Settling into Nairobi

It’s been just over two months since our family has moved into our home in Nairobi, Kenya. This was a move like no other that we have made. I packed for most of it but moved almost none of it. My husband moved most of it while I was in the U.S. with our children. It took him two separate drives with two separate lorries, some good friends doing heavy lifting, and a lot of used boxes. Then he had to drive our two dogs and one rabbit the six hours south from upcoutry to Nairobi. Bless him.

The kids and I arrived to a house full of boxes, sleeping bags loaned from a neighbor, furniture strewn about, and no appliances. Rentals in Kenya don’t come with appliances. Or lightbulbs. Not a single lightbulb in the entire house.

IMG_0439

Oh, and, school was starting in ten days. Yes, school. I have homeschooled all five of my children since they entered kindergarten (they each had the opportunity to attend old fashioned church preschool a few mornings a week). This year my oldest two were going into 10th grade and 7th grade. It was time for a change.

IMG_0485

They now attend Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi. They are doing so well and I could not be more proud of both of them. All A’s and B’s on their first quarter report cards, tennis team for the oldest, soccer team for the younger, and best of all they are enjoying themselves.

Having my sons at school this year has allowed me much more time to focus on my daughters and their educations. Serious stuff.

IMG_0613

Living in Nairobi has been a welcome change. We enjoyed our time and our friends in Eldoret. It was simply time to move on. God brought forth such an abundance of opportunities and it became so clear that this was where we need to be for now. There is so much more for our children here. School, friends, athletics, a library, dance classes, and even movie theaters (although we haven’t been yet).

But never fear, it’s not all typical, western style, big city living. We still have to dodge the cattle on the roads

IMG_0853

and we have monkeys on our roof. Not kidding.

2212 2210

I’m thrilled and only a little bit scared.

4 thoughts on “Settling into Nairobi

  1. They make it so difficult to comment!!! If I end up double-posting, forgive me…
    It sounds exciting and crazy, and you have such a great attitude. I love hearing about all of it. Enjoy this new chapter! In a million years, I would not have guessed about the lightbulbs. !

  2. Thanks for the update. Sounds like a continuing adventure. I hope that you and your family continue to be safe as you do the work you are so passionate about.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s