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Hey guys, I know we hardly write blogs (not even sure blogging is still relevant), and I hope to change this. In fact, I hope to start a new blog with a different title, and I'll get into all of that another time!

We recently lost one of our biggest monthly donors because they felt lead by God to donate elsewhere. I get it, and I understand that what we do in Kenya is not for every one, nor do we expect people to give for the full duration of our work. Those folks helped us through SO MUCH, and they were a huge support over the years. Sometimes one must make a change. It is so important to follow one's heart.

 So at the moment, we are down a sizable amount, and we are needing help finding folks to help us fill this gap!! Don't worry if your gift is only $5 or $10 or whatever... any will do. Seriously. A bale of hay for the horses is $3 a day. If you could help with that, that would be great. Seriously. ANY amount.

Would you consider supporting us monthly? We are a project that you can actually talk to. I am an individual, not an institution. I am ME. I help children, women, single moms, etc... I am conscious of the environment, and I hope to be an encourager to those who feel as if they want to do more with their lives. YOU. CAN. DO. IT.  

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A Future and a Hope
c/o Bob Humphrey
7909 Walerga Rd STE 112-141
Antelope, CA 95843

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Days 32 to 36

Some photos from Kate:

Starlette playing in vermontStarlette playing with big blocks in Vermont

  ApplesThey visited an apple farm.

Kate in tophatApparently, they visited a hat store as well.

Lindt chocolateKate's favorite chocolate, Lindt.

Kate horse racing signThe lovely Kate


Day 31

Kate, Makena, and Starlette are in Schuylerville, New York. All I know about Schuylerville is that it is a village in Saratoga County and it is the site where the British surrendered during the Battle of Saratoga. Kate seems happy enough to be going to this village:

Kate and bill

On the way Starlette had her first McDonalds experience:

 

 


Day 24 to 30

The past six days here on The Shire have been pretty mundane days. They have been busy days, but nothing out of the ordinary or exciting has happened. We continue to care for the animals, develop the farm, and work with the horses. My (Johnny's) workload has increased due to Kate's absence which keeps me busy for most of the day. It does not leave much time for writing, thinking, and communicating. 

Kate, Makena, and Starlette are currently in Connecticut. They are enjoying the company and fresh air. Starlette is having a bit of a tough time with all the time changes, but she is full of smiles and giggles during our video calls.

Three more weeks.

 


Day 23

Happy birthday Makena!

18 bacon

Bacon breakfast for her 18th birthday.

Trip to craft store

A trip to the craft store on her 18th birthday.

Cheetah

She got to visit Cat Haven. Makena has wanted to go there for several years now.

Petting a cheetah

Petting a cheetah. Pretty cool.

Sleeping warrior painting

The mountain in this painting hanging in Cat Haven is part of our view here on The Shire.

Feeding a cougar

Makena feed a cougar.

Birthday donuts

Surprise birthday donuts.

 


Days 20 to 22

Yesterday was Halloween. I am not that much into Halloween, nor is it a big deal or really any deal here in Kenya, but the kids and I ate candy while watching Hocus Pocus. Not a bad way to spend the evening. I did manage to cook chicken tikka for dinner with sausage. It was while eating dinner we realized that I did not cook any veggies at all. Weird. Today will be full of vegetables to make up for that oversight. 

Hocus pocus

Kate, Makena, and Starlette are still in California. I was only able to speak briefly with Kate on Halloween morning, so I am not sure what they did or are doing. 

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Day 19

Back here on The Shire we grilled some homegrown pork, played Lord of the Rings Risk, and watched television. It was a great day. 

Way over in California Makena got some more hairs cut:

Makena hair cut 2

They met a number of people at Bob's:

Kate bob's friends

I am a little fuzzy on the timing but they might have traveled to Fresno on Day 19, or it could have been early on Day 20. Either way, they are with the Howards now.

Kate and sandi

 


Day 18

Kate made sourdough bread with her hosts in California. She did it wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas. 

Sourdough2

Sour dough

Starlette encountered a vacuum cleaner for the first time. We actually own one, but after moving off grid we have never used it.