Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Curt's journal from Uganda-July 24

Well, I'm sitting here on the floor of the Seattle Airport (clutching my money belt) at the only power outlet that works. Leslie, Courtney and our new friend/temporary daughter, Mary, are relaxing as we wait to board our flight for Heathrow. We made it through the check in process without any problems. Well almost. On the way to the airport I stopped at a back to get some more cash to bring and used my ATM card in the walk up ATM. Apparently, I was in a big hurry...and nervous...and excited. I didn't realize, until we were at the airport and and looked in my wallet, that my debit card was missing! Fortunately, Mary's mom banks at the bank we stopped at, so she made a quick call and we confirmed our fears. I left the debit card in the ATM!! Nice start to the trip, eh? The machine chewed it up, so it wasn't compromised. Fortunately, it's not the card we were going to bring anyway, so we're okay. It was a bit of a scare though. My body temperature and sweat glands were working overtime. I then flustered my way through all the check in process with our world traveler, Courtney, rolling her eyes at me the whole time. "Dad calm down!"

Okay, I'm calm now. But still really excited. This is all really new to me. I'm the only one in this group who hasn't traveled outside the country (not counting day trips into the U.S. suburbs north and south).

Well, we'll try to keep you all up to date as we head out on this journey.



Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness you are a spaz !!!
You remind me of some other relatives we know.

Are you there yet?

Remember I am living my dream through you so live it really large.
I want details, details, details.
I also want to see real animals, you know the John Wayne Hatari type. So do your best Cous-

Stephanie said...

Oh man! Well I'm glad Courtney is with you to keep you on track with the rolling of her eyes and the "Dad calm down!" haha I'm glad you guys are safe. Can't wait to read up on ur experiences!:)

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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.