Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Camping {summer 2012}

adam and i love to camp. 
 we camp in a tent.
 it's fun to set up our campsite. 
this time we stayed 2 nights, 3 days. that was perfect.
it was the 2nd time for the boys to camp.

state park in the hill country only 46 miles from home. yay!
lots of rocks and hills

 way cool HUGE old trees
most of this area has been under water for a period of time, at one time or another

we did a lot of hiking to get to the water

we had a fan for everyone
it was actually bearable 
the dog is spoiled

this parks restrooms and showers were so clean 
the boys had fun riding their bikes along the trails
this big yellow igloo full of ice cold water kept us nice and hydrated
we roasted marshmellows
fried potatoes
grilled chicken fajitas
and eckridge sausage wrapped in tortillas
pop tarts and fruit for breakfast
sandwiches for lunch
adam rigged up the fans in the tent 
we were nice and cool all night
boys collected bugs
and climbed trees

camping 2012 was a super fun success!
we may go again this fall with our friends :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Instagrammy Friday

linking up my iphone pics with Jeanette at Life Rearranged 

life rearranged
new treadmills at the Y... awesome, with built in fans.
i'm afraid my coop is a tad bit OCD like me :( organizing he and corbin's kinder papers.
coach hanging with the guys in the front while doing yard work
the boy's sunday school class did a books of the bible song for us on sunday. so super cute
diamond and i made the local newspaper in her town when we went to africa.
i needed africa more than africa needed me. amen! amen!
this exercise ball offers lots of entertainment. and my boy looks so grown up here.
camping was fun.
camping requires a lot of stuff. ugh!

such a cutie ... and time out travels even when swimming while camping :(
someone got bit with the fishin' bug
i can't wait until he gets to catch his first fish.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Uganda {Elevare}

my sister in law, Diamond and me went to africa together. 
we were side kicks. sometimes called pete and repeat.
 we stayed together all the time.
i was thrilled to have her as travel buddy.

our 2nd sunday in uganda
we are assigned to Elevare after church 
half day medical and dental clinic

overcast, cool and rainy day
beautiful landscape
we set up inside an unfinished building with minimal electricity
diamond and i liked working in the pharmacy
it really didn't matter how untrained and unqualified we were 
we had a servant spirit
 and were so happy to help out

 these ugandans walked here in hopes of receiving some free medical and dental attention.  they heard we were coming.
 the pastors in the communities work with kelly green to show him where to send help. 
where to set up clinics... then get the people there on the right days...
 we were at this location sunday afternoon, all day monday, tuesday, and half a day wednesday. the most common ailments are cough, muscle ache, sexually transmitted disease, malnutrition, worms, malayria, allergies. we gave away a lot of antibiotics, and tylenol and ibuprofen. vitamins, anti fungal cream, antibiotic ointment 
felt like we were offering a mere band aid for a physical ailment
but there is a sense they needed more than they were asking
our prayer was to give them a light towards eternal hope where spiritual healing is free.

the location was beautiful
right on the nile river
below is the gate we entered through

there were lots of people down at the river 
outside the gates
 collecting water 
washing clothes

 we took a break and went up to Mashah Village, an orphanage right up the hill built by the Met church in Houston

these are the house mother's,
and sarah & jennifer from the Met church in Houston
Leah in the blue skirt is a teacher from Houston who has moved into the orphanage for the summer to be another house mother. 
wow! talk about radical. her heart is huge!
beautifully laid out place. so new and clean. 
so different. what a blessing.
everyone's kitchen is outside in uganda
 cooking involves a lot of burning
 no electric appliances
 no automatic dishwasher or fine china

that afternoon when we returned from the orphanage one of the last patients to be seen was an elderly man who had been seen by members of our team last year. he has a terrible fungus that is eating away his feet. so sad. so little we could do for him.
unimaginable pain
discomfort beyond my comprehension
he walked to us
bless his heart

we gave him a huge bottle of iodine, fungus creams
tylenol, i think

he really wanted to see the dentist as well
but arrived too late in the day
:( heart wrenching realities 

more elevare another day...

Sunday, July 8, 2012


i love the instagram app... if you want to follow me i'm aacurtis.

this boy has been obsessed with making paper airplanes.
he watches how to videos on youtube. 

boys were lots of help cleaning up the garage on saturday
i could eat a salad every day in the summer.
 talking about a camping trip

blessed with so many tomatoes in our garden right now, finally.
yum! they are so good homegrown. we've never had any luck growing maters until this year.
reminders of africa
 i think me and the boys are going to attempt to make some here. strips of magazines rolled up, varnished and threaded into a necklace.
french swiss chocolates from amsterdam. so good!
grateful for my home and daily view
so grateful to have been a part of team uganda this year with kelly green global. a trip that will forever hold dear a piece of me. and a place i dream of visiting again and again.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


mud huts
there were times it was hard to look past the sadness in their eyes.
probably not sad for the reasons we would be sad.
hunger, sickness, abandonment 

kids walking around a construction sight, barefoot

corn maize cooked up like mashed potatoes and beans

nap time at the nursery school

side of any given street

living off the land

produce stands everywhere

a little one at the day #1 medical clinic at pastor charles'

diamond administering meds

desperate and patient to wait even if it's for a 14 day supply of ibuprofen

common mode of transportation
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