Here is a picture of my neighbor, Elpina, and I on the big moving day. She is such a special friend to me, and that day, she was a little sad to see us going.
But we promised to stay in touch, and I invited her and her family to come visit us in Nakuru soon. Please pray that I will still have an open door with her even though I don't live next door to her anymore. I long to lead her to the Lord someday.
Here is a picture I took on the way up to Nakuru last Monday. Can you tell it is rainy season in Kenya right now? Look at those dark, low-hanging clouds!
During this last week and from talking to other missionaries, I have discovered that Nakuru gets even more rain than Karen did. That is not a problem for me though. I love rain! It rained most days of the year when I was growing up in New Guinea too. There is something so cozy about being inside and hearing the rain pitter-patter on the roof.
Here is the road that leads to our new house.
It is a very bumpy dirt road--quite the experience bouncing up and down at 7 and 1/2 months pregnant! It only takes about 5 minutes on this road, however, after leaving the blacktop, so it is nothing like some other girlhood memories I have!
So what has my life been like this past week? I've been cleaning and unpacking at the same time. Tuesday, the day after we got here, I started in the kitchen, and it literally took me all day. But by the time it was too dark to see, I had everything where I wanted it in clean cupboards. I mopped my way out of the kitchen, climbed the stairs, and fell into bed exhausted.
Ever since then, it's kind of been a blur. Every time I turned around, there was another box to unpack and something else that I wanted to get done NOW! And in between all of the cleaning and unpacking, I've been trying to put together as simple meals as possible for my family. (You missionary wives know that simple meals on the mission field are not really that simple!) I'm also trying to keep up with a basket of dirty clothes, washing a load in the mornings by hand until my washing machine gets hooked back up, hopefully soon (fingers crossed!) Not to mention sewing curtains (by hand too).
Seth and I started school back up yesterday. I can't wait to show you pictures of our school room! It is so nice to have a room that looks like a classroom that can stay like that all the time. I still want to do things in there like hang maps on the walls, etc. But a little at a time.
We just got the internet hooked up last night, so I am back to blogging in between everything else. Blogging is relaxing for me though, so I'll just have to take more of those mandatory breaks now!
For Thanksgiving, we spent the day with the Mickeys, another missionary family here in Nakuru. Mrs. Mickey really outdid herself with the Thanksgiving meal. She told me not to worry about bringing anything, so I didn't cook . . . much. I made a cherry pie with some cherry pie filling that was just recently sent to us from the States. After not having cherry pie in over a year, it tasted sooooooo good! Many thanks to our friends in Oklahoma City who sent us 12 cans of the stuff! I think I'll be baking cherry pies to last us the whole term!
So this year I am thankful for . . . cherry pie and friends to celebrate the holidays with when we are so far away from "home". But what is home for a missionary? We are pilgrims on this earth, never fully fitting in here or there, but instead looking for a City (Heaven) where we will someday truly feel at HOME! I can't wait! In the meantime, I am loving Kenya.