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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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Hey guys, I know we hardly write blogs (not even sure blogging is still relevant), and I hope to change this. In fact, I hope to start a new blog with a different title, and I'll get into all of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at A Future and a Hope
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taking the girls shopping for school supplies with puppy in tow! School fees are paid for this term. Edith and BT are in high schools both are boarding, and we also sponsor a third orphan for whom this is the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Why can life be so difficult at times? On the outside, we can look at some of our friends and just see all of the glorious things that make their lives look so splendid and perfect... Maybe they are living... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Holy smokes! I am researching how much it costs to get horses' hooves trimmed in the USA, and I can't believe it! In the USA, the cost of getting a full set of shoes put on is usually $120 per... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Let's admit it. I am not very conventional in the way I do things. Most people I know do things the 'way they are supposed to be done!' and I tend to just do things 'my way.' I hope you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Remember our lone, blue corn kernel?? Read about it here. Have a look at what we have now!! (turns out , they are purple, and Johnny was right.) Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Let me just share some really exciting news!!!!! After only 11 days, we, as in you out there, managed to raise over $5,000 for our airline tickets to the USA!!! I have BOOKED our trip and bought the tickets for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Several months ago, a friend who runs a riding school about 6 hours from here, came to visit us. In fact, it was on Easter weekend, which was also my birthday weekend. I remember it because it was quite eventful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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In case you want to know where I am on the planet, and why! I hope you are staying warm!! Where we are (on the Equator, literally!), it is dropping down to 8 Celsius at night! Saturday, Makena, Butterfly, Emma... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
If you read Butterfly's article Clumsy, you already have a slight idea how part of our week went... Let me tell it from my angle... The kids and I were in the house when suddenly we heard a loud crash... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Today I received a phone call from the school that brings disabled riders to our Horsepower program. The conversation started with incomprehensibly fast talking, great enthusiasm and praise as to how much they appreciate our program, and how they are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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This week has been difficult on so many levels. I asked my daughter Butterfly to type her 'lessons learned' from her accident prone horse, and this is what she came up with. I think you will enjoy the read even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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I remember the first time I heard about Facebook... Over nine years ago, Johnny came home, when we still lived in Nakuru town, and said to me, "Kate, I heard about this social media platform called Facebook. It sounds pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Felix. Aptly named. Felix has been coming to A Future and a Hope for equine assisted therapy regularly now for several months. He has complete non-verbal autism, and the most beautiful face on the planet; yet, I have never seen... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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I love what I do. (My family helps, too, but I feel I should write in first person) I am not sure if these kids know how much I love them! The joy they bring when they come for our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
I am told that equine assisted learning is common in the West, but in Kenya, we are one in a million. Children with disabilities in Kenya have little or no access to programs to help them physically and mentally. Parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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This morning, I have run out of internet. I am not sure how internet services work for those of you who read our blog, but here in Kenya, we buy 'bundles.' For example, if I need internet, I must first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Just the other day, I was chatting with my kids about how much we have minimalised our lives since moving to The Shire. We did this out of necessity because we didn't have the electrical power to power the normal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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In December of 2016, just after Christmas, we inherited TWO loan ponies. Basically, they were an indefinite loan to us, and all we had to do was pay their transport to The Shire. (Transport prices are extreme in Kenya since... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Yesterday I was a terrible mom. Well, at least I felt like a terrible mom. I was a not-so-great home educator, too. I spent my entire day cooking. Remember, we are off grid in Kenya with no fridge nor pre-made... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Mid Term. It is not something my home schoolers do, but our boarding school daughters get a break in the middle of each term where they come home and be with us. This last week, we have had Edith and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Several years ago, our friends gave us five precious, rare, blue, corn seeds. Johnny insists they were actually purple, but since he can't tell the difference between purple or blue to save his life, I am going to say they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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It is a good think we practice first! Not only do we desensitize our horses through interacting with them, riding them, schooling them every day of the week... Every time we have riders coming to A Future and a Hope,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Our newest video of photos from this week! It took me HOURS to make this video and upload it. I hope you can spare the ONE minute it takes to have a look. This is my heart and passion. <3... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at A Future and a Hope