Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Westons Lately

While we’ve all spent 2020 living in unpredictable and unprecedented times, no one can stop the days from marching on and normal life (though at times feeling decidedly less normal) continues to unfold. 
Kids still need parenting and education, bellies still need to to be filled, sick people still need medicine, and broken bones still need fixing. 

It’s been a while since we posted about our time here in Kenya. I (Ali) take responsibility - I had this idea months ago to give a peek into our daily life here, and as COVID unfolded across the globe and finally here in Kenya, I found myself not knowing how to describe “daily life”. Though it continued, it felt different with each passing week - and finally the idea of writing a blog about it slipped away. 

But indeed many things have happened since our last post in April - and are continuing to happen - that are worth sharing with you! 

  • First, we're excited to announce that our family will soon be growing to a family of five! We’re over half-way into pregnancy with baby Weston #3, who should be arriving around Christmastime. We can't wait to meet our newest member. 
  • We’ve recently relocated to a new house within the Tenwek compound which will be a huge blessing for our growing family. 
  • John is continuing his busy work at the hospital, particularly with orthopaedic trauma care.
  • Tenwek is now seeing and treating COVID patients; Ali recently participated in a face-shield assembly project for the hospital staff. 
  • Churches have resumed meeting, although families with children under 6 are still advised to stay home. Meanwhile, international travel to and from Kenya has opened up and most restaurants, shops and markets are back in business within social-distancing guidelines. Small group meetings and bible studies have resumed. 
  • While Kenyan schools remain closed, the missionary homeschool co-op is resuming classes this week. Ali will be teaching a group of pre-K students three times a week, of which Gabe will be part.(We've decided to keep him in pre-K due to his summer birthday). 
  •  Gabe turned five last month, and is learning to read! 
  •  Grace is potty training like a champ, and is growing faster than the weeds in our shamba (Swahili for garden, or land).

Our preschool class at the end of last school year.

Hiking with some of the Tenwek ortho staff

Nothing says Happy Birthday like chocolate waffles!

Baby #3 is growing fast.

Playing on our new back patio

Family selfie!

Side by Side Tenwek (women's bible study)

Shamba helpers

Making face shields for the hospital - we completed almost 500 in one week!

The CHACU team approved of our design
(COVID Holding Area and Care Unit)

Getting so big, but still the baby for another few months.

Thank you for following our journey and praying for our community here at Tenwek. May God bless you and keep you! 


  1. Thanks for the update, Ali! Praying for you and your beautiful family! ��

  2. Congratulations on baby #3! It great to hear you are all doing well and staying safe. Its so fun to see the kids growing up so much and to read about all of your adventures. Miss you all and always thinking of you!


  3. Congratulations on baby #3! May God continue to bless you all in the mission field!

  4. Aww congratulations!! I just thought about you and prayed over your family on my fridge!💕 Afding baby 3!

  5. Wonderful update! May the Lord bless and keep you safe and healthy. Such a beautiful family. We send our love and prayers.

  6. John - I knew you were going places after high school and seeing your work in Kenya and your beautiful family makes me proud and happy to have known you! Such a selfless and brave act! I admire you and your family’s drive to serve the Lord! Prayers!!!


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