Monday, August 29, 2011

Welcome to the Galat House

This is our house.  It was built in the 1940's and to me looks like a midwestern style home.  It has a wealth of history attached to it.  At first it was only one level, and then later a 2nd story was added to to accomodate more nurses and other staff.

A tradition at Tenwek is to decorate the windows of the house to welcome returning or new families. This is a picture of Claire with her friends Lydia Bemm and Ashley Chupp. 

The back yard of our house.  The Stanfield's (former missionaries who lived in this house) left us a huge and flourishing garden which we are already enjoying.
One of our first visitors was a stray milking cow. I didn't mind because our lawn needed to be mowed anyway. (our van is in the background)

This is Regina and Shiela.  These are the Kipsigis women that are helping me with all the cooking and cleaning.  It is amazing to me how they can walk for miles carrying loads on their heads.
Last picture with Jeremiah before we said good-bye to him at boarding school.  We are standing in front of his dorm.  It was a sad day with lots of tears between us all.  It was so healing to grieve together, and embrace the pain that often comes when God is leading us and not ourselves. 

5 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Heather! I'm so glad you are blogging. I love seeing everything at Tenwek and hearing about you and your family. Praying for you, as I know you are missing J. Much love! Heather

The Kinkel Family said...

I love your new home! It looks so beautiful and lush there...the cow absolutely cracks me up!
miss you all ~
Heather

The "Not-So" Empty Nest said...

Oh my word! Love your yard! And...I'm jealous, your wearing jackets, were trying to keep our clothes on!
111 degrees today.
xoxo

The Drs. McLaughlin said...

Awesome blog, guys! Keep it up!

ErinOrtlund said...

Hey Heather! Love your new blog! I love Kenya, and it's so interesting to see your life as a family there. Do you remember watching "The Man Eaters of Tsavo" with me at your student apartment at Trinity?

Erin (Koster) Ortlund