Tuesday, 4 June 2013

My Time is Coming to an End...

It is crazy to think that these are my last three weeks in Kenya. Time has literally flown by! I definitely have mixed emotions thus far regarding coming home. It will be great to see my friends and family as well as share my experience here with everyone at home but it will also be so sad to leave. It seems that I am leaving just when I feel like I have finally found my niche. I have amazing friends and family in Kenya and I am so grateful for each and every one of them.

Me leaving became real this past weekend when we had a going away party for a friend who was doing research from Hanover College. She was only here for three weeks even in that short time I think the bonds and connections you make with people here makes it really hard to leave them.

I also feel like that it is going to be a big adjustment coming from Kenya back to the states for multiple reasons. I have really gotten accustomed to the Kenya lifestyle which can be described as 'you get there when you get there' or 'polepole' (slowly slowly) (so if I am late to meetings or something please forgive me I am probably still on Kenyan time).

Another challenge for me will to be telling my story from here but telling it in a way that is encompassing all aspects of my experience and not just one sided (as the video clip from yesterdays blog shows). How can I show you the reality of Kenya in the best way so you can get a better picture.

These are some of the challenges I am facing as I conclude my time in Kenya. I wish I could stay longer and who knows I might be back here sooner than I expect. I have definitely fallen in love with the country mainly because its amazing people and I cannot wait to share them with you.

I leave Kenya on June 30th, 2013 and will be arriving in Memphis on the 1st of July


  1. Catherine: It will be great to have you home, but I understand the difficulty in leaving a place and people whom you have come to love. How does the song go? "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." You have learned much, served well your church, matured more than those of us twice your age and used your gifts to change lives. Well done, good and faithful servant! The things you miss are waiting here for you. The things that will drive you crazy wait, too. Help us to learn what is important. I/we look forward to hearing your story. Traveling mercies! John Semmes

  2. You will be missed here as well! But U'r coming back right :-)