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Family “VACATION”.

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So, we had an ADVENTURE of the biggest kind.  We took a family ‘vacation’…a road trip through Uganda way, way South to the border of Congo and Rwanda.  Two things.  We need a different word for road-tripping in Africa with 7 children.  The memories of this trip make me want to cry, and laugh all at once.  It was hard, exhausting, so so special and incredible.  But ‘Vacation’ is just not the right vocabulary. :)   Adventure.  It’s all about the adventure.

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The goal is to get away as a family–just us– a couple times a year.  We have found that living overseas makes a few things in life a big more challenging.  One of those being creating family traditions and memories that our kids and us look forward to.  We want to build into our family…create beautiful and FUN memories of exploring and enjoying God and this beautiful creation together…so off. we. go!!

We really drove SO FAR.  Maybe 11 hours.  11 hours, y’all!!  In a Safari car.  WITH 7 KIDS.  It was fun.  It was GORGEOUS.  It was hot, and bumpy, and there was lots of throwing up and I basically felt like a mommy-jungle gym.  Whew.  BUT we made it!  And it WAS WORTH IT.  Really, I mean it!  We went to an Island in the middle of Lake Byonini.  And it was beautifully refreshing to my soul.  It felt like the San Juan Islands back home.  I LOVED this time with my tribe.  Dave is amazing.  And i LOVE LOVE my family.  Isaiah joined the ranks like a CHAMP (besides the waking every 2 hours in the night thing!!)IMG_4786FullSizeRenderIMG_5047FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender

We played and swam, and hiked. Ahhhhhh…..my soul was filled.  I watched my kids giggle and sing like Tarzan on a rope swing into the lake.  They tromped through the forest over golden leaves as we hiked.  They built campfires, and played games.  We found ‘treasures’, went on nature walks, and soaked in the beauty.   It was just us.

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We drove and adventured to near the border of Congo and Rwanda…it was breath-taking.  One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  The people were beautiful.  God’s creation was incredible.  I’m so deeply thankful for the gift of this.  Here’s some pictures to capture, where the words fall short…you’ll see!!

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IMG_5236IMG_5157Thank you, Jesus, for this incredibly rich life you’ve blessed us with.

Patti Berry - I have always thought you looked so much like your mom, but in the picture of you and your daughters with the sigh “Kingfisher Lane” .. at first I thought it WAS your mom :-) The picture of the narrow “finger of land” out onto the water with a villa or something there .. what is that? I have to say, your safari car looks amazing. I know my kids would have loved something like that ! I truly enjoy “traveling” with you and your tribe and lifting you in prayer. You are mighty warriors for God!

Keep the SON in your eyes.

Looking to JESUS…

AYER ACADEMY GRADUATION–2016!!

THEY DID IT!!!

WE MADE IT!!

Graduating this year from

1st Grade:  Evelyn Faith & Riah Grace

3rd Grade:  Maija Hope

5th Grade : Caleb Matthew

7th Grade:  Ella Joy

This was a HUGE year, with another HUGE move…lots of changes…another country…but these kids were incredible!! They finished WELL!! They are amazing, strong, fun, smart, they love Jesus and I LOVE BEING THEIR MOM AND TEACHER!!!

 

Alice in Wonderland…In JINJA!!

Ella and Caleb had an INCREDIBLE opportunity to perform “Alice in Wonderland” with Ella’s school here in Jinja…Ella had one of the lead roles, and Caleb debuted as the King of Hearts!! It is SO fun to watch our kids thrive here and see them pursue some of their loves and giftings!!

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