Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ducks and Dogs and Other Random Stuff

By Sara:

Here are fun pictures for you of our animals and daily life.

We got Caleb a treat when we traveled to Kampala in December.  It didn't last very long, but he enjoyed it.

We started out with 6 ducks.  They like to wander around the yard, even at night, quacking softly, and sometimes looking in at us through the door:

One of the ducks became Christmas dinner:

In late January, though, the duck numbers multiplied:

There are 13 ducklings - one is randomly yellow.

For Christmas, we got a puppy who we named Beorn.

He was unhappy after getting his first bath.  We tried to cheer him up with a piece of biscuit (cracker), but Caleb was the one who was way more interested in it:

He is definitely fulfilling the purpose of keeping Caleb company and giving him exercise:

Here are a couple videos of Caleb and Beorn playing together:

When they're not playing, though, the dogs spend their time lazing around:

There are large quantities of papayas growing in our yard and the good thing is that if one is overripe or smashes on the ground, the ducks love them.

And apparently so does Beorn:

In other news, I've been working on building a brick rocket stove.

The final product.  I'm a little concerned that it's too tall, but that was the size of the pipe we found, so it will have to do.  Next step: testing it out.

I'm also working on a clay oven, but am waiting for my parents to come to build the actual oven.

Driving in Kampala

By Anthony:

Sara took these videos while I was driving through Kampala. I put them together and sped them up so you can see what it is like there. It's a bit stressful, and this was an easy low traffic day and time. Make sure to listen with the sound on to hear the funny part.

The video was too big to upload to this blog, so you will have to download and watch it from this download link - Kampala Traffic.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018 Uganda Prayer Letter

Please download from this link to read.  We are so grateful for your prayers and support!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Home in Soroti

By Sara:

When we say "new home" we actually mean that not only is this the new place we're living, it's actually a newly built house.  We're the first occupants, which is pretty fun.  The even better news, though, is that even though the house is new, there are already lots of fruit trees grown up around the yard, so I can enjoy eating fresh fruit without having to wait years for the trees to grow!  For example, papayas bigger than my head (though these might get old kind of fast - not my favorite fruit):

The vehicle we drove in Kenya had to stay in Kenya, so we now have a different one here in Uganda.

We have slowly transformed our house from this disaster:

To less clutter:

To fully furnished:

We are really enjoying our amazing kitchen with all its counter space, though I need to stand on a stool to reach the top shelves in the cupboards.

We have a guest bedroom with its own bathroom:

A dining room with a window into the kitchen:

Our own bedroom:

And a room for storage/sewing/overflow guests:

For those who are interested, here are some pictures on which I labeled some of the variety of fruit trees in our yard.  First the front:

And the back (most of that dirt is going to be a garden once it starts to March or April - which is feeling to me like a long time to wait):