Monday, May 14, 2007

greetings from uganda! the first days...

Hey everyone!

I arrived in Uganda safely on Thursday morning. We haven’t done very much so far….this group has mostly just been playing four square and soccer. But since this is my third time here, I get to do way more fun stuff!! I got to see the choir practice on Friday!! It was amazing! They have so many new songs that I just can’t wait for everyone to hear when they come to the US!! It’s kind of tough since I am in charge of a lot more on this trip, but I like the challenge. It’s been fun! Especially since we haven’t been doing much, it gives me something to keep busy for the time being. It could possibly be an overload once we get things rolling, but that’s alright.

Yesterday we bought the medicine for Lugazi (the first village that we are going to for the medical clinic) And today we have just been at church. And it really has been all day- like 10 to 3!! Haha

In Uganda they have a whole different time system. When they say they will be here at 9, then it is most likely 10:30-11. I joke with them about this and they don’t think it’s that extreme…but it is. They just can’t face the facts. It’s kind of funny because I am used to it and I don’t care at all, unless it gets in the way of me getting to see my kids, but the team I came with are still trying to get used to it.

At church today, we taught Sunday school. And I got to see the kids that we sponsor!! It was so much fun!! Grandma, Peter was so proud of that Bible that you sent him! He keeps it in it’s box when he isn’t using it so that it won’t get ruined! It’s so cute!! And I was so excited to see Yvonne and Julius today!! I’m so glad that I’m going to be here for about four months because I don’t think I’ll be able to leave them so soon!

Tomorrow we are leaving for Kenya for a week. I keep telling myself that I know I’ll love it there….it’s just a long time to be leaving Uganda. But I know I will love it there anyway, it wll be a whole new experience….so I’m looking forward to leaving bright and early tomorrow. Or else maybe late afternoon…

I know you probably are wanting an “I miss you sooo much!” well…that’s not exactly going to happen…I DO miss you all so much but I love being here too much that there is no room for homesickness!

I love you all!
Mom, I hope you had a happy mother’s day without me!

Julius, Yvonne, and me

Aww, my little boy, Bruno

Julius and Tony

Matsiko Choir...coming to the U.S. next year!

Yvone and Timothy dancing

Peter, Vivian and Mable


Anonymous said...

Hilla!! I miss you! I love you!! Thanks for the present!

Ashley said...

Hillary! Its awesome to here that you're having such an amazing time, but of course you are! Thanks for the gift ( you mixed up brit's and mine, but we're figuring it out:>)! I miss you so much! I pray you're having a splendid time in kenya!

Curt Sell said...

Don't worry about not missing us. The only one that misses you is your stupid dog. He's acting really weird and he doesn't want to sleep in his normal place. He keeps waking me up in the middle of the night to let him in your room. What a baby!!!! How much postage would it cost to send a dog to Uganda? I just need some sleep!

Stephanie said...

Hey you! Hmm I've come to this page like a gagillion times now and haven't left a comment. haha I know I'm a loser. Well ur dad convinced me to finally leave u a comment when I saw him and ur mum @ the hot spot (chillies) LOL ne who I've been SOOO excited for u. I've showed a few ppl ur video and haven't stopped talkin or thinkin bout ur trip since u left! I think I'm goin crazy...not that I wasn't b4 :) I'm so glad u put up pics though cuz it makes me feel like I'm there in ah-free-kah with u. I feel cool sayin it like that! If only I could be over there learnin from the pros :( Well I wish I was there with u. Loves u and I don't even need to hope ur havin a BLAST cuz I know u are! LOVES YA <3

Anonymous said...

hey hill, what up girl!! how is the trip so far?? it sounds very exciting! i wish i could be there with you! so you need to send me an email and let me know about this skipping school thing next year?? much love pal!! i'll be praying for you!


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As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.