Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello, Kitale!!

I'm sorry for not updating sooner, but we have been without internet for a few days...

But, we finally made it to our new home!!!

Things have been very busy for us ever since we got here. There is so much to be done! Unpacking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and visiting the school and children's home.

It made my heart so glad to see Melody, Pastor Richard, and Mama Helen waiting for us at the airport!! It was so nice to see some familiar faces after all of the traveling we had been doing.

Much to our joy, all of our luggage made it to the house!! It felt wonderful to eat breakfast in what we knew to be our new home.

The day after we arrived, we were asked to visit the school. When we drove up, the children saw us and began to jump up and down screaming out loud! They were all so excited to see us! We introduced ourselves to every class, and they sang songs to greet us.

We ended up seeing our Elizabeth while at the school, and she immediately knew who we were. She ran up to us to give us the hugs we had been missing for so long. Yes, I teared up a bit when we saw her, but what can you expect?

That evening we visited the children's home. It was quite a joyous occasion. There are many new faces at the home since my visit in July, instead of 86 children coming to greet us, around 165 came out screaming and shouting. 

I was reunited with a few of my old friends from my last visit: Veronica, little Cynthia, Beryl, Eric, and Amos. But most of my close friends are still in boarding-school; I will probably see them in December, when they are on break.

Everyone LOVES my younger siblings. All of the kids played with my little brothers and sisters like they had known them forever. Miss June, one of the cooks at the school, fell in love with Lydia and showed her the whole kitchen. The bigger girls at the children's home all took turns picking Caleb up and giving him rides on their backs. A swarm of girls snatched Mary away to show her their rooms. Miss Lynnette, from the school, did not rest until Rebekah gave her a "high-five."

We are all very tired, but very happy.

More soon to come!! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Made It To Nairobi!!

Well, it's time for me to start Blogging again!! I probably should have tried writing before now, but things were too busy...
But, I am here now!!

We left the states on the 21st of September. Surprisingly enough, the plane ride was fairly easy! I sat on a row with Mary, Noah, and Samuel. I made some videos with my handy, little camera for the Vlog channel on YouTube. (I will post a link so you can watch videos about the stuff we are doing, too!)

I slept a good deal of the flight. (Thank God for Dramamine!!!) And me and Mary figured out how to lift the armrest so she could lay her head in my lap.

The food on the flight was actually good! (Except for the fish and egg sandwich they tried to give me...) I remembered how nasty the food was on our last trip, and I was happily surprised with the food. Mary, on the other hand, was not impressed at all. In fact, I thought her reaction was so funny, I took a small video of that too.

We flew British Airways, so all of the flight attendants had awesome accents. In fact, I became pretty good friends with a Scottish flight attendant. He ended up sitting down next to me and Mary, and talking with us for the first 20 minutes of the flight. And after the trip was over, he wished us all good luck in our new home.

Our time in London, though very short, was quite enjoyable!
We learned about how to time out getting on the buses, (it's harder than you would think!) We saw LOTS of the pretty flats and cottages. We attempted to eat at a pub called, "The Pheasant," but they were completely booked! So instead, we went to a McDonald's...

I really wish we could have stayed longer, but our flight was waiting. When I am older, old enough to travel, I want to go back and stay for an extended visit. I really liked what I saw of London, and I would love to see more of it.

The second flight was not as great. By that flight, we were all sore from the last ride, carrying our bags, going through the endless line of customs, and so on...
I did sleep on that flight, but not nearly as well as I would have liked. Needless to say, no video was taken on that flight........

And now, here we are in Nairobi!! Our long, 10-hour flights are done!!

We ate yummy, full meal at the Java House. Afterwards, we came to the Mennonite House to get some much-need, much-wanted rest.

We are still here today. in fact, we are getting ready to eat breakfast. Our long, painful 10-hour flights are done!! The only flight we have left is the 1-hour flight to Kitale.

I cannot wait to be in our Kenyan home!! I cannot wait to see my friend, Melody, who came with me and my mother on our last trip, but she stayed in Kitale.
I cannot wait to see Pastor Richard and Mama Helen. (The couple who run the children's home and feeding station.) And I cannot wait to see all of the children, the friends I made on our previous time here.

Melody has informed us that all of the children, including our little Elizabeth, have been counting down the days until we come.

Kitale, Kenya will never be the same...

Many blessing,
Hannah Wilson

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