Monday, June 18, 2007

hillary's uganda journal - june 16-18

Posted by Curt, but written by Hillary...

June 16th
Today I went to my first African wedding! Well...actually...I was GOING to go to my first African wedding. We waited around all day to be picked up to go. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding and Hopkins came to pick us up at 7 at night. Which was after the wedding was over. So we just went to the reception and ate their food. haha

This party was about like any wedding reception that you might go to in the states. Except there was a lot more random dancing, the bride knelt down in front of the groom to give him cake and a drink of fanta (don't ask me why fanta), the bridesmaids came by to all the guests with plates of little pieces of cake for us to pick one, AND it was all in Luganda. SO I just understood little pieces of what was going on. But it was fun looking at all the fancy outfits! A lot of the women wore gomasis. These are the traditional African dresses, they have the puffy sleeves and wraps around their waists. They are in all different colors and are SO pretty! The wedding's colors were orange and white. But it still looked good! It was kind of a pale orange. But anyway, that was all I got to see of this wedding. But Hopkins says we are going to another one in July. SO that will technically be my first African wedding to see.

Sunday June 17th
Today we were at church most of the day. In Sunday School we taught the kids the names of all the books of the Bible. We made signs and they came up and taped them on the wall in order. Then we taught them the song that goes with that. But it's to a different tune than the one that kids learn at home. And they say the Bible names all weird. So I was learning along with the kids.

Yvonne and me with her little sister, Monica at church. Monica let me tickle her and she even smiled!! haha but she still wouldn't let go of Yvonne. She had at least one hand grabbing her the whole time.

Oh I also met Yvonne's grandpa Paul today. He was so nice! Old people here are so cute! At home, it's "hit and miss" a lot of the time with older people, many are nice and friendly but then you also get the grumpy ones. Here I don't think I've met any grumpy ones. They're all cute and friendly! They just seem so genuine with whatever they're saying to me, and make me feel like whatever I'm saying means the world to them!

Monday June 18th
Today we went for a run at 5:30 because I didn't want everyone staring at us. We barely saw anyone! so that was nice. But we also couldn't see the ground in front of us. Which did present some problems because the ground isn't very flat. So that made things a little more difficult. But, if I took my eyes off of the ground, I could see all of Kampala stretched out before me all lit up. And the big mosque on the hill shining in the darkness. As we ran, the Muslim prayers started being chanted on the microphones from all directions. It was a nice relxaing "workout mix" (haha) which I needed because I haven't gone on a run for more than a month :-/

No comments:

Uganda Photos (click on photo to change)

welcome to our blog!

We're not exactly sure what we'll be writing about, but we're sure it will be interesting... TO US!

Our newest posts will always be located at the top of the "Table of Contents" to the right, but you can also find posts by topic in the section below it.

want to leave a comment for us?

Just click on the word "comments" at the bottom of the post you'd like to respond to, and follow the directions.

Your comments are always appreciated.


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.