Wednesday, June 13, 2007

hillary's uganda journal - june 12

Posted by Curt, but written by Hillary...

In Africa you spend so long cooking that when you finish cooking, eating it, and cleaning all the dishes, you are almost hungry again for the next meal! It all takes so long that if you aren't busy out and about and doing other things you could possibly spend the whole day in the kitchen. And, really, I haven't figured out why I even wash my feet or my clothes! Because my feet tend to get reddish brown after about 20 minutes out of the shower. and my clothes are about the same.

I've been walking to Lusaka every day which is about a 45 minute to an hour walk. I wish I could just be invisible sometimes, Resty (She is the one living with me right now) tells me almost every day she wishes she was white. But I insist, every time, that black is the way to go! She doesn't have EVERYONE staring at her and yelling for her to come with them. Some people ask her in Luganda if they can have me! REALLY?! Most of the time I just don't understand the thought process of these guys.

Last night I went through ALL of the letters from the children to their sponsors. There are probably around 400 and none of them were organized into what village they are from. So I had to check each one on my lists...oh man. It took forever, especially since some of the children are really young and I could barely read their handwriting!Hillary and Sam gathering sponsorship information at a school

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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.