Best wishes for 2015 !!


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May God be with all of you through the NEW YEAR 2015 !! Many blessings for you and yours! Love from the de Vries-Ouattara

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China Beach Adventure !!


No we haven’t been to China ….. YET lol

My parents in-laws (Opa and Oma for our kids), are visiting us from Belgium. Among many places we visited with them, China Beach in Sooke (Vancouver Island) was their favorite place! I definitely agreed with them. If you’re not like me, dead scare to meet black bears, you will enjoy this wonderful, peaceful beach. Here are some of my favorite pictures of our day adventure. Enjoy!!

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Two Weeks in VI !!


One day, as we were walking around, my husband told me that he really likes the Island landscape. He sees it as a perfect mixture between African landscape and Europe one. That was a sweet melody to my ears. I still like our adventure life, but I will love to stay and enjoy Vancouver Island for more than one or two years. My husband favorite place to be is West Africa. So, if he sees a bit of that part of the world here, Alleluia!!

Since we got here, it’s very sunny, dry and warm. The average temperatures, if I’m not wrong, is between 26 and 33 degrees. The past five days, we felt like being back in Burkina Faso, in May-June,  even if we don’t reach 45-50°C  and that we have continuous power and a lake “next door” to dive in to cool down!

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And today, the cool, wet and nice sound shows up: THE RAIN!!!   After days without rain, I hope someone agreed with me that it was about time for some green yards,

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a cool weather and a clean car lol!

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Anyways, I love the rain. When I heard it sound this morning around 7 am, I opened our garage door, took my quiet time books, to enjoy this delicious touch from God! The result: this “rain” inspired share !!

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Happy CANADA Day!!


1st July 2014, our first experience with Canada Day was sunny (28 ° C), no rain ( “no national shower” as we call it  in Belgium) 😉 and many other surprises!

Here are some pictures to tell those unforgettable moments!

A great sunny day!

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We were on a military base!

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We begin to feel Canadians!

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We rode a Pony, played golf and caught fish!

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We enjoyed ourselves!

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Finally, we supported our Belgium Team to victory with almost a heart attack 🙂 Way to go Belgium!!!

No heart feelings our American friends…

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School Is OVER!!!!


It’s official, since yesterday: in Edmonton, the school is over, it is holidays youpie! Our kids had a blessed school year.

The system here suits them so much. After our return from Burkina Faso in 2010, Daniel and Michael had continued their studies in Dutch in Belgium. Despite these two-year break with English, they impressed us with their good results. Each received a big congratulation from their schools for their efforts. We are proud of them!

The big surprise is our two miracles: Nema and Dara. They started grade 3 in September 2013 with the kindergarten level (they could neither speak, read nor write in English) to reach their current level in all subjects assigned in English. Congratulations girls!

Now, time for well deserved rest! Happy Holidays to ALL!!

 

Nema and Dara in their class.

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Michael at his school.

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Daniel + Daddy = Football