Max and Elly Turn Five!

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Well, it happened. My babies turned 5! And already Max is talking about turning 6, then 7, then 8…

We celebrated with their class at school again this year, but this being a milestone birthday they each got their own cake that they chose themselves from the bakery. No surprise, Elly chose a butterfly fairy: Continue reading

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A Kimaro Family Update

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There’s a lot going on around here. A lot. I can hardly keep up with it myself! I’ll use this chance to update you with what’s going on in our world, and share the results of a recent family photo session we had done. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Grandma Comes to Tanzania

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Mom and my sister Carla packed up and headed home yesterday. In their two-week visit, I took 993 photos, and Carla took about 700. So it’s pretty tough to narrow those down into a 5 Photo Friday post, so I plan to do some more posts with more photos later, but for now I’ll share a few highlights from the trip. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: We’re Farmers!

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I guess owning a coffee and banana farm on Mt. Kilimanjaro already qualifies us as farmers, but now we’re corn farmers, too!

The property that our house in Arusha sits on includes a large farm plot behind it, so Kakasii decided to make good use of it and plant corn. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Parents’ Day at ELIMAA School

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Last week we celebrated Parents’ Day at ELIMAA School. It was a great celebration of all that we’ve been able to accomplish over the last year or so, thanks in large part to the generous support we’ve received from so many of you!

As I explained in my ELIMAA update post, more and more children are in need of ELIMAA School. So we set our sights on expanding for the new year. With the remaining donations we received in 2015, we got very busy in December and were able to: Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Decorating for Christmas

5photofridaydecoratingforchristmasAs my Facebook newsfeed is full of photos of snowy scenes, it’s 89 degrees here. So I wish I could say “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” but it’s not really. At least not by this Nebraska girl’s standards, anyway.

It is beginning to look a little bit like Christmas though, thanks to Max and Elly. Continue reading

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ELIMAA School Update: We Need to Grow in 2016!

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It was just a bit more than a year ago that I first shared with you about ELIMAA School. I was nervous to publicly share what we were doing, fearing that if we failed, I would have to own up to that publicly, too.

But this past year has seen huge advances for ELIMAA School. And now we’re ready to grow! Continue reading

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A New Place to Call Home

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If you happened to see us on House Hunters International, you might remember that the greatest drawback to the house we chose was its small compound, which left little room for Max and Elly to play, and zero green space.

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But that’s soon about to change as we move to a new house (minus the HGTV cameras and reality-TV fame) in the next few days!

Our new house, which is owned by dear Tanzanian friends of ours who live in the US, has a oodles more outdoor space for Max and Elly to roam, and lots of trees and bushes. Continue reading

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Our Shamba Makeover

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We occasionally invite our safari clients to do a home stay with us at the shamba (farm) to get an up-close look at village life. Usually before a visit, we’ll do a small project to spruce up the house to make it more comfortable for our guests. By small, I mean something like buying new pillows for the guest bed.

But this time as we were preparing for visitors, we really wanted to do some painting. By some, I mean painting a room or two. But as we looked around, we decided that if we were going to have the painters come with all their supplies and equipment anyway, we just as well do it all. Continue reading

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Max & Elly Take Acrobatics Class

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This past weekend some new friends (who recently moved to Arusha from Omaha) introduced us to an acrobatics class for kids. I wasn’t sure if Max and Elly would be very cooperative in an actual class, despite loving to jump and roll and climb on top of each other all the time at home.

Turns out they both loved it and are already asking to go back again next Saturday. Here are a few of the amazing feats they accomplished in their first class. Continue reading

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