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Seventh Letter Home

Greetings to all,

Welcome to my Q2 2015 update email. When I last wrote, I was finishing up work in Kaolack and preparing to move to the big lights of the big capital city of Dakar. 1,157 more words

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Mom Blog Alert


Vienna has been very busy in the last few weeks — first the glamorous and golden Life Ball. a fundraiser for AIDS/ dress up ball/crazy party and then the Eurovision Song Contest, which is all about cheezy pop songs and national pride. 896 more words

Fancy/Not Fancy

Allison stayed home for most of the week.  I had no idea how much sanity I got out of running errands after dropping her off and having a little time to myself while Leo naps in the morning (READ: I  didn’t get to watch Kimmy Schmidt all week).   470 more words

Short long weekend with Paw Paw

Pork and pony rides.  My Dad and step mom arrived on a train Friday afternoon and left Monday morning, which was much too soon.  I tried to plan, cook, and pull off a nice visit, but the weather was crummy and Allison was in her 4th week of being sick so although we had a really nice time, it lacked a certain spark.   498 more words

Is Winter Coming Again?

Snow, ice, and sunshine. It’s our second winter in Vienna, but I get the feeling that we have seen anything yet. We had a big snow a few weeks ago, the first sign of winter, and now that it’s gone everyone is ready for spring. 494 more words

Fifth Letter Home

Greetings to all,

Welcome to my Q4 2014 update email. When I last wrote, we were preparing for the big festival of Tabaski. As you may remember from this time last year, Tabaski is the celebration of God sparing Abraham’s child Isaac who He had commanded should be sacrificed, allowing Abraham to sacrifice a male sheep in his place. 778 more words

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Enjoy the Journey


I’m on a night bus going the wrong direction and it’s snowing like crazy. This is awesome. Lately I’ve been pushing the limits. Last Saturday I found out that the store that sells diapers and laundry detergent actually closes at 5 on Saturday instead of six like the grocery store. 801 more words