Monday, July 8, 2013

Pushing Back the Dust

Pushing back the dust - the largest part of these first two weeks back in Niger has been spent doing just that.  It began in my apartment where everything needed a thorough cleaning.  And that was before I opened the door of my store room where all my boxes and trunks were covered in a thick layer of dust.  Even things tucked away inside boxes needed a wash.  Then there was my car which was equally gross.  It got a good cleaning and spent some time in the shop for repairs.  Meanwhile I had some repairs done around my house as well.

But now that all that has been taken care of it is time to tackle the classroom where the Sahara seems to have overtaken the place.

I thought I was going to be sweeping all morning!  The dirt is so fine that even after several passes across the same area, there would be more dirt to sweep.  It gave me a new appreciation for the guys who clean our floors for us every day.  Thankfully I had some help to get the job done too.

Anyone need some sand for their sandbox?

Somewhat unpacked and looking much cleaner thanks to some help from two hard working ladies who gave me a hand.

Today I'm thankful for...
  •  The wonderful people who moved all this stuff back to the school.  What a huge job!
  • Kathy's coffee cake and the friendly harassment that comes with it.
  • Becky & Cameron who helped me clean.
  • Cool drinks of water & nap time too!


  1. Makes me excited to be there pushing back the dust, too. Thank you so much for all your posting, it makes me feel closer!Something that this year in America has done is make me appreciate the satisfaction of being where God wants me to be! Nine more days!!!

    1. So true, Janice, nothing beats the pleasure of knowing you are where God wants you to be.

  2. Love the picture of the half swept floor!

  3. I could uses the sand for our sandbox. The class room looks great...I would love to drop by and see it first hand...

    1. The sandbox I played in tonight was even more fun Ronda...maybe I'll have some pictures up in a day or so.


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