Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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Com­ing up quickly in Craigmyle is the next pan­cake break­fast sched­uled for Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The “Cof­fee Break” has re­sumed for the New Year and continues to be held on Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings from 9:30-11:00. Tues­day morn­ing is also craft morn­ing and all crafters and nee­dle work­ers are in­vited to bring along their projects to work on dur­ing cof­fee time un­til 12:30 p.m. (or later if there is in­ter­est). This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for crafters to share their knowl­edge and im­prove their own skills. There is no charge for ei­ther cof­fee time or the craft morn­ing.

The John­son home was the venue for a de­light­ful baby shower held for wee Clara Rose Clay­holt this past Satur­day af­ter­noon. A good size group of ladies gath­ered to en­joy vis­it­ing, a fine lun­cheon, and most of all, ad­mir­ing and pass­ing around the new baby. The glow on the faces of Mom, Ni­c­hole; Grand­moth­ers Donna and Jill; and Aunts Jus­tine and Mickey was al­most as bright as the large, sparkling eyes of baby Clara. This is one baby that will not have to wait long for a cud­dle!

Joy Bjorn, ac­com­pa­nied by her sis­ter, Ros­alie Hodges from Ed­mon­ton, has re­cently re­turned from a most in­ter­est­ing three week trip to Kenya, Africa. The sis­ters were guests at the home of Ros­alie’s daugh­ter and fam­ily who are em­ployed as house par­ents at the Rift Val­ley Academy in Ki­jabe, Kenya. Joy com­mented on the peace­ful al­most pas­toral im­pres­sion of the area and the pic­tures she shared with me re­ally con­firmed her im­pres­sion.

The Rift Val­ley Academy is a Chris­tian board­ing school en­rolling about 500 mis­sion­ary chil­dren rep­re­sent­ing 30 na­tion­al­i­ties and 80 mis­sion or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Academy be­gan in a mis­sion­ary home in 1906 with a max­i­mum en­roll­ment of 10 stu­dents. In 1909 Pres­i­dent Teddy Roo­sevelt, while in Africa on a hunt­ing trip, laid the cor­ner­stone for the first build­ing.

One of the high­lights of the trip was a four day stay at the Mara Sa­fari Club, where the sis­ters were treated royally while en­joy­ing “hunt­ing” with their cam­eras. The Sa- fari Club guests toured the plains and river val­ley in an open air land rover type ve­hi­cle of­ten com­ing within 3-4 feet of a great va­ri­ety of wild life in­clud­ing lions, gi­raffes, ze­bras, African buf­falo, gazelle, ele­phants, hip­popotami, rhi­noc­eros, guinea fowl, vultures and other African crea­tures. The Sa­fari guides con­ducted their tours fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar hunt by the preda­tor an­i­mals, leav­ing the lion pop­u­la­tion docile, re­laxed and no threat to the vis­i­tors.

Joy and Ros­alie seized the op­por­tu­nity to visit a Ma­sai vil­lage. The Ma­sai tribe has a deep, al­most sa­cred relationship with cat­tle. They strongly be­lieve that God cre­ated cat­tle specif­i­cally for them and they are the care­tak­ers for all the world’s cat­tle. Their cat­tle meet most of their needs: meat; milk; hides for bed­ding and even dung for build­ing.

The sis­ters cel­e­brated Christmas with their fam­ily at the Academy. Joy com­mented on the sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence of hang­ing stock­ings and en­joy­ing a fully dec­o­rated Christmas tree while only 100 km from the equa­tor.

The ideal goal for any far away jour­ney is an un­event­ful trip home, but such was not to be for Joy and Ros­alie. Their flight, sched­uled to land in Am­s­ter­dam, was di­verted to Paris where they sat on the tar­mac for three hours, wait­ing to be re­turned to Am­s­ter­dam. The ex­pla­na­tion given for the flight change was “weather con­di­tions” but fam­ily wait­ing to greet them in Am­s­ter­dam re­ported ma­chine guns and chop­pers at the Am­s­ter­dam air­port.

Once safely re­turned to Am­s­ter­dam, Joy had a most en­joy­able three day re­union with her son, daugh­ter-in­law and two grand­chil­dren. An unexpected sur­prise for her was find­ing a sec­ond son and his wife, who live in Ger­many, also in Am­s­ter­dam. Joy says that Facetime is a won­der­ful tech­nol­ogy, but it can’t be­gin to com­pare to see­ing fam­ily in per­son and hug­ging those pre­cious grand­chil­dren.

Mean­while, tem­po­rary bach­e­lor, Erik, man­aged quite well in his wife’s ab­sence by “beg­ging, bor­row­ing or steal­ing” his meals from friends and his Three Hills fam­ily, where he spent Christmas.

Be­lated condolences go out to Ludy Moe, Ed Moe and Don, Angie, Jessie and Tasha on the pass­ing of wife, mother and grand­mother Grace shortly be­fore Christmas. Grace was a faith­ful Prince­ton Com­mu­nity mem­ber for many, many years and could be found bustling around the kitchen at Prince­ton Hall at ev­ery event held there. Her ready smile and chuckle gave a bright note to ev­ery­one’s day. She will be missed.

Birthday greet­ings go out to Ally Smyth on Jan­uary 14; Amanda Bram­field on Jan­uary 17 and John Rew on Jan­uary 18. Have a great day!

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