Filed Under (General) by Rob on 11-06-2006

On Friday, 9th June we had the annual ‘International Day’ at school. The day begins with songs, dances and other presentations from different countries of the world. Rob’s classes sung songs from Senegal, Italy, South Africa, Peru and the national anthems of Lebanon, Nigeria and India. Lois’ class sang four songs, one of which included greetings in 11 different languages.

Here’s Micah singing with his reception class:

Micah Int Day.jpg

Following the presentations, there are displays from the various countries, which the parents go round and visit. These usually include food, drink, music, photos, posters and other artefacts from the country. Here’s Ruth with our British display:

British display.jpg

And here are Mads and Ruth singing with their class:

Mads & Ruth singing.jpg

Finally, Ruth has learned to ride a bike unaided. Here are our three riding their bikes down our street. It was good weather for riding a bike, as we had rain during the night. That meant, firstly, that the road was harder and not too sandy and slippy and, secondly, that the temparature outside was a bit cooler!

Kids on bikes.jpg

More recording this Thursday and Rob’s had an order for 60 more copies of the Kojaxwe tape!

See you in a few days’ time!

Rob et al

7 Comments posted on "International Day"
TSlade on June 15th, 2006 at 5:49 pm #

My goodness, the children are so CUTE! Like, OMG! 🙂

Seriously, it’s great to see photos of our favorite llovos having a great time in Cotonou. We sure do miss you guys!

My deepest apologies for letting so much time pass since our last correspondence. I’ll send you all a quick e-mail with more details in a week or so, but for the moment, all is well. We’ve just learned that I am one step closer to imitating my favorite Englishman–I’ve been hired as the new French/Spanish instructor at a private Christian school in North Carolina. Hooray for being near family again! The missus and I will be living with my older brother and sister, while my little bro. and his blushing new bride pursue graduate school 15 mins. away. Woohoo! Anna will be doing a fieldwork at a hospital for the mentally handicapped who have been convicted of crimes…not quite so “Woohoo,” eh? A little scary, actually…

Also, Rob, is it def. that you’re coming to Bethel in a month? St. Louis is only about 6-8 hours away…Anna and I could probably pop up for the weekend to see you! We’ve got friends in the area who are also overdue for a visit, and it’d be great to hear all about your last year from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

Give our love and hugs to Lois and all the kiddle lids.


TSlade on June 15th, 2006 at 5:59 pm #

Your kids are SO CUTE! Like, OMG!

Our deepest apologies for letting so much time go by with nary so much as an e-mail between us. Life happens, and we’re only just learning to deal wit’ it.

It’s great to see pix of our favorite llovos having a laugh in Cotonou, even if the kids ARE getting huge. Yikes! Do they still remember us?

Rob–is it def. that you’ll be coming to Bethel for the conference in July? St. Louis is about 11 hours from St. Paul, but it’d be an awful shame to have you in our northwestern quadrisphere (I know it’s a made-up word) and not see you. Would you have at least a couple hours to spare from the conference, or would you be booked solid? We’ve got some other friends in St. Paul who are overdue for a visit, and we could always kill two birds with one stone. Let me know what your weekend looks like.

In other news, I am one step closer to emulating my favorite Englishman–I’m the newly-hired French/Spanish teacher at the St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hooray for several things–seeing family again (we’ll be sharing an apartment with my big bro. and sis, and my little bro. and his blushing new bride will be ten minutes down the road), something longer than a 1-year commitment, an honest-to-goodness job (with REMUNERATION!), and a beautiful geographical location. Wooooohoooo! Anna will be doing her last fieldwork at a hospital for the mentally handicapped who have been convicted of crimes, which is a little scary–thankfully it’s temporary.

Anyway, I’ll write more to you via e-mail before too long. We love you guys, and miss you tons!

Hugs to Mads, Micah, Ruth and Lois on our behalf!


TSlade on June 15th, 2006 at 6:01 pm #

Does this actually take comments? Comment, take 3…

TSlade on June 15th, 2006 at 6:02 pm #

Hehehehe…I’m an idiot. I rewrote that whole dratted thing because I thought it didn’t take. Narf!…alright, I’ll stop polluting your bandwidth now…

Rob on June 15th, 2006 at 7:41 pm #

Hi Tim

Yes we got all your comments!! Rob is out doing a recording tonight at an ADC Church near the Etoille Rouge. This one is the long awaited one in Fon. We had a storm like you wouldn’t believe last night and most of today. We have had tons more rain than last year. Very excited about our trip home in less than 2 weeks now.

Much love to you both


Yaël, Thalia and Noël on June 21st, 2006 at 4:34 am #

Very good Ruth you ride your bike without little wheels, take care of your knees…
My goodness! You all look very happy, I love you.

Hi Robert on July 13th, 2006 at 8:40 am #

Hi Robert

Really enjoyed the photo’s, your kids obviously get their good looks from mum!!

Next time your in the UK let us know, we will try and catch up with you all.

It’s good to see everyone enjoying themselves and are so happy.

Keep up the good work in our Lords service.

God Bless and Love to All

Russell and Juliet