Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Chain Foundation in Mukono, Uganda

We arrived at Entebbe Airport around 7:30 am, where Matthew and his son Alex (who always drive the Epiphany mission teams), met us to drive through Entebbe, Kampala, and on to Mukono, where The Chain Foundation for Blind and Sighted Children is located. I was able to meet our godson whom we sponsor, John Mbakulo (below). Bill had met him two years ago and John was so happy to see Bill; they hugged each other for a very long time!

The children gathered together to sing, dance, and drum, welcoming us to their home! Our Epiphany Mission Team had already been at Chain for a week working with children, checking teeth and educating them about dental health, painting the new pottery building and setting windows in the new teachers' quarters.

One day the team handed out over 100 dresses that our church, Epiphany, had made the girls through The Dress-a-Girl Organization. Here you see one of the girls wearing a beautiful blue dress. We were told that they were so excited to receive them
They need more dresses, especially for the taller, larger girls! And, don't worry, the boys were not forgotten!

This little boy was one of the song leaders. They are all so precious!

Everyone was given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small toy.

We toured the grounds next, and here Chris and Marissa are getting a pottery lesson from Ben, the school's new pottery instructor.
Ben is an excellent teacher and artist. The children have made some beautiful pieces!

That evening we retired at the Coline Hotel in Mukono, where the team is staying as well. My first night with a mosquito net!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

London (for too short a time)

My niece, Becca, who recently moved to England with her husband Chuck,
met us at Heathrow airport, and we drove to her new home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

We toured her new home and, of course, ended up visiting in the kitchen. It was also great to see their 3 boxers, Dizzy, Harrison, & Fievel.
After a bit, we took a walking tour of Marlow where we saw All Saints Church, built in 1830.

Alex relaxing by the Thames River.

We lunched at The Two Brewers Pub.

Bill & I enjoyed a pint of one the local brews, Rebellion IPA.
We both think that while the British invented IPA, American craft brewers have perfected it! ­čśŐ

We spent the rest of the afternoon napping, until we had to return to Heathrow for the second leg of our journey to Entebbe, Uganda. Alex remained in Marlow to explore London, and then to spend a week in Amsterdam, Paris, & Berlin. We will meet up with him later.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sabbatical Part Two

James kindly drove us to the airport to see us off on the next portion of our sabbatical. We left for London on July 8th and arrived at 8 am on the 9th.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Copán Ruinas - Day 2

Today we spent the morning walking about in the town and enjoyed iced coffee at Caf├ę San Rafael. 

Friday is market day...

Young children from a poverty stricken village close by, sell cornhusk dolls in town every day. We couldn't resist!

We bought some licha from these women- a very tasty fruit!

Alex's first impression.

 A view of the town square and la iglesia.

Inside the church is a striking statue of Christ...

Bill and Alex light a candle for Bill's dad and mom, Vince and Ruth.

We also went by the Ixbalanque Language School where I captured this shot of Victoria, daughter of Katy, who runs the school. ¡Ella es muy bonita!

The blue hour, from atop the hill where the Alvarados live.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Copán Ruinas

Today we fly to Siquatepeque, Honduras and then travel by bus to Copán Ruinas, to begin 16 days studying Español at Ixbalanque Language School.

When we arrive the first order of business is lunch at Baleadas Express! When we arrived in Cop├ín around 7 pm, our family, the Alvarados, were so happy to see us, especially Bill, who has stayed with them twice before.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Noel is such a handsome young man. He is the son of Simon, a dear friend from church.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


 Cool dude!

Purest form.

Tough whiskers.

Not sure I need to comment, except maybe this last one. 
I asked Alex to put on shaving cream so the viewer wouldn't think he was cutting off his head,
but he declined, saying that you don't use shaving cream with an electric shaver,
why would you need it with the electric hedge trimmer? Hmmm... he has a point.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Something Familiar in an Unfamiliar Way (SFUW) 2:
A Flower Wearing Earrings

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chinese New Year

New Topic! Something Familiar in an Unfamiliar Way
Today is the Chinese New Year and James, Alex and I just happened to be leaving
 one of our favorite Chinese restaurants when we saw and heard the celebrating.
I've never seen one the dragons before, so it was a real treat for all.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Light & Shadow 3

More light and shadow...
It is said, in the south, when the wind blows, causing the bottles to whistle,
evil spirits are vanquished. I still need a few more bottles to finish my tree;
have you started yours? An interesting tradition, no?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Light & Shadow 2

As the sun sets in the west, light shines into my kitchen glass block window.
I love the light and shadow play with the glass, the black granite countertop, and the wooden box.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Light & Shadow 1

So many patterns, lines, and shadows! I love it!
Porter is very intent on the man who is walking outside. Glad he is keeping watch.
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