job!

It's still rainy season, and there have still been many cases of malaria, malnutrition and premature births at the hospital.  Keep praying for the people of this area.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

At the Market

These are a few pictures from a recent trip to the market.
Buying papaya

Shoes for sale

Monday, August 15, 2016

Share the Road: Driving

This is one of my recent driving experiences.  We stopped to buy some fruit at a roadside stand on the way home.

Isabelle is helping me buy some oranges and apples.

It's necessary to use caution when opening your doors on both sides of the car.  Once we parked here, and when I opened the passenger side door, I hit a motorcyclist.  He had decided it would be quicker to zip around the parked car than stay on the street.  I've learned to check all rearview mirrors more, when driving and when exiting the vehicle.

Finished shopping, and ready to pull out-
Looks like I have an opening...

Until I noticed that this garibout boy was right by my window

After I gave him a coin, I checked again.
The road has become more congested,
and I don't want to hit the elderly gentleman with the empty jugs.

Moving right along....

Now we can enter the flow of traffic.

This is how I prefer the road!  I don't see this very often.