Home Assignment – Things We Miss

There are so many things we love about home assignment but the flip side is true as well. There are so many things we love about life in Kenya. Here are a few of the things we miss:

  1. Friends
  2. Praising God in Kiswahili
  3. Cheap fresh fruits and veggies
  4. Our home
  5. Working on airplanes
  6. My sewing machine
  7. The crazy fabric market
  8. Prayer time with our team
  9. Sleeping in our own bed
  10. Celebrating weddings and new babies
  11. Nights alone as a family
  12. Volleyball
  13. Game park camping
  14. Bear’s tools
  15. Lovely weather
  16. Our big land cruiser
  17. Ethiopian food
  18. Women’s Bible study
  19. Bear’s tools
  20. Riding the dirt bike

Epic Canoe Camping

This might have been my most hard-core camping trip yet but I totally nailed it! I can use a squatty, bathe in a lake, canoe in gale force winds till my arms fall off, eat instant potato pancakes and sleep on rocky terrain in a tent as good as the rest of ‘em! Not to mention I stayed super calm in the face of chipmunk attacks.

And for the record I DID see a wolf print.

It was beautiful. All of it. One morning the lake was like glass. The next, it was windy and rough. God displayed beautiful sunrises, sunsets and a big, bright, blue moon. He showed us chipmunks, squirrels, fish, loons, gulls, a bald eagle and a moose momma with her calf!

He calmly affirmed that I am indeed capable of living in South Sudan when I rely on Him; even if we live in a tent, with no running water or electricity with snakes, scorpions and bugs of all kinds. He is my rock, my strength, my fortress.

 

 

 

Prequel

I’m not sure when I signed up for the bush living prep course but the day has arrived. And while this is certainly not an exhaustive list of supplies, these are some of the Bear Grylls approved essentials plus a few of my own:

“Little House in the Big Woods” experience

  • toilet paper
  • shovel
  • hand sanitizer
  • bug spray
  • fire starter
  • hatchet
  • rice, rice, rice
  • trail mix
  • sunscreen
  • clean clothes
  • Water filtration system
  • biodegradable soap
  • sleeping bag
  • a tent!

Coming off a rustic two-day cabin stay in the north woods near Herbster, Wisconsin (Never heard of it? Neither had I!) we are now embarking on a 3 day/night camping trip in Boundary Waters Wilderness Area near the Minnesota-Canada border. By the time we return I will be grateful for running water, electricity, a soft bed complete with pillow and a flushing toilet! But… for the record I’ll know if I prefer an established “long drop” to digging my own hole.

Before I come off sounding totally prissy I am looking forward to time in the beautiful great outdoors, communing with nature, (exceeeept for the mosquitoes, wolves and possible bears) bonding with family as well as stretching myself physically.

Did I mention we’re CANOEING to our campsite?

Sounds like a pretty good “welcome to South Sudan” prequel trip to me!