You win some, you lose some..that about sums up our life right now

You win some, you lose some. 

Trial and error.

Seeking, knocking, asking. 

If you try and don’t succeed, try try again. 

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. 

These are just a few phrases that seem to sum up how life has been going for us these last few weeks. I am sure you get the gist of it.

It feels like this settling into life is taking so much longer and is so much more complicated than we had thought. I guess I thought that because we had lived here before, it would be a pretty easy transition right back into Kenyan life.

That is proving to be so far from the truth. And we are having to re-adjusting our mindsets.

In many ways it feels like we are re-learning how to do life here. It’s the small things like figuring out which cheese is the best tasting for the best price because us Opiyo ladies just can’t live without our grilled cheese sandwiches. Or finding the perfect hair conditioner for our hair (again for the best price) because, of course, the one I loved and used 4 years ago is nowhere to be found.

Then there are some larger decisions like finding a church. This has proven to be a little more challenging than we thought. We have tried a few and are still up in the air about it. And then figuring out the best care for our girls whether it’s daycare, school, a nanny, or family. Putting out our feelers for all those options and seeing if any click well for our family.

There is also work with The Rehma Project. Trying a lot of things. Some are working, and some just aren’t. We press on.

It seems we have tried so many things…and have failed at so many things. Some successes and some losses. (Don’t even get me started on the hunt for the perfect bedsheets…they don’t exist here).

I feel like this picture accurately represents what we go through daily:

*Notice the knives don’t fit.

You would think that when you buy a standard sized set of cutlery it should fit into the standard size cutlery holder as well right (especially if they are bought at the same store and they are the only options available)? Nope…I’ve learned not to assume such crazy things.

Don’t assume that even the seemingly easy things will work out. They might…but they might not.

The picture below actually is caused by our medical insurance:

Yes, because of our medical insurance, we ended up at the beach one afternoon. We had a number of meetings scheduled but noticed Mercy had a bad rash on her head. Actually, she had had it for a while but it wasn’t going away so I finally decided we should get it checked out. That led us to trying to figure out our Kenyan medical insurance which is new for us. Through a series of frustrating events that led us to cancelling all our meetings, staying in the house for two days, and eventually just paying for Mercy’s treatment, we decided that we just needed to get away from the chaos and head to the beach.

Again, trying out a new insurance and it just didn’t work very well.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. 

I really try not to complain. Because the truth is that this season is a little rough, for sure, but by no means are we suffering. In fact, I would say we are thriving. We are figuring stuff out. We are overcoming obstacles left, right and centre. Our family situation is GREAT. Our marriage is ALIVE and WELL. And our relationships with God (well, mine at least) is getting STRONGER by the second.

So I thought I would leave you with a little giggle to start your day because, seriously, if you were looking for the lego in in the toys aisle, you would be so totally off because it’s actually in the the coffee aisle right next to the cocoa 😉


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