Entries by Joline

Fire and Fireflies

First of all, let me say that we are all okay, but there was a fire at our hotel on Sunday night. Earlier that evening, we had eaten dinner at the mall food court with about six other families who are adopting in Uganda.  The Brown family of Midland, Texas was part of that gathering.  See […]

Beans for 27!

After reading my post about my cooking disaster with g-nuts, many of you offered encouragement and said it would take time for me to learn how to cook beans and other Ugandan foods.  So I thought you would be pleased to know that I successfully cooked beans and rice for dinner on Friday night for […]

Unwanted Souvenir

If you have seen my refrigerator at home, you know I like collecting magnets as souvenirs when I travel.  You might have seen my magnet of the Eiffel Tower from Paris, Big Ben from London, the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the dolphins from Cancun, La Sagrada Familia from Barcelona, the Colosseum from Rome, […]

I Refuse

Sometimes a song expresses what you are feeling better than you could.  Check out these song lyrics from “I Refuse” by Josh Wilson and you will get an idea of what I am feeling. Sometimes I I just want to close my eyes And act like everyone’s alright When I know they’re not This world needs […]

Jina lako?

“Jina lako?”  “What is your name?”  I repeated this Swahili phrase 33 times today as I met the boys and girls in the Ihungu Remand Home in Masindi (about 3 – 4 hours from Kampala, depending on traffic).  Because these teen prisoners have come from different parts of Uganda and speak a variety of languages, Swahili […]

Life Goes On

Wise King Solomon said, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 2). We are approaching the half-way point of our time in Uganda.  When […]

Gulu 2012

Many of you have seen or at least heard about the controversial film called “Kony 2012.”  If you don’t know anything about Joseph Kony and the terror his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) unleashed on northern Uganda for 20 years, you might want to check out the video and get informed.  Click on this link if you want to watch “Kony […]

Meeting old and new friends

“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.”  Does that ring a bell for anyone?  That line from a song from childhood keeps going through my head, but I don’t remember where I learned it. One of the best parts of living in Uganda has been meeting up […]

Who is my neighbor?

When we told our family and friends that we were moving to Uganda for six months, a few asked if we were going to live in a mud hut and have an outhouse.  I’m not kidding!  Don’t feel silly if you were one of those people – it was a fair question.  The answer is no, we […]

Reducing Child Mortality

Post from Joline and Jill: For every 1,000 live births in Uganda, 137 children under the age of five die.  To put this into perspective, in the United States, that number is 7.5 children. Why are so many kids in Uganda not making it to their fifth birthday?  The majority of the deaths are caused […]