January: Weekend discovery of a nearly secluded beach with friends.
February: Honored to be a witness at Lisa and Alioune’s civil marriage.
March: My SIL Wolof Research Project teammate Eva and I at the annual meeting of workers among the Wolof people group, updating them on our work researching the Scripture needs of Wolof-speakers.
April: The SIL branch during our annual gathering of everyone in country.
May: Joining into the dance of the Presbyterian women at the national church’s Pentecost celebration.
June: Back in the US and after my first report at a supporting church at City Reformed Presbyterian, having fun with visiting friends as we dress up their daughter in my West African garb.
July: Celebrating our birthday with my twin brother!
August: Back in the Dallas area for further training courses at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, enjoying the summer wildflowers.
September: During Q&A after a report in supporting church Christ the King Presbyterian, listening to the experiences of a veteran SIL worker and other learned ways of “turning down marriage proposals”.
October: With my Principles of Multilingual Education professor and classmates at the completion of this GIAL course, one of four I took during the fall semester.
November: During a report at supporting church Evangelical Presbyterian, showing my family’s old prayer card from the years when the church supported my parents as missionaries in France.
December: Taking visiting friend and SIL colleague Sue out to Tex-Mex as part of her introduction to the US.