Saturday, December 31, 2016

Week in Review- Dec 25-31

Christmas morning had us all up, dressed in matching outfits, and heading to church for a lengthy celebration.  It could have been an all day thing, but we only stayed for six hours.

Some of the pediatric patients, along with their family members, were able to join us for the service and a Christmas meal.

Stephen with Dr. Dan and some of their patients.

In the evening, we opened our Christmas presents as a family.

On Boxing Day, the kids presented a play.  It was a modern adaptation of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol."

We had to help the pets get used to each other.
Now they are mostly tolerating each other.

The kids and I had fun with some extra craft and game days during our time off school.

It was back to work as usual for Stephen.  He's pictured here with Dr. Wayne and Dr. Dan.
There are still many pediatric patients in the hospital.
Keep them in your prayers.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Week in Review: Dec 18-24

Monday was the last Taekwondo class before Christmas break.

Baby, it's cold outside!
When it drops below 70F, it feels cold to us!
We've been happy to have a few cooler mornings and a break from the extreme heat.

While I was at the hospital to watch the Christmas caroling, I had a chance to snap a picture of these three doctors.

This is one of the premies in the hospital who is gaining weight and getting healthy.
Some of the premies were able to go home during the week.  The count is down from 22 to 15.
Keep praying for these little ones!  

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.
We were able to take a couple of days out of town, just the two of us.

Caleb got his Christmas present a day early.
This is "Captain" our newest addition.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Caroling

Kiersten told the Christmas story in Bambara.

This was followed by an explanation of the gospel.

Our kids sang Christmas carols in English and one in French.

On one song, some of the kids played recorders.

The kids had balloon animals and coloring pages.

At the end, the kids went back to their rooms to receive cookies, popcorn, and presents.

These were some extra kids, not patients, but relatives of patients.  There were enough treats and presents to share with them and some of the adult patients.

We have a great bunch of kids!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Shopping

Our Christmas shopping looks different here.  There is no FedEx, UPS, or anything like that to get Amazon deliveries.  This year, Suzanne organized a little market with some of the artisans in the area.

Isabelle is modeling a Fulani hat.  Just in case you are wondering if it is just for show, we do see people wearing these in town.

This was one of my favorite wood carvings.

Hand made shoes that can also be custom ordered.

You can even get a belt to match your shoes.  They come without holes, so that you can add them where you want.

Mud cloth for wall hangings or table coverings

Lots of jewelry- You can also as to have something custom made.

Our guard was making tea to share with the merchants.

Silver jewelry for sale

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Week in Review: Dec 11-17

Last Saturday Ian fell and hurt his hand.  When the pain continued, he got an x-ray, which led to a cast.  He has a broken bone in his hand, and he'll have to wear the cast for 6 weeks.
I was reminded how our kids are faithful with their school work in spite of distractions.  On Tuesday, we had the plumber in and out in the morning.  We also had some of our recent visitors trying to repair our swamp cooler.  Ian had to go get x-rays and a cast.
Everyone still managed to get more of their work done that day.
Thursday was our last day of school before Christmas break.  We're all ready for some time off!

At co-op on Wednesday, we had a craft time.  The kids made hot cocoa mix, ornaments, cards, and more.  Some of the boys got tired of crafts before the time was over, but the girls wanted more time.