4 Month Summary

Sorry for my 4 month absence from updating my website. I will give brief highlights of the last four months with pictures. 🙂

December:

The first week of December i had the chance to go to Mwanza with my neighbor, Alice, to minister with missionary friends of ours, Troy and Kathy Johnson. Mwanza is on Lake Victoria and is a beautiful place. We had a great time with Troy and Kathy and their son, Josiah. 🙂 We were able to be a blessing to Troy and Kathy and their ministry in Mwanza as well as being totally blessed ourselves.

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Bismark Rock – Famous landmark of Mwanza

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The Johnson Family – Kathy, Josiah and Troy

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Sunset on Lake Victoria

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Me and my friend Margaret

The week before Christmas, we had a compound party for all of the workers on our property. I had Monica pick the menu, so it was quite the affair. There was beans and rice, chapati’s (kinda like tortillas), and pork ribs. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.
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Monica – grilling the 10+ pounds of pork ribs

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All of our guy workers eating at the dining room table

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The girls eating in the living room

The friday before Christmas, i had Monica, Neema, Karen and Alice all over for Christmas dinner at my house. I made my mom’s famous pot roast, with mashed potatoes, and yeast rolls. It tasted just like home. Mmmmm! Thanks for the recipes mom!

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The girls at our Christmas feast. 🙂

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Karen – opening one of her gifts

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Monica – opening one of her gifts 🙂

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Neema – very happy about her gift 😀

After our gift exchange we proceded to watch Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Miracle on 34th Street and then The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings part 3).


Christmas Eve was spent at my friend Jill’s house, with all my peeps. 🙂 It was a great time of exchanging gifts. It was especially fun watching the kids open their gifts. 🙂

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My friend Jill, with her fiance, Lewis. 🙂

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Me and my Alice 😀

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Enoch, Jill’s son, and Me. 🙂

On Christmas Day i went with my friends Justin, Julius, Joel, Rehema, Gaudy and Edina to their familys’ homes on the mountain to celebrate the holiday. It was a lot of fun.

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My friends’ older sister, Jenesta and their dad. We just call him Baba (swahili for father)

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My friend, Julius, with his mom.

After returning from the mountain, i was able to capture on camera, the guys making dinner. All of the girls that live on the property were gone, so the guys had to fend for themselves. It was a nice to see. 😀 They did a good job too.

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Here are the brothers, Julius and Justin, cutting up spinach for part of their dinner. 🙂

January:

January was full of transition. My roommate, Mary, returned from the states. As did Charles and Sharon, from their trip to the states for the holidays. At the end of the month, i went with my friend, Margaret, to a retreat hostel on the side of mount kilimanjaro. To say the least i got some amazing shots of Kilimanjaro. 🙂

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February:

February was quite full of many new things. Alice, got a new worker on the property. Her name is Naomi, and she is my friend Rehema’s little sister. I LOVE HER! 🙂 We had a fun little photo session one day. She is the one who inspired me with “Life without you is like porridge without sugar.” 🙂 She is my sugar and we have a blast together. She is a nice addition to the property here.

Here are some shots from our girls photo shoot here on the property. 🙂

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Me, Neema and Naomi

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Glory and Me… this takes being white to a whole new level. 🙂

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Hmmm… really, i did not doctor the picture, i have just reached a new level of white. Going from glory to glory. 😀

For Valentines Day, me and my girls had dinner together and then watched a movie. It was fun.

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Iemkje (sounds like Imkia), Alice and Caitlin.

Oh, and how could i forget the excitment of my Chicago Bears being in the Superbowl. We had a Superbowl Party at my brother Peter’s house. I made the refreshments. 😀

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Too bad the Bears didn’t win. 😦 Oh well, there is always next year… maybe. 🙂

Feb/March:

Mid-February we got a new addition to our team. Her name is Gina, and WE LOVE HER!!! She is a really great addition to our team here. We are totally blessed! A week after she got here, she and i went to language school for 3 weeks. She went for the beginners course and i went for intermediate. It was really good to be able to focus on language for those three weeks. My classmates, for my intermediate group were WONDERFUL! We had such a good time in class and with our teachers.

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Anthony and Shasta – Church of Christ missionaries here in Tanzania. Love them!

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Me and my friend Rachel – she is working on her masters and is doing research here in Tanzania regarding womens health.

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Me and my Mwalimu, Gaudy – I LOVE THIS WOMAN! 🙂 She really pushed me to do well in my class.

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Me and my Mwalimu, Kisanji – he is a very funny man, and not super fond of the snake in my hand… not that you would be able to tell.

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What can i say, the reptiles love me. 🙂

I will need to preface these next shots. These were taken on our last day of class. In one of our classes we got talking about our favorite restaurants in the states. Anthony and Shasta brought up the “melting pot,” a fondue restaurant. So we took time explaining fondue to our teacher. She really bought into the idea, so the last day of class we did fondue at her house… Afrikan style. 😀

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We had chocolate and cheese dips, with crackers, bananas, apples, peanuts, and cake. It was quite nice.

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Mmmm… dipping. 🙂

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Kisanji – experiancing the melting pot. 😀

The day after we finished language school, was St. Patty’s day! 🙂 Go Irish! We had a nice dinner at Charlie and Sharons, in celebration of the day. I am not sure if any of us are Irish though. 🙂

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Sharon made some fabulous chocolate pudding desert. Cheers!

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Our team, sporting our green!

Well, i am going to stop here for now. More to come soon!

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4 thoughts on “4 Month Summary

  1. Great job Lis! I especially like the shots with the reptiles….nice touch!
    You ARE quite white, aren’t you????
    Did you take the picture of the sunset on Lake Victoria? How beautiful!
    I love you!
    Mom

  2. 2 things…

    1. omg..sunset on Lake Victoria. beautiful…beautiful God

    2. trying to do the serious face pose. i like it, and i like you, lis.

  3. I’m so happy to see you doing what you’ve always wanted to do. You look so happy. I love you and miss you dearly. Be safe.

  4. WHAT DID YOU SAY YOUR NAME WAS???? YOUR FACE LOOKS FAMILIAR…. HA! JUST KIDDING! 🙂 THE PICS WERE GREAT & SO WAS THE COMMENTARY. ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE BE-YOO-TEA-FULL PIC OF THE SUNSET ON LAKE VICTORIA. WHAT KIND OF REPTILE WERE YOU HOLDING AFTER THE SNAKE? I’M W/ MWALIMU…YOU CAN KEEP THE SNAKE! ICK! IT WILL BE IN THE 50s TODAY & SUNNY. LOVE & MISS YOU, GIRLIE MINE! AUNT CI

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