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Kate Brooks
Nakuru, Kenya
Passionate about people
Interests: orphans, fostering, horses, therapy, disabled, children, music, parenting, off-grid, farming, eco-friendly, environment, vegetarian, aid, people, kenya, africa
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I have been a mom to a plethora of TEENAGERS now for over ten years... Let that sink in a bit. I have managed to raise seven grownups (some only just at age nineteen, and all of whom are in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Future and a Hope
Election votes in Kenya are being tallied. People are tense, but things seem peaceful here on The Shire. I read that several have died in other areas of Kenya over one candidate claiming a rigged election. But let us hope... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
I have asked the kids what they would do if they had a freezer. Of course the first response is ICE CREAM!!! Obviously having a freezer will change our lives, but honestly, the mom in me is just looking forward... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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I can remember the early years when every sound, smell, season in Kenya seemed so foreign to me. Kenya was different than what I was used to. We would post blog articles about how it made us feel, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
It has been a long time since we had an article about care packages, and it has been ages since we received one! Granted, they do charge us at the post office a percentage of the amount written on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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It is an extremely blustery day! On The Shire we have a 'windy' season. Lately the gales are so strong, they blow off the neighbor's roof on occasion. We are frantically hoping for rain. I remember a time in my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Ok, enough 'horse' talk. It is not ALL we do at A Future and a Hope. We still are parents to our beautiful kids we birthed through our hearts and our hips. School fees are paid for this middle term,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Something happened at our most recent horse therapy session that I had not thought through before. It makes complete sense, but it just didn't cross my mind until I witnessed it first hand. This is Duncan. He has spina bifida... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Recently, I wrote an article about how several university professors who visited us said they were interested in doing a short film on our home schooling methods after seeing how the kids use horses in school. I mentioned that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Two years ago, college professors from Louisiana State came to Kenya to film us having no idea WHO we were nor what we were doing in Kenya. They wanted to find interesting folks of whom to document a 5 minute... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Sitting at my desk, I am feeling overwhelmed with life at the moment. To be honest, I always feel this way when a cold is coming on so I have to just ride the waves of exaggerated frustrations until the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
My daughter Makena is holding 1 month old Starlette so I can type while the sour dough bread is baking in the oven. I have just a few minutes, and I thought it might be fun to give you our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at A Future and a Hope
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The year of 2015 was full of milestones. We celebrated 10 years of living in Kenya, 20 years of marriage, and on my 40th birthday, we conceived our newest family member who was due to arrive on Christmas Eve but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at A Future and a Hope
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Here are two good questions asked by a Facebook friend: "Hi- does it make you nervous that you will have as many bio kids as orphans and donors won't want to support your own personal kids? Just wondering. Also- now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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We started working on The Shire's Out of the Dark Ages transformation on August 25, 2015. In just two months we have done: Floors in our 2400 sq ft mud barn/house called The Prancing Pony Added two solar panels and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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We started working on The Shire's Out of the Dark Ages transformation on August 25, 2015. In just two months we have done: Floors in our 2400 sq ft mud barn/house called The Prancing Pony Added two solar panels and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
For those of you who are following our blog and perhaps missed our facebook posts, our campaign ended today, midnight pacific time which was 10 am Kenyan time. We thought the campaign was over, and we were still far from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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My daughter Emma Caite, age 8 1/2, was trying to make a new friend and had invited her age mate to come over one day. Upon entering our house, the girl quickly scrunched up her nose, pulled on her mother's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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Recently, a friend of mine wanted to give to the campaign. She was nervous about doing it so I thought I should walk folks through what they will see and do. It is as easy as clicking, signing in with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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Something that overjoys my heart-- Johnny and I and our project A Future and a Hope, being that we are NOT an institution nor backed by one, means that we are being supported by SO many individual people-- people of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
Many people are aware that we are in the middle of a fundraiser for A Future and a Hope. We are trying to improve our living conditions such as increasing our electricity time from 1 hour to several hours a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
My Facebook friend asked me more questions, and I give more answers to things that might interest you. If you want to read the first list of questions and answers read this blog post. Here are today's questions: 1. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
Today, a Facebook friend has asked me some questions that perhaps you have thought of asking as well, but didn't have the nerve like WHY do I say bio-kids and differentiate, and why do I home school some and not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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It was brought to my attention that perhaps some of our friends do not understand why we took in teenage orphaned/abandoned girls. So I thought I would give some of the reasons we do what we do. Kenya is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at A Future and a Hope
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This campaign we are doing is just a part of moving forward at A Future and a Hope. We are excited about this journey ahead, and it is all part of doing what we do to care for orphans and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at A Future and a Hope