Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What A Surprise

Well it's always fun to have guests.
We knew that they were coming but not what they brought!
 Harry Holmquist and grandson Branden.
Great to hear the stories and fun times Harry has had since we saw him last - many years ago!!!!
Harry said he had something for us! 
Didn't believe him when he said he turkey dinner, and even the stuffed Turkey!
A they only had a small back pack each!
Golden Yellow cake mix, Stove Top stuffing, Butter potatoes, Turkey gravy, Pumpkin pie filling, Cranberry sauce, Cupcake paper, two scented candles in candle holders, a small turkey ornament, a hot pot pad, Thanksgiving Snoopy stickers, AND EVEN A STUFFED TURKEY!!! 
All from Canada!!
 The note says:
Peter & Diane, sorry we were not able to connect with your family to bring something from them. BUT I did read your comments about getting a 'wiff' of thanksgiving dinner. (smiley face) and it gave me an idea! Hope you enjoy your "USA Thanksgiving" (or late Canadian!) dinner.
Have a great visit with Harry & Branden!
Hugs & Prayers,

Diane Holmquist you are the greatest!!!
Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. We will enjoy every bite of it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday To Friday Routine

Just thought I'd let some of you know our daily routine for those of you who are curious!

We get up at 5 AM for Devo's.
About 5:30 AM Alphonse, our guard leaves.
At 6:30 AM Alphonsine has our breakfast ready. Pancakes, honey, cinnamon and bananas.
Don, Jackson and Peter
7 AM the moto drivers are here to pick us up at the gate to take us to the sewing school at Ryabega. We have a monthly contract with them.
They will come in at the beginning of the month to sign it and we have a time of prayer!

At 8:30 AM we start the class with prayer and 1/2 hr. of Bible teaching.
9 AM we start teaching them to sew.
 11:50 AM the selected students (from both classes) clean 
the classroom for the afternoon class, and we pray.

Noon - Peter eats what Alphonsine has pack for him, and I rest on the bed we have in the office. 
(I used to eat but I just have got to stop gaining! 
Makes for one SAD Alphonsine, 
but I can't continue to get more clothes either!!! 
She'll get over it I think!!)

Repeat the Bible teaching for the afternoon class at 1 PM.
1:30 PM we teach them to sew.
3:50 PM alarm goes off to sweep and put things away, and a time of prayer.

Around 4:05 PM, Peter and I head to the road (about two blocks away) to catch a ride home.
The ride can be from the big buses, or taxi van, or 
a private vehicle or sometimes a moto, or other vehicle.
 Today was the Milk Truck.
We get home about 4:45 PM and do a few things 
- internet, wash, feed chickens, see how much they have progress on the guardhouse, etc.

At 6 PM we have dinner, cooked by Alphonsine, 
after she has cleaned the house for us, 
and washed our clothes by hand,  
three tubs - one wash, two rinses, and hangs them, 
brings them in after they are dry if it hasn't rained, 
irons them and puts them in our room for us to put away. 
(Yeah that's about all we do for work around the house during the week!)

6:30 PM - the phone rings to let us know that Alphonse is back 
to babysit, oh, I mean, guard for the night!!! (hee, hee)

7 PM we sit with Alphonsine 
and have a time of prayer before we head to the bath 
(if there's water) and bed!!!

9 PM, my eyes can't stay open any longer, and Peter's soon to follow.

Well that's about how our weekdays run. 

God is so faithful and 
we can not thank Him enough for the safety 
He has given us over the last year and a half!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Princess!

Photo credit: TLDG Thanks!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cash Wallet

This country is such a cash society!
One has a hard time keeping everything straight!
So I've been working on my own designs and ended up going online for a pattern!
 Peter liked this one right off, and started using it on Friday.
 This one is okay and 'accordian pleats' on the ends. Too long and not a favorite.
 This is a 3 pocket one.
And this one is from online, put together the way I wanted it, and had materials for.

Below is the same cash wallet done following the instructions!
I made it at school today while the students are working on their projects.
Got interrupted lots, but still got it done.
It turned out beautifully, and Peter is now trying this one. 
Xaverine was there after I completed it, she wants to come back and take more classes to learn how to make it too. The other students wanted to know when I would teach them to sew it. Not in the plans right now but maybe toward the end of the six months, will have to wait and see!

Yeah, it  will be nice to use this one!

Lots Happening at the Sewing School

We've been working at getting Shoulder bags, and Zippered bags, and Baby dresses made. We started with the shoulder bags about 3 weeks ago and just progress with the items as needed. All students are working at their own pace, so that means some are done before others. I waited on the shoulder bags and zippered bags, to get a class picture, so others have already finished their Baby dress too. The baby dresses are so cute! 3 sizes of rectangles put together just right - and you have a dress!
Esther's Baby dress.
Pascasie's baby dress.
The PM Class with their shoulder bags! Very happy and proud group!
AM Class with their shoulder bags, with Eppy - she's been doing some sewing with translating this time and it is working very well!
AM Class with their Zippered bags, Eppy's still working on hers.
Floratine's baby dress.
Shemusa's baby dress.
Margueritte's baby dress.
Xaverine with her baby.
Oh, and this was a surprise! Xaverine was in the first class that we ran. She dropped in today, we had fixed on her machine and she came to pay us. She is now working at home making clothes, mending clothes and doing some sewing. She is making 'good money' with her skill, and said, "No more going to the fields to hoe!" She is one happy person!!! A real success story, I was so glad to hear about!!!
PM Class with zippered bags.
More baby dresses to come. Theo will be teaching soon his part of the school, so there will be more pictures to come with that too!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Long Due For A Post

 A week of pictures!
On Saturday, the 19th, we headed into Kigali, and our first stop after the trip in, is to go to J Lynn's (formerly ABC). They serve the best Breakfast Burrito. And the atmosphere is so peaceful and lots of white people there. Serge and Jen are the owners now and they are a great couple! Picture is empty of people because we were there til almost closing - 2 pm. But it is a beautiful spot.
the city,
busy, busy, busy!
We were taken to this place to buy souvenirs the first time we were in Rwanda, May 2010.
We "happened" to ride past it on our last trip into Kigali when the moto drivers were taking us to where we were staying. It was exciting for both of us to know it was so close!
It is ONE of many places you can get a WIDE variety of crafts.
We went one day and ran out of RWF, said we'd be back tomorrow. 
So then I took pics of the stall we made promises too. Faces and number!
 There is so much! We have made plans ahead, to buy for family
and friends for our trip back to Canada, a little each month. 

We were able to pick up parts for the sewing machines, and got that done on Saturday.
And we picked up groceries and other supplies that we can't get in Nyagatare - like popcorn!!!
While in Kigali, we had a call from friends. They were taking a trip out to Nyagatare with some of their belongings and were wondering if we would like a ride out, and could they leave their stuff at our house until they move into theirs around November 4th.
What a blessing!
As it happened, the Doctor I was to see was out of the country. 
We found that out on Monday, the day before my appointment. It worked out that we could see the Medical Officer, and we got more medication for me until my appointment in November. And we had bought too many things to take back with us on the bus.
God is so good, His plans are above ours, and He knows what we need before we need it!!!
 Upon getting back we caught the workers building again on the guardhouse.
This was Tuesday, and they hadn't been able to work until now because of rain.
 By evening they had this much done.
The next day - Wednesday - this much!
Friday, the PM Class had all their shoulder bags finished. I had kept them in our office until they were all finished. So here's the happy smiles of the 6 students with their bags, eager to take them home and show them off to their families. I'm hoping that by Monday the AM Class will have theirs all completed. Some are working on the small bag, and other who have finished that, are working on a baby dress! Pictures to come of those when they are finished! They are doing so well, and they deserve to be proud of their accomplishments!
Peter gave them a test on the teachings that he is giving and all of them did very well!
 Got home on Friday, and the workers had the tin on the roof! They will not be working again until Tuesday next week. It is looking very good and we will be glad when we can hire a guard to live in it!
The chickens are doing well. One hen is laying an egg every day or so. The others should be starting soon. The five little chicks are getting bigger but being pecked on my the older ones. (Mostly I see it when there is food in the pen - I guess that's what they call "Pecking order"! Just checked - Yep!)

So 'Thankful' for our house keeper Alphonsine! Without her we would be much more tired after a days work! I can't imagine 'doing' my day with out her. She makes our life here easier! And the big bear hug that I get upon coming home each evening tells me she prays for us while we are gone, and that we have returned safely!!! With all the accidents that happen in this 'little country' with 'millions' of people, I'm only beginning to understand her prayers/cares about us each day! She is a "God send" for us! She wants to learn to drive and get a vehicle to drive us around from place to place too! Her English is improving each week too.

Well, it's Saturday, and there is lots to do that Alphonsine can't do. She is goes home on Friday's and comes back on Sunday afternoon/evenings to take care of us again for the week. We have things we want to do or have to do, like online banking, etc. when she is gone.

For you, our supporters, I am so thankful. We know that God's work here would not be going on if it wasn't for you. Praise the Lord with us for His goodness and faithfulness. He is providing for all the needs and we know the people here are very grateful for this ministry work God has placed us in. It is very exciting to see the smiles and receive the hugs from many who receive God's blessings!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

This Week's Odds and Ends

Peter's drawstring bag he made.

and on to making a hanky!

Nothing like having a the lights go out, and it being a chilly night, to have Hot Chocolate!!!

The guard house has it's four walls up at 5 PM today.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

And We Have Almost Half a Guardhouse

 Taken just when we got home.

 They are building two walls and the brick fence/wall will be the other two in the corner of our yard, farthest corner from the gate.
 Where the old guardhouse was going to be last year, now corn, beans, and peas. 
I believe volunteer pumpkin, tomatoes and potatoes too.

Garden is coming along nicely, there are some that have just come out of the ground.