Friday, March 30, 2012

Old Hat, New Sights

It seems time, and lots of it, got away on me since my last post. So let me catch up up on what's new.

First, Dwight returned from Moz safe and sound. Shortly thereafter came down with the prescribed bout of malaria but we treated right away, so he recovered quickly.

Second, we've been doing lots of traveling. But that's not news since we always seem to be coming or going on some or other trip regardless of where we are in the world. One day I'm going to add up all those miles!

So anyway, this is what I've seen a lot of this past month...

Lots of the dashboard, windscreen and highway.

Three weekends ago, we headed out on a trip about 5 hours north to the Grande Prairie/Sexsmith area of Alberta. When the weekend was over, we came back to Edmonton then turned right around and did the same thing the following weekend to visit another church in the same area.

Two round trips at 10 hours each = 20 hours (give or take) in a 10 or so day period. Some people here refer to this as a lot of traveling, but since we're used to 36+ hour round trips, it didn't seem bad at all. Besides, there are divided highways with no pot holes and you can get decent coffee (or whatever) at every stop. Aside from the mild monotony of mile after mile after mile of smooth asphalt, the trip isn't too bad at all.

It snowed the first weekend so that added a bit of excitement along the way. For one thing, poor visibility keeps you more attentive. And for another thing, it makes me dig out my camera because it's pretty and I can't NOT take pictures of snow.

On our way to a rural church in Canada to tell them about the exciting things
that are happening in rural Mozambique right now.

On our way home from our first trip, Dwight thought he spotted horses running in a field. Turns out they were moose so we had to pull over and watch them for awhile. And yes, out came the camera again.
At home we were greeted as we always are by our family and by Mom and Dad Lagore's little dog, Sasha. Even though we come in and go out the front door A LOT, she always greets us excitedly as if it's been years!

While we were home midweek (sometime mid-March), it decided to snow even though the season is already officially Spring. It snowed for about 24 hours.

We had even planned to have a family "braai" (South African term for B-B-Q) which is usually done outside with everyone sitting around in lawn chairs...

Oh well.
Our consistent family theme seems to be "If there's a will, there's a way".

This is on our 2nd trip north. I had to take this photo in a hotel where we overnighted because I was amused by the fact that all the pick-ups back into their parking spots.

So we did too (smaller vehicle far left of photo).

I later learned that these are oil company trucks and it has something to do with company policy. I guess that would explain it.

More interesting things along the highways...

I love noisy, rumbling trains that shake you to the core as they pass by :)
This one's a double decker.

Just about everything is photo-worthy to me.

This week the SAM Ministries board got together for a business meeting and to get an update from Bill and Dwight on their trip.

Dad and Mom Lagore come early to set up every single time.

And everyone enjoys the chicken and her fresh baked buns every time too.

Even though I have a new camera, I found the timer button on it.
Here we all are.
(Left to right: Dwight Lagore, Bill Cairns, Janette Stone, me, Gunnar Myrholm, Patti Green, Mom and Dad Lagore, Steve Lagore, Bill Green, Bob Guzak, Chris and Gary Peckham.)

In Moz, things are full steam ahead as per usual. Work on the airstrip is underway again, new orphans have been added to the program, school is back in full swing, building projects are making progress, people are busy studying, moving, being fitted with reading glasses, and health visits are being done. (Catch up with news here. Also, check out Heather's blog, and Francois' too.)

Oh, and a short term team of 2 (Rick Cogbill and John Topham) are due to arrive in a few days. They will be busy with vocational training, woodshop work, and maintenance facility construction.

And we, here, will be traveling some more. That's old hat, but that's ok since there is lots of good stuff to share about and there always seems to be something interesting or new along the way.

Yesterday's photo: Hats placed on fence posts surrounding a farmer's field.
Company policy?

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