Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fransis - "Fran-swah"

This is Fransis. He is AMAZING!  He joined our "circle" last summer during the team rush, and has been a valuable player ever since.
 For months he helped me with the children on Sunday mornings.  A few months ago we got him an inexpensive guitar and he has become our Praise and Worship leader.  He is ROCKIN'!
Kent started calling him "Franswah".... .like he is French, and it stuck.  I totally love working with every week as the P&W leader.  This picture was taken on a special day for school... when he was given his "position", and took over the roll for someone else.  We are SO proud of this young man.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mommy Daughter dates.

So a few months back I started taking the girls out on lunch dates. Then we started hosting teams..... the past few Fridays we have been out of town, but some where in there Sweat Pea and I managed to get in an afternoon out, squeezed into our schedule.
The idea was inspired by my friend who is a missionary in the middle east. She had read the book "8 great dates for mom's and daughters", and loved the concept.  We started a Friday lunch rotation and as soon as I got my kindle, I read the book too!

The book has some GREAT ideas, some of which are hard to accomplish in a third world country, but we are going to try to adapt the concepts to what we DO have available.
A "snap" of the menu.  Contrary to popular belief we can get some yummy food in Gulu!
My beautiful princess!!!  So like me in so many ways.... yet so different too.
Her picture of me with the bus park out the window. 
After lunch we went shopping and stopped by our favorite seamstress Florence.  This is her baby girl.  I love all the bright color fabrics.... the are great for fun skirts and projects, no so great for quilting.

Spending "one on one" time with each of my girls is a joy and privilege that I look for to re-starting once our crazy summer has come to an end.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This is not a normal post.   It is a CRAZY long list of all our movies.  Movies are one of the few ways to have family time here.  Movies and Games.  However, we have started receiving doubles, so I thought I would post a list of all our movies, so people can see what we have or don't have.

Movie Title

A River Runs Through It
Band of Brothers
Big Mamma's House 2
City Slickers
Dances with Wolves
Forest Gump D -1
Lord of the Rings
Mrs. Doubtfire
Saving Private Ryan
Second Hand Lions
The Book of Eli ***
The Karate Kid
The Last Samurai
The Passion of the Christ
The Patriot
The Scorpion King
The Shawshank Redemption
Chicken Run
A Good Year
A Walk in The Clouds
Tristan & Isolde
A Fashion Fairytale
Fairytopia - Magic of the Rainbow
Fairytopia - Mermaidia
Swan Lake
The 12 Dancing Princesses
The Diamond Castle
The Island Princess
The Magic of Pegasus
The Nutcracker
The Princess and the Pauper
The Three Musketeers
Narnia - Lion, Witch and Wardrobe
Narnia - Prince Caspian and Voyage
Narnia - The Silver Chair
Any Given Sunday D - 1
Any Given Sunday D - 2
Talent for the Game
The Boys of Fall
The Green Berets
The NFL Greatest Coaches
The Pacific
Chonda Pierce
Veggie tales Double Feature
A Christmas Carol
Christmas Vacation
Santa Buddies
Santa Clause 2
The Nativity
Red Skelton
The 10 Commandments (1923 Silent)
The Great Escape
The Thomas Crown Affair
Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
Cinderella III
G Force
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning
Narnia - Prince Caspian
Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe
Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Peter Pan - Animated
Peter Pan - Return to Neverland
Sleeping Beauty
The Aristocats
The Emperor's New Groove
The Fox and the Hound
the Goofy movie
The Lion King
The Sword and the Stone
Tinker Bell - Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Air Bud - Strikes Back
Air Bud - 7th inning Fetch
Air Buddies - Air Buddies
Benji D
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Buddies - Snow Buddies
Buddies - Space Buddies
Fire House Dog
Lassie - Lassie's Gift of Love
Lassie - The Best of Lassie
Soccer Dog
The Retrievers
Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows - 2
White Fang - 9 episodes
Winn- Dixie
Joseph - King of Dreams
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar 2
Over the Hedge
Prince of Egypt
Bible - Apocalypse
Bible - Esther
Bible - Genisis
Bible - Jeremiah
Bible - Jesus
Bible - Paul
Bible - Solomon
Planet Earth
A Little Princess/ The Secret Garden
Anne of Green Gables
Dennis the Menace
Furry Vengance ***
Gifted Hands ***
Marmaduke ***
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
My Side of the Mountian
Nim's Island
Peter Pan - live Action
Ramona and Beezus
Stuart Little
Temple Grandin
The 10 Commandments D - 1 (1956)
The 10 Commandments D - 2 (1956)
The Sign of the Beaver
The Spy Next Door ***
Best of the Cosby Show
Coal Miner's Daughter
Little Rascals (1938 classic)
The Andy Griffith Show
The Best of Bonanza
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride - 2
Julie and Julia
Little Women
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Pride & Prejudice A&E
Pride and Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility
The Phanton of the Opera
Second Chances
The Secretariat
Charlotte's Web 2
Despicable Me
Donkey X
Dora saves the Mermaids
Dora saves the Snow Princess
Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat
Gnomeo and Juliet
Happy Feet
Ice Age
Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ice Age - The Meltdown
Open Season
Princess Collection
Quest for Camalot
Tale of Despaurx
The Hobbit
The Reef
The Secret of Nimh
The Secret of Nimh 2
Sound of Music
The West Side Story
200 Classic Cartoons
Finding Nemo
Monsters Inc
The Incredibles
Toy Story 1
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Baby Take a Bow
Bright Eyes
Curly Top
Little Miss Broadway
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
the Little Princess
John Bevere - Drawing Near
John Bevere - Intimacy
Louie Giglio - Fruit Cake and Ice Cream
Louie Giglio - Hope: When Life Hurts Most
Louie Giglio - How Great is our God
Louie Giglio - Indescribable

Monday, July 4, 2011

How to Build a Hut in three weeks

Small disclaimer....... this was SUPPOSED to post on the 5th..... WHY it didn't, I haven't a clue, but I wanted to just let everyone know that I do know when my dad's birthday is! 

This post is dedicated to my dad, who loves to build.  Who works steadily and had built many buildings during my life time!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!
 Step 1.  dig out the hill, and build up & level the foundation. 
 Step 2. Spread rock all over the foundation.
 Step 3. Pour concrete over the rock and smooth it out.
 Step 4. Start building up the walls.
 Step 5. Continue building wall, until you have gone all the way around the foundation.
Step 6. Add doors and windows.  then put the finishing over the rough bricks.
 Step 7. Put on the roof beams and start "sewing" the grass bundles on the the wood beams.
Step 8. pour the finishing floor and let it cure for a week.
Some where in there you add some wire for lights and an outlet. In a few weeks, when our current company leaves, we will paint it and really finish it off nicely, so that we always have a place to let people stay when they are in town visiting. All we lack is paint! I'll post the pictures when it is finished!

Friday, July 1, 2011


I am reading "The Secrets of the Secret Place" by Bob Sorge and so far there have been several that have really challenged my thinking.

 Most people could probably tell you that I am NOT a deep thinker.  I like to keep things simple.  I don't like talking politics or theology. But one of the secrets that really kicked my brain in to gear was "The Secret of Running".
 The point being that when life starts to get out of control, when storms start blowing, we don't just stand there.... we RUN to God who is our shelter and our protector.  So often I find myself just tolerating the "rain", putting up with the stresses of life, waiting for it all to "blow over".  Instead I want to learn to run to him. He is there, he is waiting, he will cover us and shelter us, but we have to run to him.
(Once again, random pictures of the zenias my honey planted for me in the yard. Thought they would make a good "filler" for this post.)