Category Archives: Life in Kenya

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.

We’ve seen the name Amani quiet frequently here already.  The name of the guesthouse where we stayed recently in Nairobi is Amani Gardens. It was truly a peaceful place to stay with enormous, beautiful trees and bright, fragrant flowers. Ella and Sam played endlessly on their little playground and slide.

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Settling into Life at Tenwek

Two weeks ago, we arrived in Kenya. A few days later, we made our way out to our new home at Tenwek Hospital. We were assigned a house in one of the compound areas right next to the hospital. Friends, it is beautiful! We never imagined we would be living in a three-bedroom home complete with a large, screened-in porch (perfect for Sam and for chatting with new friends). The house is right in the middle of a group of houses and apartments, pleasing our social personalities. The kids are both able to run out the front door and join our neighbors in games of tag and soccer any time of the day.

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One Whole Week in Kenya

We have internet! Thunderous applause! Let the posts from Kenya commence!

Following my last post, we made our transition out to our new home in Bomet County, four hours from Nairobi. We’ve had 3G on our phones, so you may have caught a few updates and photos on Facebook or Instagram. But now that we have wifi, I’m able to actually write. I’ve had so many thoughts run through my mind each day we’ve been here, thinking I need to share this or that with all of you. I’ll do my best to fill you in on our first full week in our new country. What I miss, I’ll share later. If you’re on Instagram, you can see short videos with moments from each day. Those videos only stay up for 24 hours, so take a peek if you’re an Insta user!

We left off at the end of the last post with a day of rest with Sam and shopping for Pete and Ella. I’m glad to say Sam was feeling much better later that day. Since he was up for it, the four of us ventured off to visit the elephant orphanage just outside the city on Saturday morning.

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