Twenty three days ago, I committed to writing a blog for 28 days straight. I got this idea from a book called “Flunking Sainthood” by Jana Riess. In it, she attempts one spiritual discipline per month for a year. She’s not quite successful in any of them, but learns a lot in the process. I feel I’m authentically following her book, as I’ve now failed to make the 28 consecutive days, I feel I’m authentically reproducing Jana Riess’ experience!
The Higgins and Mara families took off for Nairobi for a weekend away. Ann found a funky lodge (with no internet: thus flunking my 28 day commitment) south of Nairobi, in a town called Karen, which was reasonably priced and close to the amazing Sheldrick Trust Elephant Sanctuary. The trust is an amazing organization which rescues orphaned baby elephants from the wild. Generally, the mothers have been poached for their ivory, leaving the babies to die. The Sheldrick trust has a hotline which tribal herders, game wardens, or anyone worried about a baby elephant can call. They then dispatch an emergency flight with veterinarians and technicians, to pull the elephant out of the well or away from the pack of threatening hyenas. The team then returns to the sanctuary, where the baby is nursed back to health. The baby elephants then go through an eight year re-introduction period, and are eventually released back to become wild elephants. They have an extremely high success rate.
We had an extremely relaxing weekend, lots of laughs and very muddy kids. The drive home was a little more eventful than we would have liked, but we returned to our little house in Kijabe safe and sound. This week is the centennial celebration for the hospital, so lots of events, speeches, and dignitaries.