I’m not entirely sure why blogging just hasn’t come naturally to me this year. I could speculate, but when it comes right down to it, I’m really enjoying the simple things about just plain being here. While last year’s experience was colored by processing new cultures, new people, new sights, and new ways of life for the very first time, this year feels more like coming home.
I wish you could see my Ugandan home and meet my Ugandan family. Frankly, it’s difficult to sit down and attempt to write everything down—some things don’t fully translate into words. So catch the next flight to Uganda, okay? (No, but really.)
This year I’m sharing a house with Christine, a lovely young lady who is on staff with the Special Needs program. I’m so enjoying the time to get to know her more—we both like hot tea, movie nights, and garlic; she teaches me how to make great chapatis (fried tortillas) and I teach her how to make great guacamole; she can make awesome picture frames out of banana fiber, and I can doodle with watercolors.
Basically our one disagreement is that she doesn’t mind spiders, and I’m freaking terrified of them. But other than that, what can I say? We’ve hit it off.
Thankfully, our house is right across from David Family, so I’m able to go over whenever I want. Helping Jesca with porridge on Saturday mornings, sharing dinner on the weekend, helping with homework after the kids get back from school…or on the flip side, having my beautiful Ugandan sisters over for some painting time or a cup of hot tea.
So these are the little things that have been keeping me occupied lately. I’m so sorry to be so bad about updating you all, when so many of you were generous enough to help me get here in the first place. Hopefully I’ll be able to get myself on here to update things more regularly.
Next adventure on the agenda: a trip to Musana Camp (another ministry of NHU) in eastern Uganda next week! It’s a beautiful piece of land on Lake Victoria, so I imagine I’ll have plenty of pictures when we get back.
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