Greetings from Kenya!!!

Please don't ask me to move countries again. The adventure of change is really over-rated, at least when you have 4 kids and two of them can't carry their own carry-on luggage!

But I have to say, it went SO much better than I was dreading. We must have made a pathetic sight--Omara on my back, pulling a suitcase and holding 3 other bags, Isaac on Chad's back, him pulling 2 suitcases and holding another bag, Anya with a back-pack on and pulling 2 suitcases, Ethan struggling with his backpack and yet another suitcase!!! But they only charged us 50% of the over-weight luggage fee, kind people had pity on us and carried bags for us, we found room for all the carry-on bags in the plane, the kids did well on the flight which was on time, all our baggage (14 pieces counting the car seats!) arrived undamaged, no customs charges, traffic wasn't too bad on the way home, and yummy pizza was waiting for us with our new team-mates! Really, I couldn't have asked for much more!

The kids love our new house, which we're not actually sleeping in yet since it has nothing in it but a lot of baggage on the living room. We're in a guest-house room for the next few days until we get things set up, but it's all on the same compound so we can go back and forth easily. There's a killer playground with CLEAN sand!!! They played for an hour yesterday and their clothes aren't stained from it--another miracle for which I am eternally grateful! Anya burst into spontaneous song, 'It's a dream come true, a dream come true. If you want your dreams to come true, move to Nairobi." Even Ethan and Isaac are thrilled. Omara is as 'almost-2' as ever, fluctuating between adorable and impossible as often as the winds change. But that's nothing new.

I'm sure that we'll all have moments of missing what we knew, missing the wonderful people we worked with, missing friends and our house with the huge yard, but God has indeed been faithful in continuing to provide good gifts, and we're going to be happy here.


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