we are all about the cheesy smiles
the girls were a bit freaked out at first but after a bit they decided it was pretty cool to swim with the turtles...as long as they were vice gripping J that is....
my personal Indiana Jones....he is a hottie!
friends and family, I will not be here with you for a week. We are shutting off the screens in our lives as a family for a bit.
We had a break-in at our house. Before anyone gets worried let me say we were not home and it was almost undetectable until Jason asked me why on earth I had opened one of his few and precious Mountain Dew cans and left it half drunk on the counter to which I quickly replied I had done no such thing! Then we looked closer and saw a video game controller was out, a CD carelessly thrown on a table, 2,000 shillings (about a buck) was missing, and banana muffin crumbs were scattered about the kitchen. Yep, someone had been in the house.
Last week Evy and I went on a trip to visit a school where one of the teacher's from Pamoja's Teacher Seminar works. She was also one of Jason's computer students and she is now running a small school for preschool and kindergarten age children. It has been a challenge to try to follow up with all the teachers but we are starting and slow is better than nothing right? pole pole ndiyo mwendo is a Kiswahili proverbs that means slowly, slowly is the going, or slowly but surely we will get there. So True.
Evy and I were visiting a friend's school this morning and as we walked past a government clinic with many Mamas' and babies waiting she wanted to check it out.
they were married on a Friday; the holy day which is custom here. They went to primary school together and their families think they will be a great match. Rain for the entire day was a downer and made the usual festivities postponed and the dancing outside seem impossible but the wedding went on. Everyone pitches in and does their part to make the wedding day fabulous.
the rain and lack of power keeps us women all packed inside waiting for the bride to arrive...think no breeze and sweat!
shoes always must be removed before entering a home and the chai is ready and waiting for the men to return from the mosque
everyone arrives in their best attire and brings food, mats, or other necessities for the day
the bride is escorted in from the salon with a kanga over her head making sure no one can see her. She always stays in a room decorated for the occasion and everyone comes in to take pictures, pray, and wish blessings. She wears green as is custom because it is the color of blessing here. Lots of "umependeza" you have made your self beautiful! comments are made in whispers to her.
lots of waiting and mischief for some watoto
odi or incense is burned during prayers
everyone is dressed in their very best
and generations of women decked out in the brightest colors wait for a glimpse of the bride
time for the men to go make this thing official
saying vows and praying
the happy couple.