Monday, July 13, 2015

Life in Photo, Summer 2015

We know so many strong, lovely Ugandan women! Pictured here left to right is H., who stays with some EMI staff; Hope, John's Human Resources Assistant, and Oliver the Great.
Marriage can be remarkably difficult in Uganda in light of the expense to honor family and tradition (and to express status)--as in, as much as an American wedding. We've also heard that only one quarter of pastors are authorized to perform marriages by the government. Most Ugandans "marry" by cohabiting. So EMI was very proud of construction foreman Richard Tatyabala for formalizing his vows in marriage to his wife, Lydia!

Ugandans don't mess around when it comes to weddings! Pictured here is the wife and daughter of our finance manager, Semei.
A good number of our EMI construction workers turned out for the wedding, all spiffed up! They're pictured here with one of our construction managers, Jay.
L-R: Brittany, our highly talented office manager; S., one of our kids' close friends; and her dad, Steve, who pioneered our construction management program.
Making pottery at a local pottery studio that trains Africans in this art. You can read about my thoughts on this deeply rewarding experience here.
You might be living overseas if...your son has a preference for termites over grasshoppers as a snack.
Intriguingly, we'd shake them up...and then they would all travel in a circle in the same direction as before. Weird.
Though I did eat fried termites, and they were good!--I didn't try this. (I have standards.)
...So our guard, Yokanah, collected them. They're fried like grasshoppers, with onions and/or garlic; they have enough fat content that you don't even need oil! TED Talks actually says insects could be the next frontier of nutrition, since it's a such a sustainable source of protein!
While John was climbing Kilimanjaro, we had mountains of our own: of wings. This pile was in the corner of our sidewalk. Once a year, the termites perform their aerial nuptial dance, then those alates shed their wings.  
Hanging with a mzungu friend this weekend
So you may have seen the last posts' "John and Jamal" Cokes. Well, in Luganda, I've been named "Sanyu", meaning joy or great happiness. I like this. (C. is called "Mukisa," or blessing.) Finally got my Coke! Which my husband obligingly consumed.

I love how everyone in the States asked me about Oliver, aka Oliver the Great and one of my favorite all-time people. This woman saves my life on, like, a weekly basis.

Father's Day 2015: W. wrote "An Ode to My Dad." This included lines like, When you play with me, it feels like sunshine.


Dad and paparazzi

...And then she turned 8. As in, one more year until our time with her in our home is half done! Sniff. This one's lovely inside and out!

Look who's armed and 11?

Is anyone else's living room constantly reshuffled into forts in various forms?

This cutie, pictured here climbing trees with J., is one of our EMI staff kids.

Our East Africa office is full of BOYS! Here, we celebrate the 4th of July with friends.


You're always welcome here!


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