life in karamoja

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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The Everyday »

There is a chill in Karamoja that creeps up the sheets from your toes to your nose. It tingles and delights in the surprise of its mere existence. It makes me smile every time, and then, almost without fail, I wonder if I put enough clothes on Carmel since when I put her to bed […]
Posted by: Chloe on February 10, 2016 @ 2:20 pm
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Hats & Denial »

You may be tempted to think that by our recent silence there is simply nothing to tell. That is far from the truth! We’re in the midst of many transitions which has resulted in the proliferation of a tower of different hats, steadfast denial and very busy days! We are very sad to be saying […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 29, 2015 @ 2:39 pm
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We Are Not for Milking »

The news of livestock in one of the mission’s planted fields always rouses a certain excitement. The thrill of the chase. This thrill quickly gives way to tall grass raking the legs and burrs falling into the boots and finally descends into a series of vague imprecations upon the owner of said animals as we […]
Posted by: Christopher on August 3, 2015 @ 4:09 pm
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Recovery, Sweet Summer Rain »

Carmel has fully recovered from malaria. I figured, all you praying saints deserve an update! She is now back to her toddling, laughing, stubborn ways. And what a delight it is! In the midst of her illness, I shared my struggle and feelings of guilt with some Karimojong friends who are themselves mothers. In response, […]
Posted by: Chloe on June 13, 2015 @ 10:38 am
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Be Still My Soul »

The fevers started Saturday night with a whimper. It took three days, two trips to the clinic, a remission, a relapse, countless second guesses, two sleepless nights and one negative test to finally confirm that Carmel has malaria. Although my fears imagined other cases, this is her first time. When I heard the result, I […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 20, 2015 @ 2:20 pm
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