What a great honor it was to have the US Navy send about 40 of it's sailors to work at our center today. (You can read about last year's visit by the USS Robert G. Bradley here and here.) The USS Nicholas and the USS Swift are here in Mozambique as part of their tour of eastern and southern Africa. They chose to spend part of their community relations project here at Iris.
In addition, we had several other special guests. A few folks from the Embassy came and did music and crafts with the Baby House and my dorm, the new US Ambassador was here as well as the Navy band, 'Top Brass.' It was a fun day.
Once again, I was proud of America, our military, the Navy and my dad, a retired Navy non-commissioned officer!
Just had to get this shot with his Navy shirt!
This sailor is a Senior Chief, the same rank my dad was when he retired from the Navy!
One of the sailors helping cut out giraffes with my boys!
The woman in the middle is our new US Ambassador to Mozambique, Leslie Rowe. She seems very down to earth. Along with her in the photo, L-R, are: Todd Chapman, the departing Charges d'Affaires, (and my dorm helper, Rebecca's uncle!), Pastor Jose, Linda's husband, and Francisco, our Iris Administrator.
This sailor, the most senior ranking member of the ship at our center, is being presented with one of our posters of our kids. (PS: he's the same one in the photo above who shares the same rank as my dad!)
Here's the military band, Top Brass, who were so good and so fun. When was the last time I heard live New Orleans style jazz, I ask you?
These guys were my fav!
So, what'd I do after they left? I did what any homesick American would do if they could - grabbed a snack from home and ate it with abandon!