usipopata taabu hujawa intu

For food to eat and those who prepare it,

For health to enjoy and family to share it,

Thank you Heavenly Father.

Agnes taught me to make a traditional Kenyan meal. Ugali, the Kenyan national food, is a firm cream of wheat-like dish, served alongside thinly sliced spinach, stewed meat, beans or lentils, rice, and a cabbage, carrot and onion stir-fry. When Kenyan’s pose a picture for the camera, they yell, ugali!

I asked Zach what he thought of Africa: Too many houses, too many people, too many kids. But not too many bottle caps. These are found all over the roads, and he likes to dig through the dirt for them. Rispa, a local esthetician, and I were chatting in front of her hair salon, while Zach dug for his treasures yesterday. So when Jim took the kids to buy another internet top-up, Rispa pulled out a bag of newer bottle caps: purple and pink Fanta, red Coca Cola, yellow Krest tonic waters, red Stoney tangawizi, and green Sprite. He organized them for half an hour.

Rachel spent her afternoon quiet time journaling a whole four pages. Mom says I’m beautiful, and Kenya’s beautiful too… She shared about the African cat we had at our front door today…a wild tabby that we’ve named Pumpkin. He visits bi-daily for his saucer of milk. Though we might visit the Nairobi National Park, and maybe visit the Big 5: elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion and buffalo. Since we’ve been here, we’ve seen a Zebra, on a calendar. We’ve seen a couple apes, on a poster, and an elephant in someone’s picture album. Madelyn and Zachary found an eight inch slug crawling on our front door. They rescued him and made a wooden shelter, with watering hole, surrounded by fuschias in the backyard.

A Serengeti  proverb: Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

Chagga Proverb: Usipopata taabu hujawa intu (Swahili)

Endurance is paramount to attaining success.


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