Things have been so busy here in the Kelley house, so here is a little update on each of us.
Aaron is hard at work writing his thesis for his master’s degree AND working full-time in the ED. We travelled to McAlisterville, PA this weekend to speak at Good News Lutheran-Brethren Church. What a privilege to share God’s work in our lives with my sister’s home church. Everyone was so welcoming, encouraging and accommodating. (I include this in his paragraph because he does all the public-speaking!)
Noah is soaking up as much knowledge about Kenya as possible. He created an African exhibit in our living room the other day. (See picture below.) In school, he is learning so much about the Bible, he’s reading really well (and getting quicker each week), and he’s always amazing me with his math skills.
Jacob also is an amazing little student. Even though he just turned 4 this summer, he read his first word today! (It is such a privilege to homeschool. Yes, it’s a lot of work and sacrifice for me, but it’s worth every difficult moment for moments like today!!) Plus, he memorizes Scripture just as well as Noah. Next time you see him, ask him to rattle off the fruits of the Spirit. He probably won’t do it because he is so shy, but he knows them all (and in order). The picture was taken today by Noah. I’m pretty sure Jacob telling Noah to stop taking his picture. 🙂
Levi is really wanting and trying to be a student. He’s been singing the alphabet and the A-a-apple song, and he’s talking more and more every day. In his never-ending attempts at being helpful, he poured an entire box of Rice Krispies onto Hannah’s tray a couple of mornings ago. Lesson learned: Put the cereal AWAY before going to the bathroom when the two youngest kids are left alone.
Hannah is crawling all over the place and getting into all kinds of trouble. Toys no longer interest her. She does love scavenging food from under the table and chewing on electrical cords…And eating whatever Levi puts on her tray. I’m not sure how she stays so skinny because she eats almost the entire time she’s awake during the day!
I am staying busy. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself for being so tired. Maybe I should blog about my kids more often…It might help to remind myself WHY I am exhausted everyday! In all seriousness, though, I am one blessed momma. I love spending my days teaching, playing with, feeding and caring for my kiddos. They make me so proud.
Please continue to uplift us in prayer. We still have so much to do to prepare for our January 29 departure and now the holidays are here to distract us. May we thoroughly enjoy this time with friends and family without loosing focus on what God has planned for us in Kenya.
Let us not become wearing in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galations 6:9