When I first lived in Katy I was privileged and asked to mentor a young woman, Mary Beth. It was such an intimate time of my life walking alongside her as she finished law school, sorted out her career path, journeyed through that first year of marriage, and committed herself to her ministry as a … Continue reading Mentoring Moments
It was Saturday, so Phiona and Robert loaded the children into the van and toaok thaem to the land we have bought nearby. There’s a man who lives in a small shack on this land, and earns a small salary to clear it, dig, plant and harvest for us. His name is George. We want … Continue reading Cultivating Contentment in Uganda
Sometimes in the middle of the night my mind opens up and I lie there awake. I remember it is morning for our children in Uganda. I imagine where they are in their day. Are they slurping down their sweet porridge, dunking their bread into it? Are they brushing their teeth? Looking for a piece … Continue reading The Obstacles in Helping orphaned children in Uganda
12:34am….I am sound asleep….phone rings and I shut it off….rings again and I answer. It is a heavy middle eastern accent of a man and he’s talking too thick and fast for my mind to come up to understand. My first thought is the men at the stables are calling to tell me my horse … Continue reading Midnight caller.
We have these dollies all over our house at home so when Kira saw it at the market she thought it was hers. And when this little friend approached her she wanted to play house with him. It was an innocent, precious moment that many people observed there amidst the craziness of a market scene. … Continue reading Kira at the Market in Uganda
When it is time to buy food for the kids in Uganda it’s a shopping trip quite different from our run to the grocery store. There are wholesalers in back alleys with sacks and sacks of grains and legumes filling small closet like spaces to the ceiling. Phiona negotiates a price and purchases nearly fifty … Continue reading Food shopping in Uganda
Eight o’clock is when I usually clock out for the day. I’m happy to kiss Kira good night, and go straight to my own bed and pull up the covers. But last night Jack had a riding lesson at eight, because of the heat here in Texas riding has to happen early in the morning … Continue reading Jack has BIG news.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Did you think about Aretha? Are you about to lift that pointer finger and swivel your hips? Well I am asking the big question “find out what it means to me?” Making a family of fourteen children is a big undertaking. There are so many dynamics of personalities to manage. The family psychologists and … Continue reading R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
It is so dusty riding around in Uganda with the red dirt roads that I surrender to the dirt. I accept I will be dirty. But the people there do not accept it. They struggle to keep clean amidst the flying dust with as much resolve as Americans have for their diets. They scrub and … Continue reading Work can be fun.
Summer is showing signs of decline and the full stop is so close I can feel its breath on my neck. I personally feel like saying, “what summer?” Not only was I away most of it, but I also worked harder than I did all year long for most of it. There was that one … Continue reading Is summer a vapor?