Monday, May 7, 2018

Fall in South Africa

So, hello there. It is May and obviously, I've been back from Kenya for a long while. In fact, an entire season has almost passed since I last wrote!

Kenya was amazing. I love going to a new country and getting glimpses of different cultures. It was great to travel with my mother-in-law and 3 other ladies from the Edgerton area. It's funny how spending time in close quarters can turn strangers into friends!

We started our trip visiting Margaret Njuguna in her home and also seeing the En-Gedi Children's Home, a place of safety for children with disabilities that Margaret founded in 2013. It was a privilege to see the work that Margaret and her staff do on a daily basis and to serve along side them for a few mornings. Our group also did a bit of sightseeing, heading out to Masai Mara for a safari and also visiting a Masai village. You can see photos of the safari and Masai village below, but please visit En-Gedi's website to see photos of the children and the work being done there!







After a week in Kenya, the Edgerton group stayed with us in Hammanskraal for a while. It was so fun showing them the different projects we are involved with and our kids loved having their grandma Karen here as well as 3 other grandma's to dote on them and praise their dancing skills :) Grandma Karen stayed on for a couple weeks after the other ladies left. We LOVED having her here. She did so much with the kids and she taught me to sew!! 





As with all of you, life has a way of just never slowing down! Darin took off to Cape Town for a few days in February and then 11 days in Ethiopia and Rwanda in April. March and April were super hectic, with Amo getting sick and ending up in hospital for a couple days. We also took the kids to Johannesburg overnight to see the Illusionists. It was a great show and the kids loved having a pool to swim around in! There was coffee with friends, painting at a day care, Spur night where Jori got to be a server, a day out at Bounce and so much more!!!









There are often times where life feels a bit overwhelming. There are so many things to do and so many other things we could do and perhaps even some things we should do that we never get around to. The image below sums up how I often feel:

Yet we celebrate the good, even when the busy leaves us feeling worn out. It was two years ago at the end of this month that Darin was in the hospital with bleeding on the brain. Looking at him now, wouldn't know how seriously ill he was at that time. We are so thankful for God's hand that sustained us then and that continues to hold us fast now. 





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