Saturday, August 23, 2014


We are very fortunate in planning birthday parties that all of our six children have different months for birthdays. However, Keith and I share a month, as does Skyler.  Hence, August is very busy for us.

Being the last born, there are precious few pictures of me.
Keith tried to pull off a surprise birthday party for me, but a woman knows the heartbeat of her home and can quickly detect when something is up.  Why is the spare fridge stocked with sodas?  Where did this extra wheel of cheese come from?  Why would my husband tell the girls they need to clean their room?  But my husband does get an "A+" for trying, right?  We really had a great meal and time of fellowship with two other missionary families.

Good thing we have number candles, right?
My darling daughter took over making my rice krispy cake 3 years ago.  Rather than a shape this year, I requested caramel - chocolate - peanut butter - rice krispies.  Aahhh - SO very good!  She even made the caramel from scratch!

Rice krispies on the left - cheesecake on the right.  Both delicious!
Then our dear visitors, who were away for all three August birthdays, wanted to do something special for us.  On their way back to our house after visiting some village churches for 2 weeks, they stopped in Kampala and bought a strawberry cheesecake.  Unbeknownst to them, my family does not like cheesecake with the exception of myself.  So, I told my children to first taste my piece before deciding if they wanted their own.  Since it wasn't a true American cheesecake, my family loved it!  The restaurant that made it is Jewish owned, so I'm not sure if this is the way Israelis make cheesecake or if this is a Ugandan-improvised version.  Regardless, it was a big hit.

With Judith, one of the children I disciple.
Thank you for all of the birthday greetings sent our way this month.  
We are truly blessed by so many friends.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


When children are born on the mission field, the 5th, 10th, and 15th birthdays are noticed more than usual.  Why?  New passports!  Skyler has reached the milestone of his third passport.  We have some good laughs going back through old passport photos.

Swim Time
As I mentioned yesterday, Skyler shared his birthday party with Keith last Friday.  He decided on a volcano cake for his party.  One problem, though, was that I had a terrible time getting the lava to turn from pink to red.  I ended up using so much food coloring that it made the frosting taste awful.  No problem.  We just scraped off any red and ate the chocolate cake.

The volcano is on fire!
Because rice krispies and marshmallows are very expensive here, I only make the rice crispy cakes for our family.  I thought I would just make another volcano, but Skyler decided he wanted something different and chose a turtle.

10 year old Turtle

Looking back through the past year of photos, I came to the realization that I need to make it a point to take at least one photo of each child each month.  Either that or hire a photographer to follow us around!  Sad to say, I couldn't find many pictures of Skyler!

Skyler, Charles and Shiloh
Skyler is our "Energizer Bunny."  He loves to play and play.  Yet when he sets his mind to getting something done, he really does a great job at it.

Hard at work removing the old window screens
I think if he had been a first or second born, I would have been too worn out to chase after any more children!  Everyday he asks us to play tetherball or basketball with him.

Hmmm...I think he might be trying to roll his tongue
We love you, Skyler, and pray that you allow God to use you in a great way in your life.


Monday, August 11, 2014


I've never really tried to before, and even this year hadn't planned on it.  However, I was actually able to surprise Keith with a birthday party.

He knew that some other missionary kids were coming over to celebrate Skyler's birthday, but he had already made plans to take some of the radio workers out to eat.  With him gone, not only did the missionary kids come, but I secretly had invited their whole families.  When Keith walked into a darkened house and heard "SURPRISE" as the lights came on and we began to sing to him -- he couldn't believe that they were all there for him.

However, today is his real birthday, and the kids and I really had a hard time deciding what to do for his cake.

Since he has been enjoying his new grill that someone blessed him with, we finally decided that some "meat" would be an appropriate rice crispy cake.

We as Keith's wife and children are so blessed by his presence in our lives.  We have great times together, while at the same time, he inspires us to strive for more godliness in our daily walk with Christ.

He has such a giving and forgiving heart.  It was a blessing to read the many cards and notes given to him by our church members that spoke of how much he has helped them turn back to and remain close to God.

We love you so very much!

Happy Birthday, Keith!