The Africa Season

I am because we are.


When I first arrived in Kenya, The Shelter site boasted this one baby boy.  He was the prince of the entire compound.  He has the temperament of an 80 year old man.  Habitually serious, his smile in this picture is... Continue Reading →

Elaine’s guide to a positive pit-latrine experience.

Life in Kenya has offered me many unique experiences that I never ever (EVER) dreamed of having.  How to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, a pit latrine is the first I'd like to share. Be a man- literally, if you're... Continue Reading →

If at first.

I had the opportunity to go to Mombasa for a long weekend.  I'm not a beach person.  But, I've never seen the Indian Ocean and it seems like something to cross off a list.  Because I'm not a beach person,... Continue Reading →

Lessons in Generosity.

I used to joke that God would never allow me to become wealthy because I'm so stingy with money.  I'll give you my time and talents, but not my money.  I'm too German sometimes.  Then, God called me to a... Continue Reading →

Sweet Home.

It's been awhile. I came home for a six week trip that turned into eight and now nine weeks.  I've gotten to see spring come to the US three different times, dyed my hair twice, and spent a lot of... Continue Reading →

What Job Didn’t Know.

Ten days ago I wrote a blog post and entered into a number of conversations wherein I expressed the great freedom, healing, and joy God has given me in this present season.  I did so after God, in his Word... Continue Reading →

Changing my tune.

Lately, God has been telling me to share my joy.  Psalm 105:1 will phrase it this way, “make known his deeds among the peoples.”  I find myself hesitant to gush about how good life is and how joyful and happy... Continue Reading →

The first day of school

January 8th was the first day of school.  In Kenya, the new school year begins in January. For me, it was the first time to be on the other side of the desk, not as a student but as a...MOM!... Continue Reading →

What I Love

A friend and I recently thought we should change the old adage, "It isn't good; it isn't bad; it's just different." to "It isn't good; it isn't bad; it's just hard." when describing Kenya.  This only slightly references living outside... Continue Reading →

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