Monday, September 10, 2012

Hiking in Beautiful British Columbia

  Two weeks ago, this fantastic group of 5 camp friends set out on an adventure in the beautiful alpine meadows of Manning Park, BC. Other than the sore shoulders and knees, trudging to a far away campsite in the dark, and a freezing cold night, the hike was a success! The sunset on Friday night over the meadows and mountains was breath-taking, the wildflowers stretched on and on for miles, the view from the peak of the First Brother was terrific, refreshing patches of snow surprised us, and sometimes we couldn't help but burst into selections from the "Sound of Music" as well as many hymns! These are just a few pictures to share a glimpse of God's grand creation that we got to enjoy in Beautiful British Columbia.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Snapshots: A Weekend at the Mowat's Cabin

Hiking, sitting, lounging, eating, skiing, boarding, boating, and reading! Our weekend was full of fun at the Mowat's cabin on Shuswap Lake. 

                                                                              Me & Daddy
                                                                             Albas Falls
                                                                          the Cookster
                                                                         Ryan & Karen
                                                               Mowat's + Gerbers = a bunch of happy campers

                                                                     Sarah's spray
                                                                    Robs carving up the lake
                                                                     Katie sings as she skis!
                                                                          Beau's big splashes
                                                                          the boat crew
                                                             Robs and Katie on the knee-boards
                                                                        Uncle Ryan
                                                                            Ryan the pro!
                                                                    a classic Robby face :)
                                                                      our pro jump!                        

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Whitman Mission

                       Whitman Mission is just about my favorite place in Walla Walla because it's so peaceful.
                                                 I came across this hard core biker in the field!                               
                                                            If you look up, this is what you'll see
                                                                   I love the texture of the fields
                                                                              Two sets of clouds

                                    Fancy transportation! Definitely an upgrade from the bicycle taxis in Tanzania...

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Janet my Fundi

  This is Janet's measurements book for all of her customers. They describe to her what they want, and then she draws it out with the measurements. This was the "blueprint" for the first dress she made for me.

The rest of the pictures are not edited for sake of time, but I'll share them with you so you can get to know my friend Janet a little!
                                                                  New sticker books and toys!
        Janet is my dress-maker. She is fantastic at what she does! Often times I would stop at her house on my way to or from the post office just to visit. She would teach me Swahili as she sewed away on her cute little sewing machine and I would teach her English as we would both try to communicate :) She is such a beautiful lady! Her mother, and 7-year-old daughter live with her in a house that is smaller than my dorm room. They have a "living room" and a bedroom behind that they all share and a kitchen arend squat pot out back. Whenever I would approach her house, I would hear her call "Karibu Betha!" (pronounced Baytha..that's my Swahili name) She always invited me in and served me something! Sometimes a mango, sometimes tea..
Before I left she had me over for a special goodbye meal. It was lovely! Her niece was living there with them at the time too so I gave the girls some goodbye gifts and we all enjoyed chakula! (food)

                                                                The cat outside climbing the tree
                                                              jui kwa nini

                                     As soon as I gave little Janeti her stuffed animal, she tied it on her back with a blanket like all the ladies do with their babies. It was really cute.

   The girlies and their candy (you can see Janet's sewing machine in the background...the one that made all of my wonderful African dresses :)

 A neighbor boy took this picture for us before I left. The window on the left is Janet's house and the window on the right is a shop that Janet's friends own. These are some of my many genuine and wonderful local friends that made my Tanzanian experience all the more meaningful! I miss them!