Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We have a home!

July 22, 2008

This weekend we were finally able to move into our own little house.  

Thank You Jesus!  

It was quite a job cleaning that place.  Imagine a really old house that's been vacant for a few months...  now imagine windows with screens only and no glass...  whatever is outside has no problem getting in...  now imagine geckos running around in there and what they leave behind...  add a few months of bugs and maybe a few rats and "wa-la" you've got QUITE a cleaning job on your hands!  Needless to say, I am worn out though there is still much to do.  But it's beginning to feel a bit more comfy after spending two nights there and all day yesterday cleaning...  and we are growing fond of our quaint little cottage!

Also in the weekend news, Brian has joint-purchased a bicycle!  He and another guy who is here adopting a little girl are going in on it together and working on it.  It's called a Hero.  It's black and gold and red and Brian is very excited about fixing it up just right.  We went to the market yesterday to buy a "boda" seat for the back and a basket for the front.  Now, Brian will be able to "drive" me to work every day as well as carry groceries in the front!  Today, they are putting the seat and basket on and tweaking a few things...  Soon we will be "up and pedaling!"

As for pregnancy symptoms, it hasn't been too drastic so far...  Frequent trips to the "toilet" as they call it here, falling asleep a few hours earlier than usual, hungry of course, and strange food aversions as well!  I had a large lunch of beans and rice and potatoes sometime last week and even now the thought of rice makes my stomach turn...  I cannot stand the thought of it.  

I've been eating a lot of eggs.  They are cheap here and make a good long lasting breakfast when combined with a couple of pieces of toast or a bowl of oatmeal.  Today my sweet husband made breakfast before I even got out of bed--french toast and fried eggs...  and a tasty cup of tea!  But somehow this morning, I couldn't stand the thought of eating a fried egg!  What happened!?!  

Brian is being such a good sport about all my weirdnesses...  Thank You God for a good man--patient and sensitive and persevering!  

Of all the foods you CAN get here in Jinja, I cannot seem to find a decent cracker!  All they sell is cookies...  and "biscuits" which are the same as cookies!  I could really use a box of tasty veggie crackers or something--even some basic Saltines!  :)  Anyway, that's my one complaint for the day.

My apology for the lack of pictures on these blogs...  so far we have been unable to upload photos...  we are hoping to go back eventually and add pics to the previous blogs...  The internet here is just nothing like being in America.  Pray that the military guys get a good wireless connection and that we are allowed access to it.  Then we could afford the hours of uploading while in the comfort of our own home.  

Also, I want to give a BIG HUGE THANK YOU to my grandparents, Meme and Happy, for giving us this computer so we can keep in contact with you guys at least a little and hopefully more in the future!  Thank you Meme and Hap!  And Happy 50th Anniversary year!  :)

So, in conclusion, after two months of marriage...  We finally have a home...  as well as a vehicle!  We've been in Africa for an entire month, and we've got a baby on the way!  Life is an adventure--challenging at times--but worth it because we know God is GOOD and that He works all things together for good for those who LOVE HIM (that's us!) and who have been called according to His purpose!


Addendum:  I just found out what our mailing address is!

P.O. Box 1799

Jinja, Uganda

It's as simple as that!  If you want to send a package, be sure to send it AIR MAIL to insure that it doesn't take two years (literally) to get here!  Also, the smaller the package, the sooner it will get here.  Big packages seem to get stuck in the routing.  Big envelopes are good as long as they are small enough to fit in a normal sized mailbox.  It should only be about $8 to mail a small package.  


Jenny said...

oh wow, lindsey!! you guys finally have a house and a vehicle too! how fun!! i want to see pics so bad. i just can't picture in my mind how it is. i know one day we will see some. thanks for giving us all an update and hopefully someone will send you some saltines!! so, where do you get medical care for your pregnancy?

Jess said...

Happy happy! I love the description of your Gecko Cottage!

May said...

This reminds me of how I need to check out my passport SOON! Gotta finally get over there to Danyne's Jinja! I'm so happy for her that you two are there. I wake up to that engagement picture of you two on the bike and it always makes me smile. Now I need a new one from Jinja to put beside it.

I hope my son spoils you! Tell Him that I told Aaron that I miss Brian's nightly hugs and "I love you's." Aaron has been trying to make up for them. I miss your hugs and visit's too! We all do.

Pass our love on to my Neice and the family!

Mama May, Aunt May, Gramma May, aka "May-maw"

alicia said...

Yeah Lindsey!!! I am so happy for y'all to be a little settled in your new home. I can't wait to see pictures of everything. I have always wanted to go on a missions trip but it has never been the right timing for me. Like now, Josh is in Mexico with the teens. I would have loved to have gone but my dr and everyone kept advising me to stay home due to how far along I am in my pregnancy. I can't imagine being over there in hot Africa having the morning sickness I had with this one. It must take a lot of faith. I guess we (americans) take for granted all the fluff and frills to life we have over here. I have never been a "high maintainced" girl but to be in Africa like the way you just described it must be a little difficult at times. But then again I am sure you are encouraged by what you know in your heart and see that is going to help people hear the Gospel. I am praying for you and I can't wait to see you the next time you come home. You and Brian are such a great example of laying your life down for God. Thanks!

Mama PC aka "Pam-Maw" said...

oh Lula, i miss thee
my heart cries with joy and with pain...but mostly joy...
knowing you're with "your man"
and starting out your life together
in an old Victorian Ugandan cottage
with no glass windows and only screens...

the pain is not really pain.... just like when a mom births a babe... it hurts, but the joy is so much greater that it outweighs the discomfort... that's how i feel about you being on the other side of the globe... you've been delivered....and i know we will still be close in spirit, in heart, in mind...and with technology....

i am getting excited about packing up your 50lb box to be shipped off on Tuesday with the adoptive lady...

May-maw? do you have anything to send that doesn't weigh anything?

May said...


I have this picture in my mind of Brian pedaling Lindsey around on the back of a "boda" bike with groceries in the basket. Their first transportation! I hear they pay people to "taxis" them all over Jinja. Can you imagine?

I'm gona try to get some pictures from the fam of those "taxi" bikes to put on my blog.

Ralph & Annie Dryden said...

Hi Lindsey and Brian!

God Bless you guys! I just looked at your blog site. We were wondering where you are and still wondering????? Haha. Where is Jinja???

We are all doing fine and everyone here in Thailand sends their love to both of you!

Ralph, Annie and Family

Linda "lu" said...

Howdy Linds and Bri, wow, this is my first on a blog and I posted a comment on the July 2nd site. Geesch! Well, without repeating too much so happy 4 U 2 !And it must be so much fun and yes, the strange food and being PG, is a challenge.. it'll be ok, Linds. Love you 2!