Lohai, Raymond and Karatu

I fear that, in the telling of this story about two incredibly special young men, I will fail to give their integrity, their gentleness, their incredible work ethic and discipline the credit due.  I fear I will fail to explain just how remarkable…

Mary's confirmation-the good, the bad and the ugly and Happy Birthday Lohai and Grace!

5:39 a.m. . . . Did you know the roosters crow even in the rain?  It has been falling for about three hours and has cooled things down for us . . . beginning to worry a bit because today we are headed back up Mount Meru to attend a Christmas…

Tumaini... our first Christmas

First of all to our friends at home, pole pronounced “polay”, which means “sorry”, particularly for the weather you’ve experienced recently. . . I won’t tell you that we need our sunscreen daily here of late . . .   the tree is…

Kelvin's confirmation and Latifa Arrives!

December 20 – Mary, Reward, Nelson and Kelvin – The Minja Family and Latifa is here! The electricity is sporadic at best here.  The pattern seems to be that we lose it around 10:00 a.m. and it returns at 6:00 p.m. so pole for not writing…

Amina, Neema and Watoto!

My daughter Amanda arrived two nights ago but laid low yesterday feeling a bit shaky.  She is feeling more herself today, so far has gone to market with Neema, reorganized the bookcase, her room and the classroom, sent a Skype message to her…

Settling in and report cards!

December 14 – Settling In and Report Cards And so the jet lag begins to wane . . . it is still 5:15 a.m. and I am awake but there is much to do and now is my quiet time.  The children are amazing!  Gerehad, who spoke neither Kiswahili nor…

Habari kutoka Tanzania!

 December 11th from Tanzania! We’ve arrived . . . safe and sound!  Racing out of town and just beating the snow and -15 c temperatures and after a two hour delay in Amsterdam, again because of the weather (they were unable to tow the…