Am I actually on the blog? Is this really happening? Believe me when I tell you it's taken me no less than five weeks to get on this blog and post. Chalk it up to especially terrible internet. Maybe this will encourage those of you who don't like waiting for online pages to load.
I've loaded a bunch of pictures because we haven't blogged in so long and I simply can't eliminate our 'happenings' from May.
Terrill's brother (Chad) and sister (Laura) came for a visit. It was a delightful, encouraging time. We picked them up and took them to Timu for a week, only to return south a week later in order to have our court hearing for the legal guardianship. The time together was full of chai and chatting. They glimpsed our life and we were updated on theirs. Below we are making a nightly visit to our neighbors. The girls were immediately enthralled by their new aunt and uncle and pleased for any/all attention.
|Chewing grass with Uncle Chad|
|A sad day of farewells before they flew home.|
Before we left Kampala, we took the girls swimming at one of our favorite playgrounds 'Freedom City'. I just had to include this photo because Lemu (tiny girl in pink) thought she could pull that big inner-tube to the rail. What she didn't realize was that the rope was tied to the rail and she was pulling on the rail instead of the inner-tube. Where is Janet? Inside the inner-tube. It looked like fun and my friend & I lamented that we didn't have these kind of playgrounds when we were growing up in the 80's.
On the road-trip home. Our new tradition is to buy a pizza the night before a trip and eat it for lunch the next day on the dusty road. Those of you who have been through Karamoja know that there are no restaurants or cafes to dine in along the way. And my girls' favorite food is currently...pizza.
|A view of our house on the road to Timu (cream building in center).|
Being helpful by doing afternoon dishes. They enjoy any opportunity to get wet.
One of our new cooking ventures is to make pita bread to go with our weekly hummus....the girls second favorite food next to pizza. I know it's unconventional to only eat hummus and pita for dinner...but hey...we live in Timu, which is unconventional in itself.
|Rough-housing with daddy|
Below, Terrill stands beside the grave of our friend, Lopuwa Paul. He was one of Terrill's early language helpers.
This was another funeral we attended for Janet & Lemu's paternal auntie. She also died of AIDS. She & her husband had been unfaithful to each other at some point and both had contracted AIDS from different sources. There is something to be said of faithfulness to one's spouse. The wages of sin is death...
Speaking about HIV/AIDS at the church. Visual aids seem to help most with comprehension.
We'll remain in Timu for the month of July. Life is mundane, but satisfying. Terrill is doing final revisions of the Ik grammar before submitting it to his advisor. I continue to see sick children and those with wounds. The girls are growing like weeds and eating more than I do. I would ask for your prayers as I fill out and apply for the girls' passports in the coming month. We pray the Lord would show us favor at the government offices. I would also ask your prayers for perseverance during this month as we're feeling the need for a break from the work, yet we cannot have that break yet. We need Almighty God to sustain us just a little longer.