• Boarding Passes and Book Bags

    In case you’d like a slightly different perspective on our experiences here – our daughter Matea, and our fake daughter Ella (her fake twin) have started a blog. Two amazing young women who…

  • Burundi transport

    There are a lot of peculiarities to how people move around this country. No…scratch that. There are a lot of peculiarities to how people move around this country. There are a lot of…

  • Last One Standing (?)

    {NOTE: I really did not feel that what the world needs now is yet another post about COVID-19. However, we are in a bit of a unique situation here, and felt it’s worth…

  • 22/02/2020

    It feels strange to write about an event like what took place in our house on February 22. In one way, the essence of writing is distilling down something – an idea, an…

  • Matea is 16!

    {NOTE: yes – there is a lot going on right now in our lives and in this world, but I’m setting all of that aside for right now to finish this post that…

  • uh…so he’s 18 (?!)

    {OK…so this is just over a month late – so I guess really the last of my mea culpa series of posts…where I post things way too late. that’s my fault. mea culpa}…

  • Back to School – 2019

    {This should be the last of the MEA CULPA SERIES OF POSTS _ where I post things I should have written a long time ago… yeah…that’s on me.} These years are strange. We…

  • Alma is {still} 8

    NOTE: this is part of a series of blog posts that I SHOULD have written long ago. Events and things that I do want to share with others, and have a record of…

  • Washing Feet

    NOTE: this is a cross-post from our team blog www.wordanddeedafrica.com that was written by our intern Alexis. Since it’s about Susan and her work at the feeding program I thought I’d share it…

  • kids we(a)re home

    The two older kids are were home from Kenya on their Christmas break. As of yesterday, they’re back at school in Kenya. The time really does go by fast when they’re here. We…

  • abana

    hey everyone… umwaka mushasha mwiza….happy new year. Just a quick post to share some pictures I took the other day when I accompanied Susan to visit the home of a widow who attends…

  • Noeli Nziza 2019

    This year is our fifth Christmas in Burundi. If I’m counting right, since we were married that makes: 8 in France, 5 here, 1 in Kazakstan, and the remaining 9 in Canada. Despite…

  • Micah is 13

    {PART OF THE MEA CULPA SERIES OF POSTS _ where I post things I should have written a long time ago. yeah…that’s on me.} So we now (yes…months ago) have 3 teenagers in…

  • Rainy rainy season

    This time of year is really the heart of the rainy season. It’s supposed to be raining. Just not this much. This is actually a very rainy rainy season. Sure there are some…

  • What a difference a decade makes

    {PART OF THE MEA CULPA SERIES OF POSTS _ where I post things I should have written a long time ago… yeah…that’s on me.} {{{ Apparently, this was something I wrote almost exactly…

  • Katavi {Pt.II}

    {PART OF THE MEA CULPA SERIES OF POSTS _ where I post things I should have written a long time ago… yeah…that’s on me.} The second day we got the same guide and…

  • Katavi National Park {Pt.I}

    or: How to see amazing African animals without the normal crowding and cost. {PART OF THE MEA CULPA SERIES OF POSTS _ where I post things I should have written a long time…

  • How Low Can You Go?

    One of the strange things we have found living up here in Kibuye is that our perspective has shifted.   A lot. When we first arrived in Burundi, we lived in the capital,…

  • ‘Tis the Season

    On Friday night our family set up our Christmas tree.  As is our Christmas tradition, the evening we decorate the tree we have snack supper, play Christmas music, and it’s when it really…

  • Home again, home again…jiggidy jig *

    The big kids are home!  They landed in Bujumbura a week ago Saturday, and we stayed overnigight in the city.  I’m quite convinced that it will never not feel strange to have to pick…

  • For November 11th.

    This is a re-post of something I wrote after visiting Normandy just before the 70 anniversary of D-Day, and I feel it still reflects my feelings on a day like today. This year…

  • Something a little different.

    This is just a one-time notice that I’ve started another site to share some writing / thoughts I have.  OK – the truth is that I started it several years ago – but…

  • Yee-Haw (?)

    In keeping with the theme of themed birthdays here in Kibuye, when our youngest turned 7 (!) we were surrounded by cow-boys/girls. Having spent half of my school-years in Alberta, and rural Alberta…