March 31, 2015

I packed up my desk today. I tried to just keep busy and not really think about what I was doing - I had to fight off the leaky eyes as I worked.

March 30, 2015

Nothing like waking up in the morning and checking out what bugs you've been rolling around in all night and counting up the moths and other critters on your pillow! :)

March 29, 2015

Today was my last Sunday devotion time with the girls (sadness!)  I had them over for lunch, and we read together and I prayed with them about the things they are concerned about in their lives. I had some small girlie gifts for them, and we ended the afternoon with chai and chocolate cake!  I SO wish I had more time with these ladies - I've really grown to love them! 

From left to right:
1. Chai and chocolate cake!  2. Christine, Mulky, Guma'do
3. Josephine, Catherine  4. Safi, Sanellah, Justina
5. Grace, Nuria   6.  Mr Goat says, "Can I have some?"

March 28, 2015

Who needs a compost bin? Just toss your leftovers outside and between the ants, squirrels, and goats, they'll be taken care of in no time!  But man, oh man, those goats need to learn to share! The scuffles and the snorting and the growling and the bleating... it's hilarious!

March 27, 2015

Two more of Eddie and Rachel's kiddos joined me today when the plane came in from Nairobi - they were headed home after the term at boarding school down country.  Ja-el, Uriah, and Acacia were fabulous helpers - helping with dinner AND doing the dishes.  Have you ever seen such a spectacular dish pile?  It was all being held up by........ a potato peeler.  I was not at all convinced of the structural integrity of this amazing confabulation, so we disassembled it before it came crashing down on the concrete floor in the middle of the night, giving everyone within a two kilometer radius a massive heart attack.  But props to the Anderson kids for amazing spacial awareness and balance skills! 

It was nice to spend some time with Anna, too, a German missionary who does children's ministry and training throughout the North.

March 26, 2015


There was an Area Church Council meeting here in Korr this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, so national church leaders and missionaries from all over the North cane through.  Eddie brought his daughter Acacia down from Kalacha with him, and she stayed at my house - it was fun to hang out with her! She even helped work on some wedding surprises (and we had some fun, too!).  I also opened up my way-overstocked pantry to some of my friends for some discount grocery shopping.  I'll be giving/selling off most of what's here, because there isn't anyone planned to come stay for a long time.  It was fun - Hillary's Nakumatt, Korr Location! :)

March 25, 2015

The lightning storm tonight was amazing! Huge flashes of light shot across the sky and I had to go out and take some photos.  I shot until my battery died - mercifully, as it was really late and I totally should have been sleeping!  I just missed some amazing bolts three times - so sad! But I like this one.  It was totally spectacular to just sit there and watch nature's light show.  God has created some incredibly beautiful things!

March 24, 2015

I came around to look for Mama Jane, the school matron, and found her in the middle of a spa treatment! Her granddaughter (?) had a stone and a hand full of Toss (laundry detergent) and she was getting a pedicure! Now if only I knew about the Korr Spa sooner!

March 23, 2015

There was a spectacular dust storm that rolled through town today.  I watched it come over the horizon, lit up against the black clouds, turning the sky orange, and even blocking out the big black hill just a few hundred meters from my house. And then, just like that, it was gone again.  The desert is so amazing!

March 22, 2015

Low, heavy clouds this morning blocked out most of the sun rise.  It smelled of rain, but the rain never fell and the clouds cleared up throughout the day.  Please keep praying for good rains in Northern Kenya.  People are getting sicker and some are dying from things that would otherwise not be that serious, animals are dying, and raids are happening as people compete for water and try to replace their dying animals.  Pray, too, for living water among the people of Northern Kenya.

March 21, 2015

The water here in Korr is really hard.  I mean, really, really hard. It crusts up on everything, including the inside of my kettle, apparently.  The scale all started breaking off one day.  This is what I got out.  Stuff is an eighth of an inch thick!

March 20, 2015

Today was the second to last Bible class, so I wanted to do a game as a review.  There were four teams, and for each question, whoever had the card for their team had to come up and ring the bell if they thought they had the answer.  They're not really used to games, so it was sheer chaos - shouting, complaining about who was first, arguing over answers... but they LOVED it.  The forty minutes felt like two hours, but it was a good review and we had fun (even if one student slammed his shin on a desk... whoops, sorry!).  "Madame, we should play this every class!" 

Oh dear heavens........ NO! I'd go CRAZY!  hahaha

March 19, 2015

I wanted to help the Form One class with sentence structure, so I took samples from their writing, typed them up on the computer, and brought in the school's TV screen so the kids could see the edits in real time.  They worked really hard, and were mesmerized by the technology.  It was a good motivator, and I think they learned a lot!

March 18, 2015

Milk comes in little 200ml pouches or tetra packs, and a box holds 21 packs.  It can get heavy if I'm walking the 2km or so from the shop to my house, so I use my noggin!

March 17, 2015

IncessANT.  They're incessANT, I tell you. AbundANT.  It's not very advANTageous for me to have to take all that time to keep dealing with them.  It's like they just sit there waiting, expectANTly, militANTly, waiting for their next meal.  I stuff poison down their holes, but they just transplANT themselves and turn up somewhere else.  I have to be ever vigilANT.  How do I feel about ants, you ask? They are constANT, defiANT, gallivANTing inhabitANTs of my house and my life.  I guarANTee my mANTra is, "KILL. THE. ANTS."

March 16, 2015

I wiped my table about eight hours before taking this picture.  And you thought it was hard to keep up with YOUR dusting..... :)  (Mostly, I just tolerate dusty everything, because there's no way to keep on top of it and actually have any semblance of a life. Come smack my couch. I dare you!)

March 15, 2015

Kevin's View
 Heading back home from Lethbridge, I decided to stop by the Badger Flat school site. The sign in the picture is a memorial plaque that is used all over Southern Alberta to commemorate locations where there used to be 'pioneer' schools and post offices. Almost all of them have caches so it's a great way to explore the country side... This one happened to be 8 km north of the Granum road and another 2 km to the next gravel road. It had rained in the morning and by this time had started to snow too. The 'road' was a bit muddy as you might see by my tires.
Hillary's View
I was speaking at the Sunday night fellowship tonight.  The students usually begin with some more traditional dancing and singing, and I SO enjoy it - they are loud, boisterous, and you can really tell that THIS is the 'heart language' of music and dance for them.  It's super blurry, but I like it - In this part of the song they turn to one another, shake hands, and bob their knees three times and their head once.  Love, love, LOVE it.  (I was totally going to join in, but I chickened out! Maybe next time!)

March 14, 2015

Kevin's View

 Happy Pi Day! (3.14.15)
After a geocaching event and finding some other caches, I was treated to this sunset near the Galt Museum in Lethbridge. After I chose the picture I would use today, I realized the wheel could represent a pie... :)
Hillary's View

Sunsets for Kevin and I both today!  So beautiful!

March 13, 2015

Kevin's View
 I came down to Lethbridge for the weekend and while I was out caching on Friday evening, there was a beautiful sunset and I liked the way it looked reflected in my vehicle.
Hillary's View
So. Today I chopped off the head of a poisonous snake.  Just another day...

March 12, 2015

Kevin's View
 The tulips are popping out! In mid-March!
Hillary's View
Miraculous!!! Fresh fruit and veggies! I was given two separate gifts of fruit and veg within a few days of each other - SO grateful! Fresh stuff doesn't come around very often!

March 11, 2015

I got mail!!! Three letters in one day! Oh Happy Day!  Thanks, Kevin, Jess, and Rachelle!

March 10, 2015

When it hasn't rained a drop in over four months, it gets pretty dusty! This is a dust devil whirling past my house.

March 9, 2015

This is Bagajo, one of my night guards.  He's really fun, and I SO appreciate his efforts to help me understand Rendille!  

Since I took this picture, two of his sister-in-laws have died in childbirth, both within a week of one another.  One of the babies died, too.  Please be praying for Bagajo and his family - I can't even imagine how devastating that must be.

March 8, 2015

Challah bread, take two.  I kneaded it for longer and let it rise three times instead of two and it was SO light and fluffy! Mmm, mmm! 

Now, if only I could braid my hair like that! :) 

March 7, 2015

This ball of nastiness has been hanging in a tree in my backyard for weeks.  What. the. heck. is. it?  After some facebook debating, we've determined it might be a bird's nest, but it's totally nasty-town, and I'm not willing for it to become a home for anything else, so it came down.  Yukkers!

March 6, 2015

Kevin's View

 Mom and Dad are heading out tomorrow to visit Patt & Doug. They were staying with Jason & Leonie so we were invited over for dinner and I was asked to bring dessert. I figured I would get an ice cream cake since everyone likes those. When I ordered it, I asked for 'Bon Voyage' but apparently 'Von Voyage' is a thing now.
Hillary's View

The class of 2015!

I took the form four photos today that they needed for their exam registration (that's why they're not smiling).  Their secondary leaving exams are HUGE pressure and extremely difficult, covering anything they've learned from all four years of secondary.  Keep this kids in prayer as they study and prepare to sit the national exams in end of November/beginning of December.

March 5, 2015

Measuring, measuring, cutting, cutting... what am I making??? :)

March 4, 2015

Another new culinary skill I've learned here? Making yogurt!  A friend brought me a small container that I used as a started, and this is the second batch I've made - just save a little bit and use it for the next one, and VOILA!  It's ridiculous how happy it makes me to have yogurt.  Ri-dic-u-lous!  I'm so thankful for a bit of space in Jim and Laura's fridge to keep it! (Although I'm pretty sure I could just eat this whole container in one sitting!)  But thick, creamy, delicious home made yogurt!  That's pretty cool!

March 3, 2015

Another spectacular sunset!  And I realized, I've never turned around and captured the front of my house! The almost full moon was gorgeous tonight, too!

March 2, 2015

My family has always had a bit of a joke - sometimes when we ask what's for supper, the answer, in a sing-song voice, is "Cooorned beef and cabbage!" Well, guess what I had for dinner tonight???  Cracked me right up - I don't think I ever considered it an actual dish, just a goofy song my family sang!

March 1, 2015

There are lots of camels around these days.  Herd after herd passes behind and in front of my house in the evenings, all night, and very early in the morning, heading to the wells.  Many wells are dry, so the ones that do have water are busy day and night.  Goats and sheep in the day, camels at night.  I learned the reason for this the other day, too - hyena's won't attack the camels, and if they try, the camels give them a good swift kick.  Goats and sheep are much more vulnerable.  Huh.  Ya learn something new every day!

February 28, 2015

Pretty bird! Just hanging out on my back porch.  The ants are good pickin's here!

February 27, 2015

The ants are back. Sigh.  I was doing so well tracking them and stuffing poison down their hole.  But they've gotten wise and have found a hole under the counter that I can't get at.  Sugar, anyone?

February 26, 2015

My house worker was out of town this week, so I spent some time with some good Canadiana while I washed my dishes.  All riiiight!

February 25, 2014

My lovely neighbours brought me two GIGANTIC fresh mangoes today! Fresh fruit is rare here, so this was a major treat! The thing was almost as big as my head!


February 24, 2015

Today was the day of giant bugs! This grasshopper and praying mantis were hanging around outside our classrooms today!

Oh yeah... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEVIN!!!
I love you, my man - so happy you were born!
This photo is from when I gave him his birthday present when he was here in Korr. (Gotta get creative with wrapping around here! :) )

February 23, 2015

Kevin's View

So, some days are harder than others for photos. :) When Sydney was doing her homework yesterday, I did some vacuuming and noticed it was not doing a great job. Looking at it, I could see all this hair caught on the roller. After many minutes, I got it all out and the vacuum works much better now.
Hillary's View

These are dusty days in Korr - dust devils are common. This was a small one that blew through my neighbour's yard today. It's hard to get a good photo of one, cause they come through quickly and I don't want to have my camera out if it comes my way!

February 22, 2015

Kevin's View

 Sydney had some homework this weekend, multiplying fractions. So we sat down and worked on it together. She had to teach me what she was doing so I could understand how to help her. ;)
Hillary's View

 It is mid-term break this weekend (Friday - Monday), so I decided to open my house on Sunday afternoon for some games and fellowship.  There were some very intense games of Connect 4, and they had fun making crosswords with Bananagram tiles.  They enjoyed the slideshow of TSS photos, and fun was had by all! They even learned a new word! :)

February 21, 2015

Kevin's View

 After a time of really nice weather for February (for April really!), we got a bit of snow again last night. It didn't last though, it was mostly gone by the next day.
Hillary's View

 I am so thrilled about these photos! Compassion is coming to several towns in Northern Kenya, including Korr.  A committee of local people have teamed with Compassion to find the neediest families to set up child sponsorships.  Being here to see the process of how a sponsorship program is set up, I am SO, SO impressed with Compassion, their goals, and how they run.
Today was the day when the children who had been identified for sponsorships and their parents were being interviewed and photographed.  You know when you sponsor a child and you get the little information cards with the child's family situation, interests, household chores, etc? All this information comes from these interviews with parent, child, translator, and compassion interviewer.
I can't WAIT for all this information to be processed so I can start encouraging you all to sponsor a child from Korr! :)  They hope for everything to be ready to go in April or May.

February 20, 2015

We had people in Korr who are travelling around the north working on giving wells and the word to communities here.  They were going to Kurungu for the afternoon, so I decided it would be fun to tag along, see some friends there, and go somewhere I'd never been.  Along the way, we came across these guys - it's moving day! We call U-Haul, Rendille people load up the camels!