Category Archives: updates from geita

brett’s morning blend (02feb12)

Today’s (pre-morning blend) Headlines:

  • Harrison family still waiting for Harper Mae.  Christie has appointment with the doctor today.
  • Brett struggles to accomplish anything in the 90+ degree temperatures (98+% humidity) of Dar es Salaam.  Wishes air conditioning were more accessible / affordable in the house the Harrison family rented.*
  • New study shows people addicted to coffee (and the caffeine contained within) continue to drink the stuff no matter how hot their surroundings.  Good news for all coffee lovers going to hell.
  • Morning blend makes its return as a weekly feature at aliens and strangers. Continue reading


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work report: dec 2011 / jan 2012

I’m writing this morning from a rental home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  We’re waiting for Harper Mae (due January 26) to be born.  We’ve been back in Tanzania (from our furlough in the U.S.) for about two months, and it’s been an incredibly busy time.  I’m not sure how to sum it all up in short, but I’ll give it a shot:  Continue reading


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scolded by a small woman

Yesterday I was scolded… and by a small woman. Continue reading


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amaranth to zai holes: my time thus far in the u.s.

Greetings.  Yeah, it’s been a while.  I’ve definitely broken at least three records since August 6th of this year: Continue reading


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“She’s throwing up!  She’s throwing up!”

Those were the first words spoken to me in the United States in 2 1/2 years.  And they were offered by a stranger describing Baylor’s first ever action on U.S. soil.  An action I didn’t so much need described, however, as the girl was in my arms and her vomitus was enveloping my clothing and bags. Continue reading


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10 things this missionary MUST do on furlough

When people find out we’ve been in Tanzania 2 1/2 years without visiting the U.S. — and that we plan on living here a total of at least 10 years — the first thing they say is this:

Wow!  That must be hard.
What do you miss the most?

What do I miss the most?  That’s an extremely difficult question to answer.  It’s like asking a father which of his kids he loves the most.  The answer is all of them.

But the two questions are not exactly the same, mind you, because I’ve not sired much of anything you’ll see in this list.  Nor do I miss everything about the states.  But I do miss a lot.  That’s why I’ve made this top ten list.  

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coming to america: missionaries on furlough

We’re coming back to the states for a visit!  And we’re really excited about it.

Here are just a few of the things we’re most looking forward to: Continue reading


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