Chris and I are finally in Africa!

As some of you know, I’ve loved Africa since undergrad and have visited three times before (South Africa and Swaziland in ’95, Kenya in 2002, and Rwanda and Kenya in 2005). Since my last trip I’ve been plotting, planning and looking forward to my next trip. I didn’t think it would take 8 years but a lot has happened in between.

We arrived last Friday night (after leaving at noon on Thursday) and have been on the go ever since. We are here with 3 friends from our church visiting the school we support (The Sonrise School), touring other ministries of the local diocese, and visiting other local attractions (like the mountain gorillas and Lake Kivu).

One week in and so far it has been an amazing trip. Below are a few iPhone camera highlights.








Moving Day – Live Blog


We got the keys to the new house this past Friday, November 16!!! Its sooooo exciting and sooooo pretty, if I may say so.

We spent the weekend leisurely moving stuff from the rental to the new house. (James sure has accumulated a LOT of new things in the last 14 months!) This is the strangest move…and neat at the same time.

We have 7 vendors and 1 utility lined up for today, with all but one scheduled between 9am and 2pm.
Blackmon Mooring – the recovery and restoration people
Star Furniture – sofa
Crate & Barrel – bar stools, desks, end table
High Fashion Home – 2 chairs, 3 side tables, 2 lamps, 1 desk chair
Best Buy – washer & dryer
Standout Designs – tv console
Mattress Firm – 5 mattress and box spring sets (1 king, 2 double, 2 twin)
Centerpoint Energy – gas utility

There is an equally long (maybe longer) list of deliveries almost daily between now and December 19.

But today is gonna be a bit crazy. Check back periodically for updates. Who knows, I may even figure out how to add pictures as it happens 🙂

UPDATE 1: Centerpoint man wins for first on site. Blackmon called and they’re on their way.

UPDATE 2: They put everything they took out on the truck. Even all the things we rejected (smoke, damage, safety for James. This is hard y’all. 😦

UPDATE 3, 10:20am: Best Buy just arrived.




UPDATE 4, 12:30pm: Blackmon Mooring just left. 3 hours to deliver, unpack, and frame up the beds. Amazing. Star Furniture also delivered the new sofa, and Best Buy installed the washer and dryer. It’s starting to feel more like we live here already, especially as there are piles everywhere 😉

Chris and I are relaxing for a little while. We’re still taking 4 more deliveries today. This is fun. What a way to spend Thanksgiving week!!

UPDATE 5, 12:40: No rest for the weary. The delivery truck just pulled up for the entertainment console (Standout Design) and High Fashion just called. They’re 30 minutes out. Just two more after that. One soonish and mattresses this evening. Oh I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed, in my own house. It’s been 418 days since we’ve done that!!!!

UPDATE 6, 7pm: Mattress Firm just left. Deliveries all done. Friends dropped of Thai dinner take out. I’m off to buy light bulbs, pick up the bedding from the rental and come back. We’ve gotten a LOT done today. The kitchen in 80% settled, Chris is hooking up the tv as we speak. Life is sweet.

I’ll post pictures in a while. Thanks for checking in today. The Phoenix has risen! 🙂

UPDATE 7, 9pm: The bed is made. The day is done. I love our new home. Good night all.


PS. The tv is also set up. Clearly we’ve covered all the important bases.