House progress!

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I thought I’d send you a few pictures to show you the progress on our houses in My Village. The house with the walls mainly up is Jen’s house last Wednesday evening, and the one with the foundation in place is mine that same day. But now that it’s been a few days, I imagine that mine also has walls as high as Jen’s does, or at least pretty close. There’s progress!

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30!

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Saturday was my 30th birthday. I’m so old! But I also realized:

– When I was 0, I spoke 0 languages.
– When I was 10, I spoke 1 language pretty well – English.
– When I was 20, I spoke 2 languages pretty well – English and French.
– When I’m 30, I speak 3 languages pretty well – English, French, and Jula.
– Hopefully by the time I’m 40, I’ll speak 4 languages pretty well – English, French, Jula, and Viemo.
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Addicted

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One time when I came back to the US for a visit, I brought some of this with me. It looks like a little chalky rock, and people here enjoy it as a snack-ish thing. Pregnant ladies especially like to suck on it. Some of you tried it but didn’t think very highly of it. My dad compared the taste to how he thought drywall would taste. Not so appetizing.

However, the other day I was ...

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The best pick-up line

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The night before last I had a dream. And like most dreams, this one was a bit odd. But at the end of it, it turned into a type of high school reunion with my graduating class. And one of the guys (whose name I can’t remember for the life of me!) came over and asked me, “E sigira filadugu ra wa?” It was the best pick-up line EVER and made me smile. It’s in ...
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I’m forgetting

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It has now been over 4 years since I first moved to Burkina Faso. (January marked the 4-year point.) It’s hard to believe that the kids who were just starting high school when I left are now starting college or that the kids in the 2-year-old Sunday school class I helped with sometimes are now in 1st grade. I see on facebook that people way too young (in my remembrance) are getting married or having babies. ...
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Good news! Update on Rachida

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After a long wait, I have an update on Rachida. And it’s an encouraging one! She and her grandmother Kadi arrived back from Mali on Saturday and I was able to go and see them on Sunday. Rachida was happy that I came to visit, though she didn’t remember her mom anymore and didn’t seem interested at all in her new baby brother. I can’t imagine how that must break her mom’s heart, especially after all ...

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House building progress!

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Sorry that this post isn’t beautiful with the pictures nicely organized, but I wanted to at least let you see the progress on my house in My Village!  In the first picture, you’ll see the guy making bricks for my house.  I videoed him and timed him.  After his co-worker got the cement and sand and water and everything mixed, it took him about 45 seconds per brick.  He must have been exhausted!

 

In the second picture (at least ...

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Good news/Bad news

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(NOTE: I wrote this last Thursday, February 16th, but forgot to post it on here. Sorry!)

I have good news and bad news to share with you.  Let me start with the bad news, which will lead to the good news.
 
Bad News
The bad news is that it’s a lot more exhausting and draining and stressful to take these trips in and out of Vigueland than I was expecting.  Every week I need to leave the comforts and ease of life ...

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Mosaic

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Language is like a mosaic. When you have the right words and know how to put them together, it can be absolutely beautiful. Think of all the millions of things you can communicate with a limited number of words. You use different ones and put them together in different ways, and you get a new message. It’s like combining different tiles of the mosaic in different ways to get different pictures. Some are simple; some are much more complex.

And something ...

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Lots of villages

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Isn’t God amazing sometimes? Or, more accurately, isn’t God’s constant amazing-ness visible to us sometimes? It took me about a year to be able to visit the 19-20 main Vigué villages. But just now, in a period of only 10 days, I was able to stop and at least greet someone in 9 of those villages! Besides that, I was also able to greet people from at least 3 other villages, though I didn’t see them ...

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