Reading & Resting & Wrestling

From the moment we arrived in our new house, we fell head-over-heals in love with our porch. It’s bright and airy, spacious enough for Ella to jump rope and the perfect location for Sam to watch the big kids play in the field below. Last week, we hosted lunch for the medical interns and other physicians Pete has been working with in the pediatrics department, and there was plenty of room for us to pull our full-size dining room table outside and surround it with chairs and benches. We had not planned on having such a space when coming to Kenya, and we do not take it for granted. Many afternoons have been spent playing on the porch, like the recent afternoon I snapped these photos of Ella and Sam.

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Photo Friday

Photo Friday is a little glimpse at our week in pictures. To see more, follow @TheMangoMemoirs on Instagram!

 


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Experiencing Her First Steps

Faith beamed as she received her walker, balancing on her bare feet in the grass while holding onto her new treasure. Her smile was infectious, and the excitement of the students gathered around her could not be missed. Solomon, head of the special needs clinic at Tenwek, knelt proudly next to her, ready to show her how the new walking frame worked. Just moments later, we would witness Faith take her very first steps.

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Amani Means Peace

Amani means peace in Swahili. Five years ago, while driving to the hospital when I was in labor with Sam, we chose to give our baby boy the middle name Amani. We hadn’t yet met him, but in the past five years, we have seen this name have true meaning in his life and character. Samuel Thomas Amani Olsen. Our little Amani.

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