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Trusting
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Longing for Home
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Samaritan’s Purse Video
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One year later – My greatest hope
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Looking back
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Happy Anniversary / Birth / Valentine’s Day
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Regrouping/recharging
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Happy Birthday Hannah
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Christmas in Kenya

Trusting

Every day of our lives we place our trust in others.  We trust that they will be reliable, that they will be honest, and that they will do what is promised.  So often though, these same people fail us and break our trust.  A few weeks ago, our trust was shattered by one of our house helpers when we discovered that she was stealing from us.  We had placed a great deal of trust in both of our workers.  We trusted them to help us maintain the house.  We even trusted them to oversee the care of our children.  The discussion that followed this discovery was one of the harder ones we’ve had since arriving here in Kenya.  We explained to her that although we[...]

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Longing for Home

The past couple weeks have been rough.  As we expected, it was hard leading up to the anniversary of Hannah’s death.  Lately work at the hospital has also been increasingly difficult.  There have been a lot of administrative issues making things extremely stressful.  Additionally we have been seeing a lot of really sick people (which honestly is nothing new).   Currently we have two emergency medicine residents with us in casualty, which has been amazing.  Everyone knows that ER docs are a different breed and it has been great to spend some time with other “crazy” folks.  Overall patient volumes have been down but for the past week but we have had at least one crash airway requiring intubation every day.  Monday morning is one[...]

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Samaritan’s Purse Video

Soon after we returned to Kenya following Hannah’s services stateside, Samaritan’s Purse interviewed us. This is the final video they released. We are so grateful to everyone at Samaritan’s Purse for the work they do in supporting our ministry here. We are blessed to have so many loving and talented people serving along with us.  For those of you not following us on Facebook, here is the link to the article they just wrote

 

One year later – My greatest hope

It has been one year. One year since I last was able to hold and cuddle with my little girl. One year since I last heard her babble “dada” or “mama”. One year since her smile and laugh melted this daddy’s heart. One year since I sat back and watched Hannah and her brothers laughing and playing. It has been one year since we let my sweet little princess run into the arms of Jesus. One year. A lot has happened in the past year. There has been laughter and there have been tears. We’ve celebrated birthdays and other special events. We’ve had good days and we’ve had some bad ones. Some days it feels like she was just here with us. At times though,[...]

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Looking back

As the one year anniversary of Hannah’s home going approaches I have spent a lot of time looking back and remembering. I’m thankful for the many photos chronicling her short life. It helps to remember the many joyful times we shared. As hard as it has been, I’m also thankful for the Facebook posts and blog updates. I’ve gone back and reread my Facebook updates from March and April along with the posts everyone else has made. We were and remain so blessed to have so many loving supporters. Please know that every note, message, and prayer are incredibly meaningful to us. Almost one year ago I posted this picture of Hannah asking for prayer. Soon is was circulating around the world as countless men,[...]

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Happy Anniversary / Birth / Valentine’s Day

Steph and I just returned from a very memorable trip to celebrate numerous occasions. In June, we passed the 10 year mark for our marriage (we delayed any type of major celebration).  Steph’s birthday also happens to fall on Valentine’s day so we spent the past couple days at Ngerende Island Lodge to celebrate all of these events at once.  Many people have showed interest in these trips so this is  a brief overview of the past couple days.  (If you’d like to see more pictures you can check my Facebook page or our Kelleys in Kenya page.) Living in Kenya has been difficult but it has also provided us with amazing opportunities.  I am so thankful for the “Tenwek discount” that several establishments have[...]

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Regrouping/recharging

Missionary work is hard and tiring. It is not easy going to work every day and seeing so much pain, so much suffering. It’s not easy to almost daily lose patients, many far too young…many from illnesses easily preventable in a more advanced setting. It is exhausting trying to balance first world options and treatments with third world realities. It is draining to so often make life and death choices based on the limited resources we have available. It is refreshing yet hard to live, work, and play with the same group of people day in and day out (although we are truly blessed to have such an amazing group of people at Tenwek).  Burnout is why so many missionary careers end shortly after they[...]

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Happy Birthday Hannah

To my dearest Hannah, Happy birthday baby girl! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since you joined our family. I still remember everything about that day. You were so tiny and so beautiful. You stole my heart in an instant.  Now it is even harder to believe that it’s been almost a year since we said goodbye to you. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. Not a day when I don’t miss you like crazy. I often wonder what things would be like if you were still here with us. What would you look like? What words would you be saying? Would you still like playing with your doll and your tea set? Would you[...]

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Christmas in Kenya

Well, Christmas day has come and gone here in Kenya.  While this day, and the days leading up to it, had it’s moments of sorrow, overall it was an amazing time to focus on the birth of Christ.  Here is a little summary of our Kenyan celebration.   As many of you know from our Facebook posts, we have many crafts adorning our home instead of our regular decorations.  We all had a great time making/decorating our tree, cutting snowflakes, making gingerbread goodies, and completing our advent activities.           One of the activities was for the boys to write a note/draw a picture for Hannah.  It was awesome, yet sad to see their little hearts pour out on their pieces of[...]

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