Sunday, March 22, 2015

A WEEK IN MARCH

Although it is March Madness in the basketball world, I am grateful that we instead enjoy the marvelousness of serving God.

Wall decorations of "What God Is"
Last week in the Ladies Sunday School class, I finished our 26-week study of the attributes of God using the A-B-Cs.  Coming to the end of a series is like saying "good-bye" to a friend.  I really enjoy teaching.

This was the kiddie pool.  It was so warm that it felt like a jacuzzi!
 (Shae-Lynn, Savannah, & Skyler)
For nearly three weeks we have been experiencing temperatures in the 90s.  While this isn't unusual for other parts of Uganda, it is unusual for us to have weeks of high temperatures.  We decided to take a family day and go swimming.  Our first choice of swimming is at a Danish guest house.  However, when we got there, the pool was occupied.  We went to our second choice which was a motel.  The pool was emptied for repairs.

Shiloh standing on Keith, who is being supported with floats.
We thought these were our only two options here in Masaka.  Then Keith remembered that another motel had been in the process of building a pool, so we decided to see if they had completed theirs.

Look at the size of this pool!  The building behind it will become a workout gym.
God had chosen to close the doors of our first two choices to give us something better.  Although the cost was a little more, the pools were very nice, and we enjoyed several hours of fun.

Styler with football.  Stanley in red shirt.  Shiloh in blue shirt.
Every week the missionaries here in Masaka get together for football and fellowship (those who don't desire to play can fellowship, instead).  We are very blessed to have this opportunity for our boys to get some physical exercise, and we are thankful for the family who opens up their home for SO many people.

Shiloh in blue shirt.  Keith in Longhorn shirt.
We began today with a very welcomed rainstorm at about 4:00 this morning.  It was wonderful hearing the rain and feeling the cool air.  It did cause our attendance to be lower in church, but we are grateful for the two visitors that still came.  We, also, had a baby dedication for baby Martha that was born several weeks ago.

Keith holding Martha, then her parents Vincent and Generous,
and her sisters Abigail, Ruth, Esther, Sarah
It has been a great week of serving God and enjoying friends and family.  We look forward to another week of service...and hopefully more rain!

Monday, March 16, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS, STANLEY!


It's happened.  Another child has finished high school.  It is hard to believe that my "little ones" are that old.


I know most graduations happen in May, but because of many circumstances in the next two months, we decided to have Stanley's party this month.


It is times like these that I really wouldn't mind if we had a party store down the street or a supermarket where we could just pick up deli trays.  However, in the absence of those, it is really nice to have family near to lend a hand.


Of course, I was worried as to whether or not we would have enough food, but we did!  It was quite funny that the big hit with the adults was the punch and the celery in the vegetable cups.


The punch I should have made double of; I think I have had it just one other time in all of our years here and most of the adults said they haven't had it in Uganda at all.  (The Ugandans serve soda for special occasions.)


And celery is a rare treat.  When we had gone to Kampala a week ago for food and supplies, I was feeling quite discouraged as none of the stores had any vegetables worth buying.  As we were checking out at the last store, the workers brought in fresh vegetables in shopping carts.  I followed them back to the produce section and picked the choicest vegetables right out of the baskets.  Then I came home and looked up on the internet how to keep each one the freshest for over a week.


The graduation caps on the cupcakes I made from black soda tops, pieces of card stock, and crochet thread.  Keith is still teasing me about collecting the lids, but they really turned out cute.


The collage that my sister-in-law put together turned out very well, although some people just couldn't believe my senior picture truly was me.


We had such a great time of fellowship together with family and friends.



And then the guys got in a game of basketball: the "old men" against the "young men."


I have had the great privilege of teaching my children through all of their schooling, and I still love doing it.  I greatly enjoy this time I get to be with them.  The years pass all too quickly, and then they are gone.  Our plan right now is for Stanley to stay with us and do correspondence college until we return to the States for our furlough.



We love you, Stanley!