Saturday, December 20, 2008

Holiday Spectacular with Sandi Patty and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Holiday Spectacular with Sandi Patty and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

We are in Baltimore finishing up a 14 show run. The kids get to wear these beautiful gowns and tuxes for part of the concert. They look and sound truly amazing. Of course everyone here has fallen in love with them. We leave here on Dec. 24 and will spend Christmas together at a camp in New York State. The kids fly home to Africa from New York City on Dec. 27th. I can hardly believe it is really time to say goodbye. I am trying to enjoy every moment until the last hug goodbye. Pray for these sweet little ones as they prepare to return home. It will be a big adjustment for them. Please pray for me as I say goodbye to these children who have become my life for the past 16 months. Right now it seems impossible to even imagine my life without them.

Ibrahim, Jane, Auntie Jenny, Faulanta and Martin




Faulanta and Jane

Jackie and Anna




Harriet, Prisca, Sarah, Daniel, and Bridget


Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Photo Shoot with the kids I love!

We did a little photo shoot at this abandoned house near Mirembe House in North Carolina. I think these are going to be some of my favorite pictures from tour!

Washo and Jane

Auntie Jenny, Washo and Jane

Auntie Jenny and Washo


Joseph, Auntie Jenny and Johnson

Smile a little Bridget...........


Auntie Jenny and Jacob

Washo, Sarah, Auntie Jenny, Halima and Margaret

Auntie Jenny and Daniel

November in North Carolina

We have been enjoying some wonderfully warm weather here in North Carolina! I took these pictures outside at Mirembe.






Faulanta and Washo

Halima and Joseph playing cards

Mirembe House, New Hill North Carolina

The Back Yard

Bridget helping clean

Some of the boy's bunks

The boy's toys!

Lots of fruit for our kiddos!

Our kitchen!

Friday, November 28, 2008

What a great Thanksgiving! Yesterday I had a wonderful day here with my choir family! We are in North Carolina at our "Base House." The Base House is called Mirembe (meaning peace) and is provided by a really great church in Raleigh. They have taken a personal interest into The ACC and have a wonderful house here for us. Our Choirs that do theater productions stay here between performances and for training. Thankfully our choir has been able to stay here while we are training for our shows with Sandi Patty and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. We have loved being here all together. It is wonderful to just be like one great big family! The children love helping cleaning the house and preparing meals. The Aunties and Uncles love to be able to just send the kids outside to play (and often join them jumping on the trampoline or playing frisbee).

Thanksgiving became an extra special day for me when I realized that is was exactly 1 month from when the children fly back home to Uganda and Kenya. I have become even more determined to enjoy every last minute with these kids. We were invited to dinner at the home of one of the church members. They prepared a beautiful traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. Our hostess mentioned several times to us adults that we must be "lonely". I kinda just looked at the group of kids all around me and thought "nope". How could I possibly be lonely amongst so many people I love??? Although I do miss my friends and family back home their is no way I feel the least bit lonely.

I am so thankful that we have these few weeks together here at Mirembre before things get crazy with going to Baltimore. I have made so many wonderful memories I never want to forget!
*Bridget and I reading books and drinking coffee on the couch in the morning. (she would drink all of my coffee if I let her!)
*Watching the boys dressed up in the girls clothes just to be funny
*Hanging out with the Aunties and Uncles in our own kitchen and then watching movies together.
*Singing Praise and Worship songs around the bonfire on Thanksgiving
*Enjoying the warm sunshine (in November!) while playing outside with the kids.

I pray that God blessed you greatly this Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Our last church concert

We had our last church concert on Nov. 16th in Virginia. All of us Westerners dressed up in African Costumes. The kids especially loved it when we joined them on stage for the last song.

Back row: Amanda, Me and David
Front row: Barb, Terese, Beth, Stacie and Vic

Auntie Jenny with Sarah, Jackie and Jane

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Yummy Chapati!

For one of our last host families 3 boys and I stayed with a family that loved to cook. The man was from Kenya and he made the boys day by letting them help him make African food. They made Chapati Bread and it was sooooo yummmy!

Ibra, Jerome, and Martin making the dough

Jerome rolls out the dough

Jerome is proud of his Chapati and can't wait to eat it!