Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Black Forest Dorm Fun

Maggie Lydia and I have been at Black forest for about two weeks. We have been very busy! Her are some picture explaining our activities.


This is all of our dorm sisters together for orientation day where we all got accepted into the dorm.




This was a few days ago when a couple of us decided to take picture with our different brightly colored umbrellas.


This was at a local festival in town where we ate funnel cakes, Sauer Kraut, and more.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

American Man Makes Good in Mongolia

Did you ever hear about the 600 mile Mongol Derby?  A 70 year old man from Idaho won it last month!  You can read about and see video here: 



Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Nice Day at Mongolia's National Bike Park



Send Off Scenes

Four BFA high schoolers and two ASU middle schoolers play 'Sushi Go' before leaving for Germany.


After dropping off the girls and Renee at the airport...


'and then there were three'


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Oldest in Germany


My sisters and I have started school here in Germany! 

These are our dorm rooms in our dorm Palmgarten

Friday, August 30, 2019

Maggie Joins Seniors' Flag Parade

Representing Mongolia among her senior class peers at BFA, Maggie carries the flag.


They carried them into the school assembly for the opening of the school year.


I think I heard there were kids from around 50 countries.



Josiah's New Favorite Song

He attends the American School of Ulaanbaatar.  But most of the students are Mongolian.  So instead of the pledge of Allegiance like in American schools, they sing the Mongolian National Anthem.  It is a really great song I think.  I think it's getting in his head too.  Here's a video with the words and translation if you're interested.  It's a little old but really vintage message:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First Practice in New Gym

Monday afternoon I got invited to help coach the youth team for the Hasax Huleguud pro basketball club, in partnership with Athletes in Action. 
It was my first touch with coaching in Mongolia this term. And it was the first ever practice in the new gymnasium of Mongolia International University.




Back to School

Josiah and Clara started school today! They are going to The American School of Ulaanbaatar.





Josiah's allergies were visible on his face.


 The rest of us going to Germany for school this fall will leave for Frankfurt of Saturday. We are all thankful for the last few days to be with our siblings before we head to school!


Here we are outside an apartment nearby their school.  We are thinking about moving here.


Mom and the sisters made cupcakes for Clara and Josiah after the first day of school.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Darhan Visit

 This is the road that runs North and South through Mongolia connecting Russian and China.  It's also the road to Darhan, which is under construction, making our trip take twice the normal 3+ hours.

The kids were so glad to see our home, especially their rooms.


Dinner at the new Japanese Restaurant with the Wood family.


Here they all used to wait outside our apartments to go to the one room school house together.  Soon many of them will be going to Germany for schooling together.


After church we got reacquainted with friends and familiar faces.



Our friends the Shells hosted us for dinner on their farm. We sang to Miriam for her 17th birthday.


Outside was a beautiful rainbow.  That's a flash of lightning in the middle.


On the way home we visited a roadside zoo.  


This is a miniature horse.


For an extra dollar (or less) Josiah got to ride one!


Great trip.  And this puts the bad road in perspective.  We made it the 150 miles home to Ulaanbaatar in about 7 hours.  But that's faster than we would have on horseback!