Monday, February 9, 2009

Uganda, Here We Come!

The time is finally here! We are to be at the church at 2:30 in the morning to head to the airport. Our flight leaves at 7:00 a.m. and we will fly to St. Paul, Minnesota and from there to Amsterdam and then on into Entebbe, Uganda. I can't believe the time has finally arrived. There have been some anxious moments and some definite attacks from Satan in the last few days. He knows something good is about to happen. I have been fighting a sinus problem and not feeling well for the last few days and today I decided I had better call the doctor to get an antibiotic, because my ears, nose and throat were hurting so bad and I couldn't stop coughing. I knew getting on an airplane with my ears the way they were was not going to be a good thing. I refuse to let the enemy win this battle. God is in control.

Saturday we went to Enid and had lunch with Justin's family. Mike and Kim even came from Tulsa to spend time with all of us, so everyone was there except for Sara. Fairview's Sweetheart banquet was that night so she had to stay and fix hair. We had a really good time and before we left, they all gathered around us and laid hands on us and prayed for us. Then we were handed a manila envelope containing hand written letters from everyone in the family, one to read each day we are gone. It was a very special day and we were very touched by their love.

Then Sunday we had lunch with my family and had a wonderful meal. One of my favorites... Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy. It was sooo good. It was good to spend time together and we had a great time with Mom and Dad as well. It has been really hard to say goodbye to everyone. Tyler left and went back home Sunday night. Today Mom, Lisa, Daniel and I had lunch together and then Daniel went back to Wichita. I didn't want to dirty up the kitchen tonight, so we decided we would go to El Charro and have our favorite food before we left, since we have no idea what we are in for (food wise) in Uganda. After we got back we went to tell Austin, Sara and the girls bye. We have had some friends (Glenna and Debbie W.) drop by for a hug before we leave. Misti came by for a hug, but I had already left for Enid, so I missed out on that one, but I did get to talk to her on the phone. We are really feeling the love!!! And we appreciate it very much. I'm not sure if I will get to post while I'm gone, so until we get back please keep us in your prayers. You can keep up with our trip on our team blog.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Weekend Wedding

Austin and his family was very busy this last Saturday getting Nicholas and Brook married off. Sara did all the bridesmaids hair and Emma and Ella's as well. Austin and Nicholas have been best friends all through High School and they were each others best man at their weddings. Emma was the bell ringer and she did a great job, but she is shy and got her job over with as quickly as possible. It didn't take her long to make her way down the aisle ringing the bell.

The picture is blurry, because I got a new camera and I'm still learning how to use it. (Sorry)
Ella was the flower girl and she also did a great job. She took her job very seriously and took her time doing it. She would grab a whole handful of petals and throw them down all at once and then stand there and look at them for a few seconds and then do it all again. It was the cutest thing!

This is the finished product, but trying to get to this point was fun. They came to stay with us early Saturday morning so Sara could get started doing everyone else's hair and Austin went to breakfast with all the groomsmen.
The girls always want something to eat the minute they get to our house. Ella's favorite thing to say is "Grammy, I want someping else." That means I want a snack. So Papa got busy and made homemade waffles for breakfast. Then they had baths and played for a little while and then we had to go to the shop and get their hair fixed.

Emma is such a girly girl and loves getting all dolled up. She cracks me up! She is so prissy. Ella is hard to hold down long enough to do anything with her hair, but she does tell me every once in a while she wants a po tail. (ponytail) They were excited to pose for the camera after they got their hair done.

This is a picture of Austin and his High School friends, who were all groomsmen. Eli, he used to come to our house everyday and eat lunch with Austin. Micah, Clint and Austin. They all graduated together. Eli is married, but Micah and Clint like the single life I guess. I asked them who was going to be next and they both just laughed at me. I just love these guys. They are all very special to me. They all looked so handsome in their tuxs.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday

Scott and Debie

Debie, Taylor, Kylee, Retha and Jim ( Intense!!)

Justin and I

Yesterday we invited Justin's family over to watch the Super Bowl with us. The game didn't turn out the way we had hoped but we sure had fun watching it. Debie brought the 3-D glasses for all of us to wear to watch the commercials and we all looked like a bunch of dorks sitting around with them on. Mine wouldn't fit my face and they kept falling off, so I had to hold them on. We had a really good time together.

7 Days and Counting

I am having a terrible time trying to keep up with everything! It has been a while since I have posted, so I decided I better try to get it done today because the rest of the week is going to be so busy trying to tie up everything before we leave for Uganda. We leave at 3:00 in the morning next Tuesday. AHHH! My mind is going ninety miles an hour and I can't seem to settle myself down. I know everything will get done and even if it doesn't - so what, who cares?

In our "Called" devotional we are reading as a team before we go, I read Being Intentional today. It really spoke to me, because I have really been concerned about being intentional about being spiritually prepared for our trip. The author wrote " Among your list of good intentions on the mission field may be to: always say and do the right thing, never have a bad hair day, be Jesus-like, be attractive on much less sleep, not get sick, (please!!!) be admired by everyone, do something big and flashy for God, and storm the gates of Hell." Check, check, check and check. I have thought about every one of these things. She also wrote we need to add a few more things to our list, like: get comfortable with my own stupidity, try not to embarrass my country, be happy to take the backseat, offer to stay behind to do grunge work, and be willing to eat that thing with feet and feathers on my plate. (No!!! Do I really have to?) I will try to adapt as needed and handle it with grace. She ended by saying " God's plans are the best-laid plans. And you might fit into those plans in a different way than you intended." I'm fine with that. Jeremiah 29:11 says "I know the plans I have for you" Just a thought: If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, maybe the road to Heaven is paved with making the best of it when all your good intentions seem to get stomped on. The author, Lena Wood, she is a smart woman.

Today I am going to go get my eyes checked and hopefully get some new glasses so I can see better when I'm on my trip. I sure don't want to miss anything!