Here is part 2 of the tour. I think I covered all the rooms. I hope this gives you a better sense of how we’re living. Really, it isn’t bad at all. We have a washing machine, electricity almost all the time, and wifi. While we are sacrificing things like time with friends and family, the convenience of American life, and clean water, we are doing very well. Tenwek is a great place to live and raise a family. If you’re able, we’d love to have you visit!
The living room…The couches do not match each other, and they do not match the curtains. Oh, and that stencil! We tried to hang something above the plaid couch, but apparently the walls are concrete blocks…and Aaron’s power tools are still in the States. We’ll eventually find a way to decorate that wall. Until then, we enjoy the large rug to play with all our indoor toys.
Don’t worry about our safety. Our home is protected by 3 superheros!
The dining room…The table is very nice and this shelf was already there. I love the storage the cabinet gives us.
The kitchen…The kitchen is growing on me. I really miss my island, especially when I’m cooling bread, baking dessert and making a meal all at the same time. There’s just not enough counter space. I’m loving the gas stove, and I haven’t noticed too much of a difference with the 6500 feet elevation. The only problem with the oven is that it’s so small. Last Saturday, I tried to make homemade chicken nuggets and oven fries but there’s only one rack in the oven…I had to put half of each on a tray and eat in shifts. Not ideal, but it worked.
This is the view from the dining room. There is a beautiful garden in the back. I’m loving the fresh basil for pesto and the fresh lettuce for salads. I love that my househelp washes the dishes for me Monday through Friday! The white water container is our filter. We have a huge water tank out back that collects the rain water. We bring jug-fulls inside and filter it before we drink it.
Boys’ bedroom…We brought posters and sheets that each boy picked out. Noah’s is Star Wars, Jacob’s is Avengers, and Levi’s is Thomas. They love the bunk bed even though it sways whenever someone climbs up on it. Because of the door and placement of the light switch, we are planning to move the furniture around. We’re still trying to figure out what works best with what we’ve got. 🙂
Master bedroom…Our bedroom is small, but we do have a queen size bed (which is an upgrade from what we had in the States)! The storage is great. We plan to have someone build a bookshelf for above the desk. We just need to track down the carpenter…
Bathroom…So here it is! Seems like everyone is curious about our bathroom situation…The shower has quite a bit of pressure, and our water is hot. The toilet is ‘modern.’ It flushes…and uses a lot of water. I’m sure it doesn’t meet any water efficiency standards. The shower curtain matches the rugs and the curtains, so I’m not complaining.
We also have a storage unit out back. It houses a deep freezer, our extra cleaning supplies and such. When we arrived, the key to our storage unit was missing. You have no idea how many people we asked about it, and no one had any idea where is was. Fortunately, the woman with the master key to all the storage units lives across the yard. I just walked over and borrowed it anytime I needed to get something from storage. It was decided that ‘the man with the key’ was no where to be found and we should replace the door knob. Well, Jacob decided to use a long, brittle leaf to unlock the storage unit the other day. Needless to say, it didn’t work. In fact, the stem broke off inside the doorknob and then I couldn’t get the key to unlock the door…I had been meaning to call ‘industrial’ (the maintenance department) about changing the lock to the storage room, and this little situation expedited my call. Now I have 3 keys to the same room! (That is an unheard of occurrence in Kenya!) And Jacob learned a valuable lesson.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
1.) Praise God that Hannah is acting more like herself today. She’s been battling diarrhea, vomit, and a bad diaper rash. Please pray that she continues to adjust to life in Kenya.
2.) Praise God that the boys are making good friends and enjoying life. They do miss the toy store, but they really haven’t been homesick yet.
3.) Please pray for us as we begin to make commitments to new positions. Aaron has been offered some jobs outside his main position in the ED. Pray for wisdom, direction and peace.
4.) Pray for safety during the upcoming elections. We are stocked up and ready to stay on the compound for an extended amount of time. Please pray that everything will remain peaceful and that we won’t have to evacuate.
My prayer for you:
Father God, Your Word says, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Proverbs 19:17) I pray that You will richly bless the people who are praying for us. They are a vital part of the ministry You gave us. We are dependent upon their sacrificial prayers. Please shower them with your rewards, both today and in eternity. Amen.