Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our first year in Senegal (video)

Daniel put together a short video (5 minutes) with highlights from our first year in Senegal and how to be involved.  Here is the video:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall fun: apple days and cider pressing

Some pictures of our recent adventures the great Wenatchee area with friends and just enjoying frugal fun around town.

The kids got to ride a horse for the cost of a donation!  They loved it!

Wenatchee youth circus.  I almost donated my children to the cause but then  thought better....

Cider pressing at the Smith' fun!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Menu Plan (Trim Healthy Mama Meals)

Working on a menu for the next couple weeks for Trim Healthy Mama with lots of their "Fuel Pulls" incorporated since my weight loss has stalled after a good start on the plan.  

Make for Dessert:
37 cal brownies

Hot Custard

Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Pudding

Muffin in a bowl


Veggie Egg White Cups

Cake Batter Frappa

Strawberry Vanilla Breakfast Bowl

Cookie Bowl Oatmeal


Sandwich on oat fiber bread
Quick Tuna Medley


Meatloaf, mashed cauliflower, salad
Baked Chicken, Quinoa, Broccoli
Stir Fry (over rice for the family)
Taco Salad
Cheeseburger Pie
Marinated Fish, vegetables
BLT Soup

Our first "run" (we walked a 5K)!

Today I conquered an item on my "bucket list" for during our furlough...Dad and I complete our first 5K. It was fun to "train" for it (we walked almost every night this past month or so) and just to complete it. The weather was perfect and hey...we did something active and fun together:) We are planning to do another one, a longer one around Thanksgiving. Both of us are needing to lose a few pounds (yes, our doctors told us!) so this is good motivation. Here are some fun pictures of our time this morning:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Visiting with the Trimm family

We had the pleasure of spending several days with the Trimm family. The kids had so much fun (the adults too!) that I needed a whole blog post of the pictures of their fun together. And indeed, they had lots of fun.

Thank you again for your hospitality and friendship Trimm family! We miss you!

Back home and starting homeschooling!

We're back from our  cross-country roadtrip! I have more photos etc. than I can reasonably catch up on at the moment since my last post, so I'll start where we're at...back in WA state and homeschooling!

Here is the three "pupils" doing their first "science" experiment. Last week was our first week of K (for Olivia) and 1st (for Marianna). We are doing My Father's world 1st grade, with some K mixed in and a french lesson each day. I have other workbooks that we are doing for a little supplement and just for fun because the kids like workbooks. Louis joins in when he can but he has a "busy box" with puzzles, toys, playdough, books and workbooks for each day of the week.

So far it is working pretty well for all of us. The science experiment above was really fun for the kids...we mixed soil with water in a bottle and let it sit to see the layers form. This kind of thing is a bit of a stretch for me, but the kids loved it so much I think I will too. To get through everything with everyone seems to take no more than 3 hours, but usually closer to 2 1/2.

We are doing phonics, Bible, basic math, handwriting, science and french...I think that is about it  (which is plenty for me/us!)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back at JAARS

Here's the car completely FULL of boxes and tubs (17 to be exact!) that we had packed intending to ship them to Cameroon. Great idea...except we went to Senegal, not Cameroon! :)
Daniel had a big helper for unloading.  This suburban is our sweet ride (a rental that Wycliffe helped pay for) for our road trip.
The disaster that ensued after starting to unpack the 17 tubs.  The kids thought it was fun at least:)
The JAARS pool has been our favorite destination as always!

Catching up with our friend Sarah, whom we've now spent time with in Orlando FL, Senegal W. Africa and at JAARS!  She made us a yummy lasagne!  Thanks Sarah!
Marianna spent 3 days at "Safari" for elementary aged MKs.  She had fun!
Catching up with friends from France (our french studies overlapped with theirs and we lived in nearby apartments) the Hays.  Fun to see them and their new addition to the family!
Our friends the Sanders had us over for great food and conversation.  They have been a huge blessing to us as we've made our journey overseas and back. 
Louis and Liv at the MK station.
Marianna and Louis went up in Henry's airplane today!
Henry with the kiddos.  They are ready with their lovies/doo doos to snuggle during the flight.
Too much snuggling of their "doo doos" resulted in this during the flight:
Don't mind the drool...yes they had fun!

We love staying at JAARS and will be sad to leave, but our next adventure in Florida is a debrief conference at the Wycliffe headquarters which we are looking forward to.