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Gripping my Green Thumb

I am surrounded by family that loves to garden and plant! My father-in-law is an awesome gardener; if you know anything about him you know that! You name it, he’s got it! My mom too, she loves plants! When I was younger she had a vegetable garden, but now she is more into plants and flowers. Her yard is beautiful.

I’ve been trying to grip this green thumb for years now. When Andrew and I first got married I bought a tomato plant (that was already big with one tomato on it). It was dead within a month. When we first moved to Kenya, I planted a very small herb garden. It was also dead within a few months.

But….this time I’m determined! I have recently planted a HUGE vegetable garden. I planted 21 different things. From lettuce to cucumbers to onions to melons. I planted all the seeds almost 2 months ago. And now things are starting to grow!

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But I’ll let you in on my little secret. Its not at all that my green thumb is present. Its that Kenyans are awesome gardeners! And I have help! A teacher at our school lives on our compound with us and she has been my lifesaver. She helped me plant, she goes out in the evening and waters it for me (I do too, but she beats me to it sometimes!), basically she helps hold me accountable.  A friend of ours who does our yard work has also been a huge help. And my biggest problem is weeds. I can’t tell what’s weeds and what’s not. So they have been a great help with that too.  There have already been times I’ve wanted to give up (it’s a big project!), but I’m too embarrassed with all these friends helping me. Is that a good reason?    

Hoping to eat from it soon! Come on over and I’ll share. Smile

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An “Average” Day

People always asked me while we were in the States, “What does an average day look like?” Here is yesterday:

Woke up, did my quiet time, checked the rat poison, got ready for my day, and helped Abby with Adalyn. Then I met with a potential employee before heading over to the church offices. At the office I dealt with internet problems, opened up excel to sort finances, and signed checks for our Pastors’ support, orphan school fees reimbursements, and a contractor who is working on one of our churches. I skipped morning tea to hear the days problems, talk with the pastors coming to collect their support, and write another check for the Timau orphanage monthly needs. I also got to enjoy talking over some issues, discussing strategy going forward, and praying with some of the other key leaders. Lunch ended with a call saying the contractor who is doing the final touches (landscaping, clothes lines, outside drainage, etc.) on the school dorm had arrived. We (the head teacher and I) looked over his adjusted quotation drew up a contract and signed it. Work should be done in 3 weeks. The orphan money had been withdrawn so I organized the cash into budget categories to pass on to the caretakers. Time to follow up with people to make sure things planned yesterday were finished, collect receipts, and plan for the next couple days. Orphan girls glasses fixed, “check,” cook to get his health certificate, “check,” depart 6:30am on Friday for Meru for school visit and meeting with youth officer, “check.” Last matter for the day is to finalize a tentative schedule for a team coming in August. I was thinking that I might get the email out to them at home that night, but never got to it. On the way home to get dressed to unwind playing soccer with the boarding students, it started to rain so no soccer. Arrived home to hear about Abby’s day and play with Adalyn,my sweet baby girl. It’s 5 pm and as dinner is going in the oven, Abby remembers that it is Wednesday so out the door I run to prayer meeting. Dinner, play time, Adalyn’s bedtime, and then a couple hours for Abby and I to enjoy before bedtime.

Not every day is this crazy, but the variety represents well the life of a missionary. One day I am in the office, the next I am sleeping on the ground in the wild sharing the gospel with those who have never heard the name of Christ. Sometimes I am an auto mechanic, a plumber, or a builder. This afternoon I am teaching drama to a group of our students and tomorrow I am acting as a parent to an orphan. Last week I was doing a needs assessment for someone wanting to dig a water borehole in a remote village. All of this is while learning Swahili and trying to be more Kenyan. The best part of it all is that the more I find my strength and satisfaction in Jesus the more I love what I do. My average day is helping people glimpse the Kingdom of Heaven so that God may be glorified.

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