Saturday, December 27, 2008


WHEW! Thank God for Christmas break!!! Now I finally have a chance to catch up on this blogging!

A short review of the last two months:

1. Nov. 5 ~ Began journey from Jinja, Uganda to Houston, Texas to attend Brian's brother's wedding
2. Nov. 10 ~ Arrived in Houston after a long stay at Entebbe airport and a miraculously cheap price for a one way tickets!

Hurray for PIZZA and MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!

3. Nov. 16 ~ Aaron and Rachel's wedding was BEAUTIFUL and there's no way on earth we could have missed it!

4. After the wedding, we began brainstorming on how in the world we would get back to Uganda in only a few weeks!
Tickets were pricing out at about $5,000 for the two of us so we knew it would take a miracle!

5. We worked our old jobs (me - hair, and brian - waiting tables) in addition to picking up holiday work and random other jobs!
People were so gracious to us as their hearts were moved to give very large tips and/or donations. Thank you!!!

6. We found a great price through a missionary travel agency and were able to purchase round-trip tickets for only $3,000!

7. Dec. 8 ~ We departed our beloved Texas to return to Jinja, and finish out our year long commitment to serve our cousin Danyne and her family.

8. Dec. 10 ~ Arrived in Jinja, only to find that the wrong keys had been left for us and we couldn't get into our own house! It took quite a while before we were able to find some keys that would open the door...
Once we were inside, it was almost no consolation as we found our house covered with dirt and grime and gecko poop. This was to be expected, but is even more difficult when you are exhausted from travel.
I cried. We went to sleep very early that night and just closed our eyes to the place.

9. Dec. 11 ~ The next morning we woke up very early (6am) and got to work cleaning our house! It took a full 12 hours and once again we were exhausted. I cried some more. Five weeks in the USA sure does get you use
to all of the comforts and conveniences. It's easy to adjust back to that, not so easy to adjust again on this side! :) We went to bed early again that night.

10. Dec. 12 ~ And the next morning ~ all was sunshiny again! It's amazing what a clean house and some good sleep can do!

Since then, I've been slammed at the salon--everyone needing their hair done before Christmas. That's good of course--but Wow--I've been worn out! Needless to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying my 4 days off,
especially since upon returning I've been given a new schedule of working 6 days a week instead of the 5 I've been doing. Whew!

Brian and I are looking forward to August which is when our return tickets are set for. We often use this term "AUGUST RUSH" to encourage ourselves that 8 months isn't really that long. :)
We do believe that God brought us here for a reason and that He is working things in our lives and through our lives even though from this perspective, we haven't been able to figure out what it is yet! ha!
So we are content to be where He has placed us, and surrendering ourselves daily to His hands that are forming us... but we can't help looking forward to the day it's finally time to go back home!

Here is a pic of our first Christmas as man and wife. Brian surprised me by expressing unprecedented Christmas spirit! He's been passing out candy canes (Ugandans have never seen these before!) and he even came home one night with Christmas lights! We never did figure out how to hang them... our walls are made of cement and we have no drill... so the lights were draped around and behind the couch! I've never seen lights like these before--they are very festive! Aunt Nellie sent me some Christmas stockings which I never could figure out where to hang, so they too were leaned against a wall once they were filled with some of the stocking stuffers my mom sent with us in our luggage. Mom also sent us a tiny Christmas tree, only 6 inches tall, which we loaded with lights and mini ornaments. Brian's idea is for our tree to get 6 inches bigger for every year of marriage!

Christmas Eve, we went to dinner with some people at a new restaurant called "Flavours". The food was decent and it was a nice atmosphere. Nothing to write home about or anything.... hey, wait--I am writing home about it! Must have been better than the usual Jinja cuisine. :) Afterwards we went Christmas caroling with some of the missionaries in the area. I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I don't get out much! The evening was even a bit "cool"... it could have even been compared to a warm Christmas in Houston! The last stop was a couple's house who served us up some tasty apple cider and Christmas cookies. Yum! I was pleasantly surprised by the Christmas feeling in the air. :)

Christmas morning, we talked on the phone to our families during their Christmas Eve. We had home-made Indian chai (my specialty) and opened our gifts. Brian got for me all new and matching dishes! Plates, bowls, silverware, a pitcher and matching glasses, coffee mugs, etc... It's so fun to have our own dishes finally--we have just been using hand-me-downs for everything so far. Now we have things that are nice for us here, but not so nice that we will need to tote them all over the world with us. It feels good to have something that brings you a little happiness, but that you aren't attached to and could have one day and leave the next. A good Christmas present indeed!

Then we prepared our side dishes to take to a Christmas "brie" (South African barbecue) with our S.African friend Jonnes (sp? "yawn-ez"). I made green bean casserole and Brian made potato salad. Our neighbor Amy made a tasty sweet potato casserole and afterwards we enjoyed dark chocolate brownies made by Jonnes!

To close, here is a picture in front of the main supermarket Brian goes to and a Ugandan Santa Claus passing out candy and dancing like the dancing Santa Claus next to him. Always something random to laugh about over here!



Lindsay said...

is it true??? are those pictures of you :) I loved the christmas lights picture! So fun!

glad you had a fun first christmas together and i hope the 8 months passes like 8 hours for you :)

much love and hugs

Mama PC said...

yes, marriage is an exciting journey where you start out making things happen and creating your own memories and then build on those beautiful things for years to come

yes, 8 months - August Rush! Bring it on!!!

Jess said...

I love this one! Happy happy pictures!!

Jamie said...

Awww, we had so much fun hearing your stories and sharing pj moments with you! Can't wait to see what's next!

May said...

So good to see pictures!!! More please! Jamie, Billy (the "newly wed's"), Aaron and Rachel(the "newliest wed's") all decided to put on their pjs before they left on Christmas eve. It was so fun talking to you (the "newlier wed's")with everyone still here. The timing was great. We are still working on the cook books.They look great. I hope to get everything sent to Danyne before she leaves.

Christmas was wonderful but not the same without you here. But then again... nothing is the same for us at all anymore.

It has really been a wonderful year hasn't it? 2008 will be ever present in my mind. But...I won't mind if 2009 ends up a little less eventful even though it's not really starting out that way. By March you should be Auntie and Uncle.

Mama PC said...

that's hilarious abhout the newly-, newlier- and newliest-weds!

when j heard me reading and laughing about those terms, he said, "well Han and I can get us a mate and do the same thing over here on this side"...

what about it Han?

Mama PC said...

there's a lady named Cheryll from Spokane who will be flying your way to volunteer for 6 weeks at Amani - I will ship the remainder of the cds and etc to her tomorrow so she can pack them with her...

hope they get there in time...

have you received the package i mailed on December 22? let me know how quickly that route goes...

yes, 2008 will be unlike any other year. i'm glad we're all in this together...

Cara's Jeans said...

What a fun blog to read!! :) I especially enjoyed the pictures. Makes me wish I had more of a visual of where you are and what the city and your home looks like and stuff! I imagine you have probably taken quite a few of those pictures! Hope you guys have an awesome New Years as you did Christmas! Tomorrow I am driving to San Antonio to celebrate New Years with some friends of mine from school. Then back to Waco on the 11th! This next semester is going to be fairly hard because I'm taking 15 hours and there's gonna be a lot of reading in most of them. I'm taking Math, History from 1887-present, Intro to Anthropology, Intro to Psychology, and a class on mythology. So I should be learning many fun things! haha. Am considering changing my major to Religion. One of the classes I had last semester was Christian Scriptures and I loooovvved learning about biblical things in SO much detail (waay more than in Sunday School)!!! lol! And so I was thinking well, I might as well learn about something that I love while I'm in college! :) But I am still taking basics this semester so I have this semester to "declare" my major. Am also thinking about possibly transferring to UT-Austin. Not sure if I told you this when I saw you? I am going to apply within the next few weeks and see what happens. If I get in, then I will decide from there but I still need to pray about it. Anyways, wish I could have spent more time with you guys when you were here but it was crazy around Thanksgiving time and I ended up driving to Seguin to see my grandma in the hospital. :( She's not doing too good. And I'm gonna go see her again in a few days. Alright well it's time for me to fold these clothes that I just washed!! Much love!

Mama PC said...

i mailed the package to Spokane today hopefully it will get there by Monday afternoon so Cheryll can pack it and bring it to you.

Jeremiah, Judah, Nathan and Micah are here playing LOUD jammin' music in the loft right behind me! oh myyyyyyyyy Judah is doing well. praise be! to the Lord of heaven and earth!

Happy New Year!!! will call you around 8 p.m.!

Mama PC said...

Lindsey, you asked about the rest of the cds. Did you guys ever get the package from Cheryll from Spokane? I can't remember if you told me or not. (I've been on pain meds, and realized that I don't even remember writing the prior to comments!)

write me and let me know if you got the pacjkage from her...