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My blog silence is more of a reflection of writer’s block than a sign of inactivity in the BEAM Kenya world.  So much has been going on. . .beautiful things. . .heart-wrenching things. . .hopeful things. . .discouraging things.  I am at a loss these days to articulate my own life and the lives of those around me.

But. . .it would be a disservice for me not to introduce you [Read More…]

You are a mom.

Wewe ni mama? (You are a mom?), my five-year-old sidekick told me.

It was a blend of a statement and a question.  I didn’t respond right away.  I wasn’t sure how.  Her relationship to her biological mom is complex.  And painful.  They haven’t met in over a year.

Wewe ni mama? (You are a mom?), she questioned.

She’s attached to me.  A lot.  Sometimes I worry [Read More…]

We mourn yet we Believe

I was on my way to Pilates, driving a car, iced coffee in hand, fully immersed in my American life when I got a message from my social worker in Kenya . . . “Anthony isn’t doing well.  I don’t know if he’ll last through the night.”

Anthony made it through the night.  I was selfishly relieved, secretly hoping I would see him upon my return to Kenya in August.  He was staying at [Read More…]