This blog will feature many of the familiar and funny favorites (pretty dresses, men in pajamas, etc), but you'll also see the children who followed us to the water project that blesses families in what many consider to be the poorest part of Kinshasa.
|For every new & beautiful Congolese dress, there are a hundred that the camera doesn't capture...|
|A man in a nice suit & pretty pink parasol.|
|This is just 1/2 of the view of the plaza on New Year's NIGHT. |
No signs of rowdiness or drunkenness..
just music on loud speakers, fireworks, and families having FUN!
|A higher, wider view facing downtown Kinshasa...|
from our new location on the 4th floor
|Not sure how well you can tell, but the matching turban|
is knotted in a different style than most of us imagine.
Here again, is creativity.
|Just a random picture to prove an amazing solitaire hand.|
As for the "casino" cards...I never did that and it was a long time ago.
(In reality, there were a "give away" at a car show in California)
|You often pass displays of plastic flower wreaths,|
used to adorn the hearse & casket for funerals.
|In the midst of extreme poverty and ugly surroundings,|
these amethyst-colored bouganvilla flowers brought a bit of beauty.
|Three big trucks full of white faces was enough to evoke much interest..|
|... And for some, distrust.|
|Another view of the trash-filled dirt "street".|
Hard to imagine a street where you need 4-wheel drive.
|Look at the different personalities! Aren't they cute?|
The little girl with the stick-out hair did not get an electrical shock.
That is the style that comes from Luputa,
the location of the LDS Church's largest water project.
|Having cut off half her face in a previous photo, I just had to|
take another picture of this little cutie.
|Here, she had a bit more serious expression.|
|Again, the children... almost always smiling and happy!|
In this picture, Sister Jameson was getting them to count with her..
in French, then Lingala and finally Swahili!
|Continuing with the count. |
Like the teacher that she was pre-mission,
she soon had a hundred children joining in the fun.
|Apparently, in THIS school yard, Mary had a little goat...|
|The Gailey's, showing the latrine built for the school.|
|Laughing at the antics of the children.|
|At one point, several were showing off.. singing, chanting, dancing.|
|This little "HAM" kept doing the salute, every time he saw me|
aiming the camera & was delighted that he got in this picture!
You can just see Elder Moon & his safari hat in the back.
|George always attracts the kids. Not sure what he was doing,|
but there's a good chance they were all wanting to shake hands.
But, who wouldn't want to shake the hand of a BYU fan!
|"Talking" with the kids... Somehow communication happens!|
|"Big Sister" taking care of her little brother... a very common sight.|
|A view of the corrugated tin shop walls on the side of the road.|
|Just had to take a surreptitious pic of a really good pajama guy.|
The fabric is a celebration cloth for the 50th anniversary of the
République démocratique du Congo (RDC in French)
|Some little folks just have the cutest heads~|
A CHANGE OF PACE WITH ANOTHER VISIT
TO THE JUNGLE-LIKE
|Entering the garden.|
|Flowering plants everywhere.|
|A dragon lizard with his tongue 1/2 out...|
Glad we he's on the other side of a cage.
|Exquisite, colorful orchids.|
|Equally colorful peacocks.|
|The path to the main building, lined with vines, trees & plants.|
|Look at these vibrant colors... Aren't they beautiful?|
|But, THIS parrot was not in a cage and he was letting George |
know whose domain this was, arching toward him w/ sound & fury.
Having already lost 1/2 a finger in an accident some years back,
I was afraid that George would now lose 1/2 a nose.
|Another colorful example of an African parrot.|
|The famous white peacock was in his favorite spot|
You may see that the one on the left is PART albino,
so perhaps it is an offspring.
|He seemed very solicitous of the pea hen... nesting?|
|Under a roof outside, there are many attractive paintings, |
but for some reason, I didn't get a better example.
|Brass sculpture in the greenery.|
|A Gold Crowned Heron.|
|Heron & Peacock|
How I wish I could remember the joke. Pascal and all of us
were cracking up at Elder Whitesides.
|Couples Valentines Dinner at the Jameson's.|
The Bybees (Public Affairs), President Jameson,
the Moons (Humanitarian), Sister Billings,
Elder & Sister Whitesides (Yaoundé, Cameroon)
| Elder & Sister Billings (Construction)|
and Elder & Sister Wheatley (Pt. Noire, Rep. of Congo).
We had the pleasure of hosting the Wheatleys at our apartment for
the week the "outlying" couples were here. They were a delight!
|Backlight made a fuzzy picture, but I just had to show|
Sister Jameson cooking one of her wonderful meals.
She made a chicken dish that melted in your mouth!
|And, look at the beautiful setting... it was a Valentine's Dinner|
so the color theme was red and there were red foil
chocolate covered hearts on each plate.
She really knows how to make her guests feel special.
|This picture was taken when the couples first arrived.|
By the end of their week here, we were all exhausted,
but what fun we had! Now we have brand new eternal friends!