As we are beginning another new adventure in East Africa, I'm going to do my best to keep this blog updated for those who care to follow along!
To get started, here is a recap of the last few days.
On Wednesday, we said many goodbyes to family and friends and finished up packing the 12 tubs/suitcases we brought here with us. Let me tell you, saying goodbye does NOT get easier. It was interesting to watch our kids though, as this is now the third time we've said these goodbyes. They seem a bit desensitized to it, acting a bit more casual than I sometimes want them to or think they should. For four years, however, they've had to say these goodbyes not only to family and friends in the US, but also to multiple friends, multiple times per year in Africa. In fact, each year Isaac would become close to a few boys in his class, and inevitably those were the friends who left at the end of the year. So, I suppose I get why they aren't as tearful as their mama when we give those tight last hugs that I feel like has to last years - this is a regular part of their normal lives in a way it never was for me as a child. In a way, though they might not be able to articulate it, they're protecting their hearts. I suppose they also have now understood that while those relationships may change over time and distance, they are still there. The wonders of technology have certainly helped us keep in touch, so there is an awareness that we WILL see each other again...just maybe through a computer screen.
|Ready to head to Chicago!|
Thursday we loaded our van and the van of some friends and drove to Chicago. We had a bit of time to catch up with our friends David & Jenny (and kids), buy guitar strings that I had forgotten to buy earlier, and made it to the airport around 7pm. Checking in and getting through security went smoothly and we made it to our gate with plenty of time.
|Carry on luggage|
|Our friends David & Jenny who brought us to the airport in this sweet van!|
|Made it to Kigali!|
|The kids outside our new home! This was in June when we were able to visit. |
Our yard is not so green and lush looking now! :)
This morning we were up just after 8am and got ready for church. We went to one of the few English services in Kigali with the director and his family. There are several other options to check out, and we'll likely try them all before deciding where a good fit is for us. There is a church right across the street from school that we can walk to in about 4 minutes, and that will likely be where we land until we have the funds for a car.
|The school provided a shower curtain, but from my visit in June I knew it was plain and pink. |
Found this one at a bargain store in Atlanta and brought it along to try
and personalize the bits of our home that we can.
|Isaac is in the single bed, Hope is on the top bunk &|
Geneva on the bottom bunk