Tuesday, October 13, 2015


It was very special for Stanley to be able to celebrate his birthday with his Grandpa this year, as they share birthdays.  Who knows the next time they will be able to do this again!

A special birthday bond
I actually made Stanley's cake the night before, since we were going to be traveling on his birthday.  Since he is past the interest in shaped cakes, I have been making specialty rice crispy cakes for his birthdays in the past few years.  This year, I crushed up Oreo-look-alikes and pretzels and added them to the rice crispy cereal before adding the melted marshmallows.  After it cooled in the pan, I drizzled melted white chocolate on top.  It was VERY good!

Yikes - two adult children now.
On his actual birthdate, we had homemade ice cream for breakfast.  That really earned me the mom-of-the-year award!

Cappuccino ice cream, anyone?
After lunch we traveled down to Mbarara to stay with Keith's parents.  Any trip to Mbarara brings the excitement of stopping for goat meat on a stick.  Yum!

It almost looks like a popsicle S-Jo is holding, but it is goat meat
Our youngest is growing up too fast.  Savannah is quite the little lady and such a hard worker.  She has quite the knack for finding things that no one else can.  If something is missing, we all turn to Savannah for help.

Eight years old!
The day before Savannah's birthday, Keith took all of the children except for Shae-Lynn to help another missionary move into their house.  Shae-Lynn and I used the empty house to our advantage and began preparing for Savannah's birthday party.  I even made her cake and hid it on a high shelf in the pantry.  However, the next morning, someone forgot about the hidden lady bug and discovered that it couldn't fly when dumped from the shelf.  The plate underneath it shattered as Corelle brand does.  I spent a long time picking glass out of the wounded ladybug and then mended the damage to its back.  When the guests came, we displayed the ladybug and let Savannah blow out the candles but didn't serve it, as I was afraid for someone to get a missed piece of glass.  Later, however, our family ate it with no mishaps at all.

Lasagna, Garlic bread, Lady-bug eggs, Olives, Watermelon, and Carrots
That completes our birthdays for the year of 2015.  Thank you for celebrating with us.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


It began weeks ago.  The anticipation of who would win the shoes was high, and so everyone began inviting and inviting.  Our focus for this Independence Day service was first-time visitors.  Ugandans are full of promises, and we hear people promise us every week that they will come.  However, with a Friday service not being a regular church-day service, we were hoping for a great turnout.  Although we didn't get an official final count, we estimated that we ended up with about 90-100 first-time visitors!  WOW!  Both the man and the woman who brought the most visitors were promised a pair of new shows from our local shoe store.  All our people did great, but the man who brought the most?  It was Paul Sserunjogi - the lame man in our church who doesn't even wear shoes!

Paul Sserunjogi
Of course, we will be sure to substitute something equally of value, but wow - how convicting to those of us who do wear shoes and have the ability to walk around to invite people!

Pastor Bernard preaching on freedom
We enjoyed trivia questions with flags and keychains for the prizes, and then our guest speaker was Pastor Bernard from Kitende Baptist Church.

The five finalists for the most patriotic-dressed contest
The most patriotic dressed contests is always great to see, and Sarah Najjuko won for the second year in a row.

Sarah Najjuko and her new umbrella
We had brought 302 Ugandan pencils and gave one out to each person who attended.  However, about 30 people didn't get one - not even counting the three missionary families.  God truly blessed us with a great day.  

We even set up benches outside to handle the overflow.  A great crowd!
In preparing for Independence Day, I started searching months ago for something yellow for the girls and I.  I came up empty, but another missionary was able to bring shirts back from the States for Shae-Lynn and Savannah, and she had a very difficult time just finding them.  I ended up just adding yellow ribbon to my outfit, but I'm wondering why yellow is such a difficult color to find?

Shae-Lynn, myself, and other missionaries
Maybe we should all just wear the football jerseys like the boys.  (I didn't realize until today that Skyler is the only one without a jersey; poor guy!)

Shiloh and Stanley are on the ends with their missionary friends in between
We had a great day, but most of all we hope that the people realize what a precious gift of freedom they have in their country and most of all the freedom they can have in Christ.

Isn't Alvin too cute?