Wednesday, March 25
Since we arrived at Tenwek Charley has had little red bumps/bites all over her face, arms and legs. (don’t freak out, grandparents). Smaller than mosquito bites, but not itchy and doesn't seem to bother her. After the first day I thought that maybe she had gotten into chiggers in the grass or something. I wasn't super concerned but it started progressively getting worse. All of the other kids had been rolling around in the grass and climbing trees but not getting the same bites. Turns out after asking around and finally looking at the bed she has been sleeping in.....it's bed bugs. So.... yuck. Poor sweet Charley girl. The housing people came and took the old mattress out and brought us a new one so hopefully that problem is fixed. I am taking her sheets and pjs over to a house that has a hot water washer and dryer. At least it's not measles, right?
We took the morning easy, had chai, played in the sandbox with some of the other preschool age kids and chit chatted with all of the Kenyan ladies that watch them while their moms are teaching the older kids.
It poured down rain after lunch and everyone was happy to see the rain finally come. The kindergarten through third grade had PE in the field in front of our apartment so Liam went out and played freeze tag in the pouring rain with them.
During the little girls rest time Hayden had a playdate with her new friend Claire. Claire's house is about a 5 minute walk on the other side of the compound so I just walked her over.
For dinner we had been invited to the house of one of the longterm missionary family's here, Ben and Jenny Roberts. They live in a nice house and Jenny is a really great cook so it was a treat to be there and spend time with their family. They have 3 boys, 13 and under, and Liam really likes to play with them. We had hamburgers on homemade buns with baked beans, potatoes and apple cake. Yes please.
I have been trying to rest in the afternoons but didn't get to today. By dinner I was SO exhausted. At one point, Jenny asked me if I had any hobbies and my brain could not compute. What are my hobbies?
I have so much buzzing around my brain right now that I feel like my thoughts aren't clear. Is this what God is asking of me? Am I capable of commiting to years here? Am I willing? Will has a niche here as a doctor but what would my niche be? Homeschooling? Really? Cooking from scratch? Bed bugs? What are my priorities? What time is it? How many kids do I have?
Night night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.