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Serving in Brokenness
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My True Country
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“Daktari, can you come to Casualty right away?”
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Much to Celebrate, Much to Mourn
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I Still Believe!
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It’s a……
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Lots of Changes!
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Singing the Blues
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Trusting

Serving in Brokenness

This has been a week with dramatic ups and downs. Many weeks we’ve experienced here have had their uplifting and depressing moments but this week has been an intense one…and it’s only Wednesday. Over the weekend, Steph started having a few legitimate contractions. With her history of rapid and premature deliveries, we decided to cancel my plans to be gone for the week. (I was supposed to be traveling across Kenya to attend Medical Officer intern interviews at four different schools.) I was disappointed that I couldn’t go out and meet my potential future MO interns but was also glad to remain close to Steph and the kids. Staying at Tenwek has also given me a chance to get a lot of projects done. Over[...]

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My True Country

“Listen, Peter.  When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of.  But that was not the real Narnia.  That had a beginning and an end.  It was only a shadow or a copy of the real Narnia, which has always been here and always will be here: just as our own world. …It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling.  He stamped his right fore hoof on the ground and neighed and then cried: ‘I have come home at last!  This is my real country!  I belong here.  This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.  The reason why we loved the[...]

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“Daktari, can you come to Casualty right away?”

“Daktari, are you around?  Can you come to casualty right away?”  It was Saturday morning and I was on call for the medical service, waiting for a page from my interns letting me know that they were ready to begin rounding on the medical ward.  At the time, I was sitting in my office trying to catch up on some administrative responsibilities after having been back at Tenwek for only a week.  I could hear a bit of anxiety in the voice of my fairly seasoned casualty clinical officer.  As I put on my white coat I asked, “So what is going on?”  (I really miss the days of getting a heads up radio call or a detailed triage report giving me an idea of[...]

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Much to Celebrate, Much to Mourn

This past week has been so full.  It has been full of many celebrations and it has been full of grieving.  I have been so immensely blessed in this life.  I have a beautiful and amazing life partner and I have five incredible children (while we haven’t yet met Joshua, we have watched him on ultrasound quite a bit and he is already amazing).  We took a midweek class trip to a local tea farm where we were able to tour the grounds and learn about how tea is picked and processed.  (To see more pictures of that trip click here and look for my post on July 23rd.)   On July 24th we celebrated the fourth anniversary of Levi joining our family.  He is[...]

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I Still Believe!

I miss Hannah.  We all do.  While this is nothing new, we seem to be moving into a new stage of grief.  Some of this is due to us preparing for the arrival of Joshua.  A lot of conversations have revolved around reminding the boys the rules of having a baby in the house as well as instructing them (mainly Levi) that we can’t treat this baby like Hannah because she was older.  Levi still giggles about how he would take her by the legs and drag her through the house causing her to giggle and squeal in happiness.  Already there have been many comparisons of baby Hannah to baby Joshua.  That’s so hard because they are each unique and special creations.  We fully recognize that[...]

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It’s a……

Many of you have been following our missionary story since we released our only daughter, Hannah, into the arms of Jesus.  Even before that event, we knew that our family was not done growing.  (We still plan to adopt, but that opportunity has not yet presented itself for us.)  Several months ago we announced that God had blessed us with another baby and since then we have been waiting to see if we would be having another boy or girl.  Having easy access to an ultrasound has been great….and frustrating.  While our first scans were a bit too early to tell the gender, lately the problem has been poor positioning, an umbilical cord that refuses to move out from between the legs, and hands that[...]

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Lots of Changes!

I realize that it has been a long time since my last post and I apologize for that.  This is partly due to that fact that the past several weeks have been quite busy.  It is also due to the fact that I just haven’t felt up to writing about anything.  I’m not 100% sure that I do now either but I also feel that it is important to keep all of our supporters updated on what is going on with our lives.  I have actually started several blog posts over the past several weeks that I have never completed, including some interesting medical cases.  Hopefully I will be able to complete them at some point but not today. As the title of this post[...]

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Singing the Blues

As many of you know, we recently returned from the WGM retreat at the coast.  This was the first time we were able to participate in this annual event as last year we had returned to the states for Hannah’s services at the time of the retreat.  This is designed to be time to get away from the work and stresses of life at Tenwek and focus on our own spiritual and physical health.  Our time at Turtle Bay provided us the opportunity to spend time as a family relaxing and finding both physical and spiritual refreshment.  The boys were able to participate in VBS and came home with all kinds of cool spy gear that they continue to play with regularly.  On the adult[...]

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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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