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"All You Need Is Love"

I write about my adventures and discoveries, but it is the support from my family and friends at home that keeps me going. There isn’t a day that I don’t log onto facebook and have at least 4 or 5 well-wishers and friends just saying hi and encouraging me. Mom tells me every night of at least one person at work who asks how I’m doing or comments on the progression of my blogs. Everyday that I check my blog, I’m so surprised to see how many people are keeping up with my travels. And finally, the love, encouragement and excitement from my family, Mom, Julie, Jake and Michael and my second Mom, Mwalimu, gives me the courage to continue working and learning in Kenya. Julie and Mom have always been supportive of me and I’ve become accustomed to talking to them on a daily basis and despite the thousands of miles apart we are, they have not faltered at all. What has surprised me the most has been Jake and Michael. They comment on my status, send me a facebook IM when were both online, and spend a good amount of time talking to me on the phone. I knew they would keep in touch but their excitement and eagerness to share even what they consider mundane news from home keeps me smiling everyday. I’ve recently learned too that Grandma and Grandpap have been keeping my blogs and print them and keep up with my travels and many thanks to Aunt Annie who is passing on the word to everyone and keeping Gram and Pap connected to me. All of these comments and efforts by those reading and supporting me have pushed me more than you can realize. The first few days were really hard, despite my excitement, because I was alone in a completely different country about to set out on my first steps of my assumed career path. I was scared, confused and nervous, but what got me through each day was the friendship I received from the Muthama family, Dr. Kivuva and Dr. Wanjiku, but most importantly the encouragement from my friends and family. Mwalimu Leonora is one of the few people who can be empathetic toward my confusion and frustration of being in a new place and her emails have made me realize that I’m not alone in that department and that once I build my strength, I will have endless possibilities. That strength comes from all of you and I just wanted to take the time in this message to thank each and every one of you. I hope you continue to read because there are so many amazing things I’m learning about Kenya. Looking forward to seeing you all in one month exactly and give you a huge hug for helping me through this exciting adventure!

With love and gratitude,
Wendi

Posted by WendiBandi 07:49 Archived in Kenya Tagged living_abroad

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