We had a very first adventure out in the “real” Africa.  Byron had to travel to some distant Branches to do audits for the Mission, so where he goes…I go!  We drove about 5 hours to get to a wild-life reserve where big-game hunting is NOT allowed.  However, they still have problems with poachers which is really sad.  The animals come and go as it is not fenced anywhere, but it is designated as a safe refuge area, and it’s a large land mass where the Nile River flows through.
 Chobe 1The place we went to is called Chobe.  I was the first one to spot the giraffes..even tho they are tall, sometimes they are really camoflauged in the thick dense jungle, so when you see them the excitement is almost too much!  There’s elephants, Cobb, Cape Buffalo, giraffes, leopards, baboons, monkeys and all sorts of wild animals.  You see pictures, but there’s nothing like seeing these beautiful wild creatures with your own two eyes!
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I’m in awe at the magnificent giraffes.  One of the interesting things is how the giraffe walk, they move the front and back foot of the SAME side at the same time, so the right front foot and the right back foot move together.  It was odd, but so interesting to watch them move.  Next time notice how they walk~
Breakfast on the Nile
We spent the night at Chobe lodge, got up early the next morning and had breakfast early because we had to drive another 1 1/2 hrs to Gulu for audits, and we were lucky enough to see the animals out in the open strip at dawn.
Dawn at Chobe
Once the sun started to come up, they quickly moved into the bush.
The baboons are everywhere, and they carry their babies on their backs and sometimes those little baboon babies hang on under their mama’s belly!
Baboon Baby
Across the road from Chobe is a park where the baboons are not people-shy.  They actually wait in hopes of people throwing them food.  I rolled down my window to give a banana to a baboon and thought he was going to jump in the car with me.  He took that banana and bit it in half, peel and all, then downed the other half quicker than I could get my window up!
These are just a few of the things we saw as we drove in and out.  We weren’t able to drive through the reserve on any of the trails, and We didn’t get a chance to just stay, relax, and enjoy Chobe as we were on a very tight schedule, so I’m excited to go back and do a safari where we will be able to see more animal life!
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So for now, goodbye Chobe, we’ll definitely be back~

Just a few things you see ~

Just thought I’d post a few pictures of the things you see in Uganda. They really speak for themselves, no explanation needed.
1. Children are the same the world over, they love unconditionally.

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2. Eggs are not refrigerated, seldom washed before you buy them. I still buy mine in the store~

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3. You can get a new “doo” at a local beauty salon…even if you have hair like mine, “God is able” and will fix anything.

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4. At this orphanage in Masak, so little, yet so happy. It’s not things that make a child smile, it’s your time and love.

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Enjoy your blessings and be grateful~

The Facts

     As most of you may have heard. Malia Obama’s parents received a proposal from a lawyer in Kenya. He offered a bride price of cows, sheep and other livestock. “Bride price” is a custom here in Uganda that our Church is very much against, and they are trying to change and teach the Priesthood leaders why it is an evil practice.  It’s difficult for them to understand and try to change something that they have lived with for generations, and all their life, but the missionaries are struggling with getting baptisms because so many men cannot afford the bride price, so the couples just live together and have children.   Here is the lowdown on this custom and some other interesting stats:

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Coming and Going

We survived our very 1st transfer week!!  It’s one of the busiest weeks in the Mission Office as we have many missionaries coming in for transfers, then we have all the new arriving missionaries coming from the MTC, plus we have departing missionaries leaving for home having completed their 2 years of service.  It’s non-stop craziness and fun, trying to make everything go smoothly.
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