i made it

Before, I had mentioned that me getting this job and preparing to go to Korea was a whirlwind.  Well, leaving America was no different!

I had been waiting for my visa, in order for a ticket to be purchased so I could leave for Korea. Tuesday afternoon, my passport with my Korean visa was back in my possession.  That night, my ticket was purchased for Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, I finished packing, while it kind of sunk-in that I was flying half way across the world the next day.
Thursday morning, one of my friends took me to the airport, then I spent the next 24 hours or so traveling to my new home in Daegu.

waiting for my bus to Daegu at the Incheon airport Friday night


image3on the bus – yes, I need sleep!


image2and when you need sleep, sometimes the fisheye camera and funny faces come out:)


Saturday, we had orientation, all day.  I thought it was going to be orientation for the teachers, turns out it was orientation for the parents about this upcoming school year.  In the morning it was parents who have been with the school before; after lunch we had the same program all over again for parents new to the school.

I might still feel a little lost and like I have no idea what is going on, but slowly by slowly that feeling is dissipating.

It has been good to meet my fellow teachers and to get a little bit better understanding of what the school is like.  Also, to unpack and make this room feel a little bit like home.

my room


image5the view from my room


much love!



back home…

…or at least to my Ugandan home:)

This is going to be short, but I wanted to let everyone know that I have made it back to Mukono, Uganda safely.
I don’t have much internet while I am here, but I will post pictures and updates when I can.

Before I go, let me tell you, it feels good to be back here, even though I know this visit will be brief.
the smiles
the warm welcomes
the hugs
it has been great and brought so much joy to my heart.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here; to see my friends and family, to talk about life, and to see what God has been doing here.


much love!

singing on a plane


I happen to like flying.
The whole experience, from people watching at the airports to flying itself – starting in one location and landing somewhere different.

But for some people, flying is not enjoyable.
Security lines in airports, the cramped quarters of planes, crying babies and many other things can make travel by air not so great.

But can you imagine being on a flight with the cast of a Broadway musical?
What if they started singing?


I wouldn’t mind if this ever happened while I am flying somewhere:)

much love!

happy Thanksgiving!

Thought I would share this gem from when I was little…

with two of my cousins and my sister, circa 1992
Jenna, Emily, me, and Denae

I’ve spent many a Thanksgiving with those three:)

Before I wrap this up, I thought I would jot a quick list of things I am thankful for / make me happy this week:
-joking with Aggie as we work at the house for the conference
-being asked to help during the conference
-mail arriving from America
-face-timing with friends
-fresh cucumbers
-Joshua’s laughter as he chases after a chicken with a branch
-one of my fingers healing from infection
-Moses carrying a big stick (to beat people) as he walked me to the taxi last night
-having the opportunity to cook this week
-consistently having water the past couple of weeks

I hope everyone has a great day today!
Happy Thanksgiving!

much love

don’t worry mom, i’m safe

It started with a great conversation,
which gave us hope that this was going to be a quick and easy process.

Going into Kampala and visiting Immigration became a routine for Pastor and I over the past few weeks.
So, not quite the speedy process I was imagining at the beginning.

But, today, this is back in my procession:

my passport


And in my passport is a new stamp.
This new stamp is my visa allowing me to stay in the country for another three months!

it’s official!


Thank you to everyone who was praying for my visa to go through.

much love!

a passport with a video

Over the past couple of weeks we had a team here.  The twelve of them arrived on June 23rd, with us thinking they were going to be World Race (and I was fairly excited).  As soon as they walked into church that morning, I immediately realized, with disappointment, that they weren’t racers, but on a Passport trip; Passport is a college-age mission trip.

But let me tell you, that initial disappointment was fast turned around.  The team just left early Friday morning and I was sad to see them go.

with 7 of the 12 – Emily, Kelsey, Ashley, me and Dani – Eric, Bryce and Jace
[missing – Matt, Kristin, Claire, Katie, and Samantha]


This team was solid.
They jumped into whatever was asked of them.
Among other things, while here, they fixed the road [driveway] into school, taught classes, lead home-cells, did door-to-door evangelism, and helped me with time management discussions in church.

As individuals, they took time to build relationships and pour into people.
I really appreciated this.
It was so great to have 12 mzungus [white people] to hang out with.  They refreshed me.  Their excitement for being here and what is going on with the library really encouraged me.
And honestly, it was just fun to hang out and talk with them!

with Kelsey and Emily in some pretty great hats


with Katie


awkward family photo with Emily, Kelsey and Dani


Oh, one other really cool thing from this team, a video.
They made this video, you should check it and see some of the kids from school!

much love!


Do you remember the first time you used a computer?
Can you imagine your life without one?
What about the internet?

How much different do you think your life would be without computers or the internet?

One of my first thoughts was, I would not be writing this blog right now and you would not be reading it.  For me, being here in Uganda, communicating with people at home would look very different, no Skype, emails, or Facebook.

Mukono, Uganda.October 2012
some of the terms we worked on with the students


Chandler and I had the opportunity to teach some students at the school computers and internet.  The first thing we asked the class was how many of them had seen a computer before?  Not everyone had their hand raised.  It’s hard imagining never even having seen or used a computer.


Mukono, Uganda.October 2012
students gathered around Chandler, as they surf the internet

It was such an awesome opportunity for us to share something that is so common and part of everyday life for us.  We showed them a little bit of what a computer can do with storing photos, playing music, and taking a video; then we let the students see what it is like to search for something on the the internet.

I think the hardest part of that teaching experience was not some of the students’ lack of understanding, but rather knowing that this is one of the few times in life some of these students will ever use a computer.


much love!