Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Photos from Birthday in Germany

Here are some photos on Facebook of my day in Germany

Video of orphans singing

I've been showing friends this video I took at the orphanage I'm invovled with and people seem to LOVE it, so I thought I'd post it on the House of Hope blog.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Free Passport photos

Hey! Need an ID photo? Check out You can save digital passport photos to your computer and get them printed for the normal price of like 20 cents! Yay! Passport photos are normally so ugly and expensive! Or you can do wallets of your kids or whatever. Just upload a photo, choose the format you need, crop it how you want, and download it! It's great!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Alternative Xmas and Year-End Giving

Hello from iced over Salem, OR! Are you too stuck inside unable to complete your Christmas shopping? Or looking for a way to give away more money and not pay so many taxes? Consider giving to the House of Hope in Brazzaville, Congo. We'd really love to make a sizeable down payment on a new house for the orphanage by the end of the month. For more information see the blog about the project.

Merci beaucoup to all the precious people who have already donated! May God bless you!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

You Crazy Americans

Whenever I come home after an extended time in another country it's fun to do a little anthropology on my own culture. Here's a few quick observations I've made so far...

--Rushing, rushing, rushing! Sheesh people! No body's rushed me in over a year, so I'm a little befuddled by all this hurrying and scurrying and worrying about being 5 minutes late. In Congo you say you'll be somewhere at say 10. But 10 is 10 until 10:59, so you can be almost an hour late and not be late at all!

--I'm not used to the kind of interpersonal relations we get with servers here. My waitress tells me her name and asks how I am! Congolese waitresses, a la francaise, kind of look like you're bothering them when they have to come take your order. Americans are hyper friendly when it comes to customer service.

--America is fat. Sorry folks, them's the facts. I'm used to twiggy Congolese bodies. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out why...we eat JUNK!!! When was the last time you actually had several servings of fresh fruits and veggies in a day? The Congolese diet isn't healthy either (sometimes the fish is actually floating in palm oil, the veggies are cooked to death and also floating in oil, fruit although it's falling off the trees all around isn't eaten much). But in our little missionary community I think we eat exceptionnally well--cooking from scratch, using lots of fresh fruit and veg, avoiding expensive snack foods, eating a lot of well-rounded home cooked meals. There are perks to the missionary life!!

--You can get stuff done here. Going to the PO isn't a major event like it is in Congo. You can get a week's grocery shopping done in an hour at just one store. The indoor temperature is perfectly adjusted for optimal comfort and productivity. I can get just about anywhere I want to go in my town in 15 minutes in my very own car. Woowee!!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Oregon doesn't usually get good snow. Just slush. But this week's been great! I decided to be snowed in with my sister and her family, so we're having fun!
I planned on staying one night and now it's been 4! One change of clothes...Fun times!