We arrived a little over a week ago and the jetlag had finally begun to go away! Thank you for all of your prayers! We had a wonderful two days in Amsterdam before finally arriving at the airport in Nairobi. I don’t know what it is, but every time I get off the airplane into Kenya, I feel like something is right. Like its where we’re supposed to be. Anyways, we spent a few days in the busy city of Nairobi while my mom (whom I’ve grown to call Super Woman) shopped for three months of food for six very hungry people. The car ride to Tenwek Hospital is a long one, but never a bore. You pass so many interesting things. We saw a herd of zebras on our way, but weren’t so lucky as to see the usual baboons. I really like those guys.
Readjusting has been so much easier! The last time we went we were living in less than 900 square feet (not complaining). This time, a missionary who is currently on furlough, has allowed us to stay in her house. It has been wonderful! Dad is busy like always, but tries his best to make it home for meals. He is usually in the OR longer because he is teaching some of the Kenyan interns how to perform specific surgeries. I really hope to scrub in more often to watch the surgeries.
Seeing all of our missionary and Kenyan friends has been so amazing; they’ve been so kind and so hospitable. All of the kids here in Kenya are about to go on break from school next month. At night and early in the morning you can hear the little Kenyan children walking by our house, laughing their high pitched little laughs, I promise you it is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. You’d be surprised; coming from Texas heat of 104 degrees some days, Kenya’s weather is unbelievable. The wind is blowing and the temperature is usually in the 60’s and70’s. I have no idea why but for some reason people think we’re going to a place where it resembles a desert. Well, that’s not true. It is extremely lush where we’re staying. Green, pink, blue, purple, there are just a few of the colors you see when you look around. I’m not saying it doesn’t get hot here some times of the year but right now its Kenya’s winter, so we’re doing pretty well.
I think you should know something that made my family and I laugh so hard the other day! The house that we’re staying in is on a slope, which has a rode directly beside it. All kinds of machines come down this hill; tractors, bikes, but for the most part motorcycles. Now they aren’t like Harley Davison’s, they’re African bikes. They look more like dirt bikes. Anyways, whenever these motorcycles go up the hill the leave their engine on obviously so that they can get up the steep hill. But when they come down the hill, they turn them off and roll down to save gas. I literally couldn’t stop laughing, but it is a good idea!
I just want to thank you again for your prayers and support. God truly showed up during our travels; short lines, all of our bags (12 in total) made it, people were gracious and patient with us, and no absolutely no illnesses! Thank you Jesus!
Will keep you posted,