I have been debating whether or not to share this on the blog, but after thinking about it, my intention for this blog is to share my life here, my “real” life .. which includes the good, and the bad.
This week, I’m sharing the bad.
However, I am trying to still be thankful in the midst of the bad… and this week I am thankful for God’s protection.
Last weekend, as I was sleeping comfortably in my bed, my house was broken into. First off, thankfully, I am fine.. physically at least. I slept through it all, and was oblivious to what was happening just down the hallway. In some ways, I’m happy it all happened like that, because had I woken up and heard people in my house, I would have freaked the F out!! Security here is NOT like it is in the States, in that you just call 911 and help comes quickly! Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done besides pray my little heart out because there is no one to call, and no one comes quickly! So, I thank God that I am a sound sleeper and that He kept me blissfully unaware of what was happening!
They were tricky little bastards.. they pried the bars on my window open just enough to squeeze through them and enter into my dining room. It took work to do that, and not something that can be done quickly or quietly. They then proceeded to go through my house and take cash, bank cards, sunglasses, a watch, and my house key…then quietly snuck out the front door.
Yes, I’m sure you are wondering the same things I am.. where the heck was security, how could they let this happen, how did these guys do this, who did this?!?!… etc, etc… So many questions, not enough answers. And likely, I will never actually get answers. A bit frustrating to say the least.
As for the house repairs… the window is fixed, the locks are changed and I currently have one extra security guard at my house during the night. We are working with the security company and KCMC to increase the security at my house and at the compound in general. Pole, pole.. (remember the African phrase..slowly, slowly!)
As for me.. I’m doing ok. I am trying not to let my mind wander to the “what ifs” and just be thankful that those “what ifs” didn’t happen, I am safe, and everything they took is replaceable (however.. not as easy to replace bank cards and driver’s license living in Africa! Haha). It will take a while to feel completely safe in my house again, but it will come.
Until then, I have people checking in on me, Evaline helping with all the paperwork and coordination of repairs, and of course, an amazing boyfriend who already has someone coming to the house to install lights, and has talked to multiple security companies about having a personal guard. This boy knows how to get things done!!
It would be easy to just feel down and defeated after an event like this, but I am determined to not live in fear, and to still find reasons to be thankful this week!!
What are you thankful for this week?