Sunday, November 16, 2014

Take life slowly and make some memories

We've taken another long hiatus from this blog, but not by choice. Our internet seems to be getting worse instead of better in Timu. Go figure...although technology in general keeps advancing, it sometimes retreats as well. 

We returned to Timu in mid-October and life has gone back to usual. The question ever plaguing our minds is, "What next?". The furlough we had planned is indefinitely on hold. We've had some correspondence with the embassy but nobody is addressing the way we were mistreated and it doesn't look like we'll be given a new interview anytime soon. We've not given up hope, yet it seems God has given us a clear answer about "Where next?". We will be in Uganda for the foreseeable future. 

We did decide that I would accompany Terrill to Leiden, Holland next month for the defense of his Ik grammar. After some thought, we both decided that we should be there as a couple and finish this chapter of our life out together. We will fly to Leiden on December 14th and return to Uganda on the 18th. A good friend in Entebbe will keep the girls while we're away. Thank the Lord for friends like Grace, who feel like family, and who we're comfortable trusting with our children. Please pray for us all during those days, that we would make the most of the time apart, and that us leaving would not affect the girls adversely. We want to build trust with them by leaving and then returning for them, not abandoning them.

We will stay in south Uganda through Christmas while we await the arrival of my parents. When we were not able to get home, they quickly booked flights to get to us. God surely knows what we need and provides love and support from home at just the right times! I'm so thankful (and words cannot portray how thankful that is) that I have parents willing to drop everything for me. I thought they were only supposed to do that while I was in their household...but they've proved to be just as faithful as parents to an adult child. I love you two! 

My parents will be with us for three weeks, and it will be their first introduction to our girls. Please pray with us that we make the most of that time and have meaningful interactions. Now that we're forced to stay away from home for longer than two years, our interactions with family become all the more precious. As you all (our readers) spend time with family this coming holiday season, take the time to stop and appreciate them. Turn off the TV and ask how they're doing. Make memories that don't involve technology. I promise you won't regret it. I've spent many days missing our families as we've lived in Uganda these past 6.5 years...and my thoughts always return to holidays and really 'being' together. 

As always, I've included pictures from the past five weeks that paint the story of our month.
Before leaving Kampala/Entebbe in October, we took the girls and some friends to the zoo. Actually, the man in the bright blue & white polo is the girls' uncle Hillary. He is attending university in Kampala and we try to visit him every time we go south. The two young people on the left are a brother/sister combo. Lemukol Veronica (12 yrs) broke her right femur bone back in June. It was left unattended for four months and Kaabong hospital could not help her. Finally, we found an Orthopedic hospital in Entebbe who could do a surgery to remove dead bone tissue (she had an osteomyelitis) and apply an external fixator to her broken bone. The fixator will be in place until December when we return her to the hospital for it's removal. I'll take this chance as well to give a shout out for CORSU hospital in Entebbe for 'fixing' Lemukol and giving her a chance in life. Otherwise, she might have become a cripple...or worse. The man beside Lemukol is her brother Vincent who attended her at the hospital. 

Lemukol and Janet riding a camel at the zoo.
The girls quickly grew attached to Lemukol. 
Doing dressing changes on her leg where the fixator was applied. I need to keep it clean and infection-free until December.
The fixator sticking out of her leg. No, it doesn't hurt, in case you're wondering.
We returned to a rainy Timu. But by early November, it was hot, windy and dry again.
I still had a couple of things in my garden to harvest.
Terrill found some figs to harvest from one of our trees as well. 
He decided to make smoothies with the figs. 
We've also had an abundance of papaya lately. This one was huge and took three days to eat. 
Last weekend we spent a day at Kidepo National Park with our Baptist friends. On the way into the park, we spied some zebras.
Zebra in the background.
We waited for them to get off the road before proceeding. They were being quite orderly as they trotted down the road. 
Riding atop an SUV for a game drive. My girls are growing so fast. Janet is 4 ft tall now and Lemu is only six inches shorter. Chalk it up to all the produce we try to consume. 
There were quite a few of us on top of that SUV. 
Spotting elands for the first time in the nearly seven years of visiting this park. 
He was perched so calmly upon this rock...just waiting and watching.
Back to school again. The girls continue to enjoy learning and I continue to tolerate it better. ;-) A cup of coffee and some knitting helps. Janet will turn six on December 22nd and will be ready for Kindergarden in January. Thank the Lord for healthy and happy children!


The Reeds said...

Sorry about the internet.. :/ Happy to hear from you guys and that you are going with Terrill. Will pray for a smooth journey for you AND the girls while you're away.

MJ Schrock said...

Amber, we are so glad you can go with Terrill! The girls have grown so much. Please give them a hug for us and let them know we love them and are glad they will learn to know their Grandma and Grandpa Gingrich.

Anonymous said...

I bet your parents are becoming super advocates of Ugandan ministry, more with every visit. Jimmie

Teatree said...

A wonderful positive story from both Uganda and the Netherlands. God's beauty can be found in His creation, His deeds of salvation, and even in language.

It reminds me of John Rutter's "Look at the World" as in this video ...