Thursday, June 28, 2007

courtney's india journal - June 28

Our time in Gaya isn't exactly what we expected. We only spent a little while with the kids at the orphanage, which was a bummer. I think we were all really looking forward to spending most of the time with the kids, which isn't what's happened at all. Even though our time with them has been short, the kids are so adorable and a lot of fun:) Here are some of the kids I spent time coloring and playing games with during our time here:

We've taken a lot of long car rides to small villages. One village was Prince's father-in-law's where we ate lunch and took a tour of the village. It was really funny having huge crowds of mostly kids, but some adults too, following us, staring at us, and laughing at us crazy white people:) I've gotten used to it by now...just smiling at them when they's really funny to me. It has been really intriguing being in this part of the country where the people live so differently than in the city. I really like being here in Gaya, even if we don't have a lot to do, I like experiencing this part of the country.

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the latest on the sells

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.