God is good! We are so blessed to be alive and well in 2014!
We start the year with the blessing of having all our children back home. Michael David had been the first to leave for college way back in 2002. Exactly eleven years later, in December 2013, he was the last to come back and complete the homecoming procession, bringing our family ‘full circle.’ Taking Michael David to college in the States was not only a painful experience, but one that has often plagued us (did we really do the right thing?) Two years later, Samuel left for college also. Daniel and Debbi went off to college in their own time, leaving us with an empty nest for nearly two years. Without doubt, sending our children to college in the States has been the most difficult sacrifice resulting from our choice to make the Kenyan “mission” field our permanent home.
Now they are all home. The boys are back to stay (at least until God gives specific instructions otherwise), and Debbi is home for a “gap year” from Wheaton College. Michael David (now using the name David) desires to set up a permaculture project on family property outside of Nairobi. Samuel is starting a business making custom furniture out of airplane parts. Daniel is working with a forestation project and also hopes to find a part-time job.
Our children left as ‘children’ and have come back as adults, beaten up in many ways by a world of prejudice; matured by the challenges of being pushed out of the nest; shaped by influences that were not under parental control; more in tune with their personal identity as multi-cultural, bi-racial individuals who need to find their way through a life that has very few beaten paths. But they are home!
We don’t know how long all of our children will live in Kenya, but right now my mother’s heart is leaping with joy!