Labor of Love

I have come to the conclusion that our flights to Uganda and giving birth to my children have a lot of similarities. Let me give you some examples: After having Jackson I was thinking, “I don’t think I can do that again.”  Everyone told me I would forget how bad it was and that one day I would want another child. The same with the flight.  When we got home I thought, “I don’t think I can do that again.” With time the jet lag eased and I did forget how bad the flight was. 

Other similarities: lots of preparation and waiting time, the undesirable food, lack of sleep, staff waking you up with blood pressure cuffs and thermometers (or beverage carts banging into your elbows and hot towelettes), babies crying, the need for medication (any kind), the longing for your own bed, the difficulty getting up to go the bathroom and even the recovery time.

One other thing makes them very similar. When it is all over and you look into the eyes of the one (ones) you did all of this for, you know it was all worth it. 


We are settled into our new house! We are really enjoying it.  God has blessed us immensely and we are grateful. 



Lilly and Moses, one of our guards, at our front gate.




Thank you all for praying for Jackson and Lilly.  They have both met many children both foreign and Ugandan.  There “happens” to be several 10 year old boys who love to play outside as much as Jackson does! He and Lilly have even started going to a P.E. class for other children who are homeschooled.  What a blessing!




Jackson doing what he loves and missed the most.  Chipping rocks with his brand new tools he got for Christmas! 



Adjusting to days when the water is turned off. Washing dishes in the shower.


John got to take a day trip to see our newest secondary students on parent visitation day.  We will all get to go next time!



Again, thank you for your prayers and support.  We love you all and think of you often.  

Some of you are already on our prayer list and will receive a monthly prayer calendar so you know what to pray for on specific days.  If you are not on this list and would like to be added, please send us an email:

Below are ways that you can continue to pray for us:

1. Continued adjustment to life here in Uganda.

2. Culture shock (we are risk of depression for up to 6 months or more)

3. The children of Lulwanda to stay healthy and growing in their walk with the Lord.

4. Working relationships for us at Lulwanda to be healthy and glorifying to the Lord.

5. Our walk with the Lord to remain of utmost importance to us. 

6. Our family and friends back home as we all miss each other.


8 thoughts on “Labor of Love

  1. Loving your blogs.
    I was in Mbale in October and loved it and it’s people. Made me determined to return for a longer period of time.

  2. Love reading your blog. We are very close to the Ugandan kids in Kampala!!! Our school hosts many of them as foreign exchange students. We are praying for you and your family! ❤️

  3. I was thinking of you today, so I went on your website to see how you and your family were adjusting. It’s wonderful to read your blog. Praying for y’all!

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