Thursday, August 04, 2011

About this time...

30 years ago ... Coty and I were about to hike the last 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail with his dad.  A month or so after we finished the hike, we left for Kenya.

What a trip!  We flew to London, found a cheap travel agent and bought the cheapest tickets we could find to Nairobi.  We flew through Cairo, two days after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.  Our passports were taken away from us in the terminal and we were watched over by gun wielding, angry looking soldiers.  It was not a pleasant experience.  But we made it.  And we carried an Apple II into Kenya.  It was one of the very first micro-computers in the country and was used in a graduate project Coty was working on.

We had plans to be in Kenya for six weeks.  We were hoping to stay for six to nine months.  We ended up staying for three and a half years.  Our daughter, Erin, and a love for Africa were born.  God's plans are not always the same as ours.  Good thing.

20 years ago ... Coty and I, plus Erin, Jonathan, Thomas, and a 1 year old Andrew, were about to leave for a year in Nairobi.  This time, Coty had a sabbatical year from his economics teaching at Williams College and there was no place we'd rather have gone than back to Kenya.  It was a very special year.


Look at those kiddos!  Aren't they cute.  That was the patio outside our little bungalow in Nairobi.

10 years ago ... Coty and I, plus Erin, Jonathan, Thomas, Andrew, Matthew, and Joel were about to leave for a year in Cameroon.  We went to teach at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary.  Coty had left his career as an economist and we were beginning our lives in full time ministry.  

Do you notice a pattern.  Every August, in the year ending in 1, we have been getting ready to go to Africa.  I've been telling people for the last ten years or so that I knew where I'd be this August.  Somewhere in Africa.  

Four days from now ... Coty and I will be on a plane.  No children.  Just us.  This time we're going to ....

6 comments:

Erica said...

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agfarson said...

you are amazing. i love you and cannot wait to hear about your adventures!

Lindele said...

Hahaha, you're such a tease.

bwilliams said...

Oh come on Beth!

Scotty and Lisa said...

I know! I know! But I won't tell...;)

kkp said...

chiming in much later after this post to say that i absolutely adore baby jonathan. i'd like to think his attitude was a little easier to handle given he was so stinking cute? :)