God in the Curry.

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I don’t know when the smell of curries became a comfort smell for me. Today as I was walking through Diamond Plaza (Little India here in Nairobi) I instantly went to a place of feeling safe and at home when I caught a whiff of turmeric and cumin wafting through the air.  These warm spices automatically hit my senses and … Read More

Holding My Breath

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Living in a developing country often has things to it that get me wondering what in the world I am doing.  I’ve noticed a common phrase coming out of my mouth as I am driving is, “I just don’t understand” meaning, “What in the world do you think you’re doing?!?”  Literally every time I am driving this phrase or some … Read More

Not So Alone

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Almost four years ago we were dropped off in a cab at Aga Khan hospital in Parklands here in Nairobi after being evacuated from South Sudan.  Shawn was really sick and I was really anxious.  Not just for Shawn but because I had heard horror stories about Nairobi (which is pretty funny when you realize I had just come out … Read More

Home (A Poem by Anna)

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Recently Anna had her big Senior Seminar presentation.  She did a great job, and is relieved that it is over and she can now relax as the school year gets ready to end in just about 6 weeks! In 6 weeks her life is about to change a lot.  The day after she graduates we get on a plane and … Read More

Dreaming of Delta Lake

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I love Kenya.  I just want to be very clear on that before I say anything else in this post.  I love our life here, our team, the work we do, the kids’ school, our church.  I really couldn’t ask for more.  However, this summer we are leaving our home here for a bit to spend time at our home … Read More

Two Years Later

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Last month marked two years for us being in Kenya.  I love these sort of “landmark” times in life.  I’m a list maker and journal writer, and watching the passage of time is always a bittersweet amazement for me.  In Facebook all of my memories that pop up are of landing here after evacuation, trying to figure out how to … Read More

A Dry and Weary Land

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If you have never lived in a place that has experienced a true dry season – where you literally go months without a  drop of rain,  I am not sure you can truly appreciate how exciting and magnificent it is when rain appears suddenly.  In Mundri it was so, so, so hot.  We would sit outside in the shade because … Read More

Paradox

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I’m living in this crazy space called paradox today. Paradox is something that combines contradictory features or qualities. In this crazy life we live, there is constant paradox. Learning to become familiar with that, even thriving in it, is paramount to surviving long term. In Africa we live in a constant state of paradox around us – how can such … Read More

Traveling again

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I’m at that spot again that all international workers come to several times in their lives.  Two weeks from today we leave Kenya for the summer to do some traveling in the States and see people.  While I look forward to seeing family and friends, I am not looking forward to the exhausting schedule we have in front of us. … Read More

Mundri Mussings and More

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(Ok, I’m terrible at titles…) A year ago yesterday we left Mundri. It was supposed to be for just 7 weeks. We were scheduled to go to Kenya for an East Africa retreat and conference with all the Serge missionaries. After a couple months of severe pain and sickness, Shawn was told he had to get on the next MAF … Read More