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 teaching 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.

We’re getting Sam ready to potty train in the fall. I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to the process, but I am ready to be done with diapers. I have a feeling Ella is going to be an enormous help when we hit training day.

We don’t see nearly as many school busses here as we did in the States, but Sam is still madly in love with them. He spends an extended period of time every single day playing alone with his cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and busses out on the porch.

Her jumping rope game is strong.

And have we ever, even for the slightest moment, questioned her performance abilities? Her little ukulele made the trip around the globe but not without a bit of structural damage. Little brother hasn’t exactly helped protect it from further damage, either. We promised we’ll look for something similar next time we travel to Nairobi.

The best part of our afternoon…Daddy! In the midst of our playing, Pete came home from the hospital.

Having Daddy home means one very obvious thing. It’s time to wrestle.

Daddy’s the best.

We’re so, so thankful for our porch space! I’ve wanted to have a porch for years, and I certainly didn’t think I would get it on our move to Kenya. Do you have a porch or deck you adore? What’s your favorite thing about it? Leave me a message in the comments and tell me about it!




4 Responses to Reading & Resting & Wrestling

  1. Ginger says:

    How wonderful that you have a special space like this to do life together! I never really wanted a porch/deck/outdoor living area for the longest time, but my thoughts on that changed last summer. We moved into a new house that has a large covered walkway. We made an oversized water and sand table, sprinkled in some sidewalk chalk and a bubble machine and we practically live out here during the few warm months we have in Minnesota. I now can’t imagine NOT having this space. What an unexpected blessing it has been for us. I totally get where you are coming from!! ☺️

    • I understand! Minnesota summers have to be enjoyed to the fullest! It’s so great to have an outdoor space, especially when filled with things for the kids. I’ve thought about creating a water table for Sam and putting it on our porch. It just sounds lovely!

  2. Judy swenson says:

    I love the tile it looks beautiful.

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