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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
May 23, 2012 11:48 am
Published in: Uncategorized

We got a Dog and just moved into what will be our “permanent” house, as permanent as anything ever is.  The Lord is the only one to know what our home or life will look like tomorrow or years from now. It is beautiful and big enough to acaccommodate visitors, some come on over!  Ok, back to the dog.  Those that know me well may be absolutely shocked!  I was surprised to hear the words: “Tom, what do you think about getting a dog?” come out of MY mouth.  However, as I have gotten to know some of the other aviation wives, I have been shocked to learn how frequently their husbands are away on a flight. We knew Tom would have over night flights and I was prepared for that, but it seems to happen far more than we were expecting.  So, a dog is a good source of security when Tom is away.  Case in point: Rusty (our dog) was out in the neighborhood NOT on a leash, and a Kenyan boy who looked about 6 or 7 started crying in fear.  Most Kenyans are terrified of dogs.  The other factor in getting a dog was Crescena, as she seems to love dogs.  Rusty has proved to be great with her and she is loving having him to play with, pull on, feed, and talk to.

Our house.  The house we are in is one of the only houses AIM actually owns (most are leased), and so they are invested in making it nice (a HUGE blessing to us).  I have spent the last 6 weeks going back and forth from the house we were staying in to the house were are in now (they are in the same neighborhood) observing the work that was being done.  For example, they re-did the floors upstairs and tiled the bathroom floors.  “Fundi” is what they call workers here such as plumber, electrician, painter, carpenter, etc.  Human nature is the same all over the world.  I was told that if I stopped in and observed the work of the “Fundi’s” they would do a good job because they would know I care.  In contrast, if I was not around, apparently the Fundi’s would do the work “haraka, haraka” (quickly, quickly) and not necessarily well.  I am glad I stopped by because they were planning to “surprise” us with a not ideal solution to a problem with our counter top being too short; they used the wrong material for an over hang in the back yard, and several other little things.  My plate has been full “managing” two houses, and finding items to furnish our house that were good quality, but as inexpensive as possible.

We are thrilled we have finally moved into our home.  There is still unpacking to do and many things to buy.  I have decided moving is the same whether you are across the city, state, or in our case, neighborhood.  You still have to pack everything up and find a way to get it from one place to another.  The houses here come with walls, toilets, windows, and sinks- that’s about it.  We have been in the process of buying and finding everything from baking soda and silverware, to a stove and refrigerator.  We are deeply grateful for those who have supported us financially and prayerfully in helping us settle in here.  If you wish to help us cover some of our set-up costs, please write us a check or send money to AIM (info under “Partnership” in the right column).  We are overjoyed to report that we have been able to buy most things used.  All our beds, sheets, kitchen items, curtains, carpets, kitchen table, stove, etc we were able to find second hand and therefore discounted.  We are delighted for how the Lord has provided.  Oh, and Rusty, he was FREE!  His bowls, bed, brush, and other items free as well.  I saw a post on a Craig’s list type website I am on for Nairobi, and another missionary has gifted us with this dog.

Tom and I lived in an apartment in Spokane because we knew we would be moving overseas and decided not to have the responsibility of a house back in the states.  Then, after leaving Spokane in June, we traveled from place to place visiting family and friends before staying in JARRS housing for Tom’s flight orientation in North Carolina.  Since arriving in Kenya, we have stayed in 4 other living arrangements before moving into what is now “our house”.  After almost a year not in our own space, we are overjoyed to be putting roots down in this house, and it especially feels good to be putting roots down in Kenya!

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