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89 days in Kenya

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tomorrow marks my 90th day in Kenya. I am blogging about it TODAY because tomorrow is going to be a busy day, and I might not get the time to reflect back on this journey. On the one hand, it feels like I just arrived. On the other hand, I feel like I've always been here.

Actually, it seems like all my experiences are contradictory like that. I know I stick out like a sore thumb where-ever I go... and at the same time I feel a tremendous sense of "belonging", as though this is exactly the place I am supposed to be. The idea of going back to the USA depresses me. My residency visa has still not been approved, so it looks like I will have to go back to Vermont at least temporarily when my extended-tourist-visa expires in August. Sometimes I get lonely, and I miss my friends and family in the USA. I have great friends here in Kenya, in fact I am priveledged to be working with my BEST friend. But I especially miss having trusted women-friends to confide in, namely my sisters. But that loneliness is generally fleeting, and certainly not enough to make me want to go back to my "old life" in the United States.

Spiritually I feel like I have grown a hundred-fold. My prayer life has been revolutionized! There is just no room for spiritual laziness! The day I don't start with prayer and time in the Word is the day that EVERYTHING goes wrong! It took me a couple months to find it, but I have finnaly connected with a great church.

My kids are happy and well adjusted. Both of my kids have special needs, and had difficulty socializing with their peers in the USA. Here in Kenya the kids seem to take their quirks in stride and accept them as they are. Its been very healthy for both of them. As a mom its been so nice to see them enjoying simple things like having a friend spend the night.

Physically as i have already detailed, my body is transforming... in good ways and bad! The loose skin is bad. The physisque that is visible behind the sagging is pretty cool! Regaining my strength has actually been a process... I was very VERY sick for two months before I arrived in Kenya, and I was WEAK. Now I'm starting to feel strong again, I'm able to walk long distances and swim hard without getting tired, weak and shaky. I'm sure things could be even better if I would work more on stregth training exercises... but I haven't!

By the way... I have not taken diabetes medication since I arrived... my sugars remain perfectly within normal range. That is a miracle!

My work with the kids here has been incredible and life changing... and beyond all the other ups and downs of being here, THAT is why I am here! I thank God that I have another 90 day extention to August... and I look forward to what the future holds for me here.
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SOCKITTOME 5/26/2011 11:52PM

    Glad to hear things are going so well for you! If you're meant to stay in Kenya, the Lord will make it happen. Adding my prayers to yours that all works out as it should and that you can stay put instead of having to come back to the States for a spell.


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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/26/2011 1:43AM

    Hope You really seem to be doing wonderfully in Kenya. I am so happy for YOU and the Boys too! This has been a great opportunity for all of you!!

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LAUREL220 5/24/2011 1:15PM

    I have really enjoyed reading your blogs! I got a little behind but now that I am caught up I am smiling and happy for you!

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MISSROCKABILLY 5/24/2011 8:44AM

    I'm so happy that you are doing so well in Kenya! It sounds like you are definitely in the right place at the right time for you and your boys. I hope your residency visa gets approved soon!

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RAINSTORM17 5/24/2011 8:16AM

    I am so glad that you have this opportunity. You are making such a difference in the lives of the children there, and I can tell that the time you spend there has had such a positive effect on you and your kids lives. God bless you. Re emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 5/24/2011 7:04AM

    I am so glad you got your extension to stay a little longer. This time in Kenya has been so good for both you and your children.

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SWEETLIPS 5/24/2011 6:16AM

    Thank you so much for postimng this. I studied and had experience with the Kenya culture, and this is such a blessing for your family. I can understand you miss the sister-relationships, and in the same time, your relationship with God has grow tremedously. What ever it is that you desire, I pray and I know God will answer your request. Much love. emoticon

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MIZZSB 5/24/2011 3:55AM

    WOW how awesome what kind of improvements you have made. And what a difference with your 'old life'.

I hope you get that visum to stay... it sounds like you are happier where you are right now.

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