Thursday, January 27, 2011

If You Need It Transported, The Boda Boda Has Got You Covered!

Just a common sight in Kampala. Boda bodas will carry anything!

32 Years Young!

My extremely large slice of chocolate birthday cake from I Love NYK

It is almost as big as my head! Funny, I ate hardly any of it because I was having an aversion to chocolate at the time. I wanted to want it!

Christmas In Pallisa Village

My crazy husband..he looooves the village!

Christmas lovin'

Food, food, lots of food and Sheilla!

The children

Christmas lights!

Sheilla

Patrick handing out sodas

Our "dining" area

More Christmas lights!


Neighbours comin' to take part in local millet beer drinking. They drink from the pot with those long straws

The woman here was very entertaining after partaking of the beer. She and I danced to Congolese music

It was a chilly evening...Grandmum in the middle

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Nah I didn't really drink it, though I wanted to! I was already preggers

Mmmm...take that Guiness!

Ben and Angela's Wedding

Ben and Angela Waiswa

Just missing Emmie, the youngest brother to join the sibling plus mum photo

Good lookin' family!

I love this pic of Angela


Crane dancers, amazing traditional dancing

Cousin Sheilla with Ben and Angela's son, Shiloh

Other cousin Isabella and bro Dennis

Sweet Gabi, sister to Isabella and Sheilla

Enjoying being next to Patrick for a few more weeks

Best man at our wedding Dennis with his honey

Dancing Ja-Ja (Granny)

Male Crane Dancer

Baby Shiloh
My sister-in-law Angela, had a beautiful wedding in December. A great way for the family to come together. Lots of dancing and ululating! :D

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New Year, New Journey

Well...here I am, back in the Scott household, in my old room, in Calgary, in the winter, getting over jet lag and wondering how I got here.

I have the best family and friends. So supportive, loving, encouraging, generous...so I feel guilty wishing I wasn't here.

Walking through the Calgary airport terminal on my way to collect my luggage, I got teary-eyed.  And not because of the usual feeling of how good it is to be 'home,' but because I didn't want to be 'home.' I wanted to be with Patrick, my husband of only 6 months, who I left back in Uganda in our apartment, alone.

I am going to try to be positive about this.  There are blips and bumps and valleys and all that along life's journey. Just because the view from here is sheltered and shrouded in mystery, does not mean there isn't a big grande view just above me, waiting to be revealed...

I am going to make my peace with this...somehow...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hello everyone from Kampala. I know it's been too long since you heard from me. I am so sorry. There has been much happening and I wanted to be sure of a few things before writing this update.

I think the last you heard from me I was commuting back and forth to Jinja for ministry, doing Ang Tulay. Unfortunately, that work ended in October and I was left trying to figure out what to do next. As there is no YWAM base in Kampala, I didn't have any contacts or a place to plug myself into easily. Friends David and Heather Kapyayte, who run a primary school, invited me to teach Life Skills to the older students. I went to meet the students and was excited about the opportunity. But we soon realized, with the term ending and the students beginning their exams, it was not practical to begin a course at that time.

Patrick started a new job with a Ecobank and has enjoyed the more professional environment there, though there are still similar pressures and an exploitation of employees commonly seen here in Uganda. Many of his colleagues and co-workers urge him to look for work outside of Uganda as there is little room for advancement here.

Over the last few months, we have experienced a series of difficult circumstances and disappointments. I won't get into details, but long story short, after much deliberation and prayer, we have had to make the difficult decision for me to go back to Canada to work. I leave on the 30th of this month and will arrive in Calgary on the afternoon of the 31st. Thankfully, and to my astonishment, the museum will indeed take me back again and already has work ready for me to come back to. Patrick will remain here at his job until something else opens up.

Of course, seeing family and friends again will be awesome as I have missed you all so much! But it does not cancel the pain we feel to be separated after only 6 short months of marriage. It also does not cancel the disappointment we feel to have to delay our dreams of ministry in Uganda. We are hoping and praying for an opportunity to open up for Patrick to also join me in Calgary as soon as possible. Please keep us in your prayers. Also, if you know of any contacts for jobs in Patrick's profession (Information Systems Auditor), or otherwise (I think he'd make a great Fedex driver considering how he has to navigate traffic in Kampala!!), please, let us know. We hope to earn enough money to build rental properties in Soroti, Uganda as a way to support ourselves and our ministry in future.

We can't always understand the direction God chooses to take us, but we can still choose to trust Him.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to catching up with those of you in Calgary very soon.

Peace,
Nicole and Patrick