Thursday, December 2, 2010

We are home!

It is good to be back. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement along the way. God is good!

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We are almost home

We have been up for 46 hours and in one more hour we will be home. We are on the plane and from our perspective everything look like a go for takeoff. We are so tired and so ready to see our friends and family.

See you soon!

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We are in Minneapolis

After sitting on the plane in Amsterdam for 5 hours and flying for another 8 hours we have arrived in Minneapolis. After we go through customs we will see what the plan is and when we are rebooked for Sioux Falls.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We have arrived in Amsterdam

The team has arrived safely in Amsterdam. The goal is to stay awake from now until we lay our heads in our own beds back in Sioux Falls. It is 6:00 AM Thursday in Amsterdam and 11:00 PM Wednesday in Sioux Falls. In 17 1/2 hours we will be home!

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Waiting for the plane in Nairobi for Amsterdam

Ok, we are officially fat from our feast. We just ate more protein than we did the whole 2 weeks combined. It is just about time to board the plane. The goal is to sleep on this leg and stay up on the next two. Sleep should be easy with all the work our bodies are trying to do with our supper.

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Menu at Carnivore

OMG! We are stuffed! Amsterdam, here we come.

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Carnage at Carnivore

We also had gator, pork, turkey, ostrich steaks, chicken livers, lamb, lamb sausages and more ostrich meatballs.

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Cheri eating ostrich!


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Here comes the beef


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Sauces

One sauce for every meat! So far we've had chicken, pork spare ribs and sausage!
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Darwin is checking out the piles of roasting meat

Looking good. Ostrich anyone? It's not just for boot you know.

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Carnivore!

We have arrived at the famous Kenya restaurant Carnivore. We have been told by everyone here and who has been here in the past that this is a must stop. They serve meat on giant skewers that are brought to the table and sliced off onto your plate in a slab!

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Weather in Sioux Falls

The team would like to know how much snow is on the ground and what the weather will be like when we land on Thursday evening.

By the way, happy December!

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On our way back to Nairobi

Our stay at Kijabe is over and we are riding the 1 1/2 mile bus ride back to Nairobi. We are all clean and the road is paved. We are going to stop at the market for some arts and crafts shopping and then on to dinner before heading to the airport for the 26 hour trip home. I'll send a few photos of our adventures throughout the afternoon and evening (your morning and early afternoon).
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Ben's shoes

Back in Sudan, Ben gave his shoes away to Sebit, our cook. Now we are in Kijabe and it's raining. Ben has saved a pair of socks this whole trip to wear home. They still had that just out of the dryer smell. Now he has had to tromp through the Kenya countryside in his crocks and got his socks all muddy. This was hilarious!
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FGW training center in Kijabe

We are at the Farming God's Way training center here in Kijabe. You can see the difference after 2 months of growth. The beans on the right (Kidney beans) have large pods but the ones on the left don't even have them yet. The maize on the left is leaps and bounds over the maize on the right.

This thing really works and would work great in all of our Sioux Falls back yards. Maybe Darren could offer a FGW training at Hillcrest?


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