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Johnny Brooks
Nakuru, Kenya
Working on orphan care and issues of poverty in Kenya.
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Some photos from Kate: Starlette playing with big blocks in Vermont They visited an apple farm. Apparently, they visited a hat store as well. Kate's favorite chocolate, Lindt. The lovely Kate Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Future and a Hope
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Kate, Makena, and Starlette are in Schuylerville, New York. All I know about Schuylerville is that it is a village in Saratoga County and it is the site where the British surrendered during the Battle of Saratoga. Kate seems happy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Future and a Hope
The past six days here on The Shire have been pretty mundane days. They have been busy days, but nothing out of the ordinary or exciting has happened. We continue to care for the animals, develop the farm, and work... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Future and a Hope
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Happy birthday Makena! Bacon breakfast for her 18th birthday. A trip to the craft store on her 18th birthday. She got to visit Cat Haven. Makena has wanted to go there for several years now. Petting a cheetah. Pretty cool.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Yesterday was Halloween. I am not that much into Halloween, nor is it a big deal or really any deal here in Kenya, but the kids and I ate candy while watching Hocus Pocus. Not a bad way to spend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Back here on The Shire we grilled some homegrown pork, played Lord of the Rings Risk, and watched television. It was a great day. Way over in California Makena got some more hairs cut: They met a number of people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Kate made sourdough bread with her hosts in California. She did it wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas. Starlette encountered a vacuum cleaner for the first time. We actually own one, but after moving off grid we have never used it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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On the seventeenth day of Kate's trip, we back here on the home front buried a friend and neighbor. She died the day Kate, Makena, and Starlette left for the airport in Nairobi. Fortunately, Kate was able to see her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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I got behind on blogging. Too busy managing these children on my own. I did have the bright idea of cooking a larger amount of chili, so we would have leftovers. Worked great, though chili three meals in a row... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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I am getting a bit fuzzy on some of the specifics of what day some things have happened with the trio in the U.S., but nonetheless, these things have happened: Makena got a haircut: Kate is having fun meeting Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
You do not actually have to see Kate in person to contribute. You can give other ways as well: You can use Paypal. Send to afutureandahope@gmail.com You can write a check out to A Future and a Hope, and mail... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
For the eleventh day of Kate's absence, I thought it would be good to remind you of the wishlist. We do not visit the U.S. that often so bringing back a few items is high on the priority list. Also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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The tenth day finds me (Johnny) tired. Not because of the workload, cause actually that is lessened with the absence of three people. No, it is the constant responsibility. Never being able to relax, especially in the evening, and do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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On this the eighth ninth (OMG I am already losing track of the days) day of Kate's great U.K./American tour she went to visit a horse therapy program somewhere near Beaumont, Texas. I actually have not yet spoken to her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Kate had a visit to the dentist on her trip's eighth day. She is enjoying spending time with Andrew, who moved back to the U.S. several months ago. Starlette is also enjoying hanging out with her big brother: Kate is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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I think for the seventh day I will just let the pictures speak for themselves: Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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On the sixth day Kate, Makena, and Starlette traveled from London to Houston. Quite a long trip. They arrived fine and were picked up at the airport and taken to Nederland, Texas. They plan on resting up for a few... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Saturday. Another run of the mill day here at The Shire. It is normally the day we would do the therapy sessions with the children and horses, but it is paused while Kate is away. To grow beyond where we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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The fourth day that Kate, Makena, and Starlette have been gone went off without a hitch. Pigs were fed, cows fed, rabbits fed, dogs fed, cats fed, chickens fed, horses fed, and the children were fed. Everyone ate. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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The third day of Kate's absence was more eventful, or at least busy than day 2. Kate and Makena went to visit Northbrook Metropolitan College where Makena is considering starting her higher education career. She had an informal interview and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
The second day without Kate was rather uneventful. Don't get me wrong I do appreciate quiet, mundane days, but they are just not exciting to write about. Life continues on on The Shire, and Kate, Makena, and Starlette had fun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Yesterday was our first day without Kate, Makena, and Starlette. They are now safely in England visiting friends and Makena will be visiting an art school while there. They will fly off to the U.S.A. in a few days. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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We send out a newsletter about once a month. I just sent out October's. If you do not receive it and would like to follow this link to subscribe: Just click this link to subscribe. In case you missed this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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These three are flying out tonight. First stop for a few days in the U.K., then on to the U.S.A. for almost two months. We will miss them but are happy they have this opportunity. Here is a link to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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"Thomas Merton described those early Christians in the wilderness as people “who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state,” who didn’t wish to be ruled or to rule. He continues, saying that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at A Future and a Hope