Today is a dream come true for Keenan… being at Papa’s house!!
We had a great breakfast at the guest house this morning, loaded our stuff into Dad’s truck and then he took us to a brand new, very modern mall with a great grocery store to pick up some food. The Masai market was set up outside the grocery store, so we did some browsing and were amazed at Dad’s bartering skills – he got us some great deals!
Then we made the hour and a half drive to Kijabe. Dad is a great driver, but, wow! What crazy traffic and drivers – lots of close “squeeze throughs”. The drive was filled with many of the “sights of Africa” that I had anticipated from my mom’s stories… The scenery, the bumpy roads, donkeys tied at the side of the road, a herd of sheep grazing on a slope, people carrying large bunches of fruit and vegetables on their heads, a gorgeous view of the Rift Valley, amazing stuff! There was also parts of it that I knew existed here, but had not spent a lot of thought on previous to coming… a woman sitting on a blanket, begging at the side of the road, with her baby beside her. Passing one of Africa’s largest slums, ten year old boys darting in and out of traffic, begging…. The kind of stuff that leaves my heart hurting and reminded again that I live such a blessed life – and what am I doing about it? Please pray with me that I can take every opportunity here to use what I am and have been given to bless those who are needy.
Arriving here at Dad’s house was so awesome, and surreal and overwhelming at the same time. The house is great and he has given us a very spacious and comfortable space. The yard is gorgeous with lush greenery and beautiful trees, bushes and flower beds everywhere.
The dirt here is red and seems to have a magnetic pull to my kids and their clothes. =) I have just decided that they Are going to get dirty and be dirty much of the time and I am going to be okay with that! =)
I will be stretching my “how to cook without an oven and only one burner” muscles this month, so it will be an adventure in the kitchen! =) We were blessed to have been invited to the home of some new friends, Jeff and Angela (who run the guest house here) for dinner tonight – what a blessing to not have to cook already! They have three kids, Erica, Emily and Ethan (who is just a few weeks younger than Keenan), and lots of toys, so Keenan was in heaven and said that they are his best friends! =) I think we’ll be spending a lot of time there this month.
Please pray for us to adjust quickly to the time change, especially for Moriah who is having the hardest time with it. She is also not eating well at all, so pray that she will soon have a renewed appetite and be able to eat the food that we have here.
Lots more on my mind but I am too tired to put it into anything that will make sense on here at this point… be back soon (hopefully with pictures, since we plan to pay for high speed internet).