Greetings from Nakuru:
The kids and I are spending our first night in the house by ourselves. Tom is in Nairobi for the night. They don’t seem bothered at all. Can’t say that I feel quite the same. I think I’ll end up sleeping in their new bunk beds with them. So glad we got the full size mattress on bottom.
We are still in the process of fighting day to day struggles of getting the house in order; can the electrician come again today, the water still not pumping up to the tanks, building this and that, the fundis (workers) hauling gravel and materials up my driveway with a wheel barrel 20 times a day, trying to figure out what in the world to use for cat litter, I wish I had on video what the “pet” store owner and his customer said to me and the way they looked at me when I asked if they carried cat litter. Long Pause….”You mean where they use the toilet?” “Most people here use soil.” Duh, how stupid am I, of course I should think to just go dig up the yard and put it in a box and that is exactly the same thing as cat littler. Oh well, at least they had a good laugh. The British Lady gave me a scowl and some explanation about you could use grat. Oh, thanks so much. I’ll run to the Grat store and get some right away. And yes, of course I couldn’t help myself but to ask her what grat was? I wont bother explaining because I didn’t understand what she said, I don’t know if it was the british accent or the you’re the stupidest American in the world trying to buy cat litter in Africa tone that kept me from understanding. We were hoping the month of August would have been us adjusting and enjoying our new “set up” home and helping the kids to have fun every day so they don’t miss home too much. But instead it has been a month filled with workers at the house every day trying to fix one thing or another and us running back and forth to town for materials. The crate arrived the day before we left for Mombassa. I’ve had a total of about 3 days to unpack and have managed to unpack maybe 10 boxes. The great idea of how neatly the ikea furniture would pack in the crate is being second guessed as it seems to take poor Tom about 3 hours to put together each piece. The new coffee table and tv stand however are beautiful in my yellow living room and it brought such a surprising joy today to unpack some knick knacks that made the room feel so cozy. Like the coasters we’ve had since we got married, my faith love and joy letters. So even though I’m surrounded by a maze of boxes in every direction I’m thankful for these small gifts of comfort.
I was hoping to be much more plugged into ministry at this point, but I have only had one night of knocking on doors to share the gospel and I think I will be unable to be involved in the girls bible studies for another 2-4 weeks. Even though it’s not what I had hoped, I know I need more time to get our home in order and get my little ones comfortable in school and myself able to somewhat exist here, like maybe go to the grocery store by myself. I keep reminding myself of a missionary story that I randomly read recently (I’m not the avid reader). She had spent all this training and time in nursing school and missionary training and when she got on the field it seemed that all God wanted her to do was hand out water to the children that knocked on her door daily. She felt so wasted until God finally told her, “Are you willing to “just” hand out water for me all day?” She was a nurse and of course had different ideas for what her being a missionary would look like.
The kids are starting school next Monday and I would be so grateful for your prayers: specifically about:
*Their teachers being kind and gentle
*Adjusting to non filtered water
*Adjusting to food that looks different that especially Sydney probably will
not eat. I’m hoping their not forced to eat their lunches or miss privileges if
they don’t. I am fearful of the British system and it’s strictness.
*making new friends quickly. They are desperate for friends and playmates.
Thank you for sharing these prayer requests for the kids with your Sunday school classes or small groups this week.
Some of you have asked about sending care packages. There is a girl coming from Plano September 23rd. She can bring several extra suitcases. I have made a list of the items we wish we would have brought more of and if you would like to pick any of these items up and take them by the church. I have asked Jennifer Jones if she would have a box in her office where they could be dropped off. I have not heard back form Jennifer for sure, but if she doesn’t have room, I’m sure we can start a box somewhere at the church, so that maybe we could just get one person to drop them by Plano, Tom’s mom’s house. If anyone is out of town and would like to mail a wal-mart gift card to someone who might be willing to pick these things up in Dallas so you don’t have to pay for shipping, let me know and I can give you a name and address. Please comment if you think you might pick up a certain item under this note so someone else will know not to get that one and also so I can maybe find someone to make a last minute wal-mart trip if need be. It would be great if these items could be collected by September 13.
-Stawberry or cherry caugh drops
-Honey-lemon caugh drops
-Quacker strawberries & cream instant oatmeal. 3 or more boxes.
(pack packages out of box in Tupperware)
-Apple sauce, ( large plastic jar or disposable cups)
-(6-10boxes) Pop tarts -brown sugar/cinnamon & strawberry w/ frosting (also
pack in Tupperware if possible)
-Tupperware ( set of 20 or whatever set comes in). Please unpack and pack other soft food items in Tupperware to save room; hand me down tupperware would be great too, doesn’t need to be new. If you just want to donate one container.
-Bandaids, (assorted sizes & some large bandage coverings)
-2 bottles of Childrens pepto bismol chewable tablets
-Sudafed-behind counter kind
-4 Large ziplock bags (freezer)
-4 Sandwich size ziplock bags (freezer)
-Pudding powder boxes ( chocolate, vanilla)
-2-3 Lysol spray
2 Franks hot sauce
4 Rasberry Hazelnut salad dressing
2 Thousand island salad dressing
Sonny bryans barbeque sauce
Any good salsa
Large purple or pink dog collar & leash
Baby shampoo ( purple kind, lavendar)
Loreal 28 day hair color, level 2, dark blonde or light brown. NO Ash, Warm or Golden in the name of the color
If anyone is good friends with a vet, I know these are expensive items so anything to help with fleas/ticks would be appreciated.
Flea collar-dogs over 50 lbs
Frontline (dog tick flea killer) for dogs over 50 lbs
Revolution (flea tick/heartworm medicine from vet). for dogs over 50 lbs
Cat flea/tick medicine
Large Horn from a Mac truck!