Friday, March 24, 2017

Corrie

Corrie is loving all the new sights and sounds that Texas has to offer.  She is also growing and becoming a very strong and independent little girl.

Lily Kate (her cousin) gave Corrie some glasses to wear....She looked pretty darn cute!
At Sea World, she could hardly contain her excitement!  Neither could I .
But all that excitement wears a girl out.

Our crazy schedule over this past month has meant lots of naps in the car.  
This was her favorite toy one morning... 
We have also had some very early mornings.  Like 3:30 early.  But she is so happy when I get her out of bed...Wish I could say the same about being up at 3:30 in the morning!  


Silas is a U.S. citizen

Silas became a citizen of the United States earlier this month.  It was by far the easiest part of the whole process.  We went in at 9:00 and he had his citizenship papers in his hand by 9:30!  It really was a wonderful thing to be a part of.



My mom, sister, and (surprise to me) my nephew flew down to San Antonio for a few days to be with us to celebrate Silas, and to see everyone.  We went to Sea World, the Alamo, walked along the river walk, and then went up to Fredricksburg.  










It was such a wonderful time to be with my family and to witness our son becoming a U.S. citizen.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reunited with the Rosser and Boles families

Our dear and long time family friend, Charla, came and took over 500 pictures of our arrival back into the states.  Click here to view the wonderful and fun pictures she captured of the long awaited reunion.  Thank you Charla!

Our first flight with the kids

We have been in the U.S. for a month now and things are finally starting to settle somewhat into a routine.  
So I thought I would just post a few blogs with pictures of our first few weeks.

Our first flight with the kids is over.  We had a 5 hour flight then a 16 (!!!!) hour flight.  

Colin is pushed the 3 kids through the Entebbe airport.  It was super NOT fun arriving to our gate.  We didn't know that on the type of visa that the kids had, they had to have return tickets.  So at the counter before we even went through immigration, we had to buy Silas and Aggie tickets to come back.  And given all the heat on adoption in the country these past few years, folks were going over all our documents before they would let us leave the country!  But the Lord went before us and we were able to get to the gate and let the kids have a few minutes to run around.

Flying with babies...Oh my goodness.  Corrie was too big  for the basinet, so she had to sleep across me.  Needless to say I  did not get very much sleep during our 25 hours of flying!

Sials and Aggie did great.  They loved the food and the movies and slept ok.  It was really fun for them.

About 12 hours into our second flight, Corrie was done.  So she spent a few hours on the ground in front of us playing.

All in all, it wasn't all that bad.  Just long.  Our kids did great and I am thankful for that.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many of you already know that we are about to head back the the U.S. for our first furlough in 5 years as a family.  To say we are excited is an understatement.  We have had a few gatherings with our friends here in the village over the last few days and just hearing them reminisce about all the God has done has made these last 5 years such a wonderful blessing and honor to be a small part of.  


This was shortly after Colin and I moved to UG.  We might have been here 5 or 6 months when we took this picture.  Given by how rested we look, this was pre-children.

Our first car in UG.  This was the best thing that we could have driven starting off.  It was a tank and somewhat reliable.  I am glad we had it and we sort of miss it!


One of the things that I am most excited about, when we finally land on U.S. soil, is that family and friends that have been watching our family grow over Skype or FaceTime, will finally get to meet our kids.  Meeting their nieces and nephew, granddaughters and grandson for the first time in their lives.  I get a little teary eyed just thinking about it! 

My BEST (and I do mean best) friend in the whole world,  Marissa.  I love her and can not wait for our reunion.  


Colin and his Siblings.  5 years is a long time to go without hugging your brother.  
Aunt Beans and Silas.  5 years of watching this little dude grow through a computer/phone screen is about to be over!!!
We have had some family visitors!  My mom (the grands call her Kammy) has been here twice to visit....  

....and also last year we had our Pops and Uncle Toot swing over  for a visit as well.  We are always so thankful for the visitors that we have.  We know the sacrifice it is to travel here just to see us or our ministry.  It is humbling.


This is the old sign for our church.  It has been replaced with a new one, and this one hangs in our living room.  We are so thankful for the folks that attend this little church and we look forward to sharing more about our village once we are back in the U.S.

We are wrapping up our last few days in the village before we head to the city to fly out.  Please pray for us as we travel.  We have a very very very long flight and I am preparing myself for traveling with a 1 year old.  The older two are going to do great, its just the baby that I am worried about, because she is a whrilling dervish monster child most of the time (I mean that in the most loving way possible...But her first word was a growl, so.....).  I really hope we all make it out alive... ;-)  But we are so ready to see you all and can't wait to be in the U.S. very soon!!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Our 5th Ugandan Christmas

We had thought that we would be stateside this year for Christmas, but our paperwork that is in the USCIS has yet to be approved.  We are hopeful that we will hear something in the next few weeks once the holidays are over, and we can go to the embassy here sometime next month.  We are close to our furlough so we will just continue to wait.

This was our 5th Christmas in Uganda.  Last year we were waiting for our third child to make her grand entrance, this year she is about to turn 1 year old!

We came down to the city for some rest and a break from work, and to celebrate Christmas with our teammates who are working near the northern boarder.

Before we were in the city, we spent a few nights in Jinja.






We spent a few days at the pool letting the kids swim.  

She's got some freckles.

These two can play for hours, then they also can also sleep for hours!

This is the face you make when you eat buttermilk pie with homemade whipped cream.

The Rosser family!

We had a sick day for the littlest.  But she was back to normal by the next morning.

When she is sick, it is the only time she will cuddle/sleep with us.  She is on the move too much any other time.

I am finding it hard to believe that she will be 1 year in just a few days.

Silas went on a virtual ride and LOVED it.  

One nice thing about being in the city for the holidays is the food!  We do not eat like this in the village!

The kids were enjoying the new food as well.

Due to a lack of planning, and thinking we would be stateside around Christmas time, I didn't do much for gifts this year.  The kids did get stockings though.  

Corrie's favorite gift was her very own toothbrush.

My little artist with his new paint brushes. 

Aggie Darling with her little cheese burger.  She couldn't believe her eyes!

Corrie with her toothbrush.

Checking out the goodies.

Corrie needed (and I do mean, NEEDED) to see what her daddy was doing at the table.  So she climbed  right up next to him.  (Colin was cutting up tender loin steaks for Christmas lunch.)

A happy boy eating his Christmas pie!

We hope that you all had a very wonderful Christmas!  We are looking forward to ringing in the New Year and we are so thankful for the wonderful year 2016 has been.  God has blessed our family and He has shown himself to be faithful in so many ways.  We are still amazed at the work we get to be a part of here and the folks that we get to do life with here.