To the ends of the earth…and back!

Uko nyumbani (“You’re home”)

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I love the changing of seasons, especially Summer into Autumn. In 2009, 2010 and presently, I have and do sorely miss seeing the changing of the leaves and feeling the crispness in the air as I find myself in Tanzania.

Last Autumn I was able to stay home and spend quality time with my family. I snapped the above and below photos during an apple picking adventure with my father and brother.

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That’s right friends, you’re never too old! We did manage to take some photos in which my loving older brother pretended to drop a pumpkin on my head. (note the disdain on his face at the photo opp!) Ah, sibling love!!

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Another memorable moment was when this same strapping young man disappeared for a few minutes (we all are prone to wandering sometimes after all) and then reappeared only to present about a dozen apples from the various pockets in his coat! Dad and I especially loved that! Truly what a beautiful afternoon I’ll cherish always.

Presently, I find myself in Tanzania walking around under the equatorial sun and in the dust (the rains will come soon!), which only exacerbate this longing. That said I cannot deny how I love being here too. As I think about that crisp afternoon which ended with some skiball at the boardwalk…

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(scary how alike they are!!)

…and how I miss so much about home, I cannot deny how here too feels like home.

I just arrived at the school office and after greeting the secretaries and nurse, I sat down to get to work. The nurse came in moments later with tea and with a smile said, “Uko nyumbani Eliza,” (“You’re home.”) Indeed.

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The nurse and me at graduation

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Thanks for the love!

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