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Murphy has posted a slide show of our trip to the game park on our team web site.

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“My bruder’s got da blue belt!” Jonathan was more excited than anyone today when Jeremy was awarded his blue belt in Taekwando. The boys usually have their lessons at the Koonce’s house, but our yard is a little more level, so they choose to have their “test” in our yard. Their teacher, Mr. Frank, comes up from Lomé on Thursdays. For those of you who know Jeremy, you know he’s not a very aggressive kid, but this is toughening him up a little.

Jeremy shows his stuff.

Jeremy (blue) and Tanner spar.

Jeremy receives his blue belt.

Notice how the four year olds are acting like, well, four year olds?

We rolled in last night about 8:30 p.m. following a twelve and a half hour trip home from a trip to the Penjari game park in northern Benin. This was a father/son camping trip that we had been trying to pull off for some time now. The dads and sons on our team made some good memories. We were accompanied by Jenna and Stacey, our kids’ teachers, and Glenda Spears, Brenda Holland’s sister. We let the girls tag along to help keep us guys civilized. This was my boys’ first experience at “real camping,” as they called it – I guess that’s opposed to spending the night in tent in the yard. Well, after four days away, I’ve a lot of catching up to do, but I did want to let you know where we’ve been.

For the perspective of one who was left behind, read Maureen’s Musings on being “Home Alone.”

Happy, tired campers Posted by Picasa

Elephants in the forest Posted by Picasa

Snack time Posted by Picasa

Franks and beans for dinner Posted by Picasa

Baobab tree at sunset Posted by Picasa

Hartabeasts Posted by Picasa

Bath time for the elephants Posted by Picasa