Sunday, December 21, 2014

One Last Hurrah

Before we left Ghana, we decided to squeeze in a quick road trip to the Volta Region of Ghana.  We had heard about some beautiful things there and wanted to see them before we left.  It ended up being a lot of driving on some really rough roads, but we had some neat experiences.  Here are a few pictures of our time there:

We hiked into Wli Falls, which is supposed to be the highest waterfall in West Africa.  Along the way, we saw lots of fruits growing, but the pineapples were our favorites.  Have I ever mentioned that Ghana has THE BEST pineapple?

 This is the view of the falls, as we approached.

 Here are the kids, and our volunteer teacher enjoying the cool water of the falls.

 One of the Wli residents we saw on our walk back
We spent the night at Mountain Paradise.  The accommodations were basic, but the view was amazing.

The next day, we went to a monkey sanctuary.  With 75 cents worth of bananas, we were all able to let convince them to come and sit on our arms.  It was really an amazing experience.

None of our group shot efforts turned out very well, but this outtake is my favorite.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spoiled Rotten!

After a very busy and exhausting wrap-up month in Ghana, we have made it to the States!  We've been here about 5 days and we are so thankful.  We are also very cold and still trying to figure out how to sleep past 5 AM.  But, mostly we are thankful.

We arrived to an airport full of friends.  After a nice meal with about 5 of our favorite families, our parents took us to the mission house where we'll be staying for the next 5 months.  They had picked up the key and added all sorts of welcome touches.  My mother-in-law had invited several of the girl's friends over a few days before our arrival, and they had put up a Christmas tree and all sorts of decorations.  They also filled the cabinets with all sorts of food, paper goods, and other items.  The beds were made up with clean linens and we even had new winter pajamas and slipper socks waiting for us on each bed.  We are very, very blessed and we have felt very loved and cared for all week long!

It's been a busy week of purchasing some cold weather clothes and making a few Christmas preparations.  But, there has also been some time for rest and just delighting in the fact that we aren't responsible for so many folks for a little while.  It's been a great week of decompressing and we look forward to visiting friends, family, and many of you who have prayed for and encouraged us in the weeks ahead.

 Here's our Christmas tree, which my mother-in-law was able to find at the last minute for $15, at the Goodwill!  The ribbon around it is covered with Sharpie messages from kids in each of the SS classes that my children consider "their" class.
 Everyone, even Ryan and I, had a welcome sign on the wall above our beds.

 That OJ got a squeal.  Along with the cheese, seedless grapes, bacon, and Dr. Pepper
Pa's couponing efforts sure did benefit us this week!  We haven't even had to venture into the grocery section of a store yet.