Saturday, August 29, 2009

Monkeys, School, & Big Ball (Life Summed Up)

The last few weeks have been busy ones as I've been preparing for the school year and then getting school started!
We took a family trip to the zoo before school started. The first time we went to the zoo, they didn't have any animals. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Kind of strange to have a zoo with no animals, right?!? We decided that in the five years since our first try they might have gotten something to go in those cages, so we gave it another try. Guess what!?! They had animals!!! In fact, we had a great time!

It may not be the fanciest zoo in the world, but you sure can get close to the animals!

We started school on Monday. Carey is in K-5 this year, and Ella wants to be! She wants to do everything just like her sister. So....she is in K-3! And very happy about it!

Once a quarter, we have a youth activity. The number of teens who come to these continues to grow. The kids here have never seen the games we play -- the only games they know are football (soccer), volleyball (a little), TT (ping-pong), dame (checkers), oware (Mancala), and ludo (Sorry). They play these games all the time --at school, at camp, at youth activities. That's it. So when we bring games like big ball soccer or dodge ball, they just go nuts. Literally!!!! We had between 30 and 40 teens come, not including all the little kids in the neighborhood who wanted to watch and hoped to get a chance to play!
(Sorry that the pics are a little blurry -- the lighting is really bad, so I had to use the night exposure function.)

Tomorrow is another exciting day as we will be heading to the river for baptisms. I'll be posting pics as soon as I get a chance!
Have a wonderful week!


  1. Your girls are absolute dolls!! Kyria startd k5 also - that Ii paper looks familiar ;)
    the zoo sounds fun :) no matter how many animals you see - my favorite part is being together as a family!! :D
    praying all goes well for your baptism!

  2. Zoo WITH animals, imagine that! Looks like alot of fun!
    We use ABeka too, Emma started this week. The girls are so cute... love the braids:)

    Have you ever heard of missionary Ken Haley, no not the one from Crown. He is from Benin and Michigan. He was with us on Wednesday night, and such a blessing. We told him about you all, and he wants to get in touch with you when he arrives back. They started some churches in Ghana when they were there before. They had to return to the states because he basically lived with malaria and had deteriorated badly. They are now raising support to return. Can you send me your husbands email, and my husband will pass it on to him.

  3. Great idea of taking a picture with the grade and date on it. You will never forget when it was.