Sunday, October 16, 2016

We received a turkey as gift and I cried!

Sometimes life can be so humbling, we received a turkey as a gift and I cried. Pius's family was so thankful for the help we gave to Pius that they gave us the fattest turkey I have seen in this country. I was not expecting anything from them. I truly loved helping them with this issue and I felt completely overwhelmed by this huge gift! Ashley had been talking to John, our guard, about our upcoming visitors and he knew that we eat turkey on Thanksgiving so it was an extremely thoughtful gift! I wish you all could meet this family and know how kind and hardworking they are.
Update on Pius: He is home and doing great! He will need to rest and come back for a check up in about two weeks!
Pius showing his incision. 

John, Anna, Paul, Pius, Robert, Evelyn, and Tanya

John gave Ashley a rooster to share with her friends when they visit! It went a little crazy on her! 

Now it settled down!

Our huge turkey that made me cry! 

Showing off our turkey in front of the new house John is building. The roof blew off the house that he is sleeping in now, so praying that they get the work done fast!

They really are all so smiley.

Robert, such a little man!

Paul, so much like his dad! 

Friday, October 7, 2016


This week has been a crazy week! We are so happy that Pius's surgery is over! We have been bringing food daily to John(father) Anna(mother) and Fibe(aunt) all week. We bring tea at around 10 am, then at around 1:30 pm we bring lunch, we bring dinner around 7:30 pm. Bringing food is no big deal, but driving on the awful road that many times a day drives me batty!! I love this family and it is so worth it. They are incredibly grateful and they are satisfied with whatever we bring them. I pray that we are showing them the love of Jesus. 
Pius is recovering well, and for that I am thankful! I am so ready to see his sweet smile again. They are keeping him pretty medicated, so the pain is being managed well. It is such a blessing to be in a hospital that cares that their patient is comfortable! I am so thankful for Bethesda and the way they show the love of Jesus. Thank you all for praying for Pius and his family. We covet your continued prayers for healing.

Evelyn-2 year old sister

John(father) by his home with a temporary roof. The roof was blown off in a bad wind storm.

The kids all love Uncle Steve

Anna(mom) giving baby Tanya a bath before we head to town. Seriously, how do they bend like that!

Robert (3 year old brother ) pushing a tire for fun!

John's dad looking at a picture of Steve's parents. They are the same age!!! 

Getting the ultrasound done to check everything out!

The smile that I LOVE!!

Getting a blood transfusion in preparation for surgery.

Pius and John were drawing to keep themselves busy! Its long days sitting in these hot hospitals.

Preparing for surgery! 

Beautiful Anna(mother) waiting for Pius to come out of surgery!

The trolley wouldn't fit into the room so John and some nurses carried him from the hallway to his bed! 

Courtney is a PICU nurse from California, she is volunteering at Bethesda for 6 months. She is such a blessing!!

The doctors and nurses discussing Pius's treatment after surgery! I was very pleased with the Doctors and the nurses caring for our little Pius! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I really love living in Uganda, but sometimes I am just so sick of bugs! Mostly little tiny ants and weevils in my flour! I made English muffins today and noticed all tiny black dots in them! I tried to pick out as many as possible, but they are still there. And we will still eat the English muffins, but it just drives me crazy!!
Everyday we find hundreds of little tiny ants in our hot pot! It really is no big deal, because you just rinse them out and start to boil your hot water, but once again "It drives me crazy!!" I also find these little monsters in my computer and crawling on my arms!
Seriously, how do you get rid of them?  Nothing is sealed in our house!

People may think that the big things would be more frustrating, but I beg to differ! Ashley saw a mouse scamper across her floor, but we immediately caught it in a trap. We trapped another little rodent in her room, but now they are gone!!
We see snakes once in awhile, but they are usually outside and also easier to kill and dispose of!

I am not complaining(maybe a little),but trying to give you an idea of life on this side of the world!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pray for Christine

I really don't even know how to write this to explain it, but I am going to try.

My friend, Christine, just lost her sister, Mary. Mary was young and married to a man who had another wife. In Uganda, it is very normal for a man to have many wives. I have met Mary many times and she was a lovely young woman.
I just found our today that Mary was killed by her co-wife's brother. Seriously, how does this happen!!??  He raped her and then broke her neck. He is now on the run and I pray the police find him.
Christine is a Christian and I pray that she was able to witness to Mary. I pray that Mary knew the Lord and he was with her in her final hours! I can't get it out of my mind.

Please join me in praying for Christine and her family! Pray that Christine can be a light to them and that they will come to know Jesus through this difficult time!

I wish I knew what else to write, but honestly, I am just in shock. Please pray for me as a digest this information.

A trip to Bethesda Hospital

This is our watchman,  John, and two of his children, Evelyn and Pious. Pious has sickle cell disease and needs medication every few months to maintain his health. In this picture they aren't smiling, but they really are smiley great people. God has blessed us with this honest, hard-working man.

Evelyn is normally very smiley, but she is getting to the age that she fears "muzungus" white people. 

Pious is waiting to receive his medication! He was very interested in my phone! 

School Time

I  just want to thank all of you that our praying for our school time. It is going great. This is what our classroom looks like most days. We sit at our dining room table and we take turns doing different classes. While I work with one or two, the others are working on independent studies. 
I have been so content to be at home working with them and I know that it is your prayers that sustain us. Please continue to pray for us as we complete our school year and prepare for another year!

Uncle Martin and Aunt Betty's home in the village

Having some great conversation while eating.

Oloit is a boy that is staying with Uncle Martin and  Mama; he is sooo cute and smiles and laughs all the time! His parents are having land issues, so they are trying to work those out before they pick him up from the village.

Kate loves making Janine smile!

Steve and Uncle Martin

Troy was having fun showing them all card tricks! 

Baby Janine fell asleep in Ashley's arms!! She is so sweet! Both of them!