Peter spent last Saturday making a sword all day long. He left the house in the morning and headed to the local duka (Swahili for store) to buy a long piece of steel. Then he went up to Mr. Manning’s house which is actually the 8th grade dorm to use his metal working tools. He spent the rest of the morning until lunch, cutting, sharpening, and refining his blade. Then after lunch he went back in the afternoon and continued to work on the hilt as well as welding on the guard. He has already spent quite a bit of time making throwing knives at Mr.Manning’s dorm. In the process he has learned well how to use several power tools, and he basically does most of the work unsupervised. Sometimes Mr. Manning will help with a more complicated project, such as fashioning the hilt. Peter said it is almost more fun to make the sword than it is to have it when it is done. This is one of the blessings of living in Kenya and especially near Rift Valley Academy. The kids have the freedom to pursue their interests, and they have men and women who want to help them. God is good to us with the community he has given us.
We went to a new friend’s house to have an 80s party. Basically we sit around, play a few games, while we try to be the first to name the song and the artist as it comes up on an 80s music playlist. Talk about living the the past . . . it is a nostalgia festival. The surprise is that when we arrived there was a new pet owl! Peter is a big bird fan, and the girls are not too far behind.
While reading through the Rift Valley Academy’s weekly announcements we had a smile when we came to the lost and found.
Lost ‘n’ Found
Found – Come and claim at main office if yours: an NIV English-Korean Study Bible in a very nice reddish brown leather case with the engraving of a tree on the front.
Found: Some amount of money at AC building on the stairs come to the Main Office and claim it.
Lost: A throwing star last thrown next to a skinny tree outside the right gym door. If found return to Peter Caire.
Found: A watch at the gym. Come to the Main Office and claim it.
You need to understand that Peter is crazy about throwing weapons. He has made several metal throwing stars and knives. He is getting pretty good! You can check out some of his “craftsmanship” at the Instagram page “weapons.diy“
I should have written this post a month ago. Pinewood Derbies have changed since I was a cub scout. RVA has a school wide pinewood derby divided into grades for the competition. And even better, the adults get their own category. After 4th grade, adults are not allowed to help, so our kids made all of their cars on their own. Peter was convinced he was going to win. He researched the internet to find the best design and weight distribution. I counseled that he should do the best he could, but that there were people here who had been doing it for years. I wanted to prepare him for a possible loss despite his confidence. Well he was right! He won every race he competed in. The girls went for originality with Annie making a derby car with her friend in the shape of a roller skate, and Sarah made a car in the shape of a swimming pool with someone in an inner tube in the middle of it. (I know that is a little hard to imagine.)
Here is a video of one of Peter’s winning races. His is the black streak of speed!
From our family to yours, we wish you the best Christmas Day. As we have focused during the Advent season on our sinfulness, desperation, and need for a savior, this Christmas seems especially sweet. God is very good, and a great light and hope are revealed by the birth of his son Jesus Christ whom we celebrate today. So Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year to come!
We celebrated part of the Advent season with our hospital friends with a Christmas Carol brass band night. Everyone who likes to play a horn gathered on the front porch of our neighbors house and blew strongly and proudly the hymns of Christmas. Peter joined in the trumpet section sitting next to our British Santa Clause. Next year Annie is committed to being a player on the trombone! (She has moved on from flute to a horn as she has seen all the fun the jazz band has!) Sarah has had her eyes on saxophone, but became interested in the French horn with all of its curves! Go Christmastime in Kenya!
Allison is away, so we went on a hike. These hikes can take my kids through many emotions ranging from joy on seeing a giraffe looking at us over the trees while zebras and gazelles graze in the open, to extreme anger on why Dad took us on this stupid hike. We did Mt. Longonot, and it was a joy. Five hours up and down with great views, wildlife, a huge crater, and the development of character. Here are some pictures on which you can click for some narration.