Year in (re)view – 2012

It has been another year of travel and transition for the Peters-Kroeker duo. That is what we do.

Let’s see what happened:

Ethiopia

Ethiopian island monasteries

JANUARY – We spent most of January in Ethiopia. First, for a MCC Sudan retreat and then for a few weeks of personal holidays. It was an amazing month with lots of vivid colours, experiences, and fruit juices!

Friendship day

Friendship day

FEBRUARY – Back in Rumbek we celebrated Friendship Day on February 14th with friends from around the world. International potlucks is something we miss a lot from South Sudan.

The dry season

The dry season in Rumbek

Our last parish visit

Our last parish visit

MARCH – The hot, dry, dusty season in Rumbek was how we said goodbye to South Sudan. We went on one last parish visit to Agangrial and had many going away parties. We left two days sooner than we planned when Joel had a kidney stone attack!

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APRIL – We spent a week at our second home in East Africa, the “Mennonite” in Nairobi, before leaving our East African life. On out way back to Canada we spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Slovakia and Italy with good friends and delicious food. After being in East Africa for 2 1/2 years we were amazed by everything in Europe!

Goodbye Mennonite

Goodbye Mennonite / MGH

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Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

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Enjoying coffee in front of the blue church in Bratislava

Enjoying coffee in front of the blue church in Bratislava

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Amazing homemade Italian meals

Amazing homemade Italian meals

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Venice

Venice

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Loving Venice!

Loving Venice!

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Northern Italy

Northern Italy

MAY – We landed in Winnipeg at the beginning of May to be greeted by family and friends we hadn’t seen for many years.

Joel with his nephews at the airport.

Joel with his nephews at the airport.

JUNE – Joel spent the month learning how to build guitars. For my birthday I drove out to visit him and southern Manitoba for the weekend. We sought out all the tourist sites.

My southern manitoba passport.

My southern manitoba passport.

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Joel and his guitar

Joel and his guitar

JULY – With both of us on the farm we settled into life – gardening, working, and being in awe of the Canadian prairie weather.

Amazing weather

Amazing weather

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Our growing garden

Our growing garden

AUGUST – After being settled for a month we needed to get on the move again. We decided to travel in a way we have never done before (other than day trips to Winnipeg from Saskatchewan) – the road trip. We jumped into our newly purchased second-hand car and drove 3000km south to Austin, Texas. When we got there Joel helped our friends get married with his groomsman and guitar playing skills.

After 3000km and 4 days of driving we arrived!

After 3000km and 4 days of driving we arrived!

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Being tourists in Texas

Being tourists in Texas

SEPTEMBER – Fall on the farm was filled with harvesting, canning, freezing, and attempting to mentally prepare for winter.

Harvesting

Harvesting

OCTOBER – We went to Winnipeg for a goat keeping workshop and came back with a family of milking goats in the back seat of the minivan thereby forcibly settling ourselves on the farm with daily chores.

Aurora farm goat-keeping workshop

Aurora farm goat-keeping workshop

NOVEMBER – Snow came at the end of October so by November we were layering clothes like we hadn’t layered for many years. And wearing toques inside.

Toques

Toques

DECEMBER – As we prepared for the Christmas season we went on a close-to-home adventure to cut down our own tree and fill our house with the fresh scent of pine.

Joel and his Christmas tree

Joel and his Christmas tree

 

So that was 2012.

For more pictures from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Europe, Texas, and Canada visit our picasa albums.

What will 2013 bring? Probably a few less plane rides and a lot more goat milk. We think it will be a good year. Come visit us – you are always welcome.

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