We have finally made it to Nairobi, Kenya. WooHoo!
It was a very long journey with three children in tow but we have finally made it. We are gradually settling in to our new life. In between the lack of sleep on the plane, the jet lag and the high altitude here in Nairobi (6000 feet above sea level) we know it will take some time to get fully adjusted ... but we are getting there.
The house is fantastic and it has made the world of difference having a house keeper to help with washing and cooking, allowing us to focus more on family life than would have otherwise been possible. Her name is Trufenna and she is a wonderful help.
Leaving Australia was a difficult to say the least. In between trying to pack up most of our worldly possessions (we ended up with approximately 320kg of luggage) we tried to catch up with as many friends and family as possible. The most difficult part of leaving was saying goodbye to the grand parents. Knowing that Zoe, Pippa and Lucy wouldn't have the same connection with them is difficult as both Fiona and my family are particularly close. Skype is a fantastic thing but can never replace human contact. We will miss them a lot.
Having said that we know that God wants us here and the number of coincidences that occurred that got us here became so numerous that they couldn't possibly be considered coincidences but the absolute love of the Father.
Again, we had amazing favour on our journey. At Perth airport we were expecting to pay for 2 bags of excess luggage and they only charged us for 1 piece. They also blocked off a seat next to us so we had extra room to spread out on both of our flights. When we arrived in Nairobi we had some lovely locals help us to fill out our visa application forms. And after collecting our luggage we walked straight through customs without being stopped. Praise God!!
Our first couple of weeks here has been a time of getting adjusted to our new home and environment. We have been going to bed early and just trying to recover from our trip and the busyness of leaving Australia.
We also celebrated Fiona's birthday by going to feed the giraffes and going out for lunch.
The girls have started to do Distance Education from Western Australia which is quite different to what we have been doing before so it is taking time to settle into that. The girls have been enjoying going out in the afternoons to make friends with the children across the road. They have been enjoying playing in the mud and playing outdoors. Lucy is very happy and loves following Trufenna around outside.
Thanks for taking the time to journey with us.
Anthony, Fiona, Zoe,Pippa & Lucy
We are a family who are just seeking to do what God wants us to do. We have heard God speak and we want to be obedient to his voice, and are excited by what He is going to do when we respond!