Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh, to be a kitten...

I'm sure by now you've figured out that I have a kitten. Meet Cricket! Cricket likes to sleep. She likes to sleep upside down... legs straight up... mouth hanging open... and in the air. She's a really good cat... pooping and peeing in the appropriate place, sleeping most of the night... but, she's terrible when she sees us eating something. Once she sees us eating something, she HAS to have it, and it's definitely a chore to keep her away. Aaaand apparently she is a cat after my own heart because she loves coffee. Not that I intentionally give her some... but she finds ways to sneak it almost every day.

Our generator has been broken for the last couple of days, only working for 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there... so the laptop battery hasn't been fully charged and we've spent very little time online the last few days. Hence the infrequent updates... and updates full of kitten photos :] 

I'll have a more "real" update for you in the next couple of days. For now, I'm going to turn off the computer, blow out the candles, snuggle up next to my husband [and Cricket, of course] and fall deep into dreamland...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I still can't get over...

...that it hailed here today. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not in Minnesota; I'm in Africa. And it hailed. Weird! Although it was only small, pea sized hail, it was still very odd to see!

It rained SO HARD today. I think rainy season is here. Yayyy! Here are a few photos...

[See the white specks? Pea-sized hail! It obviously melted pretty quickly.]

Praise the Lord for so much rain!

Jake and I started Swahili lessons on Monday. We have two hours of class in the morning [8:45-10:45], and two hours of class in the evening [5:00-7:00]... Monday through Friday, for 6-8 weeks. Probably 8. Haha. Our instructor's name is Jacken... he is a good teacher and a VERY patient man! It's definitely easier than it was on the first day, but it's still by no means easy. Must... study... more...

We got a package in the mail the other day from Jane and 3rd/4th grade AWANA girls from our church! My mom also added a few things that we needed, which was really appreciated. It was very sweet to read through the booklets that the girls made for us, full of stickers, Bible verses, and things about themselves. The Jolly Ranchers, brownie mix, coffee... so thoughtful! [Jane, we'll be sending a letter for you to read to the class! THANK YOU!]

There are only a few students here right now... most of them are still away for the break. I'm excited for them to come back... it's too quiet here without them!

Please be praying for us as we discern whether or not we will be returning to Africa after this year or not. We both want to be open to hearing what God is saying to us, and where He is calling us; putting aside the selfish desires of what WE want... regardless of how much we miss home.

That's all for now... :]

Saturday, April 10, 2010

1st Term Break

It's weird and definitely a lot quieter to be here without the students... most of them left yesterday for a week. It's their 1st term break... time to go spend some time at home!
I wandered around the compound with the camera and took some photos. Not much else to say other than that! Enjoy.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lead Me To The Cross...

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemption's hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
Te word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Weekend

On Wednesday, Jake and I went to Nakuru for some time away. It was really fun this time! We kind of know our way around by now, so it's nice. We did a little shopping for second hand items... Jake was able to find some work boots, jeans to work in and a couple t-shirts. We both thought we brought a lot of clothes... now it doesn't seem like so much!

It was a nice couple of days. It rained a lot; we got caught out in it once and were soaked by the time we made it back to the house. We rode a 'tuk-tuk' for the first time:

...pretty sure they are my favorite 'mode of transportation' around here. The drivers are just as crazy as any other, but it feels safer than a boda-boda [bicycle] or picky-picky [motor bike].

Anyways, we made it back to the farm safely... the house lady waxed our floor while we were gone, and we decided to rearrange the furniture to make it feel a little more 'home-y' for us.

[our shelf... with lots of cards from friends and family!!]

A couple weeks ago, Eric and Juli brought home a few more "friends" from Nairobi... 4 female guinea pigs [now we can start breeding], 4 geese, and two "pets..." a puppy and kitten. The puppy is Juli's... she named him Bauer [after Jack Bauer on the tv show "24."], and the kitten is Eric's... her name is Missy.


[a not so friendly face... gross. This slug is about 4-5 inches long.]

As for building projects, we finished the turkey cage:

Right now we're working on a pig pen/cage and next will be a goat pen/shed and cow shed.

We are finally starting Swahili lessons this month! We came with the intention of being started with lessons right away... but the teacher was not available at that time. So now he is coming on April 12th, and will stay here at the farm for 6-8 weeks. We will then start lessons for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. I already know a lot of the basics...

hujambo =  hello
asante [sana] = thank you [very much]
karibu = you're welcome
hakuna matata = no worries [yes, it's a real phrase and not something just made up for the Lion King!]
hakuna shida: no problem
we we [pronounced 'way way'] =  you
toka = get out
enda = go
tuenda = let's go
habari za asubuhi? = what's the news of the morning? [aka, how are you?]
nzuri = good
poa = cool
maliza = finish
hakuna = there is not
kuja = come
mzee = old man
rafiki = friend
du-du= any sort of bug
ku-ku = chicken
baridi = cold
tafadhali = please
hapana = no
sawa = okay
pole = sorry
wapi = where
nini = what
hapa = here
hapo = there
gani = which
sasa = now
kwa nini = for what
jina lako nani = what is your name
jina lango ni = my name is
unatoka wapi = you come from where
kidogo = a little
today = leo
tomorrow = kesho
hodi = anyone there [when knocking on a door]
pole pole = slowly

Not that any of you care to read that... but it helps me remember to read/write them!!

This weekend should be a huge reminder for us, concerning the price that was paid for us and how BIG of a God we have, as we walk as Christians. Good Friday, the day Christ was crucified for our sins... and Easter Sunday, the day He rose again. It's different here [at least where we are] than in the States; there's no "Easter Bunny," colored eggs, Easter baskets filled with all sorts of goodies to make your teeth rot... I haven't even seen Easter 'products' advertised in stores. I'm sure it's here... it's just not nearly as commercialized as I see it in the States. I'm looking forward to celebrating Christ's resurrection without any distractions. I'm excited to fellowship with the believers here in this little community, Camp Jabez... and remember with them the price that was paid for US and how amazing our God is... [although I'm not going to lie, I'm a little disappointed I don't have any Cadbury Eggs or peanut butter filled chocolate eggs... haha].

The battery is about to die, so I should end this... here's one more photo!!

[Jake and his favorite dog, Simba]