Uganda Women’s Clinic

(If you haven’t read the blog posts I’ve linked to, I would encourage you to.)

It has long been a dream of Paul and Pam Hunter to do something about the poor health care for childbearing mothers in Uganda. The hospital doesn’t provide anything without pay and often doesn’t provide anything… a bed, sheets, clothes or diapers for the baby, MEDICINE, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, any special support for child mothers or mothers who lose their babies and the care which is provided is often without dignity or precision. Not long ago, they were able to purchase land to build a Women’s Clinic. It won’t be big, but it should be sufficient to offer quality medical care and God’s love to families.

Just last fall, my parents (Dale and Daurelle Chapman) moved to Uganda, prepared to do whatever the Lord called them to. They wrapped up their first year serving families who needed heart surgeries, partnering with Morning Star Foundation. Starting this summer, they have transitioned to building and managing the NGM Women’s Health Clinic on that property!

My parents, Dale and Daurelle with Paul and Pam

My parents, Dale and Daurelle with Paul and Pam

My parents surprised us by flying home for a visit this spring!!! How we miss them. Along with visiting family and friends, they also sold any of their worldly possessions of value that weren’t nailed down. They are serving as volunteers with their own resources and have not gathered any financial support. However, their own resources are nearly expended and they are trusting that if the Lord wants them to stay and serve, that He will provide for their daily needs.

Now, if sacrificially serving childbearing women in need isn’t God’s business, I don’t know what is. I have no hesitations in inviting you to consider supporting my parents as they pour themselves out for their good friends in Jinja, Uganda. You can pray for them, you can try to ship needed items to them (that’s challenging) and you can support them financially. Donations can be made through Next Generation Ministries specifically for Mom and Dad and the Women’s Health Clinic with the paypal link on their blog. You can also mail checks to the address listed here with a memo for the Women’s Health Clinic or Dale & Daurelle.

Dad was given a chicken as a gift from a happy family whose daughter had a successful heart surgery. :-)

Dad was given a chicken as a gift from a happy family whose daughter had a successful heart surgery. :-)

Dad and Meddie!

Dad and good friend Meddie!

Mom and Dad on their way home from church.

Mom and Dad on their way home from church.

Mom and friend Sophie

Mom and friend Sophie

I am proud and happy and sad all at the same time. I have an amazing heritage. And I am so happy I was able to hug and see and talk with my parents in person this spring!

Family beach trip when we were kids.

Family beach trip when we were kids.

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More summer fun

We got to visit my Grandma and see my cousin's sweet family too!

We got to visit my Grandma and see my cousin’s sweet family too!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

ADORABLE.

ADORABLE.

The girls just loved it.

The girls just loved it.

Free, lovely facepaint!

Free, lovely facepaint!

A nice man stopped and said we looked so sweet and could he take our picture for us?  I was hot, exhausted and trying to feed the kids and not get ketchup on me... his kind gesture was really appreciated.

A nice man stopped and said we looked so sweet and could he take our picture for us? I was hot, exhausted and trying to feed the kids and not get ketchup on me… his kind gesture was really appreciated.

There were lots of people there.

There were lots of people there.

Carolyn isn't always so agreeable.  haha

Carolyn isn’t always so agreeable. haha

Just the girls and I went to a parade!

Just the girls and I went to a parade!

Anna says this is Maggie being an abominable snowman?

Anna says this is Maggie being an abominable snowman?

Smoke has a new, local family and I am happy for both them and us.  It is sad and quiet... and relieving and simpler.  Thank you for the six months, Smoke!

Smoke has a new, local family and I am happy for both them and us. It is sad and quiet… and relieving and simpler. Thank you for the six months, Smoke!

My treasures!

My treasures!

I loved watching them look for lightning together.

I loved watching them look for lightning together.

Thunder clouds came through while we were there.

Thunder clouds came through while we were there.

So many.

So many.

So many rocks.

So many rocks.

And being silly in the shade!

And being silly in the shade!

Lunchtime fun... hunting for peacock feathers.

Lunchtime fun… hunting for peacock feathers.

I just love Grandma's head scarves!  We went to Richardson's Rock Ranch to hunt for thunder eggs.

I just love Grandma’s head scarves! We went to Richardson’s Rock Ranch to hunt for thunder eggs.

Sisters.

Sisters.

Hunting for rock treasures.

Hunting for rock treasures.

Apparently, Kevin was trying to convince them that he was a beautiful princess with long flowing blond hair like Rapunzel.

Apparently, Kevin was trying to convince them that he was a beautiful princess with long flowing blond hair like Rapunzel.

The sun was out, the adventures were ripe.

The sun was out, the adventures were ripe.

It is lovely holding a squishy little baby when they are happy.

It is lovely holding a squishy little baby when they are happy.

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July 2014

Rodeo and fireworks and pool, oh my!

Maggie is a lot bigger than the last time she held a newborn! (Carolyn)

Maggie is a lot bigger than the last time she held a newborn! (Carolyn)

Carolyn loved the baby the most, I think. She asked to hold her several times.

Carolyn loved the baby the most, I think. She asked to hold her several times.

Baby no more.

Baby no more.

Sweet, nurturing soul shining from her eyes.

Sweet, nurturing soul shining from her eyes.

We went to the rodeo!  There were free rides!

We went to the rodeo! There were free rides!

Oh boy!

Oh boy!

Anna talked and talked to her helper.

Anna talked and talked to her helper.

So did Maggie.

So did Maggie.

They were both brave and happy as clams from their five minute rides!

They were both brave and happy as clams from their five minute rides!

It was hard for Anna to decide whether the horse rides were the best part of the rodeo or the princesses.  She settled on the princesses.

It was hard for Anna to decide whether the horse rides were the best part of the rodeo or the princesses. She settled on the princesses.

Fourth of July Rodeo!

Fourth of July Rodeo!

It was hot out.

It was hot out.

Maggie and Pappy were pretty hilarious.

Maggie and Pappy were pretty hilarious.

This looks a little more comfortable.

This looks a little more comfortable.

Selfie!

Selfie!

Cotton candy treat!

Cotton candy treat!

We sat right above the loading area.

We sat right above the loading area.

Fireworks!  I love Washington fireworks... they shoot into the air!

Fireworks! I love Washington fireworks… they shoot into the air!

The back of our van has seen better days.  I backed into the bike rack sticking off the back of Brian's car the other day.  Ah well.

The back of our van has seen better days. I backed into the bike rack sticking off the back of Brian’s car the other day. Ah well.

I love having this pool!  We are having lots of fun with it!

I love having this pool! We are having lots of fun with it!

Carolyn likes to play on the ladder if she's not in the water being held.

Carolyn likes to play on the ladder if she’s not in the water being held.

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June 2014 Pictures

Carolyn crawls up to investigate her sleeping Grandpa.

Carolyn crawls up to investigate her sleeping Grandpa.

Lots of good book time happens around here!

Lots of good book time happens around here!

This room was spotless just 24 hours before.

This room was spotless just 24 hours before.

Goofy kids.

Goofy kids.

We have new chicks!  It's always such a miracle to see new life.

We have new chicks! It’s always such a miracle to see new life.

The little Silkie even hatched several eggs.

The little Silkie even hatched several eggs.

The Welsummer has the bulk of the 10 chicks somehow.

The Welsummer has the bulk of the 10 chicks somehow.

Newborn chicks are so much cuter than the big 1-month olds we have now!

Newborn chicks are so much cuter than the big 1-month olds we have now!

Love.

Love.

Anna is amazing.  Here she decided to help both little sisters go down to the coop with her to hold chicks and get eggs.

Anna is amazing. Here she decided to help both little sisters go down to the coop with her to hold chicks and get eggs.

She helped Carolyn all on her own...

She helped Carolyn all on her own…

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REAL Essentials for This Tired Mom

I am trying to focus on the essentials. The REAL ones. In a practical language that my practical brain can understand.

As the day progresses, my main priority is attitude. Smiling, singing, patient, helpful, teaching, humble, prayerful attitude. Ok, that order is a little tall, so the simpler attitude would be peaceful and gracious.

The bulk of my day is spent responding to needs or hiding for breaks (haha):
Prepping meals, feeding kids, changing diapers, dressing children, refereeing conflicts, keeping the laundry going and kids out of trouble, keeping the budget up to date, paying bills, tending the garden (barely), picking up the house, helping Anna with math, etc.

(Ooh, right now, I’m scared of starting a full school load with the kids in the fall. I trust some time and rest and slow prep this summer will have me ready by September. Stressing about things in the future is pretty much not allowed. If I feel something stressing me much… I drop it. It will have to wait. Essentials first.)

Daily priorities:
Laundry
Dishes
Dinner
School
Prayer
One on one time with kids
Exercise
Bible time
Nap or Quiet time (NOT computer)

The first six are my original list. I have not been successful in dedicated one on one time with the kids, so that is a goal of mine. And it DOES feel stressful, so I may have to change it somehow. But, parenting is just about on the tippity top of my main, high-level list, so I think it deserves its spot. The other three things have been mostly not happening up until this month, I have begun exercising daily (early AM walks) and making sure quiet time happens, though keeping away from the computer remains challenging. For Bible time, I have been surviving by remembering God’s promises to me and reading a few verses that are posted around the house or that Brian sends me in a text. I would like to give more of my mental energy to the Lord’s Word.

I mentioned my main, high-level list. It looks like this, in order of priority:

Take care of myself
Take care of my husband
Take care of my kids
Maintain friendships
Support those in need
Maintain less involved relationships

I have had quite a lot of less involved relationships since we moved a couple years ago. A couple of those have developed into deeper friendships, but I have worked hard for a long time on those less successful relationships and I need to let them go. I also need to let go of feelings of responsibility for those in need… well, more or less. That is, I need to put appropriate amounts of energy into keeping myself from sliding further into a place of desperate need so that I have more to give. And I don’t mean money. I mean emotional and mental health and well being. I have experimented with blessing others in order to be less self-centered and to release self pity. It was a good exercise and I should keep doing it. But I need to let go of those situations I don’t have resources for.

Ok… I know this isn’t complete or concise. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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