We made it--home sweet home! Uganda. Here's an iPhone shot right out our bedroom window this morning. The African sunrises are amazing, and many nights we're treated to spectacular lighting shows as well. We're blessed with a great view and a beautiful, big, grassy yard here, with lots of song birds and butterflies everywhere.
Thanks for your prayers for our travels. Everything went well, and all our bags arrived with us. :-) A few of our duffels were torn pretty good from who knows what, but the contents were all in-tact. We were greeted on this end by a great MAF team who've all gone the extra mile to make our transition as seamless as possible. We feel loved and blessed in so many ways!
Of course, there's SO much to learn, and we often feel like we're drinking from a fire hose as we try learn everything about life here. Like the roads for example. As we took the kids to school for their first day, we had to help a few cars get un-stuck on the road just below our house. We're extremely grateful that our friends, the Rogers, have allowed us to borrow their vehicle for a month or two until they get back from home assignment. In the meantime, we're going to have to find and buy a used, 4WD vehicle of our own. We appreciate your prayers in this regard--a good, old, 4WD vehicle is very expensive here, and we trust that God will provide just the right one for us in His timing. (Incidentally, this was the "good" road compared to several other options that are steeper and much more deeply rutted.)
The people are beautiful here, and so friendly. In time, I'm sure I'll have some great photos to share with you, both of the people and everything else. However, I haven't even had a chance to get out my cameras (other than the phone) yet, as things have been just so busy.
Britton and Hannah started school on this past Monday and love it. The other three start this coming Monday. They've all been making friends and seem to feel at home already. Joy is learning where to shop and how to navigate the roads and figuring out how to keep the home going and also making friends. I started work at MAF, and will be taking a validation exam on Monday at the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to hopefully get a temporary 3-month permission to fly based on my U.S. license until I can complete the rest of the process to get a Ugandan license. Pray that I pass. :-)
More next week. Now I'm off to study for the exam. Thanks for your prayers!