Just hangin’ around

I don’t have time for a full post today, but I thought I’d just share a few photos. After traveling a lot this fall (for work stuff and vacation in August), I’ve mostly just been filling my days back in village with my kids. Here are a few of my favorites.

My little leprechaun

I’ve always thought he’s got one of the best smiles around, and it reminds me of a Petron smile!

All smiles.

The very popular Burkina-style tandem

Little Rasmane shows off his play phone. One thing these kids are not short of is creativity!

Oh, and one more thing. MY VILLAGE IS GETTING ELECTRICITY!!!!! Yup, right as I’m getting ready to pack up my stuff (I leave in almost a month! Crazy…) the poles and electrical wires are going up with a speed and efficiency I haven’t seen in my village in two years. I’m trying not to think about how I could have had a FAN blowing on my for the past two years… and instead think about how exciting this is for my village. “Bugma watame!” they say as they watch the lines going up, which literally means “fire is coming,” (there’s no word for electricity in Moore). Of course, each household will have to pay to actually get it connected to their house, so it’ll be a good long while before it’s hooked up and widespread. But, still exciting news. Here’s a few photos I took to capture the new and modern landscape of my village.

Bugma watame!

The changing landscape of my village as it welcomes electricity

Thanks for reading! I’ll have more next time.

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7 Responses to Just hangin’ around

  1. Amanda Rudie says:

    All of their smiles make me smile 🙂
    And ELECTRICITY! YAY! How very exciting!
    Love and miss you!!

  2. McConnon, Theresa says:

    Nice to hear from you Hammer! The kids are soooo cute and lively! I can’t wait to see when you get back! Happy to hear the village is getting electricity….tough break for you though! Love you!

    Theresa McConnon

    Social Worker III

    Ramsey County Human Services

    Long Term Care Unit

    160 E. Kellogg Blvd, Room 6200

    St. Paul, MN 55101

    (651) 266-3605

    Fax: (651) 266-3703

  3. jackie mcconnon says:

    Wow! electricity.. Best not to think about a fan that could have been blowing on you for the past two years =). It is hard to believe two years have passed ~ Looking forward to seeing you.

    Love you, Brian and Jackie

  4. wagarob says:

    félicitations! bugma yaa soma dè! 🙂

  5. fmroby says:

    Every one of those pics of the kids is beautiful. And those smiles…..wow.

    Well, the bringing of electricity to your village just as you are leaving is just one more layer to add to your many stories of the last 2+ years. Crazy. 🙂

    My favorite tree in our backyard that was in brilliant color the day of your “send-off party” (remember?) is back in full blazing color – but this time it means you are almost coming home!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s never looked so beautiful to me.

    Counting the days….(okay, weeks, but still….)
    Love to you.

  6. jennahindi says:

    Love you B! Those pictures are precious. And electricity is overrated. Soon enough you’ll be back in the US and sick of it (and probably freezing from AC and putting your freezing, purple fingers on my neck. Criiiiinge.)

  7. Hannah McGraw-Dzik says:

    Dear Brigid,

    ALL SMILES, what a photo, my favorite, it brought smiles to my face. I would suppose that feelings are very mixed as time to leave comes closer. Electricity! to hear you speak about not having a fan, brought me to the realization that I have no idea what that heat was like for you.
    Keep, SMILING, and a safe return.

    Peace and every good thing,


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