October 06, 2016

Kampala Happenings

Oh the laughing and screams, running and playing. These are the moments that I want to hold onto and cherish. Thinking back on this past week, I am filled with joy remembering all the children having a water fight outside. Watching Charlton take 30 minutes out of his crazy day to chase and spend time with the children was beautiful.

I feel like these moments with our children pass by too quickly. Last weekend when I was out and about running errands with several of our children, we ended up stopping at a restaurant for breakfast. At one point I looked over at my five year old Lokke,  and he was glancing up at me with his 100 watt smile, hoping to find my approval with his drawings. Whether he is practicing his letters, putting a puzzle together, or singing a song-- all it takes is a little reassurance from us that he is doing a fine job and his little eyes glow.

The boys licking spilled ranch off the table. It's a hot commodity around here.
In my short time being a mother, I am really realizing the importance of spending quality time together with our children. Spending time together as a family can pose to be a problem anywhere, but especially living in more of an eastern culture, where collectivism at large seems to be the moral stance. We live in a land that is truly rich in culture, diversity, and community. So we need to be open, willing, and even expect to have visitors stop by unannounced throughout the day. Errands take ten times longer to get done here then in the States. Simply walking down the street to buy vegetables could take an hour because greeting people and chatting is so important. So we are strong believers that if the Lord wills, we will do this or that-- and the Lord is blessing that.

One exciting announcement that we would like to make is that our church body is going to be opening up a bookstore/coffee shop here in Kampala directly across from the University! This is going to be a place we will be able to reach out to collage students, provide Kingdom resources, as well as hold seminars and studies. We hope to be keeping everyone up to date on the bookstore/coffee shop on the ministries website, www.fotw-ug.org.
Here is the bookstore location. As you can see, we have a lot of work to do.

Just thought I would post a little update, that we are all doing well and things are continuing to move forward. Through celebrations, laughter,  and tears... torrential downpours, disappointments, ups and downs. We are still holding strong-- sojourning in Uganda.  

Because of Jesus,


Ava's 6th Birthday
Rainy season is upon us.
Source of the Nile with friends.
Boaz helping Charlton build a dog fence.

September 02, 2016

Why We Homeschool

I was one of those kids who picked out their "back to school outfit" weeks before school even started. The excitement of getting prepared for that first day of school after a long summer break, is something I clearly remember. I have fond memories of shopping for new trapper-keepers, and Lisa Frank school supplies. As this school season is getting geared up, many of my thoughts, once again, and much of my time has been focused on preparing for this upcoming year. You see, we are doing things a little bit different then the way we grew up, we are teaching all of our children at home. Homeschool.

We believe that true education is so much more then conventional academics. Granted, with home education you can really hone in on children's strengths and weaknesses, moving as fast or slow as needed in any given subject. But our main objective is our responsibility to shape and mold our children's character, and to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We do not sow seeds in our neighbors yard, and simply hope something will grow. We sow those seeds in our yard, and then we water, fertilize, weed and make sure our garden is being well looked after-- and our aim is to do the same with our children.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. ~Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Throughout the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is being used as God's instrument to instruct the Israelites. He seems to be continually exhorting Israel to remain loyal to God, and respond to Him with pure love from their innermost beings. It's truly inspiring! What a beautiful stage this sets for the devotion we should be nourishing in our homes for the Lord.

Our hope is to have a life giving home, not only for our children but for all who may enter. It is important for us to cultivate an environment of joy and rest. A place where our children can be grounded in the truth, and develop a true love of learning. Honestly, we just really enjoy having our children around. And seeing them develop such strong relationships with each other has been an unexpected gift that we want to encourage.

We praise the Lord in all things, and look forward to another year of learning.

August 22, 2016


This is actually brother Finny's 5th session.

Hope you have been blessed, challenged, and strengthened by these teachings!