Merry Christmas

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and every where, Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is Born! The Eagle Rescue Center Orphanage.

This was five years ago, our Merry Christmas from Kenya. We finally got here, it was a long trip. Worth it! I was amazed how beautiful it was, I have never seen anything so pretty. Huge trees, huge mountains and everything was green even though this was the dry season. Beautiful people too. On this Christmas Day, it was hard to realize it was Christmas, Kitale had no lights and decorations in town, no Christmas Carols, it was just like any other day. I realized when we were making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the children that this was our Christmas dinner. It was one of the most memorable times of all for me.

Kenya East Africa

Five years ago, I was packed and ready to leave for this trip to Africa. I had waited two years until the time was right and it was my turn to go. It is one of the things that I will remember as the top of my list of lifetime memories.

This is the garden in the yard of ZZ's house. It was surrounded by lantanna hedges that were 15 feet high. Monkeys in the trees but I didn't see any birds. Beautiful place

This is the garden in the yard of ZZ’s house. It was surrounded by lantanna hedges that were 15 feet high. Monkeys in the trees but I didn’t see any birds. Beautiful place

I never knew much about Africa. I had it pictured as a country with a parched and dry landscape as far as you could see, and maybe one old gnarled, water starved tree with an elephant kicking up dust. In the last year, I have learned it is not that way at all. I have enjoyed seeing hundreds of pictures of Kenya with it’s lush and beautiful green countryside. It is on the equator but the elevation is 7,000 feet so it is cool, green and wet. There are small gardens everywhere with maize, tomatoes, greens and all kinds of fruits growing. The city of Kitale is in the eastern part of Kenya and has a golf course, modern hotels, large banks, supermarkets and then the unique market places on the streets that sell all kinds of produce. It is much like parts of Mexico.  My heart has been over there with someone I love very much. She is my sweet ZZ and home for two months while she renews her visa. This is the good time!

Shopping in Kenya

Please excuse the mistakes on this blog, I couldn’t get the strange letters between pictures to disappear. Maybe it didn’t like the toilet pictures~

As you can see, there are a few chickens in the cages. I saw several people carrying chickens in town, they just held their legs and they stayed calm.

There are shops all over Kitale, if you want  produce you will need to find a different store for each item. The egg place sells eggs, it is usually right beside several other egg places. The eggs we bought were always fresh and the shells were hard, no cracked eggs~then the meat market might be by the tattoo parlor, barber shop, or even beside the choo (public toilet).

The men’s toilet was  more simple than the lady’s. Two things that desperately  need fixing in Kenya are lack of sewer systems and the roads. I feel for them~



here is a typical ladies toilet. The blocks are  to stand on, not  sit, you figure it out. Only once did I need to use such a facility and that was a disaster.

few if any refri


Since there are no refrigerators or ice boxes food must be bought daily. and in small quantities. There was a place that sold dry beans, seeds and maize. They had big sacks with the tops rolled open to scoop the grain out and weigh it. That day there was a roaming street chicken in one of the sacks, scratching and eating, she had found the meal of a lifetime. The store owner didn’t even shoo her away, he just kept sweeping the sidewalk. I shivered and kept walking.

This next little shop was on the street near Mili Mani, the man carried a variety of things  from eggs, to batteries, phone minutes, sugar cane, jars of nuts and soda pops. (I wondered about tobacco, I never saw anyone smoking the whole time we were there).

This man’s little shed was a going business. He always had customers. I noticed people adding minutes to their cell phone. Nearly every store in town sold phone minutes.


these girls were all fixed up. I saw a woman in the clothing market sitting on the floor behind a bench and she was not happy at all. I passed by later in the afternoon and she was still there, and still very upset. Then I noticed that she was having her hair braided in tiny dreadlocks and I am sure it was very painful.

Here is a beauty parlor, there were a lot of these. In the slums, most people have their head shaved, it is hard to tell if the children are boys or girls, except the girls wear dresses. The more affluent women have longer beautiful hair or wear a wig, whether or not they have hair they are all pretty, tall and slender, and have beautiful smiles. A surprise was the car dealerships, mostly Toyota and Nissan, their lots were filled with a big inventory of vehicles. There were a lot of motor bikes for sale. I liked them, they were whisper quite.  I thought the people were quiet too, they spoke softly and were friendly and pleasant. I am just about to the end of my adventure in Kenya , thank you for staying with me. I will have to find something else to write about now. 

Chickens for the Children’s Rescue Centre

the original rooster from last summer, about half of them were lost to a virus but the new ones have been vaccinated and will be healthy.

Last summer, one of the projects for the Children’s Rescue Center in Maili Saba was to buy chickens. This meant also having a chicken coop built and fencing off an area to keep the chickens out of the garden. The plan was to eventually have enough chickens that each of the twenty children in the orphanage would have two eggs a day, one to eat and one to sell. When we went to Kitale over Christmas, many of the chickens had died from a virus so Paul again bought new ones to replace them.

they have a big chicken coop but are also let out to roam around the yard.~

these are a few of the new chickens, when you buy them you can specify hens and they are usually pretty accurate

When we were running races in the play yard, I heard the chickens squawking and wondered about them. Someone told me they were getting vaccinated, this will take care of the problem and keep them healthy.

this rooster liked the dinning room, he was determined and came back in every time he was asked to leave

The rooster at the orphanage was in the dinning room with a black hen all one afternoon. She was trying to find a good place to lay an egg and I tried to shoo her out of several rooms. Some of the little girls said she had been laying eggs in their room. They can raise some baby chicks, then keep the hens and use the young roosters for food. I like chickens, we have had them in our family for several years, only for pets and the eggs. They will die of old age, no one is ever going to have them for dinner.