life in karamoja

Bees »

Bees. Bees in the house, in the visitors’ luggage. Bees on the floor, in your hair and now in the new clinic building. Bees. They’re swarming and dying everywhere. Bees. I’m no bee keeper so I’ve been content thus far to wonder at their strange behavior. Why are they staying outside the hive at night? […]
Posted by: Chloe on August 3, 2017 @ 10:51 pm
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Headless Chicken Alert »

Presently the phrase, “running around like a chicken with its head cut off” seems to typify too well our life. Certain seasons of life have this texture of frenetic, seemingly erratic activity. It changes our concept of need and rest, helps us to better understand our limitations and our abilities. And often drives you to […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 27, 2017 @ 9:03 pm
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Easter Lamb »

“Are you having sheep in your place?” “No, there are no sheep on my side. You should ask Akol. He is the one managing that species.” And thus began my search for an Easter lamb. I had seen them grazing in the fields around our home, so I thought it would be easy. Three people […]
Posted by: Chloe on April 18, 2017 @ 2:33 pm
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Girls’ Day Out »

I don’t get out much. I don’t own a vehicle here and public transport is questionable. The fastest most direct way to get places is on the back of a motorcycle. We are not yet letting our 11 month old and toddler ride those! When we go down country for supplies or airport trips, we […]
Posted by: Chloe on March 23, 2017 @ 8:06 pm
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A Night in the Life of… »

Zion had just stopped crying when the phone rang. Christopher had just started softly snoring; I had to nudge him awake. The ring pealed through the night offending the preceding silence. It was Johnson, our on-call clinician at the clinic. There was an emergency, Christopher was needed now. When the doctor left Karamoja late 2015 […]
Posted by: Chloe on January 31, 2017 @ 10:37 am
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Puzzling »

“Do you know what lying is, Carmel?” Christopher asked our daughter one day when she was intentionally being allusive. “Rooooaaar!” was her response. We had to hide our laughs behind our hands, before beginning the proper explanation of this strain of sin. It comes so naturally to us as parents to teach our children about […]
Posted by: Chloe on January 17, 2017 @ 10:25 am
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Returning to the Harvest »

“When you are not the parent, you love the sound of a baby crying. When you are the parent, it is hard to see that having a crying baby is a blessing from God”. This is the wisdom I received from a Ugandan friend, after I apologized for how much my children had cried through […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 15, 2016 @ 5:32 pm
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Three Souls »

They were singing so softly I couldn’t discern the words. The sound seeped into the late morning, the fields around us and now abides sweetly in the memory. Carmel peered back at me over the shoulders of Loupe Vicky who insisted on carrying the obviously tired toddler back from the village. What had begun as […]
Posted by: Chloe on July 9, 2016 @ 11:30 am
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Barf Well, A Blessing »

Monday we left Karamoja. Monday, I was 39 weeks along. Monday, we had one of the first muddy, go-off-roading-around-stuck-trucks drive of the year thus far. Despite the excitement, I did not go into labor and we are now installed in a small home in Kampala. Until now, the waiting for baby has been a background […]
Posted by: Chloe on April 20, 2016 @ 4:10 pm
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