I Tarzan, You Jane

They say missionary kids aren’t normal. I now have photographic proof. People often ask us what we do for fun while here. When you have 4 boys and a girl running around, this is what it looks like…


Now, in case you think there is only risk involved, you are wrong. There is a great deal of skill and technique when one is mastering the coconut tree swing. Case in point…

Brennan demonstrates the "reverse swing".

Ian doing the "attack the cameraman" where one foregoes use of the chair mount method for a run, jump, grab and swing method. Quite effective.

Olivia prefers "girl upside down".

She has mastered this to the point where it can be repeated over and over.

I've only ever seen one other white kid climb a coconut tree like that, and he grew up in Africa.

And what do their responsible parents do while they’re playing Tarzan and Jane? We watch and bbq of course!


Alex hasn’t mastered coconut tree swinging yet. He has, however, mastered looking cute during and after his bath. Well, really, all the time.

He's two months old and has outgrown his bathtub. Olivia was in one of these until she was standing up. He graduated to the big tub this weekend.

This is for Auntie Abby, giver of the towel. He thinks he's rockin' it pretty well.

And in case you think we live a quiet existence here where our kids just swing from coconut trees, we did have this to contend with over the last few days…

That is a pickup truck loaded with stadium sized speakers. Those same speakers had just been loaded after being used all afternoon at the neighbors house. The neighbor doesn’t actually live there, as most of our neighbors don’t. But, their yard boys sure know how to throw a party. When the tap tap arrives with coolers and a bbq we know we’re in for a very loud afternoon. And by loud, I mean that when we close our windows we still have to almost yell at each other. So, next time you think your neighbors are being rowdy, just remember you could be here with us. Where there are no noise by-laws.


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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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