Archive for January, 2011

Hit. Ground. Running.

Life has been quite busy since we arrived:

We have been meeting with Casey’s boss over the past 4 days that we have been here. He is in Rwanda from New York for the next week-and-a-half, so every moment is a prospective time for him to get us up to speed and for us to pick his brain. Needless to say, we are busy! Today we had the chance to visit one of the knitting unions that represents 4 of women cooperatives that Indego Africa partners with. We are prepping for a giant order from a large U.S. retailer so we discussed at length their production capacity and logistics for such an order. We then were able to visit one of our original cooperatives (on site) and see the textile projects they were working on. These lovely women were sewing sewing away!

I (Cara) will be also working with Indego Africa for the first few months that we are here, and my job will be to work in and with the women directly. I am so pumped about it! Love it. Now I just need to get a little Kinyarwanda under my belt (the local language)!

Casey is taking in loads of information, and already showing great leadership here. I can tell already from the conversations and interaction with both the women cooperatives and Indego Africa’s staff (including his boss), that he is being welcomed with open arms and that they trust his leadership and opinion.

We are currently looking for housing here in Rwanda. Prayers for this area are definitely appreciated. We are so very blessed to be staying at the Casa de Urquhart’s (our friends have graciously hosted us at their home temporarily)! Having a place to land has been key. On the flip side, living out of our boxes in a friend’s room is a tough place for me to be personally (things always have a place, and not knowing where something is located is frustrating). A home as a refuge for us is an important Cobell-Silva family value for sure, along with hospitality and opening our home up to visitors/interns or those in need.

We have seen three places thus far, and are challenged by what we can afford, what we get in the proper/safe location and how we’ll get around (we still do not have our own personal transportation). We are pursuing some other possible options and hoping/praying that something may come through. Until then, I remain regretful that I did not do a better inventory about exactly what was in each box (My bad. I should’ve gone through every inch of every box and noted each and every item).

Which box did I pack my notebook again?

All smiles at the Cocoki cooperative near Kigali.


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Arrived Kigali – Arrived Home

We arrived into Kigali last night (after a full 26+ hours of travel) to the welcome of friends and a beautiful warm night. Thankfully – and amazingly – all 16 of our bags and boxes made it as well. So we are grateful for answered prayers and a very uneventful trip through three airports and immigration/customs in Kigali. Now we’re sitting on a couch together working on our respective computers, building the next list of “to dos” to get settled here in our new home town.

Our first morning in Kigali.

A big thank you to all who were able to lend a hand during our packing and moving. You helped get us here and now that all our boxes are safely with us, and the rest of our possessions are safely tucked away in the States, we can now focus on building our lives here.

Thanks to our moms for help with our move. We are so thankful for you.


Kuddos to uncle Chuck for storing some of our important items.

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We have been incredibly busy with finishing up our current jobs, packing up all our belongings, working on the complex logistics of relocating to Rwanda, moving our things to Montague, CA, and disconnecting from a City we love. Thankfully we are not disconnecting from those we love but there is an element of saying goodbye to the familiarity and proximity that comes to embody a place. Relocation is not very enjoyable. But it is necessary.

We are currently in Montague with Cara’s family, and near my mom, having brought up all our things in a 20ft. moving truck that took us days to load – and (thankfully) a few hours to unload. Moving the 500+ lb. piano into a neighbor’s house was the culmination of a strenuous 72 hours. Big props to our friends Gary, Liz, and Todd for lending a huge hand in helping us load up, with our moms providing tremendous support in driving down to the City and taking the entire weekend to help us.

I have to admit: we are tired. It can feel overwhelming at times, but we are grateful for all God’s provision throughout. And that gives us strength and hope all will be well. If we don’t get everything dialed in, such is life. But it wont be without trying.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 69 posts. There were 152 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 257mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 305 views. The most popular post that day was About our RTW.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, thelittlecroissant.blogspot.com, mail.live.com, digg.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rtw blog, cartagena colombia, carnaval de barranquilla, mayan wedding dress, and guatemala attire.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About our RTW October 2009


Our RTW – A Retrospective March 2010


Walk like an Egyptian: The good, the bad, and the ugly. November 2009


There’s more going on in Antigua than Spanish class… February 2010


We are the Majority January 2010
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