Sunday, October 23, 2011


I know that many of you have been following the news and are aware of the tensions and threats here in Kenya.  We just wanted to let everyone know that we are fine, we are being alert and cautious and we appreciate your concerns and your prayers.  We are resting in the knowledge that the safest place for us to be is in the center of God's will. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thompson Falls

The Theatre Staff (Theatre is what they call the Operating Rooms here) went on a team building outing this weekend.  Most of the staff (50 or so people) piled onto a big bus with the plans of heading to the Aberdares for a little game drive.  A few families went along in our own vehicles to join in the fun.  Once the bus got to the Aberdares they learned that due to a great deal of rain, the bus would not make it through the roads so the bus turned around and went for Plan B.  We drove another couple of hours to Thompson Falls.

We discovered that Thompson Falls is a bit of a tourist trap with camel rides, face painting, balloon animals - it felt a bit like a carnival.  A couple of guys put chameleons on our kids and then when Erik took a picture tried to charge him 200 shillings ($2).  Erik said he didn't want to buy a chameleon and one of the guys said, "That's not to buy it, that's the cost to take a picture with it."

At Thompson Falls, we had a picnic lunch complete with Nyama Choma (roasted goat) and chapatis (Kenyan flat bread).  There were lots of speeches (Kenyans have speeches at every gathering), singing and fellowship.  I enjoyed getting to meet the people that Erik works with on a daily basis.  It was a lovely time with the staff and friends and I was so thankful to have kids that are great travelers since our ten hour day included 7 hours of driving and 3 hours out of the car.  What great sports they were!

We crossed the equator a few times during this trip.

The chameleon

Thompson Falls

Our daughter was not happy about this camel ride, but apparently, once you get on, there is no getting off of it.

How about a kiss?

Not too sure about the fur on his meat

a little fur won't stop this carnivore

Our Kikuyu entertainment

I'm still new at Kenyan travel and I always forget the bring along some toilet paper.