Thursday, July 12, 2012


So, I've been a bad blogger. I apologize, and there really isn't a good excuse either. I'm sorry everyone!

Basically what happened in the last few weeks is I arrived home on June 6 to a beautiful mother and father, waiting at the airport for me! My first flight was 7 hours, a layover of 8 hours, and a second flight of 7 hours, plus getting there early, picking up luggage and whatnot all added up to almost a full 24 hours of travel. I was exhausted! Yet strangely pumped full of adrenaline.

So my mom and dad and I decided to bike around the Toronto islands. The fresh air smelt sooooo good, and the lake was sooo beautiful, and I was crying and laughing, semi-hysterical but definitely having a good time.

Now I've been home for several weeks, and the shock of coming home (although it really didn't seem like that much) is slowly going away. I'm so incredibly happy to see my friends again, and my family, and all the people who have supported me while I was gone! I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has read this blog, and has sent me messages and comments encouraging me while I was away. It truly meant so much to me!

I want to thank my family as well. They have been with me through this whole trip through emails and phone calls and Skyping, and I am thrilled to be living back in a place where I can speak to my mom and dad face to face every day! Mom and dad especially, you have helped me get through a lot of lonely and difficult times while I was gone. You have been a gigantic blessing to me! And also my family in Nigeria. You are a part of me now, and I am so grateful for the time that I could spend with you, learning about you and loving you. I am so blessed to know you.

And of course I need to thank my God. You called me, you sustained me, and you brought me home safe. I can't take any of the glory for what happened on this trip. It's all Yours.

Thankyou so much for riding this roller coaster with me!

I made a short video of some of the things I experienced while I was there. Enjoy!

(I am temporarily shutting this blog down, so you needn't worry about updates about my "normal" life. But please stay subscribed! I hope to use this blog again when I go on trips like this in the future!)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ms. McCan's Class

While I was away at CHIPROM, I was contacted by a teacher at my Dad's school. She was a gr. 1 teacher who was interested in getting some of the kids at CHIPROM to be pen pals with her students.

We were able to write back and forth several times, and I know the kids at CHIPROM were super excited when they saw some of the letters the Canadian students were writing them! The Saturdays where we worked on our letters to Canada were much anticipated events, and I'm glad that we were able to do something so exciting for both groups of kids!

I was able to visit the gr. 1 class when I returned to Canada, and I gave them a bit of a presentation on what I did in Nigeria, and told them about who their pen pals were. I even brought a poster with me that the CHIPROM kids had coloured while I was with them! It was really cool to answer their questions, and help them learn more about the wide, wild world.

So thank you again, Ms. McCan's class! It was awesome getting to visit you and tell you about my trip!

Children of CHIPROM: Taiwo & Kehinde

(Kehinde, meaning: Last Born)

These two girls are twins, but I didn't even know that until a few weeks after I first got to Chiprom! They look completely different, but once you get to know them, their sisterhood becomes very evident.

(Taiwo, meaning: First Born)

These two girls have been at CHIPROM for almost 2 years, and they've gone from being shy to excited and bubbly 7 year old girls! Taiwo is a special case for praise to God. She was blind when she arrived at Chiprom, and within a few months, her sight was fully restored! God has his hand on these girls, and I feel so blessed to have known them.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Children of CHIPROM: Tayo

Tayo was so shy when I first came to Chiprom. Within the first week, she got chicken pox, and was in a lot of pain. I felt so bad for the poor girl!

But as soon as I brought my camera out, she would start dancing and posing up a storm. She's not camera shy, thats for sure! The longer I stayed, the more she warmed up to me, and finally on the last night, she started crying, saying how much she didn't want me to leave! She is a sensitive sweet heart, and I miss her a lot!