Snowy Days! 

This is a beautiful view we got one late and gray afternoon on a drive time Fairport,New York. It brings to mind the beautiful poem by Robert Frost “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, but thankfully we are not in a horse drawn carriage but a comfortable seat-heater car. 


Getting a Phone Number 

Though this photo seems to have little meaning, there is a story behind it! A few weeks after arriving in Lagos, we cautiously crossed the road to the MTN phone/Sim card registry store. After leaving the house at 10 AM, we sat and waited patiently as they processd the necessary information for myself and my son to get phone numbers. They had some complications, and required a photo identification (as shown in the picture), which took almost an hour. For some apparent reason, they also needed my fingerprint. And after all this had taken place, The lady that was editing the necessary information on the computer, forgot to save the document and the power went out. Welcome to Nigeria. So now we were stuck waiting for another hour and a half possibly for them to retype the information! And through all of this, I had two of my sons and my daughter with me sitting in the Nigerian MTN store working on homework. It was a crazy drawn out adventure that left us all hungry thirsty and tired afterwards. And the next day, they disconnected the numbers we had just connected! Fearing another drawn – out, wasteful morning and afternoon, we postponed our returning for over two months!

Best Neighbors

Every day when I look out my window to do dishes and laundry this is my view. I love it! I see the families and people below going on with their lives despite not having many conveniences at all. I have a lovely home and running water and electricity, which are two things my neighbors daily live without.  I appreciate these neighbors because they will always make me feel grateful for the blessings of life I have no matter how challenging my day may be, or no matter how many timeouts some of my younger children may have needed or no matter I have kids whining about practicing their instruments. I feel grateful I have these challenges and can provide, for example, an instrument to learn (however I am not saying my kiddos are quite at that gratitude level yet:)-gratitude to practice??? hmmmm…

Breakfast at…. well not at Tiffany’s.

This is a typical lunch spot right across the street from where our congregation meets for church. It it lunchtime! This is more affordable for many people who don’t have any way to cook in the places where they live which are definitely not what any American would be used to. It always helps our family to be grateful for all the many opportunities and things we have in the USA.

If you look closely, there’s a lady in the middle of all the customers who serving up the “cocoa” for lunch.  See if you can spot her!