Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recent Happenings

Here we are in the last week of January, already! I have so much to tell you from this month! Here are some of the highlights:

The entire group from WCBC, traveling to Uganda. Beth is the tallest girl in the back row, centre, and Juliana is to her right. Sam is on the front row in the Canada hoodie.
Beth, Sam and Juliana went to Uganda: On Monday, January 12th, three of our children boarded a plane bound for Uganda for 10 days. Sam and Juliana went as chaperons. They spent their 10 days in Kampala, on the shore of Lake Victoria, with the Pridgen Family. Sam got to preach with an interpreter, go soul-winning, eat traditional foods, and sail on the lake. He and Juliana had a great time! Beth spent 4 days in Soroti, with the Pittman Family. There she worked with orphans and saw the school that the Pittmans operate, and this was the highlight of her trip. She loves children, and to work with these little ones was pure joy to her! Her group also got to go into some remote villages and meet with the people there. She held a 2-month-old baby girl in one village who seemed a little frightened of her. The mother told Beth, "You are the first mzungu (white person)
she's ever seen!" About that time, the little bottom lip popped out and the baby began to cry - baby language is the same the world over! There was another group on the trip (I can't remember where they went), and during the last few days, all 3 groups came back together and went on a safari! After 30 hours traveling back to the US, they all arrived home last Friday, the 23rd. Beth would go back to live in Soroti tomorrow, if the Lord would allow it! Instead, she is finishing her senior year at WCBC, and then she will most likely teach for a year or two in the States before going to the mission field of Soroti - or wherever in the world God might lead her.

The church where Sam got to preach, in Kampala, Uganda.
Wesley's grandparents celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary! Yes, you read that right! Wes's maternal grandparents, Glenn and Gwendolyn Brown, have been married 75 years. A couple of years ago, Wes asked Grandmother, "How do you stay married so long?" Grandmother is a very practical woman, so she said, "Well, we didn't set out to do it. We just lived every day!" And that, I believe, is the key to a long marriage: live. every. day. Grandmother and Granddaddy still live alone together in the house where Granddaddy was born - he's never lived anywhere else - in their mid-90s. We are so blessed to still have them with us! I never knew my own grandfathers, so Granddaddy has been my grandpa for the last 30 years. Wes is much like his grandfather in build, looks, and personality, which makes me love Granddaddy all the more!

Wesley's grandparents, Glenn and Gwendolyn Brown
My mother had knee-replacement surgery: About 10 days ago, Mother went into the hospital to have complete knee-replacement surgery. She did great through the surgery, and although her recovery will take 6 weeks, she is doing fine. After a few days in bed, she's now in a rehab facility to help her regain her strength and begin physical therapy on that knee. She is walking more and more each day, and we're optimistic she'll be going home soon. I love to see her pictures on Facebook - she's been taking selfies! I've been calling her quite often the past week, and it's been good to slow down and talk to her on an almost daily basis. We text through Facebook a good bit usually, which keeps us in touch, but it's been nice to have a short time between calls and hear what she's been doing that day. I'm excited to see her able to walk without pain again! Her knees have bothered her for quite a while. The doctor says everything looks great!

So that's what's been going on in our neck of the woods. What's up in your world? 

This week on the blog, I plan to continue with our pictures from our trip to London and Paris last fall (I've shared about South Africa and our first day in London already). I also read a book this week that was outstanding, one of the best I've ever read, and I want to share it with you. I've begun a 2015 reading list to document what I read throughout the year. It's on a tab at the top of the page, or you can just click the link above.


  1. I have never been on an overseas mission trip - on;y one to a boys' home not far from our church in TX as a teen - but from what everyone says, they are so eye-opening.

    Beth is a senior already! Wow!

    Wow, 75 years of marriage! I so agree, that's all you can do is take it day by day.

    I enjoyed both of the Dan Walsh novels on your reading list.

    Glad to hear your mom is doing so well!

    1. Mission trips are great no matter where - overseas or not!

      Beth will graduate on May 6th. I'm pretty excited for her. She's student-teaching this semester - major in History, minor in Home Ec.

      Thanks for your sweet words, Barbara!


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