Thursday, 1 December 2011

Motorcycle skills and much, much more

In trying to come with a catchy phrase for these 2 pictures I toyed around with "Now that's using you head," and also "the Doorman" but I finally settled on, " Keeping an open mind."

This picture would have been more impressive if I had gotten my camera out faster because it looked crazy from behind. In case you can't tell, that is a car windshield that they are transporting. My favorite part of this shot, however, is the fact that BOTH men are looking behind them . . . At what I don't know. So who is watching the road?

The next few pictures are of kids in their school uniforms. I probably see at least 20 different uniforms every day so this is just a small sample. They love to wave at white people. And Emma and I are super white!

We have had some more visitors. This is one of our guards named Phillip
and his family.

The boys are Nathaniel and Barnabas. Nathaniel loves to draw. These pictures are for you Aaron!

Phillip is a great dad, but what I love about him the most are 2 things.
#1. Whenever he is happy he jumps up and down. A lot!
#2. He tries to bow whenever he hugs me and unless I want to put him in some kind of a headlock/ hug thing, I have to grab his shoulders and stand him back up. Every time!

We also had a visit from Habu ( yes, you pronounce it like Abu from Aladdin). He is our gardener, and this first picture is of him wearing my reading glasses while trying to read the Skittles package to see if they were made in China. When he saw this picture he said, "Yes! I look good!"

And here he is with his brand new wife, Farida. They have been married about a month. When Habu saw her for the first time it was in a grocery store and he thought she was beautiful so he bought her groceries. That convinced her to give up her phone number and the romance began. Take note boys . . .

This is a shot of another guard named Isaac. He was dressed for church and looked super handsome, so I made him come inside to "capture him" as they say here. He's giving his parents and grandparents a copy of this picture for Christmas.

We have also made many more friends. This is Christina, (sitting in the market with Umar) she lives next door, teaches entrepreneurship and is known far and wide as "the Chicken Whisperer." (details forthcoming)

This is Lillian from Cameroon. She moved here with her husband Julius and they will be moving close to us in a few weeks. Yeah!!

This is Joe, Craig and Christina in their robes at the Founders day celebration. Craig is the one who likes to wear his cowboy boots with his Nigerian outfits.

Joe is leaving us soon and we will miss him a lot! Good friends are always missed. FYI - Emma and I will be home on the 10th of December for almost a month with Alan following a week later. See you soon!


  1. great pictures, reminds us of Zambia. can't wait to see you. hugs and blessings!

  2. ohhhhhh I miss it all so much. I know I say that in every post. viva afrika!!! I cant wait to visit next year! then me and that little guy can draw pictures together.

  3. Great post! Emma looks really grown up, by the way! And you must tell us more about the chicken whisperer.