We're Jason, Beth, Lee Anna, Sawyer, and Sarah Claire, a family of five living, learning, and laughing lots in Northern Africa.
We hope you can learn a little (and maybe laugh a little too) as you read about our latest adventures.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Happy Sheep

Look closely into the eyes of the sheep below. If you listen hard enough, you might even hear an audible sigh of relief. They are counting their sheep blessings tonight to still be bleating.
Today was the biggest holiday of the year for the people here. They get up early, go to morning prayers, and then each family that is able slaughters an animal. For weeks leading up to the big day, the sheep are herded into the city to await their fate.
But these guys seem to have dodged the bullet, at least for now. When we took a walk late this afternoon, they were still standing. The guys taking care of them invited Sawyer over to pet one for a little bit. Of course then they wanted a tip for the privilege of photographing our son with their beautiful animals.
On the same outing, we stopped for a snack and thought this would be a good time to show you our country's alternative to Seven Eleven. These little "kushks" are EVERYWHERE, with a man or two sitting inside selling all the goods. They have all kinds of soft drinks, juice boxes, potato chips, candy bars, and lots of other snacks.

We do also have some gas stations in town, but since the vast majority of people don't have cars, it's much more profitable to sell drinks and snacks to people where they are—on the streets.

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