108 Reasons to Love

Everyday we see things that we do not want to see. We feel things that make us uncomfortable. We miss people we left behind. We crave food that we haven’t eaten in months. We hear things that we don’t understand. Then why in the world are we even here? I can give you many reasons.…

Normal?

A day in the life of a Palmer. In Africa. You could almost say a normal, typical, not so out-of-the-ordinary day. The reason I say almost is because no day is totally the same or even in the same order. But, of course, there are things that occur more often than others. I thought I…

Dry Season, Wet Season and Team Season

The Uganda that we know has three seasons. You already know the dry and wet seasons, they are self-explanatory (I hope). The one you may not know about is team season. Team season is where we have every week, from June to August, booked with mission teams. The teams are made up of different people…

On the Flip-Side

Their skin is a different color. Their hair is strange. They eat weird food. Their work ethic is not like ours. They raise their children in a way that we don’t know. They speak English, but their accent is hard to understand. Sometimes they even scare us. These sentences describe a Muzungu through the eyes…

All Things New

After recovering from all the holiday fun, we realized that we really, really missed those big secondary kids hanging around everywhere. All the younger kids were back in school and we had no one to play with. So, we had to do some “real” work, you know, grown-up stuff. John has been working with Farmer…

Happy Holidays

The First Term holiday has come to an end. The Secondary Students (high school) are heading back to their boarding schools and Lulwanda Primary School will be in full-swing again. Oh what fun we had! Our wonderful Program Coordinator, Natalie Rolfe, planned some fantastic activities for the children of Lulwanda! I want to give you…

Potluck.

The name pot-luck says it all, doesn’t it? Everyone brings a pot of something and you might get lucky and actually enjoy one or two things. This blog post is sort of like that. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to share so I am sharing everything (well, not every, everything) and maybe you will…

New Dogs, Old Tricks

We have dogs.  Those who know me, understand why this is such a big deal.  Our family has never had a dog before, or a cat, or a hamster or even a fish. Now before you start feeling sorry for my kids you should know that we did have rabbits once, for about 4 months. …

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…

The Final Countdown

The plane tickets are purchased, our lease-agreement for our Ugandan house is signed, the new furniture is ordered and bags are ready to be packed. Phew! We keep thinking things will slow down after the next said thing (estate sale, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, etc…), but it only seems to get busier.  The to-do…