Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 8:13 am  Kenya
Jun 042013
 

 

We had a 6:48 wake up this.morning to say the first of.our goodbyes. Darrah and Joselyn left for their safari this morning and wont be back until after we are gone. Its so strange to have to accept that tomorrow is our last day. Printing our flight reservations and having the moms and kids.ask “you’re leaving tomorrow?” seems like it cant be right. we are both excited to come home but it really snuck up on us. During the morning  feeding Timothy stopped.by to finalize what time he is picking us up.to bring us to the airport. So many people.we are going to.miss.

While.Timothy was here he also showed us something crazy! Lumumba drive is the street that Happy Life is.off of. Apparently the people have been asking the government to.pave the dirt road because the dust has been hurting their businesses, but the government has failed to.do.anything. So today they set up a protest. Lumumba is a fairly busy street and they lined it with rows of rocks so that cars couldn’t drive down it. Then between the rocks they lit fires inside of.old.tires all down the road. It was crazy because just looking at the street it seemed really intense, but the people seemed entirely unphased and went.on with their normal.daily activities like nothing was out of the usual. We talked to some.of the moms.about it when got back from the walk and they just shrugged their shoulders and said that’s the only way to get things.done around here.

Even more.exciting  than the protests though was getting to see two of the new adoptive families. German parents of a toddler and Italian parents of a four year old were here to start their mandatory bonding days–one of the final.steps.in the adoption process. The policy at Happy Life is that the families need at least three days of good bonding before they can take their child.home. However they will.not send a child off unless they are.happy and.willing to.go.

The toddler and.his new.mom and dad (who.smile so big every time we refer to them as that) are getting along so.well. Unfortunately.with the four year old the process isnt going quite as.smoothly. She is old enough to understand what is going on, and to.realize that she will be leaving her happy life family and moving far away. We were talking about how hard it must be for the new parents as their child is going through that. But Rosemary told us we shouldn’t worry. She said the longest the bonding process has ever taken is a month and when that month was over the.child.was incredibly attached to her adoptive family and so excited to have a mom and dad of her own. And since they wont send a child home until.that happens, it is guaranteed that sooner or later the little.girl.will realize how much these people already love her and she will be happy too. Today was better than yesterday so shes already heading in the right direction.

We feel so lucky that we have been able to talk to the parents as they go through these super exciting days. One of the couples today said they feel like they are in.a.dream, and we can 100% see that as we watch them.with their new child who they have been waiting for for so long (over 2 and a half years). One interesting rule about adopting from Kenya is that all.international parents must live in the country for.at least 6 months. So all of the families here now.have rented out apartments until December,  and after that they can finally bring their child home home.

After lunch, we went to a recycling compound to drop off the 25 5-liter water jugs that we’ve purchased since we came here. (thank goodness each one costs.less than $2.) When we gave them our bottles,  they strung them all.up and weighed them. You get 10 shillings for every kilogram, so we left 30 shillings richer. Which we immediately spent on 2 fresh avocados. We also bought 6 bananas for 40 shillings for tonight’s dessert and tomorrow breakfast. We need to get our last fill before we head back to the same fruits for quadruple the price and half the taste.

One funny fun fact we keep.forgetting to share is that we.found out why all Kenyans are such good runners! Apparently.running is the main form.of punishment in school. If you forget to do your homework, your teacher tells you.to go out and run a 5k–and you’d better do it fast so you don’t miss the whole.lesson. Although not too fast because if the teacher suspects you cut corners she sends you straight back out to do it again. We’re thinking this form of discipline might be a great way to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

Last but not.least: We don’t have scabies!!! Time.to go pull the mosquito nets over the beds one last time..

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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