A Kimaro Family Update


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.

Our oldest, Ombeni, just finished his last session of field work for law school. He did that here in Arusha but we rarely saw him because during the day he was either in the law office or court, and in the evenings he was attending seminars. This week he headed back to Dar es Salaam to do his final research project, take his law school exams and take the bar exam. Before this year ends, Ombeni will be a full-fledged attorney!


Our second oldest, Godson, after receiving his diploma in supply management and purchasing, is now in his first of a three-year degree program in finance and commerce at Jomo Kenyatta University’s Arusha campus. School keeps him busy so we don’t see much of him either!


As I write this, Brenda is finishing her Form VI national exams and wrapping up her secondary school education. She’ll be university-bound eventually, but first she’s interested in taking some computer courses and driving school (not sure if Kakasii or I are ready for that!).


Mr. Max is getting harder to photograph because he just won’t stay still. He’s all fire trucks all the time, with an occasional Rescue Bot or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thrown in. He continues mastering his bilingualism, switching between Swahili and English without batting an eye.


And Miss Elly is our resident princess. If it’s pink or purple, she’s all for it! Elly is all Chagga when it comes to food–she loves any kind of traditional Tanzanian food we put in front of her (but she also shares her Mommy’s love for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and M&Ms).


And then there’s us. Kakasii and I stay busy trying to keep up with our five awesome kids and working hard to grow our company, Tanzania Choice Safaris. We’ve had some incredible safari clients already this year, and are looking forward to a busy few months coming up as high season arrives. I also work as a part-time administrator for Arusha Community Church, an international, non-denominational church here in town. We’ll celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary later this month. Life as a blended family (both genetically and culturally) isn’t always easy, but we’re certainly grateful for the wonderful adventure we’re on together!


So, that’s what’s up with us these days. So glad to have the love and support of so many friends and family here in Tanzania and back in the U.S. Thanks for following along with us here on the blog! ❤

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9 Responses to A Kimaro Family Update

  1. Cecil Maureen Johnson says:

    Thank you Brenda. What a beautiful family!

  2. Jeanne Gilbertson says:

    Brenda,thank you for sharing this family update. You must be proud of the 3 older family members becoming so successful! I know great times are ahead for Elly and Max too!

    I am so excited to be returning to Tanzania with Operation Bootstrap Africa in October. It would be wonderful if we could spend some time together. Once I get my itinerary, maybe we can figure something out.

    God Bless you and your family.

    • Yes! Please do keep me posted as you know more about your itinerary. I’d like to learn more about OBA, too.

      • Jeanne Gilbertson says:

        i will keep you posted. Would love to talk to you about OBA too. I have been involved supporting a student through OBA at MGLSS for 3 years. I also support a girl in form 1 at Moringe and a boy at Scolastica Secondary School in Moshi, he is currently in form 5. So excited to be able to help support ELIMAA too! This makes me feel close to the people of Tanzania!

  3. Jeanne Gilbertson says:

    OBA has a website, http://www.bootstrapafrica.org, if you want to read about the organization.

  4. Marlyce Benjamin says:

    Beautiful family picture and everyone looks so happy. Elly and Max are as cute as ever! Growing up so fast. Some day I want to ask you about taking a safari with your company. It is on my bucket list.

  5. Leah mollel says:

    Beautiful family picture.

  6. Leah mollel says:

    Woow so nicely family

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