Spray painting chairs:  before and after

Spray painting plastic chairs: does it work?

When we moved, we brought some white plastic lawn chairs that didn’t end up matching with the rest of the back yard decor, which is mostly black lawn furniture with some red and yellow accents.  The white didn’t clash, but it got kind of lost against the white fence, and because the chairs were old, […]

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Cooking with gas

Now we’re cooking with gas

I think I told you that just before we moved out of the old house, in the midst of repainting and recarpeting and replacing the whole kitchen,  our oven broke, forcing us to buy brand a brand new range also---a mite frustrating after all the money … [Read More...]

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With some of the kids on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

We had a nice visit with family on Mother's Day.   One of the highlights of the day had to be when all our grandchildren arrived at once, all hurrying toward the front door in great excitement at being here to visit.  What delight.  … [Read More...]

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Part 10: More from Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 Oh, what a trip we’ve had! We are back home now, so I want to tell you the rest of our story. In Harar, we saw many ladies in […]

On the way to Harar

Part 9: To Harar

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 During the three other times I’ve been to Ethiopia, I’d never ventured outside of Addis.  So this trip has been a completely different and interesting experience.  One of the cities I’ve wanted […]

Soddo Christian Hospital

Part 8: Visiting and Driving

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 Sunday After the enormous events that had unfolded on Saturday, we felt kind of in a daze– ‘did that really happen?’– on Sunday.  But Sunday was our last day in Soddo and it was packed […]

The goodness of God

Part 7: The goodness of God

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Looking back, I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must have felt for the young man, answering the barrage of questions from Lidya and Sophie and me. The story he told is, I suppose, not so different from […]

At the bus station

Part 6: Talking to strangers

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 The plan for Saturday was first to  visit Julianna’s family, and then to do a little investigating to see if we could find anything at all about Emily’s family. Since all we knew about her was the police station where she’d […]

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Part 5: Joyful Grannies

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 On we walked, with our young guides reassuring us that it was close by. Sophie had a picture of the house in her head– a rectangular house with two front doors and a round children’s hut off to one side. When we entered a […]

AJulWalk

Part 4: This should be easy

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we got into Dawit’s van on Saturday morning to go visit Julianna’s family, we thought we knew where we were going.  Sophie had been there before, after all.  How hard could it be? We were hoping to visit Julianna’s birth father and some of her siblings.  […]

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Part 3: On the way to Soddo we saw…

(Sights completely normal to people living in Ethiopia, but unusual and charming to this Idaho girl.) No stop lights.  Not one. Exactly two stop signs, complete ignored by everyone. (This total includes many miles of driving in Addis). Goats and sheep and cows walking down the road, driven by children spinning ropes. A dozen or […]

A lovely visit

Part 2- Thursday in Ethiopia

We arrived in Addis last night around 9PM, right on time.  Always when you get off the plane after so many hours of travel, you’re  soooo ready to just get to the place where you can lay your head for the night.  But there are hurdles. First you wait in line to get your visa, […]

At the airport

Part 1-We’re off to Ethiopia!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Here we are this morning with our 6 checked bags and 6 carry-on items. Yikes! So much for packing light. However, 2.5 of our checked bags […]