Monday, December 29, 2014


2014 has been an amazing year.  There have been very exciting and happy times and sad, frustrating, and discouraging times.  But through it all, God has been working.  I don't know what 2015 will be like, especially the second part of it.  But I know that God is in control and he knows what is going to happen.  I hope you enjoy these pictures from the year!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas from "cold" Uganda.  Well, cold by our standards, meaning the temperature is less than 30 degrees.  Yes, very cold.  Are you jealous? Hopefully, in the next few days I'll be able to catch you all up as to what has been going on.  

Today, we enjoyed a great sweet potato casserole for breakfast (the potatoes were from John's garden).  We opened our presents and then delivered gifts and cards to our neighbours. At 10 we went to church.  Catriona and I sat with the children from the baby house to help them out, until Catriona got pressed into service as the keyboard player (with absolutely no warning)! After the singing, Catriona joined us again while we listened to the sermon. The rain started soon and so we were temporarily stuck with the babies at church until someone gave us a ride back to Hope Family.  Then I and one of the staff members went looking for food, which turned out to be a rather long process.  But eventually, food was delivered and I returned to the church for a great lunch of matooke, rice, cabbage, meat, g-nut sauce, Irish (potatoes), and chapati. We were stuffed.  

When the meal was finished, our family went to Kasana village to visit our sponsor child's family. We were welcomed into their small house and sat on the mats and chatted.  Then they brought out chai and bread.  We spent one or two hours there and are now back at home. Our stomachs are feeling very full, so I think we'll have crackers and a couple Christmas cookies for dinner in a while.  I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas with your families.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lost in Translation

On Friday night, I was talking with a nine-year-old boy in our family group.  The primary school kids had finished exams and were spending most of the school day playing.

So I asked him, "What did you do at school today?"

"I played football," he responded.

"That's fun," I said, "who did you play with?"

He looked at me and responded, "The ball." He said this as if he was in disbelief at how ignorant this girl was. Didn't she even know how to play football?

"I know, I meant who did you play it with?"

"Ohhh," he said, "the children in my class."

Obviously, who and what got mixed up somewhere.