Safety First!

Have you ever been pulled over for not wearing your seat belt? I have. There’s a long back story…but the short story involves me driving Ian’s 94 White Ford Escort to Idaho with the automatic door belt stuck in the forward position. Since I couldn’t drive 8 hours with it like that, I unclipped it [...]

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Wrong Target

So, it looks like the stork that was stalking me had the wrong target. The “real” stork made a real visit to Karibu Centre this last week though. We welcomed our the first baby to one of our vulnerable young pregnant women this week, and what a week it was. On Monday morning we were [...]

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Stalked by a stork

Eli likes to hang out at the main gate where he practices playing “guard” with Tito our security man.  One morning last week, he was over there particularly early, like by 7:45 or so.  I don’t generally have a problem with him being over there…it allows him free time outside, he keeps Tito company, and [...]

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We still enjoy the many packages we receive in the mail. Most of them are from family (thanks to both moms) and friends (Anna Goodworth again!). We were surprised this last week however with a package from Jannie Bahrs a woman I have never met, or spoken to!  She happens to be a sponsor of [...]

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Our man in blue

We got to chat with a wonderful civil servant Saturday (on Ian’s birthday). On the drive home from Nairobi we were stopped by the police at a police check-point.  Generally only buses, mutatus and trucks are stopped so they can pay a bribe. Our man in blue did not state a reason for stopping us.  Just asked the [...]

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Happy Birthday Ian!

Today (8/22) we celebrate Ian’s birthday! He’s a big whopping 35 years old.  He is an amazing husband, father, friend and leader!  I am so proud of everything he has directed here in Africa.  He really knows how to get things done! Here’s what he looked like when we were first married, I think this [...]

Until now, diapers seemed normal

You know how in the states you just assume that any kid who is NOT potty trained is pretty much in diapers or some type of equivalent?   Silly me for assuming that such would be the case here! I guess in the program planning here we (or at least I) didn’t consider that there would [...]

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History lesson

I wasn’t ever very good with history. My brother was.  He was a history major in college.  Blech is what I thought about that.  That seemed like torture to me, but then again, I picked chemistry as my major.  Who woulda thought with where I am today? Anyhow, I’m not one of those people who [...]

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Coping mechanisms

We try to make believe like we live in a 1st world country here. But we don’t. It’s a 3rd world country, and at times, that is quite apparent. I thought tonight as I was doing the dishes, “Wow, I’m not even bothered by that cricket coming out of the cupboard” and was  even less [...]

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You can buy me with mail

I truly can’t believe the way you all spoil us with mail. I love it.  It is really one of my favorite things.  The kids too. So, thank you’s go out to these recent package senders: Bonita May (mother-in-law with a flair for getting as much as she can into a flat rate box) Carol [...]

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