Tuesday, December 31, 2013


On Christmas Eve, I made it to Arkansas safe and sound. It was a long journey, with two stop-overs, but it all passed by uneventful. In fact, the situation at Brussels airport was quite relaxed. I think most people already flew out the weekend before.

It's been lovely to stay here with Ann-Marie and her 11-year old niece Shenae. The weather has also been great: cold yet sunny most of the time. So these days I have been basically getting over jet lag and socializing. Ann-Marie took the legal guardianship of her niece, as she is getting an education here. She is a smart little lady, with "no shy bone in her body" as her aunt puts it!

I have also found time to continue with a few writing projects and some church business. We spent Christmas day with a lovely family from church in Oklahoma. They were very hospitable. The Sabbath experience at church was also pleasant.

Today, we went to the George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri, which is only about an hour away from Ann-Marie's place. I'm quite impressed with the life work of George Washington Carver. He was such a humble man. We visited the museum and walked in his footsteps on the surrounding trail. It was a beautiful outing.

All in all, it's been a great way to end the year. What will 2014 bring? Only the Lord knows. In any case, I'm now off to the next adventure: GYC!
"...some day I will have to leave this world. And when that day comes I want to feel that I have an excuse for having lived it. I want to feel that my life has been of some service to my fellow man" (George Washington Carver)
My friend Ann-Marie with her niece Shenae

With Ann-Marie and Shenae at the museum

The monument
Grave side of the foster parents of George Washington Carver

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