Sunday, August 30, 2009


Joy and I spent this past week in Montreal, about an hour and a half West of Sherbrooke. I was attending a Pratt & Whitney PT6 (turbine engine) maintenance training course. The Cessna 208 Caravan has this engine, as well as the new Kodiak airplane, so I need to learn how to inspect, service, and fix the engine when it acts up. Our instructor was very nice and made the classroom a fun place to learn. Our class was filled with people from all over...the US, Canada, Austria, and Guyana. Other than classes, we did find some time in the evenings to explore Montreal a little. We went to a Botanical Garden/Insect place that was really interesting. Did you know there are bugs in central Africa that are bigger than my hand?! Some beetles are more than six inches long, with pinchers that could wrap around my finger!We came across this sign, and as I read it, I thought, "Boy, I hope I never come across this critter!" Other critters we came across were just enormous! I couldn't believe the size of some of these bugs. Take a look at these pictures!Don't be fooled...this spider would not even come close to fitting in my hand!

We also got to see some nice flowers while we were there too. They had lots and lots of green houses and outdoor gardens to look at.
That's what we did last week. Tomorrow we have registration for language school and some exams to take, and then Tuesday we officially start classes. Thursday we're off for Virginia to attend my younger brother's wedding, and then we settle in for the arrival of baby Girl. Joy is still doing well, and baby is growing right on target.

Pray for our safe travel down to Virginia and back, for school as we try and get back into the swing of things there, and for everything to go well with the delivery whenever she decides to come!

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