Last night as we sat down to dinner I made sure Annikah had some food and she actually liked it and started eating!! Yeah!! She has had a tough time with the transition and the food so we were so excited she seemed to have her appetite back. I then turned to take my first bite just as a worm inched its way across my plate. Kate; the gal next to me, pointed and I quickly reacted by killing it with my napkin. Everyone at the table was grossed out but I was so hungry and with no other food options I figured, “oh well it it nothing a little salad dressing will not fix.” Jason added that it was a little extra protein- thanks J! I am sure this is not the worst food issue I will encounter but it was a reminder that I am indeed not in Kansas (or Chicago) anymore. If you think about it our food in the states is just as gross in other over processed, unhealthy additives, hormone modified ways but the live bug crawling off my plate will take some adjustment for me. I prefer to eat my food without seeing the ick within, to remain ignorant.

In other news, we cannot seem to with drawl any money here. We have been to 3 ATM’s so far with no luck, a very frustrating affair especially now that we are out of funds. Jason is off right now with a new friend to try again (Anni could not take anymore walks today). Poor girl woke up this morning after another rough night and threw up all over herself, us, and our bed. So sad! We are hoping she just is adjusting as she seems to be better now, especially after we found a swing this morning :). She is very clingy which I am sure is the result of so much change but it is hard for us as getting anything done has been challenging. As a type another teacher from Dar is reading her a book- hooray for a few minutes to myself!!

Today after lunch we all head out for a couple hour drive to Machakos where we will be for the next 3 weeks of orientation and training.

Oh! Jason just returned and he actually was able to get some money!! Yeah God! He also enjoyed looking at our account total as it is in Kenyan shillings so we are millionaires here. We are easily amused!!! Off to lunch, lets hope nothing living makes it way to my plate today šŸ™‚
  1. Anonymous says:

    So glad you guys made it safe and sound despite the challenges! Your blog/pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing your journey this way.God bless! eric and julie

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for taking time out to update so we can see and read a little bit of your new life there. We will keep praying for Anni Joy in the transition, but it seems like she is being a ROCKSTAR! Love you! The Studee Fam

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love hearing the daily details of your new life! Ohh . . . I think I would lose weight pretty quickly if I saw worms on my plate!! Your attitude is awesome – and praise God for a workable ATM!! Give Annia an extra kiss from Gma Rho for being such a good girl!! Love you guys!

  4. Anonymous says:

    cheers to all of you for being such good sports! and thanks so much for taking the time to post–I love hearing the news and seeing the pictures.take care, and much love!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe you’re already blogging – you are so good! I’m so glad to see you all make it safely. Stay safe and healthy – love you guys!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the updates my lovely!i cannot imagine a worm on my plate. i was about to eat lunch but suddenly think i might stick to the piece of totally safe looking processed, packaged cheese!!love you!miss you!Yay GOD!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yeah for Anni! So glad that she is hanging in there. I ate spicy basil chicken today (sans bugs tat I know of) and thought of you…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Silas has already said “we go there?” twice when viewing the blog and Anni’s new home in Africa and he cried this morning when he heard that Anni was sick last night. šŸ™ I need to be careful what I say, but we prayed for her and then he burst into tears and touched his stomach, making throw-up sounds. Joel cheered “Yay” when we told them you guys made it there. We love you guys, we’re so proud of you and can’t imagine experiencing all the changes you’ve encountered so far. We pray for you all the time!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    You just watch that little Anni will be queen on Kenya before you head out. I’ve known much older people who haven’t handled such a transition as gracefully as Anni Joy! I love that you are millionaires, that’s hilarious. We are thinking about you!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Rox-We miss you, and you all (esp. Anni) are serious troopers! So sorry the travelling was such hell, but it definitely revealed a strength I am sure you didn’t realize you possessed!It is great to read up on how things are going, and thanks so much for taking the time to post about your new adventure!xoxoxoxMichelle

  11. Anonymous says:

    I just got back from our trip to breed Dip, but the stud seems to be a dud, so I doubt if we’ll have grandpuppies. Rob and Annie are here at the lake with me and they got the plants in! We are so lucky and miss you all so much. Poor little Anni. I hope she gets use to the food without bugs soon. I had an MRI and my knee is messed up, but not bad enough that they can do anything, so looks like I have 2 months of pain to look forward to, bummer. Pray for you all every day! Glad the $ thing got worked out. Happy 4th in Africa! We miss you all so much….