Thursday, July 10, 2014

It Takes A Village to Contain This Girl - Traveling With Kids In Kenya

 I can't stress enough how amazing all the people we've met out here are.  My children have endless amounts of energy and while they don't have a lot of toys here, places to go, things to do, or friends the same age we do have an endless supply of adults to help entertain us.  There are so many people around here that my kids love to see...and each day when we run into a friend or walk around the compound to find them my kids love calling their names out.  Most people here are super kind and will pitch in with a kind word, an extra set of hands, a nice pat, a conversation, or a game.  The kids each have a few favorites and I've been meaning to get pictures of everyone before we leave but I'm horrible about these things.  This pic got shot tonight though and I had to share it.  This is Michael and my kids love him and his partner Aubrey.  They are pharmacy students here and they are just fun, fun, fun.  At least a few times a week during meals these two will grab my scrambling kids and entertain them so I can catch a bite to eat.  It's hard for me to explain how much these minutes mean to me but I don't think it's hard to see how much these minutes mean to Cheetah.  Cheetah loves Michael and Aubrey.  Tonight she was cracking everyone up because she just loves rubbing Michael's buzzed head.  She discovered this at lunch and at dinner she was begging to rub his head again.  Michael is such a good sport about it.  He just popped her up on his shoulder and then he fed her off his plate.  Michael wants to be a pediatric pharmacist in the hospital who rounds with the team and gets to interact with the patients and I think he's going to be amazing at it.  I'm so thankful for the understanding and support I receive from so many of the other participants here.


  1. That is an awesome photo! :D So glad you have people in your life who are willing to let your kids sit on their heads. That's the best kind of friend.

  2. What amazing people! One time a guy in our ward came over to have dessert at our house. He got the last piece of whatever it was, and Magdalena was looking at it so longingly, he reached over and fed her a bite right off his own fork. I was so taken aback by the kind gesture. I think as parents, we forget what a big deal it is to share a utensil with a kid, let alone one who is not your own. So cheers for these awesome people!



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