I cannot believe the fourth of July is nearly upon us. We are looking forward to celebrating in a bit of a different way with our international team here, but a picnic/barbeque nonetheless! Thank you again for checking in with us, for reading our newsletter, and for your prayers and support. I would also like to say I know I am not good at communicating with everyone individually, but I do look at all your pictures on FB, who is sick, who's pregnant, your kids' pictures at their sports games, all the harvest pictures right now, shout out to kansas folk ;-). And when we do hear from you, it is the highlight of my day. week. :-)
- We decided to figure out the medical system here, and get some practice with our insurance company as well. Caroline and Charlie both graciously volunteered for this role. Caroline fell on the stairs and got a gash on the back of her head from our metal security door bolt, and needed stitches, for which they decided they needed to put her under. So she has a large bald patch on the back of her head (thankfully covered mostly by her hair), but has healed really well. Charlie, on his first day to do the monkey bars by himself, dropped to the ground and landed on his wrist, and fractured it. Just a week after Caroline. Before we had even settled up the bill from the first time! He has a cast on, his dominant hand, but is managing really well. It should be better in a few weeks, we can at least downgrade to a splint or a brace. We have had good experiences in the hospital here. When we move, it will be different. Out of the 3 families, there are no medical people. There is a clinic in Loki, where our teammates have had some illnesses treated, but I'm not sure if they have been there for emergencies like wounds. I would prefer not to use my copy of Where There is No Doctor on my children. But taking a plane ride back to Nairobi is really only for serious medical emergencies. Soooooooo, I'm just hoping they don't hurt themselves!
- As you'll see in pictures, two big things: Patrick got his work permit papers, and our crate arrived! Huge praise on both fronts. A few things were broken (my Advent wreath :-( but all in all it was successful. We really need to finish this paperwork before we move. So that means me getting my work permit, then both of us taking those in to another office to apply for our residence cards and getting fingerprinted and all that. Patrick submitted his paperwork to apply for his Kenyan pilots license, after passing the tests and converting his logbook over to the local system. Then we need to get our Kenyan drivers licenses as well. Praying that all goes smoothly over the next few weeks.
- We have a date for moving! (It has already changed, and definitely has the potential to again. But we're pretty confident this time ;-) Another pilot is needing to get their vehicle back to Loki, and so it is going to work out well for Patrick to caravan with him. The drive is vastly different from any road trip we've undertaken so far, to say the least. Glad there will be two of them, in case one has car trouble. The kids and I will follow in the plane a few days later. We will take our clothes and personal items with us, as well as breakables and valuables. We will then hire a lorry (truck) to bring up our furniture and household items in a few months.
- We all know I'm a planner, and I like being prepared. This is a stretch for me. When we came to Africa in January, I was 90% excited and 10% nervous. This next move is 90% nervous, 10% excited. Just being honest. I am grateful we were able to visit as a family, that helped so much. The setting up the house part is what is challenging. We have to get everything up there. The house has cement floors, and a water tank. I think that's about it. We need to bring all appliances (big and small) and furniture, hot water heater, solar power system, and practical things, as well as anything to make it more comfortable and homey: curtains, rugs, lamps, tablecloths. I am waaaaaay out of my comfort zone here. (It had to happen eventually, I guess.) You can't just run out and get something. Home Depot, Target. Even Nakumatt or a big local market, like they have here in the city. Very thankful for my husband and the skills he brings into this. We will move into another available house, belonging to team members who are on home assignment, and hopefully start work on ours soon! Thats a big prayer request, the sooner we can get settled, the better. I would love to be able to do that in time to get into a normal school year, for the first time in, well, ever.
July 16 we start our move to Lokichoggio.