Tag: Christmas

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Of Christmas trees and calendars…

The New Year is starting to look very close right now. January 2014 will be an important time for The Small Things, as we will be opening the pilot house of our children’s village where Loveness, Pray, Anna, Queen, Isaak and Auntie will be living as they start school. This is a huge thing for...

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Returning home

I am now officially back in Africa, and I couldn’t be happier. It honestly feels like I’ve come home. There’s something about this country that makes you so relaxed and happy. I can’t really explain it, but everyone is just so happy here, it’s really lovely. Sweet (and huge!) Ebenezer Seeing the kids was the...

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My African Homecoming

So, I’m back! I can’t describe how amazing it feels to be walking into the orphanage at 6 each morning again, because, in all honesty, it feels like I never left. I feel like I’m ‘home,’ just with extra big babies and kids around me that seem to have grown overnight! They are absolutely awesome....

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Our Christmas Tradition – Why does my family give?

I’m Kristina Alexander, the latest board member at The Small Things. I’m currently studying social work in Canada – and counting the days until I return to Tanzania next summer! Multitasking with David (left) and Ester – look how much they’ve grown! As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to go...

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Blessings

An example of the unwrapping phenomenon at work –I feel sorry for whoever will change Miriam’s diaper! This picturewas taken today at the orphanage – thanks Amy! Maureeni cuddling withEmily in her nappy Today I arrived home to a HUGE package in the hall – and I opened it up to find it stuffed to...

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Days to celebrate

I have a confession to make, one that may not come as a huge surprise to those of you who have been following the blog for a while. I adore and am hopelessly in love with every single one of our kids. But one little girl has had her tiny fist wrapped around my heart...

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Facing up to our limitations

For all the ways that we try to make growing up in Nkoaranga orphanage wonderful for our kids, we can never fully compensate for the lack of a family. For the older kids, their relationships with each other are so beautiful that we can sometimes be forgiven for thinking they are just as well off. In...

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Only 97 days to go…

So, this week has been a pretty hectic week. The start of university, new friends, new city, new life. But, by far, the most important thing that has happened to me is (finally) the booking of my tickets back to Tanzania, and those beautiful children that I miss more every single day. I’m only able...