Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Few Things

Bags the girls have been making. 
A sleeve ironing board Peter & I put together. 
Theophile, our teacher, put this together with some scraps. 
And this,
And this. 
With the scraps from making the bags, the girls cut and sewed these up. (More below)
Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm positive I'll leave the quilting to Leona, and give all my scraps to Theophile. He does a much better job than me, and I find it very frustrating. I must say though, that the last one looks pretty good. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some More Great Items To Show

They have been doing great and I even sewed a shirt for Peter!!! 
Marie Jean
and Peter!
I've been enjoying looking over what they have sewn, and the work is so good. They have been so busy sewing this last week or so, and have been very proud of their accomplishments. It is great to see the improvement since March.

Sewing School Building

There has been money donated by one of the people involved in our sewing school. It is very exciting to see that the community is wanting this building and the sewing school to continue. Pray for quick completion and to be moved into it. The rainy season starts in a month or so and it would be nice to have the roof on before that. Power and plumbing needs to be put in also.
We are very excited!
By Sunday, the foundation had already been started.
Foundation for the two rooms, office and classroom.
Classroom with bricks.
Walls going up, picture taken today.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I Know I Live In Africa

I know, I live in Africa, and you should be seeing pictures of 
lions, tigers, giraffes, and elephants, but we have Baby Chicks!!!!
Sunday the hens took the chicks on their first excursion out of the hen house.
Our yard
Our yard with house, the grass is dry right now.
We covered the carrots as the 3 chickens liked them and Peter was tired of them eating the tops off. Now with the new chicks we needed to cover them.
I've been wanting some sunflower seeds to grow in the next rainy season. Peter went around asking for "1", and came back with 6. People are very generous here!!!!
The Mango tree is in full blossom, and swarming with flies.

Peter added these rocks so the ground doesn't wash away during the rainy season. It will look nicer when the ground growth goes in.
Chicks getting their first drink of water.
Water and ground corn.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Come Visit Grandma Today

We have baby chicks!!!
Our two hens have been sharing the duty of looking after the incubation period.
12 chicks out of 17, not bad!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lima Beans

Peas, green beans, beets, carrots, garlic, and onion, and Lima Beans!!! A very colorful meal with rice!
They tasted really good!

Monday, July 15, 2013

It Is About Time

It's about time to write another blog post!
I never got around to it last week. We were in Kigali until Tuesday afternoon, and things get really busy when we get back. I miss being at the school and seeing what the students have been learning and sewing. Wednesday to Friday I was checking over the items that the students have finished since the beginning and try to see where they need improvement. I found out a lot when I did that, things like - every 'button up shirt with a collar' that has been sewn - the collar button (if they even put one on) has been too small for the person wearing the shirt. Hence, we need to have a lesson on making sure that the neck area is cut right and then the collar tab and collar are cut the right size! Flys in men's pants, waist bands, and button holes are a few of the other things that need attention. So this week is going to be spent dealing with each of those issues and others that come up. Today, we worked on the fly and waistband. I actually really enjoyed teaching it and there were lots of good questions and comments. And, being that there is 6 weeks left, 5 weeks really for sewing, they need to know how to do all these things before Graduation!
Oh my goodness, how time flies when you are having fun!
Esther in her shirt and skirt she made.
Mutesi in her dress she made.
When we got home today, I went looking in our garden. There isn't very much growing as we are in the dry season. Peter has been watering the cabbage, lima beans, tomatoes, carrots, and onions every day or every other day.
Lima beans, I think the seeds came from Kirk & Candace.
This is the whole row. There are quite a few pods on each plant.
I picked a few and Alphonsine is going to cook them for dinner tomorrow evening with the peas.
Alphonsine was 'doing' the maize. She has been taking it off the stock and drying the cobs in the sun each day. Now she is taking the dried kernels off the cobs and plans on taking it to the market to be made into flour to make kyunga.
The empty cobs we gave to the neighbor over the brick wall, so she can use it as firewood when she cooks her meals. We don't need them because we buy and use charcoal.
Alphonsine is a gem! She knows exactly when to plant the corn and beans, and when to harvest them and how to harvest them. I'm positive that we had the earliest beans and corn in the neighborhood. It has been a great pleasure to watch her 'organize' our lives! She saves us money, and literally will not buy an item at the market if it is too much money, and we will go without that item until it is the right price! We love her and Praise and Thank God for her every day! She has been a treasure! She is already planning what crops will go where in the back yard, and that's just what she wants to plant. We have a lot of seeds that came from Canada that we want to plant!!! Good thing we enlarged the area where we will plant this next rainy season. I can hardly wait, for two reasons, this dry season we are in now seems SO dry this time, and I want to get some more garden growing. The back yard seems so dead and barren right now.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Taking Some TIme Off

Okay, so we've been needing this time away. It's been so busy since the end of May, but that's been good!

This week there were two Rwandan holidays, July 1st, was Independence Day and July 4th was National Liberation Day. Then, I thought that our staff needed to have another day off, so I gave 'us' Friday, July 5th too. Tues and Wed were the only days for school.

Peter and I left Nyagatare for Kigali early Friday, about 7:15 AM we were on the bus, our backpacks filled with bags sewn by the graduate students. [Thurs, I had taken home all the bags from the school. There are 50 shoulder bags and 58 smaller ones (various sizes). Friday, Alphonsine and I, (because she wouldn't have let me do them alone anyway) washed them all, hung them to dry, and then I ironed them. And in the meantime Doreen, Alphonsine's sister, came to visit us along with her neice Blessed (Alphonsine and Doreen's sister Jacqueline's daugher). We had a wonderful visist, Doreen knows more English than her two older sisters do and so we got to know Doreen. She lives in Kigali and is taking University and was home for a break. Alphonsine has been wanting us to meet her for a long time now.] Anyway back to the bags. We have been able to put them in the YWAM Boutique to have Odeth sell them there for us. There are a lot of teams from different countries that come and stay at the base so I'm hoping that they will sell there.
After unloading the bags from our packs, we went to shop for things that we can't get in Nyagatare or that are cheaper in Kigali. Went over to a street where there are a lot of shops that have stuff just for sewing, and picked up another month or two of supplies for the school, thread, short zippers, and some material.

Walking over to the guesthouse, where we will be staying while in Kigali, we came across these bats in about 4 or 5 trees. They were make quite a noise, and we couldn't believe how big they were.
 Today, we had a leisurely morning, then took motos to the ABC, African Bagel Company. Mentioned here!  It has changed hands, and is now J Lynn's. We got to meet the couple that own it now, I've been following her blog since about 2011, "A Rwanda Momma...". Had a wonderful chat with them and got to know them better. She actually has been to Strasbourg, SK (she's from ON) and knows some folks there! What a small world!!! She even offered to have us come on Saturday mornings to sell our bags there when we are in Kigali. Next, we took a moto to two markets to buy more material - even got a better price than I usually get - , sandals for Peter, and a pattern poster. After that we were tired and took a moto back to the guesthouse. I love the moto rides, kind of like riding the 'slow' rides at the Exibition, a bit of a thrill. (And yes mom, I wear a helmet!)

The next few days will be spent relaxing as much as possible, reading a book. Monday is going to the hospital for blood tests, just routine to see if I'm doing okay. Tuesday to see the doctor and the results from the tests. Then we will head back home, with our backpacks packed with more materials for sewing.