Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cameroon bound!

I just recieved and email from Farmer's Daughter Shannon who is on her way to Cameroon, Africa for a summer study for her Ph.D. there.

(Sorry, no pics to share.)

Let me warn you in advance ~ we are a strange lot, my girls and I. We have an odd sence of humor and have been known to have fits of shreaking laughter (over what appears to others as nothing ) which often turns into tears! We fondly call them "laughing attacks!" Poor Gentleman Farmer just leaves the room (if he can) shaking his head in uncomprehension.

With this in mind, let me share with you her first email (via Blackberry).

This is a very normal email ~ nothing to shreak about, but I did want to caution you for future stories that may appear hear. If you don't get the humor or do think this is totally odd, you are probably right and may join the Gentleman Farmer in the other room.


Upon arrival at her layover in Brussels, Belgium, Shannon writes:

"In the brussels airport, the bathrooms are a little odd. The toilet is standard issue, however the flushing button is about the size of an oversized envelope. It took me a while to figure out that it was a button and not some kind of collapsable shelf. The toilet paper is dispensed like kleenex, but isn't half bad. All of these items are housed in a personal closet. Outside, the hand driers are made by dyson (yes of vaccuum cleaner fame) and are very "refreshing". I'll keep you updated on further bathroom adventures.



Now, that wasn't so bad. I can only hope for something a little more side-splitting upon her arrival in Cameroon later today. (They are 8 hours ahead of us there!)
I am thanking God for her safe arrival so far, and thanking all of you dear ones who have been praying for her.

"Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions."

Ezra 8:21


Marqueta said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

I'm glad she's safe so far: think of all the different toilet experiences she's going to encounter!

Lots of story material :) .



Jennifer said...

Too cute that she updated you on the toilets there....true women's logic and priorities!!! :) Glad the trip is going well -

Sharon said...

I believe laughter does so much to bond a family together. I too spend lots of time laughing with my now adult children. We are a little goofy too so I totally enjoyed the email!

Lavinia said...

Cameroon. I am still marvelling at how very far away that is. I don't even know where exactly in Africa that is. I can see the humour in this. Yes, bathroom adventures can certainly be worth relating and she has done so entertainingly here. I will say a little prayer for her, that she remains safe and sound!

LDH said...

I totally "get" the laughter between a mom and her girls... some of the best moments in life :)

Happy to hear she arrived safely!

Wanted to mention how much I enjoy the Majesty music playing on your blog. I find myself lingering to listen over and over. Such a beautiful piece.

Miss Jen said...

Oh... I am SO happy that she is safe!
Yes... mommy and I have are wonderful laughter moments too..... simply precious!

Love & Hugs~ Jen

Roo and Wren's Mama said...

Navigating foreign bathrooms is always an adventure... I've even taken pictures of some strange toilets I've met. :)

And I have fond memories of 'laughing attacks' with Shannon... glad to know she still has the same endearing sense of humor! :)

Lori said...

I'm so glad to know she is doing well and look forward to hear about all her adventures...I'm right there with ya when it comes to odd humor :)
i think it's wonderful you have such a close relationship!


Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

I will join in prayer for your daughters safe arrival and safe keeping while there.I could relate on the bathroom issue, when they started with the automatic hand washer here in the states I found i was doing some silly things to get them to work. lol

I have been away from my computer for a few weeks and am now trying to catch up. Your daughter and her husband certainly are a beautiful couple.

I have so much respect for our Military families having been reared in one. I know first hand the sacrifices that these families make so we can enjoy the freedoms we have.. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and as always the Word that you share with each post.