Saturday, August 19, 2006

Niger update

Our visa's have arrived! Woohoo!
So we sent off the huge stack of required documentation last week to the Embassy of Niger. I guess they dont get many requests for tourist visa's since we got them back yesterday. One huge tick in a check box todos.

We are most of the way through vaccinations as well. I got the least, Paul needed a few, and poor Bennett needed the most. We opted for the 4 shots for rabies simply because he loves dogs so much and will likely go up to "give love" to any stray we see there. So he needs to go back two more times for shots still.

Our church gave us $2000 to help defray the $7000 total cost, so we are very blessed and thankful for that help. (Thank you if you are reading this from there!)

I am compiling a list of things to bring. I actually found a list i made last time I lived there, but it isnt as helpful as I would have hoped. Sadly i dont think "alfredo sauce packets" will be needed for this trip :) I hope to get some culturally appropriate clothing ideas soon. Im borrowing long skirts anyhow.

Mentally we are very excited for it. We leave in less than a month now, and cant wait. Its funny how we sort of feel like we are going to meet family. We have such a clear sense of calling going here, that we know these people will be cherished in our lives.

I will update more later. Suffice it to say we have most of the essentials in place and are working on the logistics and packing and ideas :)

Thank you for being part of this journey!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Some recent happenings and photos

So what have we been up to the last month or so? Just living and enjoying life really :) Here are a few highlights of a beautiful summer.

First of all we went camping for three days with most of the McIver clan. We went to Peter Lougheed Park in the mountains. It was a great time of relaxing and encouraging one another. The boys all went on a 20 or so kilometer hike to Mt. Assiniboine. Sanka went with them, and with all his running back and forth he logged likely 50 km. Poor guy was so sore he couldnt barely hobble the next day.

Bennett loves it camping. He would wander in the trees, play with rocks, and generally get dirty and happy. What joy to watch him!

Then we went camping with Mark and Teresa. I still need to get into her photo account so I would have pictures to add, but suffice to say it was fantastic time to share and laugh and be together with my dear friends

We spent some days volunteering at Camp Cerith. I was in the general camp and Paul led rapelling as per usual. I love that camp, a great chance to serve the girls and talk with them. Bennett was a bit tougher this year since i couldnt stick him in the bouncy chair while i worked, but we managed. He loved it out there. A real outdoor boy this summer!

Only bad thing..he had baby measles. You can see the spots. FUnny next thing..his mom caught it. First ever case of transfer to an adult my Dr. has ever seen. I felt fine, but was speckled and contagious. What fun! (You can ses spots in some pictures on him) wont load. Ill work on it. Stay tuned.....