It seems that our family has been following a trend in downsizing.Since leaving the United States and moving to Kenya we have lived in three houses, each a bit smaller than the previous one. Our family of seven is now living in about 1800 square feet (167 square meters), and it fits us perfectly. We moved most of our belongs to this home in the back of our passenger van. It took a few loads but we were moving only about two miles down the road. It’s the shortest distance that we have ever moved (we’ve moved across both the Pacific and the Atlantic) but I can now report that our moves across oceans were easier than this move down the road. Lots of planning goes into a move across an ocean. This move was thrown together suddenly and little planning. An opportunity arose and we took it. There came a point where I threw a basin of dirty dishes onto the back seat of our van, carried them into our new home and just plopped them down into the new sink in the new kitchen. Same dirty dishes.
The location is a little bit closer to our children’s school (that short distance easily saves us fifteen minutes in the morning). It’s also a slightly more secure property, and security means a lot in Nairobi. We moved farther away from Karura Forest and hear more cars during the day but still get vervet monkeys passing through our yard. We now live on a compound with other western neighbors. It’s been a nice change to have neighbor’s children show up to play with ours and to watch after our animals while we are away.
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:1