And just like that…
…Micah is 9.
Our last week in Rwanda included Micah turning 9. He is now the third one in our family to have a birthday since we arrived in Africa. For my birthday we went to Kimembe for lunch overlooking Lake Kivu (and…to go to the Rwandan customs office along the border with D.R. Congo…but that’s not really the point), while for Susan’s birthday we took a family hike in the rainforest.
For Micah – he also had a series of things that definitely fall under the “we’re not in Kansas anymore” category.
For his birthday – he got a chameleon. It is super cool – and named, aptly – Camo. (Since it was dry season chameleons were apparently harder to catch – so we asked one of the gardners if he could catch one. He said if he didn’t see one – he would just put out the word that ‘some crazy person is willing to pay for a chameleon’ – and the very next morning, someone was at the door with a chameleon. 2000 RwF ~just under $3)
He also got a pair of sandles which are made by hand by a man who has a small shop down the road. He uses old tires, purses etc -and some new materials and will custom fit shoes for you – usually in about a day (and for about $7)
Also we found a small drum down by the market at the end of the road.
To celebrate we spent the night camping down at Lake Kivu, at the same place where we often went swimming while staying in Rwanda. While it is only 5km from the mission station – it feels like you are really out there, kind of secluded….except for the boat traffic.
So yes….it’s very quiet
There were lots of card games
and then playing with said fire
There was also LOTS of time in the water
including a swim just as the sun was going down…
…and then another one at 7.00 before breakfast
…and even some fishing.
The other 2 families staying at the mission station came down for lunch and cake the next day – and they put together a treasure hunt the culminated with a present tied in a plastic bag to the side of the floating dock.
Good times had by all
It was a great day – celebrating a great kid.