August 21, 2011

More From Idaho

Well it's been about 1 month since we arrived here, and I think I could count on one hand the drops of rain I've seen.  One day a bit of a storm blew over and about 3 drops fell in front of our place.  Enjoy the dry while it's dry I guess!  The humidity factor will be increased in a few months for our family :)  The first two weeks of August saw Amy and I between courses that we are taking here in Nampa, which was nice because it gave us a chance to just hang out as a family and to feel a bit more settled.  I also was able to spend 2 or 3 days each week in the MAF maintenance hangar 'unofficially' getting my hands dirty again.  I practiced a bit of TIG welding (a first for me) and helped with a propeller assembly re-seal.  We took a propeller & hub off a Cessna 206 (that just recently arrived back from Papua, Indonesia - of all places), took it a part, cleaned, inspected, & re-sealed it, and installed it onto one of the Cessna 206's they have here for training pilots.  No pictures, maybe next time.  I must say, it is nice to pick up some tools again and work on something aircraft related!

This last week my maintenance standardization officially started and will run till early October.  One very neat aspect to being here is meeting up with friends again whom we've met in our last year and a half of preparing to serve with MAF.  Represented in our standardization class are folks from Australia, Canada, Ecuador, and the US.  Soon, the six of us and our families we'll be scattered all over the world in our respective programs.  In fact, each one of us are headed to separate countries: Ecuador, Indonesia, DR Congo, Kenya, Central Asia, & Mozambique.  Quite the mix!

Ya'll been to Kuna? Well, you haven't lived till you've experienced "Kuna Days"!!  Kuna's a little farming type town south of here...parade, candy, the kids loved it.

Yeehaw!  Joint the ATV Association - Kuna Chapter! This must be the local organized crime. Funny, I didn't see any snowmobile club. I must say though, we were recommended to come back down to Kuna because they have an awesome Mexican restaurant...they were right, it was smokin' good!

 Some random pictures of the kiddies playing out front of our place. 

 Simon wrestling in his heart about whether or not he should use this wet sand for good or for evil.

 Helena made her own personal not-so-hot tub one evening out of the toy bucket. Just the right size!

Out two girls nappin' in an air conditioned home during the heat of the day.

August 8, 2011

MAF Blog

If it interests anyone, check out the MAF Blog page. It has a lot of interesting stories & articles from MAF Missionaries all around the world.  A recent article by John Woodberry (MAF Disaster Response/ Security Manager) describes what it is like in a refugee camp near Somalia. About a week and a half ago, John was participating in helping teach a class here in Nampa that Amy and I were in. The need arose for him to help assess / manage MAF's emergency aid involvement in East Africa, and within 24hrs he was gone!

There is also a link on the blog to MAF's monthly podcast. A recent podcast talks about & explains why avgas supply has become such an issue for flying small aircraft in developing countries.

August 4, 2011

From Idaho

A few pictures of the kids & what they've been up to here @ MAF in Nampa....

Pet rats!  Too bad the Grandma's weren't down here for this. In Indonesia this is how we'll get our protein. Just kiddin' (I think).

Helena looooves her accessories

Family trip to the Boise Zoo. The price was right, very kid friendly, and they had a surprising variety of animals. I must say, the amount of living space these animals had at this zoo is somewhat minimal to what I've seen in Canada. There would be some serious animal activist 'activity' to say the least if this zoo were north of the boarder. But, the kids loved it!

Looking at Giraffes

Ranger station, jump on the jeep!

Simon checking out a caged animal

We lucked out and got the housing unit at MAF that had a sandbox type play area right our our front door. Very nice!  Well, it wasn't all luck, a friend of ours requested it for us back in January (thanks Jennifer!)

Our home away from our other homes, until our big move to our new home