Monday, February 1, 2016

Special Visitors from Canada

Living in Uganda is not the first time I have lived abroad. And when people, especially family and friends, make the effort to come and visit, there is an excitement that is difficult to put into words. There is something so meaningful as to be able to show how life is for us living overseas - the reality rather than in pictures.

Only two days after returning from our trip to Kenya, we went to the airport to pick up two very special visitors - my parents. We had not seen them in 23 months and therefore were so excited that they made an effort to come.

Sitting, relaxing, visiting and catching up on the front porch was our regular hang out spot at the house. It didn't take long for Lobo (the dog) to enjoy their company too. The kids really enjoyed being around their grandparents again too. To not see children in two years seems like you miss a lot... they grow so much.

Every few days, we replenished the fruit supply. I knew that the fresh tropical fruits would be their regular snacking food.

We did go out a few times, and on one of those occasions, went to the town of Jinja. We hopped on a boat "cruise" and enjoyed the scenery on the River Nile and Lake Victoria.

We went to the Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe. The place is similar to a zoo and it accommodates animals that are indigenous to Uganda, many of which were orphaned. We got a very close-up look at the rhinos... so close that we actually were able to touch him!

The group shot... as they get ready to head back home.

For my mom and dad, they can now understand and picture in their own minds what it's like when we say we are driving to town (Kampala), where we serve at Word of Life, the bumpy, dusty, dirt road we drive on a daily basis, the local supermarket where we buy groceries, just to mention a few.

We are so thankful.  It was time well spent.  One we will not forget.

And good-byes are still hard.


  1. Praise God your sweet parents were able to visit! I cannot imagine what a sweet blessing this must have been for you.

  2. Lovely! Nice home too. Is this one your rent or did The Oliech house get a miracle completion? Be blessed and thanks for the update.

  3. Haha, no, Shiro! This is a rental!