September has been a fun month. It started off well with a fresh look from our local hair stylist. We each got drastic hair changes. The neat thing about the hair cuts is they are only $5 a head for the children (including the dye!)
In the middle of the month, we got to meet a really cool young man named Josh Ulrich. He’s been working on landscaping our yard. It’s amazing. I’m loving the new change. Also, Josh brought us a new Wii, a large dog crate for a project I have in mind, flip flops for the kids, and all kinds of other goodies. The kids love playing in the dog crate, and Butterfly even spent one night in there! (That’s she in the photo.) I woke up to her pretending she was a puppy. It was cute.
September also had lots of care packages in it! We got yarn, knitting needles, Legos, candies, etc… The kids are so glad to be crocheting again, and I’ve even managed to make three really pretty hats!
Our chicken coup is finished being built, and now we have four hens and one rooster. No eggs yet, but lots of mating going on. Éowyn is infatuated with them, and loves to feed them. Husky, our dog, is jealous because they are eating the scraps he usually leaves on his plate.
Also, we had a ‘family reunion.’ Our four large Leopard Tortoises were at a neighbors house for a couple of years. They have returned now that we have enough grass for their grazing. The kids love hunting for them in the bushes and watching them munch on the grass. We are trying to corral them away from our garden, so we hope to build a picket fence around the front yard.
Another highlight: I received a stainless steel stick blender in the mail from Micah Mak, and I’m LOVING it!
School started in September as well. Our Van is broken so the girls are walking. We need about $400 to fix it. Home schooling has been fun, and I’ve been loving our new groove. We have 2 net books, and the kids have recorded podcasts, done research, watched educational videos, opened their own email accounts, and started practice studies in Khan Academy.
The month has ended with a virus sweeping through the kids, and so we have quite a few sick ones…. however, they are going to be fine in a week or so.
We also had a very sad happening when Samwel, the newborn baby with Hydrocephalous, died. We also lost a very dear young lady named Ann (pictured Left and Right) just yesterday. She was born with AIDS. She loved spreading awareness about the disease through poetry, singing, and just talking. She was a ray of sunshine. She was only 18 when she passed yesterday. She made her mark on this world, and she will be greatly missed.
Despite the sadness, here at our home, October has started off with a bit of fun. We pulled off a big surprise birthday party for Grace 17, Sarah M. 14, Mary 12, and Teresa 12. They woke up to balloons, games, and birthday cake for breakfast yesterday! It was an exciting day!
Even though we’ve been in Kenya almost 7 years consecutively now, October marks our FOUR YEAR anniversary as mom and dad to orphans. It was 4 years ago that Edith and Grace moved into our home. Each girl came within weeks after that. It’s been a great adventure.
Let the adventure continue as we press towards our future with HOPE that it will bring even sweeter days ahead.