Well, it’s official. We’ve been living in Kenya for a year! Happy Anniversary to us! 🙂
Like I promised in my last post, I want to show you how our apartment has become our home. It took some time to make this happen. At first, I didn’t care what it looked like. I had the “I’m sacrificing for Jesus” attitude. Then, Hannah’s death and the resulting grief overshadowed any desire to make changes to our apartment. But now, a year since we arrived and almost 11 months since Hannah’s homegoing, I found myself ready to make some changes. I was prepared to invest in some decor and minor renovations. It was time to make this little apartment feel like a Kelley home!
First, let’s look at the living room. My dad painted over the stenciling this summer, and Aaron hung the African art. Recently, we changed the curtains and moved the cabinet from the kitchen to the living room. It’s nice to use the cabinet as a bench when we have guests.
Speaking of the kitchen, we recently made a big change there. It’s hard to see from these photos since they’re taken from different angles. The part that changed is by the door. We removed some poorly installed shelves and replaced them with a built-in cabinet and two nicely constructed shelves. I am so very happy with this little project. It looks like it’s supposed to be there…unlike the bench we moved into the living room!
The dining room is looking a little better thanks to the curtains, a new light cover and some more African decor.
Perhaps the biggest change, though, occurred in the bedrooms. We decided to move the boys into Hannah’s room so that a triple bunk bed could fit. I put their dresser into the closet, and their little bedroom actually has some floor space!
This big change turned the boys’ room into our spare bedroom. While it isn’t Hannah’s room, it still houses many of our favorite things that remind us of her. Each bed has a woven blanket with pictures of her, her Violet dog lives on the one bed, and many pictures are displayed throughout the room. Although it was hard to give up Hannah’s room, we thought it was a healthy transition and an appropriate time to do it.
So, there you have it. Our little missionary house is officially our home. We do love living here, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our mission.
Praises and Prayer Requests:
1. Praise God for the rain. Our typical short rain season was drier than usual, so we are thankful for the short rains we have gotten this past month.
2. Praise God for sustaining us during our first year as missionaries. Oftentimes, the first year is the hardest. There are so many adjustments to be made. Of course, our first year was particularly hard. We are thankful that God was with us each step of the way, and we trust that He will continue to guide and direct our remaining days of this term.
3. Praise God for work permits, alien cards, etc. that allow us to be here legally. Another family, the Mitchells, are not so fortunate. Kenya has decided to crack down on visa extensions, and therefore the Mitchells (all 6 of them!) must leave East Africa. Please pray for them as they travel next week. Pray that their time away will be rejuvenating (rather than stressful) and that they will be allowed back into Kenya.
4. Praise God that my dad is feeling good. He’s even planning to go snowmobiling this weekend! Please pray for him on Friday. He has an appointment with his physician. We are hopeful for good news. Please join us in praying that my dad is cancer-free!
5. Please pray for my helper, Olivia. She needs to have a root canal, but her blood pressure is too high for the dentist to do the procedure. Please pray that the medication will bring her blood pressure down to an acceptable level and that she won’t get another infection in her mouth.
Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5