Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year

As 2011 quietly passes into history, we are facing a year of incredible blessings.  A year filled with the most amazing people that God has placed in this journey of ours.  Edwin and I watch in disbelief as doors are opening far and wide to keep our compound in the building process.  Volunteers in Uganda coming forth to help us with landscaping, watering the grass, assisting the workers and all out of love for the Home of Angels.

In our country, we watch the children coming forward wanting to help in their own ways.  How can they help a child who has virtually nothing, they ask.  The call for these little ones is as strong and deep as it is for us adults....they figure a way out on their own.  We have kids wanting to start "Kids helping Kids" clubs in their schools, bottle drives are in progress, piggy banks are being emptied and the word is spreading.  This is a "God of Wonders" in full control and we just sit back and be his legs.

On behalf of Edwin and his team, myself and our Board of Directors, we wish you a wonderful year 2012 and we thank you all for your support, both mentally and monitarily.  We are a huge team of people who have gathered together to make a difference in the lives of children, not just in Uganda but in our own country as well.

"Kids helping Kids".........

This is our grass hut under construction.  It will be finished by the first week in February as we
are going to initiate it with a "wedding"... a real Ugandan wedding with Marian, Laury and
I attending.... We are so looking forward to this,  to watch David and Maureen unite in marriage.

The main house is almost finished on the exterior with a projected 3 more weeks of construction.
You can see on the right, our rock gardens forming thanks to Mohammed.  He has volunteered all
supplies and time to Home of Angels but what he doesn't know is, we are bringing him a little something
to say thank you for all his hard work and love.  When someone asks for nothing, it gives you more
reason to thank them, right......

This is a view from the front and you can see the light green plants.  These will grow to a hedge
size and are so beautiful.  You can see a walkway forming from the children's home to the main

In the rear of each apartment, there is another veranda.  The men are working hard to finish this right
now and you will be quite surprised to see the end result.  Sometimes I just cringe when I see the
scaffolding and ladders.  They are experienced workers and thank goodness still safe.  Good
job you guys...7 men who have worked very hard on the interior and exterior of this home.

This a view of the children's home.  You can see the pathway leading to it and you can see Sam,
Edwin's brother watering the newly planted grass.  If you look in the front of this picture, you can see
a brick they call "pavers".  These pavers will run alongside each home, the path connecting and also
down Barb's Lane which leads into the compound.  Sowob which sounds like Sobee is making 15,000
pavers to accomodate the entire compound and it's pathways.  

One of the bedrooms is almost full, besides the ones outside the house.  Sowob is making around 800
pavers a day and soon will be finished.  I cannot wait to see what this is going to look like.  Edwin, Isaac
and David....your vision is amazing...Thanks

Look at the tiny palm tree Edwin planted in honor of a Katie and Kaitlin of a
"Little More Good"....it's growing so fast

I would like to also tell you that Laury and Marian, both of whom are Board of Directors for Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels are coming to Jinja, Uganda with me in February.  We are going with Edwin, Isaac and David into the remote villages to find the children who are in most need to come and live with us.  We have 8 children now with Nathan's passing, but we hope to find enough to make a total of 15 children to start. If any of you find it in your heart to want to sponsor one of these kids, please contact me and I will explain how.

We have also made the men PROMISE us that it will be our job to paint the kids rooms....We'll see how that goes over, but all in all, we will be very busy for our time there.  We have a wedding to help with, probably have to do a few of those tribal dances to celebrate and we promise to send you all the pictures and stories. 

Get ready for 2012 because this is where you are going to see alot more of God's work happening. 


  1. Everyone has worked very hard to make the apartment buildings beautiful and soon home to children. xo

  2. Leaving very soon Joyce to choose those children...
    Thanks Joyce for following us.