Fuel for the Helicopter 

Sunday after church Mark, the baby and I went up to the airstrip to meet a truck bringing fuel.  Some of the fuel comes all the way from the US before reaching Duala, Yaoundé and then us.

What does Mark do when he’s not flying?  People are always curious to know the answer to that question.  Here is another part of the job!

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Beginning of Dry Season

We were out hiking and Mark flew by!!! So fun!

The guys cutting down a banana tree

Haddie fell asleep eating lunch.  

Catching the last of the frogs

Our neighbors cat was desperately trying to get in our house! Hahahaha!

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A little frog

The kids were tossing the frisbee and it ended up in the neighbors planter.  Look what they found when they went to retrieve it!  


Never seen one like him before.  

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Ducks, Mushrooms and Sunglasses 

I know I post all the time about our little beasts.  But we enjoy them so!  We added two new ducks to our flock!  They are great so far.  Everyone is getting along well.  They are named, Cocoa and Coffee.  I believe they are about four months old.  We have two males and two females now.

About once a year we get mushrooms under a tree just outside our front door.  This year I cooked them up and we ate them with eggs.  Yumm!

The kids all got new sunglasses!  They are so cool.

Hadassah is especially cool! 

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Caleb made a friend while folding laundry

This little guy was in our clean clothes basket.  I saw him basking on a pair of jeans earlier but didn’t realize he was still in the clothes when I put them in the basket.  I think he tried to sell Caleb car insurance. 

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Our ducks and other fowl

Bringing the ducks home
Hads checking them out in their temporary home
A chicken sleeping on the cage for the night
Everyone’s new home!
Zoe working on their househammering on the roof 

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Snippets From My Life

Jess and a friend at Church on A special holiday

Mark with some friends at church
Ali and Micah made me these earrings!  This two are so talented.

Fun times or not so fun times on the slippery roads

We drove on up and pulled these guys out of the mud

Zoe making us eggs

Fun with other missionaries at the lake

Kiddos at the lake

Ali singing in youth choir

Something similar to lychee fruit

Sporting a new outfit!

Summertime sewing projects.  Ali loves to make gifts for her MK friends.

Jess drafting her first pattern.  I like to sew clothes

Went to a “cry die” where people celebrate the deceased.  There were boys playing a huge xylophone.  Mark and Haddassah gave it a try.  It is carved wood on top of fresh banana trunks

Visiting our friend after her mom passed away

Walking and chatting on the way back to the truck

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Family, Friends, Food and Life

I made some homemade cling wrap and I’m loving it!!!!  Just trying to be resourceful and have something I can reuse and make here.

Sister in a hammock.   These girls have a sweet relationship.

Just bathing a frozen dead pig in the kitchen. No big deal!  Mark turned one leg into ham and roasted the other for dinner.

I love huge moths!

A malaria test that didn’t work.  Good news is Mark didn’t have malaria.  Could tell be this test though!

Some friends at a yearly Carnival!!!

Hadassah carrying her giraffe the local way.  So cute

We had some friends come hang out with us for a few days.  I’m not sure if they’ll come again.

Grilling at the fire pit.

Teaching Haddie at a young age!

Hiking spot near out home 

Baking with an old friend and a new one
Hiking around with Zoe

Hiking with Hadassah too!

Girls catching tadpoles

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Happy Birthday Zoe and Caleb!!!

We stayed in Yaoundé a week longer than we expected due to some helicopter maintenance.  Soooo, the kids asked for a birthda party in the big city with MK friends.  It was a first for them and a blast!  

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Sleeping in Cameroon sometimes poses a health risk… let me explain.   There are certain mosquitos here that carry a malaria parasite.  Now we’ve lived here as a six pack for four and a half years (with a seven month furlough in there) and only one of us had ever gotten malaria.  Hadassah was born and still no malaria, praise God!  Now, the main thing we do to prevent getting this terrible parasite is by sleeping under nets when in high risk areas of the county.  Every once in a while I’ll find a mosquito inside my net and promptly kill it.  This usually happens during the day.  The other night Hadassah was cutting teeth and just could sleep.  She was miserable and so was I.  So, after trying to comfort her for more than an hour I remembered that Tylenol can help (I’m nearly worthless in the middle of the night).  So Mark turned on the side lamp to administer the Tylenol and I saw something bright red just by my head inside my net.  At first I actually thought it was a creechy bug.  I’ve reported on creechies in the past… they are terrible bugs that burn you if they are smacked on your skin.  Anyways, I looked dazing closer and realized it was a mosquito so full of blood that it shown red in the light.  I have never seen this before and as I’ve heard someone mention a full, red mosquito before I thought it was like metaphorically or whatever.  I tried to smash it while juggling Hads and it couldn’t fly!  It tried and fell on my pillow. So I took my Kleenex and smashed it and now I have a nice blood stain on my pillow.   I 😍 Cameroon despite the dozen (literally) of mosquito bites covering my legs and sleeping under nets.  There is something sweet about checking on the kids and seeing them all tucked in under their nets.

Here is Haddie and I taking a selfie and he net it behind.  

I pin the net up on the daytime some days.  You can see it up behind her.

The bunk bed nets.  I have to comment here.  Calebs arm is sticking out right against the net and a mosquito is quite smart enough to go straight there and bit him despite the net.  Also, his net isn’t tucked in.  

Sweet girl.  My pile of laundry got put under the net with her.  

Alright I’d better go tuck in Caleb.  The girls can be featured next time.  I didn’t think they’d appreciate being photographed while sleeping.

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