When your heart is in two places

Sorry for the lack of updates. We have been in the United States for just over 5 weeks and it has been BUSY. On top of everything, my laptop decided it no longer connects to wireless connections and so my internet options have been limited.
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We were in the St Paul, MN area for the first month or so of our time. I am so blessed and thankful for the Thorson family who graciously hosted us, and continue to be our “home base” while stateside. Also a huge huge huge thank you to Jonny and Breanna who lent us their car for our time. It has made all the difference to be able to travel freely. On July 22 we traveled south to Okoboji, Iowa, where we are staying with for three weeks. We have just started our second week here. It is a joy to be back at the camp that was so instrumental in the beginning of my faith journey. From here we head to New Hampshire for a week where we will see many of my family, then return to Minnesota for just shy of a week before heading home to Tanzania.
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Home to Tanzania. Within the first few days of this trip it was confirmed for me America doesn’t feel like home anymore. Half of my heart is still in Tanzania. My husband and my little boy are still in Tanzania. But to be honest, even if we were all here together it would still feel like some luxurious vacation. America feels so familiar yet so foreign at the same time. I am so thankful we were able to make this trip happen though. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to meet up with us, to share a meal with us, to catch up on life. We look forward to many more meets ups!

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While we are here we are taking the opportunity to stock up on some needs and wants, for myself, for my family, for vulnerable children that have a special place in my life. If you want to help, you can find our wish list at amazon. And if you want to help some special kids this is our current needs list:

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You can also give through the paypal link on this page, or my following this link. 

Tano Photo Tuesday

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My sweet Tumaini is SO grown up these days I can’t even handle it! He is such a care taker and protector of the littler babies.IMG_3729Jenny is here! She is a return volunteer for Neema and just an all around awesome person to have around. I’m ready for her to give up going back and forth and just move here already. 😉IMG_3850Memusi’s sponsor sent her a few adorable outfits including this cute swimsuit! She felt so special having this little photoshoot and loved her new dresses.IMG_3933 Itty Bitty  Imran came to Neema. He weighs just 1.75kg (under 4lbs) and was born the 17th of December! His mother died after delivery and his father and aunt came with him to Neema, sad to say goodbye but promised to visit often and are hoping to take him home between 8 months to a year! It’s near impossible to care for an infant without Mother’s milk as one can of formula costs around $15 USD where most people are lucky to make $100 a month, if that.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST…. The wedding date is set! April 2 2016! Buy your plane tickets, hahah! A full post on what exactly this card (it’s not an invite) is for coming soon.

 

Tano Photo Tuesday

file0001201687502IMG_0951This darling little girl came and joined us at Neema this week. Her name is Angel and she is about 3 months old. So so precious.IMG_0962IMG_1172 On Sunday it was my fiancee’s cousins confirmation. They are Lutheran so this tradition is still very alive here and involves a giant party! Here is the cousin, Nora, at her special table.IMG_1209A tradition at most any party in Tanzania is that whoever’s party it is feeds bite sized pieces of cake on toothpicks to just about everyone in attendance. It’s kind of hilarious. And me, as the only white person in attendance, got my shot at a piece of cake (which I also happened to bake for the party)12208838_10153057265316567_9118465805557752626_nAnd just for fun, me and Dickson in our party clothes. 🙂

Tanzania Year 3!

Year 3 was never part of the original plan, but I’m still here… .and I’m still staying!

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I have now been in Tanzania for 2 years and 1.5 months! My monthly contributors are falling a bit short of my living expenses/small side projects. I’m hoping you all can help with one time gifts to cover the deficient in my third year here in Tanzania.

My work at Neema House continues to be the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. They say where your passion and your gifts collide, you find your calling. I truly believe I am living out my calling to the fullest extent here in Tanzania, with Neema House. I have been blessed to pursue a secondary passion, photography, here at Neema House as well.

Your gift can go a long way! As Christmas is approaching would you consider making a gift toward the continuation of my work here in Tanzania. I promise to live simply and modestly in respect of your gifts, and to give freely as I have been given. You can give at www.youcaring.com/kellyintz

Please keep up with my photos and blog here.
You can view more photos and read more about Neema House atwww.facebook.com/neemahousearushababyhome

Tano Photo Tuesday – August 4, 2015

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On Sunday all the toyo drivers (motorcycle taxi) and the dala dala guys (and their friends) get together and play soccer. It’s actually quite intense. Soccer (football) is a really big deal here.IMG_0946  Tumaini is perfecting the cheesiest smile for selfies. I love it.IMG_7950

Some volunteers brought a bunch of tie dyes t shirts for the kids. This was the best result of my attempted group photo.IMG_7962Angelous and Angel, the twins, and their tie dye. They absolutely know they are twins and they love each other. Even though they can also be so stinkin naughty!IMG_8026Amani has been settling in at Neema. He is a smiley little guy and has started to respond to his new name, Amani. This day he was totally ham-ing it up for photos.

(Late) Tano Photo Tuesday – July 21, 2015

Better late than never? Sorry. With ending up with Typhoid and power outages and just regular life in Tanzania, Tuesday became Wednesday which became Thursday… BUT without further ado….

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IMG_0897I went back to the salon for a new style and came out with this! I love it the most out of all the times I’ve gone and I feel pretty awesome. It was however ridiculously painful and the whole time I was just thinking “why am I doing this again!”. But now I love it. Hah.IMG_7683We’ve been playing with bubbles a lot more these days. Tuma loves them. As does  pretty much all the kids.IMG_7689Meshack enjoying some bubbles. This kid has really come out of his shell since his first couple of days here. I can only imagine that the transition from remote maasai village to our westernized home was quite shocking but these days he’s enjoying himself. He will hopefully be able to go back home soon once we get his medications in order.IMG_7720New arrival Pascal! He’s teeny tiny (about 4 lbs). Unfortunately his mother passed away in childbirth.IMG_7727 Our other new arrival, Sifa. Sifa and Pascal arrived on the same day. Though she is quite bigger than him, she’s the younger of the two.