Sunday, February 26, 2012
Busy couple of days, trip to the salon new braids, more braids and a pedicure, Fabulous! Walk thru Nairobi Town, Matatu rides, last minute shopping, pulling together the things to carry from the the women. More bead soup, and tying kikoy's for Mama Maina. Dinner at Milka's, Ruth's sister. Yes she cooks! Even when the power goes out! Late night and not feeling well when I get home. Rough last day in Kenya. Sick all night and most of today. But I'm finally pack. And my sweet Elizabeth came to visit. A gift always, her precious smile and her success, to see what God has done. He has multiplied the 400k/s ($5US) that her husband gave her and the money she saved from her time at Rehoboth. She now has a successful vegetable stand. She was able to keep her four kids all in school even after her husband lost his job...Seeing a woman succeed priceless!!
So as I come home to take on this task that I have been given I am reminded of a parable I read resently:
A fire broke out in the forest and all the animals ran to the edge of the forest to try and save themselves. They all looked on feeling fearful and overwhelmed. All that is except one tiny hummingbird. The hummingbird flew to the nearest river and picked up one drop of water, flew back and dropped it on the fire. The other animals watched as over and over he repeated the act. They finally asked what he was doing as he was to small to make a difference. He simply said "I'm doing the best that I can."
And so I will do the best that I can. Because at the end of the day isn't that what each of one of us is asked??
Quawhari ya cu onana, Kenya (Good bye for a short while)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Just another Kenyan monday, Awoke early with renewed energy and the vertigo gone Yaaay! Did laundry, yes that would be with a tub and 2 buckets out on the patio, Made chai and fruit smoothies for the family and we are off. A stop at the NCK Nursing Counsel of Kenya to find out what I have to do to get a temporary license. Not as daunting as I expected. The daunting part was 2 + hours in Nairobi traffic.
spent the rest of the day at a hospital clinic, My Kenyan girl has been having stomach problems, blood work today and contrast x-rays tomorrow. Had my first true Matatu ride and a walk through the allies home. Ruth called me a real African lady :-) After her tests tomorrow we are heading back to Eldoret (4hrs North) to spend some more time at the Fistula hospital and follow the surgeon. The time here as gone so fast it's hard to believe I only have a week left:-( I love this land! Gotta run it's dinner time, egg curry and rice Yum! and packing (again) early start tomorrow with Victor(My favorite driver!)
|My 1st Matatu!|
|The dusty road home|
|The walk Home|
Sunday, February 19, 2012
It's a very quiet Sunday. I've been dealing with vertigo for the past 3 days, so enjoying a quiet day with the girls beading and reading and relaxing. Will be heading back up north on Tuesday to spend a couple of days with the fistula surgeon again. Something doesn't feel finished. Spent yesterday making Split pea and sausage soup on a Jiko (see photo)I had originally thought to shop,cook and do dishes as a way of being a blessing. But I think that there is a learning of the way things are done here that is part of the preparation for one day spending more time here. And today Milka tried her hand at making a cake. The other photo's of John and Ruth preparing my birthday dinner. Have a blessed day:-)
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
I would encourage each one of you to keep dreaming because they can come true!
They say a picture is worth 1000 words so I will leave you with photos.