We are going to do something new… that is actually totally ordinary. We are going to eat just beans and rice (and things from our garden) for a week. Why? Because we want to stand in solidarity with a family we love which is doing well when they are eating beans and rice instead of just posho or nothing. I don’t think I appreciate what an abundance I am enjoying multiple times each day as I eat what is standard fare for middle class USA. Spaghetti, tacos, sandwiches, steak, salmon, eggs, toast, lasagna… We rarely eat the same meal twice in a row and the children are particular about what things they like and don’t like.
Our friend’s children are sometimes hungry. And sometimes they are so tired of posho that they would rather be hungry than eat more of it. So I guess our goal is twofold. The first is to stand in solidarity, having a similar experience as our friends. The second is to save grocery money, so that we can buy our friends some more food!
Speaking of these friends… these friends are the Waisana family. Hello David and family!!! My parents became friends with them while they lived in Uganda. They have many children… some born to them and some taken in. They are caring for orphans even when they don’t have enough food to feed them all. I’m pretty proud of them. I’m proud of their faith in God that has not wilted in the heat of hunger or any number of struggles. Thank you, David, for holding onto hope in a God who is BIG. If God wills, I’ll meet you all in this life. If not, I look forward to having a party with you and your children in heaven!
Introducing the Waisana family!
Now… I need to make sure I have enough beans and rice for us… I don’t want to eat posho!
Here are a couple pictures of typical Ugandan meals. Posho is made out of a starchy corn flour and boiling water.
Posho and beans
Rice, matoke (cooked green bananas), beans on my parents’ table
Austin, owner of Steeltech, digging out our old post to put in a new mailbox!
Jordan’s hip MRI showed good bone structure, so we are going to postpone surgery. Not sure how long we’ll postpone it as his hip joints are quite unstable… able to slide in and out of socket easily. I am so glad to have a break from all the medical appointments, though!
Waiting for Jordan to wake up from his hip MRI
Grandma gave Carolyn a new dress. Awwwwwww.
Mom D came and spent some quality time with us and the kittens too!
The kittens picked up on strings quickly.
Maggie got her first ride in Pappy’s airplane!!!!
Ready for takeoff!
The weather looked beautiful, but was quite bouncy…. and our little trooper threw up before landing. She gives one thumbs up for flying and one thumbs down for air sickness.
What this pale-face girly thinks of flying.
Sad story here.
It’s funny to leave the water on.
Unfortunately, the boys have started yowling at each other and there was poop in all the wrong places this morning. Can’t wait to take them in to get fixed and adopted! Six half-grown kittens are too much for one room!
Getting ready for bed is also kinda funny.
Anna has a strong panic response to bees. But she came out! We got her covered up and made sure there weren’t places for bees to get trapped in her clothes. She recognized a queen cell on the frame before I did and was very helpful! One (just one out of the thousands) went all guard bee on us and hassled Brian and Anna, which was quite enough for Anna. Thankfully, there were no stings.
Anna was AWESOME and came for the bee hive inspection!
The boxes were quite full and they were building comb to the lid.
Brand new comb that wasn’t there a couple weeks ago!
We found each of the queens!
Brian took a picture of each side of each frame for me to look at later.
The smell in the hive was DELICIOUS.
Some torn comb along the top there had honey in it… can you see all those bees sticking their heads down to drink it up?
These were delicious!
I like it when Brian sees cooking posts on facebook.
There ya go – pictures of our home highlights. Also happening is school prep for next year, trickling out the remainder of math and grammar for this year, working on reconnecting with the kids on a deeper level again instead of just being us/them and the increasing attitude issues, housework, cooking, dentist appointments, the kids collaborating to buy another cheap smart phone so that there are more computers to play with, reorganizing the craft room and Brian’s home office… etc. etc.
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We're just a typical, atypical family in the Pacific Northwest. We homeschool, love Jesus and are learning as we go.
We have three beautiful daughters, born in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and a handsome son born in 2009 (who arrived home December, 2011).
After learning about the need for adoptive families of children with special needs, (and here and here) we began the process to adopt our son Jordan (who has Down Syndrome). He arrived home on December 3rd, 2011!. You can see photos from our trips to Bulgaria by looking at June and Nov/Dec 2011 archives.