June 23, 2017

Jinga

Traveling in Uganda is such an experience. But it’s become one of my favorites. Getting to go with a good friend down to Jinga (which is right on the Nile River!) was fabulous! One of my favorite Ugandan adventures thus far. 

Overlooking the Nile River

Overlooking the Nile River.

Overlooking the Nile River.

Boating down the Nile River.

Boating down the Nile River.

Going to the Source of the Nile.

Going to the Source of the Nile.

Going to the Source of the Nile.

At the Source of the Nile with Lindsey.

At the Source of the Nile with Lindsey.

So excited to the be at the Source of the Nile.

Source of the Nile.

Touching the Nile River.

Looking out on the Nile River.

At the Source of the Nile with Lindsey.

Boating down the Nile River.

Fisherman on the Nile River.

Boating down the Nile River.
On the Banks of the Nile River.

June 22, 2017

Happy + Thankful + Blessed

I honestly feel like being thankful is something I’ve been jumping on this week. Upon my return from the States a little apartment opened up in town on a secure (and Mzungu approved) compound. So I moved into my own little place, sharing a kitchen with my so wonderful flat mate from Australia and immediately we are cooking dinner together, sharing life and taking up running.

I got to come back to a place where I already had some good friends and knew the community. I got to come back to work with kids I adore and jump back into life in Uganda.

My little place is attached to a local café that has a generator attached so when power goes out (which is still does frequently) it takes a minute and then we’re back on. I can get work accomplished no matter the weather or the Ugandan factor. It’s a week full of blessings. And after my first three months I’m so thankful. Truly. 

Cutie at the soccer match.

Peter at his engagement ceremony!

Kennedy posing for his close up. 

Jerrod (one of our newest additions) when we first met him.

June 20, 2017

Awkward + Awesome

Awkward:
  • Driving through town and a topless woman reaching in the window and pulling out a hunk of my hair. Yes this is exactly what happened. No I am not exaggerating even a little. WHAT IS LIFE HERE.
  • When you take up running with your flatmate and suddenly every Ugandan decides they want to try and run with you. Just no.
  • Getting hailed on and rained on during yet another walk. Which is fine. Except we were 3 miles out... 3 miles of rain + hail. YAY SO FUN. 

Awesome:
  • A new place of my own- HUZAHH!
  • Sharing a kitchen with one fabulous lady and getting to cook dinner together every night. COMMUNITY ROCKS Y’ALL.
  • Upcoming trip planning.
  • Having a known community and not feeling so alone in the middle of Africa.
  • A God that has already started blessing my crazy planner heart and dropping nuggets of knowledge about what’s next on me [even if they are straight up terrifying].
  • Having my own place- did I already mention that? 😉
  • A kitchen with a legit fridge and stove!
  • A generator for when the power goes out so we’re never in the dark for long.
  • Hot showers after you’ve run three miles in the rain.
Walter + photo inception.
Stephen at pool day.

Sharon loving pool day!

Daniel is full of style.



April 13, 2017

Thankful- HEADING HOME.

Today is it. I'm heading home. Back to the familiar of the States. I don't really have words to describe how that feels right now. I'm SO BEYOND EXCITED. So excited. Tacos. Family. Friends. Target. Farmer's Markets. Organized Streets. MY BED. My cat. A FRIDGE THAT DOES NOT GET TURNED OFF PRAISE HANDS ALL DAY. I'm probably just going to cry in excitement. Don't mind me just crying over the organization at Target and the abundance of taco restaurants, ya know, the usual. 

Yet as I sit here all I can think about is how I haven't done enough. Is it really time to go home? What do I have to show for it? 

But honestly? 

I'm not sure that matters. I've changed. This is changing me. God is changing me. 

AND I'M COMING HOME PEOPLE! 





Can't wait to see these beautiful faces in 30 hours! 30 HOURS. GET EXCITED. 
xox.

April 12, 2017

Tribe

I grew up hearing the opposite of the common phrase: you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. My mom always made it very clear we were able to choose our families. That’s in perfect contradiction to that very common phrase you hear thrown out again and again. Now that I’m older I understand the point she was trying to make. I grew up with my closest “Aunties” being my mom’s best friends. I didn’t know anything different. I always had aunts and uncles that weren’t technically blood relatives. But they are family. They’re the people you call in the middle of the night. As I’ve gotten older I’ve affectionately named this my tribe. Your tribe doesn’t have to be blood relatives. They’re a collection of the people that have your back no matter what. That love you, support you, call you on your stuff when you need it and are always there for you.


The family you get you get. That’s it. I can’t change my lineage or the people who are genetically related to me. But I have complete control of my tribe. So here’s a shoutout to my very badass tribe. [I know I know should missionaries-yuck on that word- cuss? What can I say I’m a rebel] Love you and wouldn’t be in Uganda without you. 


Sista Friend who let's me take selfies in the middle of the street.

Fave people on the planet. 

These two. I don't even have words. LOVE YOU BOTH.

Shoutout to this babe who's birthday it is today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARA! xox.
T. Payne and I at the Farmer's Market.
Julie + Momma + Tracy as Cows. Aren't they great?!

Love you all and can't wait to see you SO VERY SOON.
xox.

April 11, 2017

Awkward + Awesome

Awkward:

  • Thinking your avocado has been thrown out, saying lots of fun words in your head, then finding it in the freezer. WTF. Oops.
  • Frozen avocados becoming guacamole, that was a fun time. 
  • Trying to get some sun and in the 45 minutes you were outside getting sunburn instead, #equatorlife. 
  • STILL NOT HAVING THE DRESSER. WHAT. IS. HAPPENING. UGANDA. 
  • Almost getting "skin taxed" into paying more because I'm a mzungu. Jokes on you- I don't need it! 

Awesome:
  • Homemade cookies- TWICE in one week! Insert dancing emojis here! 
  • Successfully mending the hole I ripped in my yoga pants while rock climbing. 
  • COMING HOME THIS WEEK HALLELUJAH. 
  • Mini road trips with friends on my way out of the country! 
  • Getting some quiet time to chat with Momma, always good for my soul. 
  • Road trips to cities I've been wanting to explore and a scheduled FLIGHT HOME that takes off in just a few days! 
  • Friends that are so very willing to join you on these road trips! 
  • Getting to play tag with the kids at the village on my last night in town. 
  • A going away party that I was totally surprised by! 









xox.

April 10, 2017

Alternative

As we drove away from the Lira Miracle Crusade on the bus I couldn't help but be concerned: 

Did we get everyone? 

Did someone do a headcount? 

How do we know we got everyone? 

I can’t help it; it’s the teacher in me. No one was nearly as concerned: they knew everyone would get on the bus. Not because everyone was ready to leave in fact, many of them wanted to stay. But because the kids know. The kids know the alternative. They know that if they don’t get on the bus they are stuck in town without food or a bed that night. They know what sleeping on the streets is like; all of them with firsthand experience. And not a single one wants to repeat that. 


Street Boys Lira, Uganda January 2017

Street Boys Lira, Uganda January 2017

Street Boys Lira, Uganda January 2017

They'll make sure they're on the bus because they are part of SGU's family, and they know the alternative.










xox.