So sorry for not writing an update. We were without internet for over a week and it still wasn’t fixed even when I had left. It was a bummer to not get to communicate with people as well (I could use my phone some), but it just meant I spent more time with the kids and staff. 🙂 I feel like so much has happened in this last week. So let me back up and hit some of the highlights.
Wednesday, Aleyna and I spent some time at the Maasai market in Nairobi and I bought the majority of my Christmas presents for people. Talk about way early! 😉 I learned that day though how much I love bartering with people. I’m sure Aleyna thought I was absolutely crazy as I was way excited about it. There’s something cool about being able to go somewhere and getting the price you want for an item. And because I’m mzungu they give the worst prices. Depending on how high I think the price is that they gave me, I usually give them a hard time and tell them they’re giving me a mzungu price. They of course then either bring down the price some or tell me that they “give me best price as a friend.” 😉 Haha! I was telling Bonface today that my way of bargaining is by asking them the price, asking them again to give me their best price possible, and then I shoot for lower than that. Then depending on how quickly or slowly they come down, I can usually estimate (sort of) what the actual price would be. It’s awesome! Puts a huge smile on my face when I’m doing it too. 😀 It’s rather amazing the prices I’ve gotten for some items. Makes me so super happy. So, what am I doing before leaving tonight? Well, of course I’m going back to the Maasai Market and enjoying myself!
My last few mornings have been spent in the baby room. I love walking in and all the babies squealing with excitement and running up for hugs. Such little darlings. I’ve enjoyed getting to spend time talking with Peris and Maureen who are the baby moms. Had such good conversations! Talking about coffee, roller coasters, America, families, how many kids everyone wants, school, boys, etc. We did a lot of laughing. 🙂 I took the majority of my clothes to the baby room before I left so all the house moms could go through and pick out stuff that they wanted. Made me happy to do something for them, especially since they were excited for the stuff. 🙂
Probably one of my greatest accomplishments while being here was driving to Maai Mahiu and back. I mean, I know it’s just driving, but it’s not every day you get to drive in a foreign country! 🙂 Tuesday afternoon, I had been talking to Peter who has stayed with us on several occasions, (he was overseeing the work being done on the house). He then found out I used to work on an ambulance and said something about driving here. I told him I’d wreck for sure (the cars are manuals and very few are automatics), and soon after our conversation ended and I went back to packing. Then Theresa comes up to me and said that Peter was wondering if I’d drive him in to town because his head was bothering him and he didn’t want to go alone. When I walked outside he had started the car and said I was going to drive. Finding out his car was an automatic helped in my decision to say yes. 😉 It was definitely weird to drive with everything in the vehicle the opposite as in America. And no pressure, but I had five passengers. :O Might’ve been just a little nervous, but it went really well! No one panicked, I stayed on my side of the road and the only thing I kept doing wrong was turning the wipers on instead of the blinkers. 😉 Kinda sad I can’t do it again. That and ride a piki piki again. Gonna miss those rides!
This weekend involved water balloons, painting little girls toes and fingers, and watching them prepare for tomorrow’s end of the school term ceremony. The kids loved having their nails done and it was pretty fun….besides the fact that occasionally they would get upset over who got to go first, and then someone of them would decide they didn’t like their color and take it off and come back for more.
The end of the school term is a big deal here. They go all out with food, dancing, cat walk, poems, etc. It’s a huge show and I’m rather sad that I’ll miss it. I got to watch the girls practice though for their cat walk and one of the girls had a solo dance she is doing. So cool to watch, and to watch the aunties get into it and show how it’s supposed to be done. 😉 Wish I had recorded it!
This week, they had races one afternoon and I got rounded into it. Joel came up to me and said he wanted to race me. Shouldn’t be a huge deal…. I mean, he’s only ten. Oh man, was I wrong. These kids can sprint! I take a little longer to be going that fast and then I never really get going that fast. 😉 So yep, two little boys (Dennis had joined in) beat me in a race. Seeing the happiness on Joel’s face over beating an auntie was great though. Man, I’m going to miss these kids!
This week, Paul (probably the most attached to me) said, “I’m going to miss you.” We hadn’t even been talking about me leaving and he brought it up. Yesterday, Joshua comes running up to me with his hands behind his back, hollering, “Auntie, I have something for you!” I was really expecting a bug of some sort, not a gorgeous bouquet of flowers that he handed to me. Such a sweetheart with a killer smile. 🙂 Saying goodbye to the kids today was hard. I almost cried on several occasions. The kids all wanted to know if I was going to be back for Christmas and then if not for then, if I would be back next year. I almost teared up when I was with the toddlers and heard them call me “auntie.” I’m going to miss being an auntie to these kids. As hard as it was leaving the kids, it was just as hard to leave the staff. I have gotten to know so many of them, hear their stories, and laugh with them, that it’s hard to think that I won’t be around them anymore. And let me just say again (cause I know I’ve said it before), Naomi’s Village has some of the greatest staff working there. It’s amazing to think that in one place there can be so many wonderful people that all get along, are happy, and show how much they love the kids. I have been so blessed to spend the last two months there and make some friendships that will last a lifetime.
Well, this is going to be one rushed blog post. I had written the above earlier, but because I didn’t have WiFI I wasn’t able to post it. So I now have 10 min of free WiFi to get this up before it shuts off. Haha. I had a good shopping day at the market and finished up with all the Christmas gifts. Woohoo!! Mission Accomplished! I even got proposed to which was hilarious. 😉 I’m going to miss being here and seeing Kenyans all the time.
My flight leaves just after midnight so I would greatly appreciate prayers that I have no issues with flights and that my bags all arrive safely. I will try and post later if there’s internet….