Sometimes the 'lessons' in our days come about so naturally you can't help but smile. Just after lunch today I decided to check my e-mail before setting our plans for the rest of the day. Lo and behold, an e-mail from a friend - who is going to Kenya in 54 days!! This is her second trip to Africa (lucky girl). She is planning to help arrange micro-loans for families in a small village in Kenya, and will also be working to build and stock a small community library. Voila - afternoon set.
The kids had a blast going through their bookshelves and picking out books to send to the new library. We checked out Kenya on the map, and marvelled at what a trip it would be to get there. The boys wrote letters and drew pictures for their new 'friends' across the sea, sharing in the excitement that the new library must be bringing. We also re-read One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by: Katie Smith Milway (a great way to help kids learn about micro loans, and how small ideas can have a big impact). We even shared ideas of what we would do with a small amount of money to start a business - Charlie would become a lumberjack, and buy the saws that he needs to cut wood to build houses and cook food. William thinks that livestock would be a good idea - pigs, chickens, goats..."And we really could have chickens here, couldn't we Mama?"