Sunday, January 23, 2011

They will be Fine

Niger Fans -
Watch a copy of Katie Lawyer's video to see yet one more time the life changing experiences our sons, daughters, friends, brothers, sisters, nieces and or nephews had in Niger. We would not have orchestrated this type of closure for the Crew of 2011 but even more so for the people of Niger. Now we pray for those left in Niger, and for the jouney - home safely, while on holiday, or to a new post for the crew members.

We are certain the connection among the crew will continue throughout their adult lives. We feel so fortunate, as we are certain you do, to have seen their good work and heard their marvelous stories. We applaud them all for their desire to make a difference. We wish them all a continued life of meaning.

Warmest regards,

Patty and John

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Happy August! It is unbelievable that the Crew of 2011 is into Year #2. John and I find it amazing that our lives move forward as does Wills. John was "advised" to retire this year which forced us to visit a neighborhood establishment and start the process of what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. He made the decision to have an elective amputation secondary to a 30 year old injury - which we did in April after a wonderful trip to Northern California. John became remarkably competent in a wheelchair - I had emergency surgery for a "twisted bowel" - I recovered - John got a prosthesis and dons it daily to walk anywhere he has ever walked at twice the speed! Life goes on...John has started a Welcome Home Inc. - house sitting business = I remain at the university. And we both hope to go to Italy to rendezvous with Will in April.

We continue to keep the Crew of 2011 on the top of our prayer list and remain grateful for the lessons that come from their good work. How are You?

Warmest regards,

Patty and John

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


We have extended our lives to Niger. What a privilege to read the blogs and to call ( God Bless Stanacard) on Sundays and hear the stories, of daily lives and daily dreams. How proud we must be of the 2011 Crew...

It appears today that there is a rhythm in Niger that beats hopefully for the people...for this we must give Thanks...

Trust your daily lives are where you want them and that the news from your Crew Member is good.

Warmest regards,
Patty and John

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CREW OF 2011


Sunday, January 24, 2010


Good Sunday to All

The Crew of 2011 arrives at Camp this weekend. How important this time will embrace and support each share relax and re-energize. We understand the educational part of this camp will be on proposal writing, project discussing, and information on how to secure funding. If you hear a camp story from your crew member, post it.

Meanwhile we know you join us sending best thoughts, wishes, and prayers...

Patty and John

Friday, January 1, 2010



At 5:01 pm Dallas time we toasted the New Year in Niger! How much bigger our world has become because of the skills and passions of our children. 2010 will be a year filled with stories of projects, people, travel...from Niger and 2010 will be a year when some of us at home travel... to or near Niger and bring additional stories home.

So share a story or a travel plan for 2010.

Warmest regards,

Patty and John

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Crew of 2011 is Outstanding

These have been the worst of times for the Crew of 2011 and yet each individual member appears still to be thriving, We must applaud all crew members who elected to come home. Certainly that was a poignant decision as they had to give up their personal goals, dreams, missions, and say good by to their good friends. We trust they all arrived in the States safely and we know everyone will feel fortunate to have them around the holiday table.

We must embrace those crew members who made the decision to stay. They too weighed their decisions and are willing to adjust to any new conditions to stay working with the people of Niger

As friends and family of the Crew of 2011, we can only feel proud. We would love to hear from you if your crew member arrived in the States safely or if the crew member is staying in Niger. Will shares with us that many people are being relocated and that everyone is looking forward to January to being together in the training camp. November reminded John and I to hold on to our faith, trust the cautious nature of the Peace Corp, and be grateful that our children are adult enough to make their own decisions.

Warmest regards

Patty and John

PS: The word on the Niger street is that everyone is loving the holiday cards!