Still here!

So I have written and re-written this blog post like 100 times in the last couple months. And somehow we now only have 3 weeks left until the 1st of 3 terms for the school year is over and I still haven’t posted it!

I keep trying to figure out how I can condense a ton of information into a short post so as to not overwhelm and bore everyone…so I have decided that I am going to just put up lots of pictures. 🙂 But feel free to ask any questions or suggestions on what you would like us to write about specifically in any upcoming posts. 🙂

Dave has been teaching not only U.S. history, but has also taken on the computer class for 9th graders. So lesson planning and grading have kept him quite busy during the day, and dorm parenting keeps both of usbbusy after school gets out. In addition to being a mom, I have been helping student health with giving flu shots, attending dorm parent meetings, making dorm snacks, preparing dorm devotionals, doing dorm room checks, etc. And then there are always emails asking for help with weekend activities, transportation, subbing, etc.

Dave’s 1st day of teaching at RVA!

Boys heading up the hill to the cafeteria (“cafo”) for breakfast then to classes.IMG_2379

Junior High Swim DayIMG_2633

Playing games with the boys (and Beau) 🙂IMG_2410

1st Birthday Party of the Year!IMG_2664

Make-Your-Own-Pizza Party!

Soccer Practice HuddleIMG_2880

Beau loves the “boyz” and the boys love Beau (even though he tries to sneak their ramen and iPads…)IMG_3560

IMG_3308Fashion Purge DayIMG_2927

Multicultural Day (national holiday)IMG_3378

A few weeks ago we had “midterm” and the boys got to leave school on Friday for a long weekend until Tuesday afternoon- some with their families, and some with guardians if their parents were too far to come for the long weekend. So while the boys were away we slept in (as much as Beau let us), went into Nairobi for grocery shopping, watched movies, and our favorite- we visited the Giraffe center! Beau LOVED them! He even exchanged kisses with one of them 🙂

But at the end of the weekend we were excited to see the boys again- though it was difficult for some of them to have to leave their families again.

Midterm Break: Visiting the Giraffe Center!BeauGiraffe

We love our guys- they are all so fun and sweet and make us laugh all the time! Every weekend, there are activities for the students in the evenings. A couple of weekends ago was “family night” and our favorite event so far. We had a bonfire & s’mores outside (with marshmallows I crammed into my suitcase from the U.S.) and allowed the boys to camp out in the backyard. We had fun and they seemed to love it!

Dave and the boys camping out in our backyardIMG_3575 RVA carnival! We love our guys!


  • Please pray for our boys who are getting tired and ready to be with their families.
  • Pray for us as we care for our boys- that we will lean on God for extra patience, love, and grace. That we will have wisdom when dealing with conflicts. And that we will most importantly be able to show our boys how real God is and just how much He loves each of them.

Thank you so much for supporting us in so many ways! We could not be here without you!

6 thoughts on “Still here!

  1. Appreciate seeing the pics and hearing again of all the fun things you are a part of as parents to the boys. The campout looks like a lot of fun! You are constantly in our prayers and hearts 🙂

  2. lt sounds like you are doing so well–it makes me cry. I know how much this means to the boys and their parents. I have been there as a parent. Hug Beau for me. Love you.

  3. I loved all of it, the pictures, stories and prayer requests. I am glad Beau is doing so well and that the boys enjoy him so much. I hope Dave got his birthday card alright, it is the first snail mail I have sent. Blessings on all of you and I miss you too.
    Love, Aunt Ilene

  4. Loved all of this, the pictures and the stories. Prayer requests also. Just keep doing it the way you are. Makes me feel like I am a part of it all. I hope Dave got his birthday card. It is the first snail mail I have sent to you. Love and prayers to all, Aunt Ilene

  5. Loved this post! I don’t know if you could bore me. I love to hear about what you are doing there and absolutely love all the pics. You are certainly keeping busy and it sounds like you 3 are a great blessing to your boys and they are blessing your lives ,too. 🙂 Keep your blogs and pics coming. I will keep praying for you every day and really like the suggestions for ways to pray for you.
    Love you lots.
    Aunt Linda ( and Aden is here with me and says hello too 🙂 )

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