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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
May 9, 2013 1:08 pm
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A healthy rhythm of spirituality, work, life-tasks, and relationships can be hard to establish.  We have now been in Kenya for over a year and we are still establishing our “rhythm of life” so to speak.  We also acknowledge that rhythms, even when established only last for a season until life requires some shifting and changes.

That said, I wanted to share a few rhythms or habits we have begun as a family.  These small things are making this new home feel more and more like home.

Crescena ran out to greet Tom as he arrived home from the hangar one day.  She CC pikiput her hands up to get close and got a “piki” ride home.  I snapped a photo because I thought it was so incredibly cute.  Well, this cuteness has become a daily event.  Crescena wakes up from her nap these days asking if daddy is home yet.  I reply “not yet” and she eagerly waits for the sound of Tom’s piki.  When she hears it, she exclaims: “daddy’s home! daddy’s home!” and then runs to put her shoes on yelling: “daddy, wait for me!”  She runs out to greet him (or more accurately: she insists I open the security door so she can run out to greet him) and hops up on the piki and rides the 25 foot jaunt from the driveway to the piki’s parking spot in the yard proudly on daddy’s lap.  No matter what kind of day I have had, this father-daughter rhythm brings me immense joy!

Crescena is our cuddle-bug and would strongly prefer not to be in her own room- or her own bed!  Without this routine prompted by a wise grandmother, Crecsena would probably wake up several times during the night still and ask to come join us in bed.  We have established a rhythm where Tom puts Crescena in bed with me when he gets up to get ready for work.  So, at night, as Crescena protests not to be left in her own room, in her own bed all alone- we say:

A classic Crescena face to accompany the Crescena dialogues

A classic Crescena face to accompany the Crescena dialogues

“what happens when the sun comes up?”  To which she responds: “I get to snuggle!”  She has slowly stopped asking to join us in bed in the middle of the night, and she tends to sleep in longer when she feels the body-heat of mom.  This time offers me (Ali) needed extra rest or an extended time of prayer and reading… both needed!

When Crescena first began waking up next to only me in bed, she would ask: “Where is daddy?” and I would respond: “Daddy’s working, he will be back later.”  My verbal and witty two-year-old one day said matter-of-factly: “ok, mommy, let’s go see him.”  This prompted us to start joining Tom for lunch once a week.  Now, when Crescena wakes up, she says: “Daddy’s at work?” and I affirm she is correct.  On the days we visit Tom at work, the moment she sees the first airplane she exclaims: “Airplane! We are at Daddy’s work!”  When we park the car, and she sees the big blue security gates outside AIM Air’s hangar, she tells me: “this is where daddy is working… I’ll show ya.”  Tom works in a office overlooking the hangar floor.  I asked Tom to take the photo below of Crescena and I crossing the hangar floor as we always feel so small around all the airplanes on our way to see him.

hangar visitOur time at the hangar helps Crescena know where Daddy is when he is “working”.  It is also a two-way reminder.  Going to have lunch with Tom reminds Crescena and I of what dad (Tom) does all day.  We get to see what is going on in the office and the converging of Kenyan and Wazungu (white) missionary staff working hard to serve hundreds of missionaries and Africans.  It is also a reminder to the other staff that Tom has a family, and that we are in Kenya serving as a family.  I hope to continue to get to know more and more of the staff in the hangar, and I love that I am married to a man who will spend his lunch break delighting in his daughter… what a testimony and blessing!

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