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Day 13

I am getting a bit fuzzy on some of the specifics of what day some things have happened with the trio in the U.S., but nonetheless, these things have happened:

Makena got a haircut:

Makena hair cut

Kate is having fun meeting Facebook friends in real life:

Kate and lydia

Kate is asking if she should cut her hair. Personally, I like it long, but then it is not my hair...

Kate hair question

Day 12

You do not actually have to see Kate in person to contribute. You can give other ways as well:

You can use Paypal. Send to [email protected]

You can write a check out to A Future and a Hope, and mail it to:

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

Our friend and team member Bob will bank the money and it will be available for our use here in Kenya.

You can also use the app called Wave. (My number is 0723743212)


Day 11

For the eleventh day of Kate's absence, I thought it would be good to remind you of the wishlist. We do not visit the U.S. that often so bringing back a few items is high on the priority list. Also feel free to be creative and contribute things not on the list, but consider that Kate has to be able to pack it and bring it back with her. Also, let me know when you purchase something so it can be crossed off the list.

Here we go:

Day 10

The tenth day finds me (Johnny) tired. Not because of the workload, cause actually that is lessened with the absence of three people. No, it is the constant responsibility. Never being able to relax, especially in the evening, and do nothing. You see normally Kate and I trade off the cooking job. Somedays we cook together, and sometimes one of us does the whole meal. That means the other can just chill. I am not even sure why having to prepare food for these people is tiresome, but it is. Why can't we live somewhere with delivery?

Speaking of food I am in the mood for deviled eggs. Wonder if that can be a complete meal tonight?

Deviled eggs

Day 9

On this the eighth ninth (OMG I am already losing track of the days) day of Kate's great U.K./American tour she went to visit a horse therapy program somewhere near Beaumont, Texas. I actually have not yet spoken to her so I do not have details, but I am sure it went well. Visiting therapy centers while in the U.S. is one of Kate's goals. She is looking for ideas, methods, tack, and connections to bring back here to The Shire and the children we work with.

Meanwhile, our heroes back home continue life on The Shire. Emma and `Eowyn spent the night in Soysambu with friends and Butterfly and I enjoyed the peace and quiet. In fact we took the time to watch Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan after dinner. Possibly my favorite Trek movie. Butterfly was completely surprised by the ending.

"I have been and always shall be your friend."

Death of spock


Day 8

Kate had a visit to the dentist on her trip's eighth day. She is enjoying spending time with Andrew, who moved back to the U.S. several months ago. Starlette is also enjoying hanging out with her big brother:

Starlette and andrew

Kate is enjoying the "little" things like hair dryers:

Kate and hair dryer

Tomorrow, or today as I write this, ahh this whole time difference things is really confusing me. I got in trouble for calling Kate yesterday at 6 a.m. Texas time. All I wanted to do was show Starlette all the stuff I got at the supermarket. Anyway, I woke her up and got a mini-lecture about doing the math. Tomorrow Kate will be visiting a horse therapy program near Beaumont, Texas.

On the home front line continues on as always.

Day 6

British airOn the sixth day Kate, Makena, and Starlette traveled from London to Houston. Quite a long trip. They arrived fine and were picked up at the airport and taken to Nederland, Texas. They plan on resting up for a few days and then the whirlwind tour of America begins in earnest. 







Meanwhile, those of us left at The Shire had a quiet Sunday. Lazing around, listening to music, and watching a bit of television in the evening. Plenty of thinking and meditating time.

I spent some time with a passage from Matthew chapter twenty-five. I know I quote and talk about it often but it is worthwhile. Take a moment to read it yourself:

34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

This particular passage heavily influenced how I chose to live out my faith. Back before we moved to Kenya I found myself becoming distant from the way faith was being practiced in our church. Simply attending a religious meeting on Sunday and Wednesday, reading the Bible occasionally, and praying were not enough. (Especially after reading the Bible and seeing a different way promoted in the text like the one above.) I started looking for ways to actually practice my Christianity. 

Many years later I find myself still on the lookout for faith practice moments. I, along with my wife Kate, have actually done all the things mentioned in the story of the sheep and goats, and still do them on a regular basis with your help of course. We are not yet weary. In looking for those moments to live out faith we came upon another opportunity, horse therapy for disabled children here in Kenya. These children are some of the least in our community and we are reaching out to them.

This is one of the things Kate is fundraising for while in the U.S. Keeping horses requires effort and food. Getting the children here is another expense, and so on and so on. These children are worth the effort, and it is a great way to practice some faith. 


Day 5

Saturday. Another run of the mill day here at The Shire. It is normally the day we would do the therapy sessions with the children and horses, but it is paused while Kate is away. To grow beyond where we are with this program there needs to be more qualified people to help, and more volunteers as well. This is one of the goals for 2019. In the meantime, Butterfly is helping take care of the horses and is exercising them.

Kate, Makena, and Starlette began their journey from England to Texas, albeit a few hours late due to a delayed flight. 

Here they are chilling out waiting for the gate to be opened:

Airport delay

Gate is open and now they board:

Airport delay 2

The Great American Adventure begins on Day 6. In the meantime don't forget about the wishlist:


Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) Would like 2 sets
OXO Good Grips Silicone/Stainless Steel Tub Stopper
maple flavor
children's fever/pain/allergy meds
Flintstones Children's Complete Chewable Multivitamin
Zahler Flax Seed Oil
grownup vitamins
Gillette Venus Women's Original
Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. - pad of 100 (as many as possible)
Bad Byron's Butt Rub
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 Brainfreeze Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
pool noodles
Dodge balls
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
CO-Z Bee Smoker
A4 Portable LED Light Box
hair clips
Christmas ornaments!
Steve Jackson Games Munchkin Deluxe
Reese's peanut butter cups
jodphurs size 27 waist
Microsoft Surface Pro (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) – Newest Version
Microsoft Certified Surface Pen, Stylus Pens with 4096 Pressure Sensitivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro
penny Whistles
lady p or shewee
sheet music for flute and piano
unlocked cell phones (current)
boots size 8.5
hair feathers and hair beads

polymer clay


Here is a link to a Google Doc containing the list and many links to Amazon:


Don't forget to let me know if you buy something off the list so I can remove it from the list.


Day 4

The fourth day that Kate, Makena, and Starlette have been gone went off without a hitch. Pigs were fed, cows fed, rabbits fed, dogs fed, cats fed, chickens fed, horses fed, and the children were fed. Everyone ate. In fact, because we are short three people we stretched burrito night out over three meals, and I still gave the pigs some beans. There are only so many times one can eat beans in a row. 

Kate had a gathering in England and hung out with some folks there. 

Kate barrows

Kate barrows 2

Day 5 will see them flying to Texas. I pray the trip goes well, especially for Starlette who has no experience with these long flights.