Monday, May 22, 2017

Justin Graduates!


 May 13th the class of 2017 graduated from Liberty University.  It was an exciting day for our family because our middle son, Justin, was in that graduating class.  Because President Trump was going to be there the security was increased.  This meant that the traffic was pretty bad as well.  As we were waiting in this long line of traffic we could tell that we would never get a seat if we didn't get out and walk ahead to reserve seats.  So, me and Megan got out and walked to the stadium.  We found a place where we could reserve 10 seats but all around us filled up fast.  There was only one person who gave us a hard time and sat down anyway.  Eventually, everyone got there.  They had been delayed on the bridge for about 30 min as they were walking across because the motorcade was going across. 
Thankfully, the rain stopped and the sun eventually came out and it was a beautiful day! 

 So thankful for family and friends who could come and celebrate with us!



 There were record numbers in the stadium that day.  I don't think there was an empty seat and people were even sitting on the grass.  

 President Trump was the commencement speaker.  It was real exciting to hear a President speak in person.




graduating class of 2017

After the commencement was over we all dispersed to different parts of the campus for the graduates to receive their diploma.  Justin's group was in the new indoor track center.  

 He got there before it began so he was able to visit a little and give out hugs.











  



















 By the time it was all over we got back to Zach's apartment around 3:30.  We had a late lunch and he opened some presents before visitors needed to get on the road again.  We really appreciate all who came!






 We enjoyed barbeque, slaw, potato salad, bread and greeen beans.


It was a great day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Going to the States!

Against all odds and 3 1/2 hours of Nairobi traffic, and "creative" driving we actually made it on our STAS flight.  We didn't think we would make our 7:40 flight but after arriving at the airport at 7:05pm and running to our terminal we found everyone still sitting at the gate!  We actually got to sit for about 10 min before getting on the plane. 
This picture was taking on the plane as we began our journey!
We'll be in the States until Mid-September!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hand Woven Rugs for Mothers Day


Two weeks before we left Kenya I heard about a place that made hand woven wool rugs.  I went and loved seeing these men and women weaving these rugs.  They were so fast!  I picked out some colors and chose a design and had two made.  I had one made for my Mom and one for Kevin's Mom for Mother's Day. They got the sheeps wool and dyed it the colors I wanted. Then after it dried they started weaving the rugs.

 This is Phyllis who is making my mom's rug.


 


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 This is Necate who made Kevin's mothers rug.

 


I got them just a few days before we left so I rolled them up and stuck them in a suitcase.

 
 They both really liked them!




We have two special mothers and I'm so glad we were able to see them both this weekend!

Tea Fields


Some of the largest tea fields are found in Kenya.  During Hannah's recent school break she wanted to visit one.  We enjoyed walking  through the many paths in the field.  It really is beautiful if you ever get a chance to visit one.
  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rock Climbing Gym

 There is a rock climbing gym here in Nairobi.  We went one day with some friends.  



 Hannah reached the top

 Kevin had a good time too

This was Hannah's first time to go.  It's nice to have something new to do in our new city.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Skydiving

When Hannah turned 16 she decided she wanted to go skydiving.  We couldn't go at that time so we made a plan to go during her next school break.  To be honest, I kind of thought she would forget about it or change her mind but she did not.  So this past weekend while we were in Diani she did it.  Here are some pics and video's of Hannah on that day.  By the way, she LOVED it!!


We left the lodge we were staying in and took a tuktuk to get around town.

 


 

We went to a plce called Kokkos for her to have lunch before jumping. 

 

 The Colobus monkeys are an endangered species on the coast of Kenya.  We saw some as we were walking to the skydiving place.



 Hannah before the jump.  

 While Hannah did her thing we enjoyed a lunch with friends at a place called  Forty Thieves right on the beach.  We kept our eyes on the sky so we could watch her land on the beach.


Click on this link to see Hannah's skydive:



Click on this link to see the video Kevin took of her coming down:



 Getting unhooked



 Sergia was the guy who came down tandem with Hannah.


 Thankfully, it was a beautiful day and not a cloud in the sky.
The day before it had rained and it was cloudy.