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Jambo is the latest word we learned on our travels to Kenya.  It is Swahili for “hello”.  We were in Kenya for 2 weeks for a PAACS conference, some R and R and a legit vacation.

So, we say, “Jambo!”  And sorry, its been so long since we blogged.  I always hated when people started a blog like that…apologizing for not blogging.  But it’s true, I hate that we haven’t written more, but at the same time, I don’t think you care for an apology.  There are so many things we want to communicate and so many things happen every day.  Here are a few tidbits of what has been going on.

We had a great time at the Brakenhurst conference center near Narobi.  It was a basic science conference for all of the 1st and 2nd year PACS residents.  We brought 5 residents with us.  PAACS did a great job of having an encouraging time for the program directors and wives, as we met in the mornings together.  The children did activities together and the wives had several outings which included shopping, visiting tea plantations and factories, and did I mention…shopping.

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Here was Nathan and Lydia with 2 of their new friends.  Luke and Sarah live in Gabon and their parents do what we do, but they serve at Bongolo hospital.  It was so encouraging to meet with other wives and families of PAACS.

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Here are the rest of the ladies.  From Left to Right. Micky Steffes (wife of PAACS executive director), me, Rosemary MacFadyen (wife of President of PAACS), Cheryl Treadwell (wife of wound care surgeon in Alabama), Carolyn Brown (wife of PAACS faculty surgeon in Mbingo, Cameroon), Suzanne Sparks (wife of PAACS faculty surgeon in Mbingo, Cameroon) and Joanna Thelander (wife of PAACS surgeon in Bongolo, Gabon).  Also, featured the 10 and 11 year old boys that Nathan loved playing Minecraft with every waking moment of the day.

Speaking of minecraft…my son, he’s 5. He’s addicted.  We have been on a strict minecraft weaning program ever since we got back, it has gone fairly well.  He didn’t understand that he can’t play all the time, since the rules were so lenient while being on vacation.  He also built this:

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Back to Kenya.  We had a great time getting to know our residents better and seeing them struggle though 2 weeks with no injera!  I think next to injera they liked burrito night the best at brakenhurst!

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After the conference we went to Mombassa, to the beach.  It was a great get away.  We stayed on the beach, but spend most of the time just swimming in the pools.

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Beautiful.

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Nathan snorkeling with Paul.

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Family ride on a glass bottom boat.

And that’s our story of the last few weeks.  Well, part of the story.  Love to all!

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