This weekend we visited our domestique (housekeeper), Emery, at his home. Emery's wife, Emerance, recently gave birth to their fourth child and we were invited over to see the baby and share a Congolese lunch with them. It has to be said: I love Emery. And I love his family. They are adorable peas in a Congo pod.
The Bopes live in a part of Kinshasa called Kintambo Magasin. Their home is not too far from where we live but, at the same time, it is worlds away. Emery's little house is also home to his wife, Emerance, his four children (Eva, Egliatone, Espoire, and new Terry), his mother, his mother-in-law, and his sister (and possibly 1 or 2 more). Everyone in the Bope family is so thoroughly awesome and made us feel completely welcome and honored to be there. Emery made us rice, fish, and beans for lunch and we had an incredibly happy and wonderful visit.
Emery's son, Espoir, on the American jungle gym aka Henry.