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 was at a casino in Tahoe when we were there for a relatives wedding:
Here’s what he looks like today (in all of his full beard glory):
I went to the market here in Makongeni and designed/ordered a pair of sandal type shoes for him earlier in the week. The man assured me they would be ready by yesterday. Silly me, I forgot I lived in Kenya and believed his time frame.
I went to pick up the shoes yesterday late afternoon after work and…..they weren’t ready. They hadn’t even been started. ARGGH. But, he did have a huge gigormous pile of about 30 other sandals he had made sitting there on the workbench. When I enquired what they were for, he replied, “Nairobi”. Dang, I don’t think my 1 shoe order can compare to the demand of the Nairobi market!
Anyhow, at least Ian gets some birthday loving from the kids (complete with way too early morning back scratching) and a birthday outing, dinner & cake.
SKIP FORWARD….THIS IS AN UPDATE ON THE REST OF BIRTH-DAY
So, we went out for our birthday adventure to explore new places of Nairobi with Ian & I both feeling a bit under the weather. Our explorations to 2 new places in Nairobi were dampened (literally) by ran and horrible traffic. In total, we probably spent 4-5 hours in the car (with 2 preschoolers) in traffic. Not the best way to spend the day when you aren’t feeling well, let alone on your birthday.
Megan and I drug Ian and the kids to the Toi Market which we discovered last week. We thought it was WONDERFUL! Ian described it as his worst nightmare, but here he is in a rare moment looking at something in the market:
Eli enjoyed the market, especially because vendors kept trying shoes on him: