PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR LIFE
FOR A REASON, A SEASON OR A LIFETIME.
(Usually, you do not know which it will be.)
|New friends, Steve & Chelsey Itejere and their newly adopted|
little baby girl, Leyna. They are from Raleigh, NC.
We had them for dinner last week & then picked them up,
along w/ another adopting LDS couple, for Church on Sunday.
|It seems amazing that, after growing up in Florida,|
I never noticed the "spike" that begins a new palm leaf.
This is the view from my desk at the office.
|Remember the post about the challenges of living in a small|
apartment and getting attacked by large, poke- out doorknobs?
Here's proof! That bruise covers a lot of the upper arm.
|We are always expecting someone to fall out of these taxis.|
|A conservative dress in fabric and style.|
|A pretty one that's a lot more colorful.|
|There is NO end to the variety and creativity of these women.|
|Wish it had been a better view, but quite pretty with the yellow|
heels to complete the outfit.
|A VERY expensive vehicle.|
|And, not so much...|
|Two of these men were holding hands.|
There is something about this act of friendship that I love.
|Just had to laugh at the juxtaposition of a rather tough|
looking guy with his stuffed animals hanging down.
|Are plaid suits sophisticated if they have elbow patches?|
One interesting thing which is seen very frequently
is that the label on suits or dresses which is loosely stitched on
& taken off immediately in America, is kept showing in Congo.
|A pretty dress AND a view seen a hundred times a day.|
These guys serve with their voice & hand signals,
as the bus "sign"... that informs people
who are waiting where the bus is going.
|The bakers at the Patachou Patisserie must have had fun|
making the chocolate "log" and all the goodies.
(We noticed that some of the volume of items was
more sparse in the back... someone's been sneakin' stuff!)
|George thought that some might be interested in this old style truck.|
We also see old Korean War era trucks.. Hand-me-downs
that have gone through how many countries?
|This woman was so perfectly outfitted.|
I love the Congolese dresses, but appreciate the western look, too.
|Just above the large white sign is our apartment|
and the roof / porch that we sometimes use to "people watch".
|An artist's conception of the future Police Station.|
Words escape me.
|As we drove toward this man who was selling a tablecloth,|
I noticed the prominent red & black hat.
|If you look closely, you will see that|
his hat perfectly matches his plaid pants.
Give him points for coordinating.
|Numerous human street sweepers are busily working every day.|
Can you see anything to sweep? Me neither.
But they stand in one spot and move the broom a lot.
|What are these guys going to do with two tree limbs?|
One thing wonderful I love about the people of the Congo,
they follow the way of "Provident Living"..
USE IT UP.
WEAR IT OUT.
MAKE IT DO,
OR DO WITHOUT!"