Thursday, February 28, 2013

A little fact about Kenya

I know in America we go crazy over our birthday's and others but here in Kenya they are barely celebrated. Let me give an example. Today I went downstairs to talk to Maryann, she is the Kenyan house parent. I told her I needed cocoa to make Enock a birthday cake because his birthday was Saturday and could I get some at the little stand down the road. She said yes and she said oh Virgina, her daughter, has a birthday soon too. I asked when it was and she said today is the 27th right? And I told her it was the 28th. She said Oh!! Today is Virgina's birthday and we all started laughing. This was at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. So we told her happy birthday and we told her we would include her int he birthday party. It didn't phase her one bit, in America I know many little ones her age who would have thrown a fit. Back in November it was Peter's birthday. We found out about it and we made a cake and ice cream and threw him a surprise birthday party. He turned 34 and when he came in he started trying to serve to everyone else and we told him to sit down it was his birthday and it was his turned to be served. He said in all of his life that was the first birthday party he ever had or ever really celebrated his birthday.

Just thought I would share a random fact of some differences we have experienced here in Kenya. I'm excited to get to have a birthday party for Virginia, she turned 7 today. And I hope she will always remember it.

8 comments:

  1. That does seem different! Still, if everyone's happy and healthy that's all that really matters.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  2. Love reading your all's posts. And I really love praying for these kids and you both. You are living out His love each and every day in ways most of us may never understand. Praying for blessings and provision. For protection, and for wisdom. For strength and for energy. Thank you for keeping us posted on God's awesome work! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement and for the prayers it means so much !! Hope you have a great day !

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  3. Isn't that interesting...thanks for sharing! I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you'd like!

    Have a great day!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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    1. thank you so much ! I joined ! Thanks for stopping by and commenting !!! Have a good day !!

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  4. So interesting the differences in culture. I think as Americans we are too spoiled. There's nothing wrong with celebrating birthdays and how grateful for someone else's life you are of course (and hey I love parties & cake too!), but I think so many parents just spend and do too much for birthdays now the purpose of the celebration gets lost. PS Thanks for linking up at CEO of Me this week! :)

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    1. I agree completely ! Thank you so much for commenting and always encouraging !!!! And thanks for letting us link up
      !!!! Hope you have a great day !!!

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