Thankful for Home

While most all of us are enjoying our 1,200 sq. foot+ homes and all the amenities thereof, allow me to give you a glimpse into the lives of a sweet little family (or should I say large family now) who are just thankful for a home in Uganda, Africa.

Josh and Tasha and their precious family (Rainy, Zeke, Cai and Alethia) have been living in a small two room African hut for over six weeks now.  While it is very small, it is clean and tidy.  It amazes me how they live in such small quarters without one word of complaint.  I am so humbled by their joy and contentment.

When you enter the hut, you are immediately introduced to their bed which only clears the door by about two feet.  One side of the bed is one foot from a small closet and the other side of the bed is two feet from the other wall.  In the space between the bed and the walls is conveniently taken up by the suitcases that they had to bring in order to live here indefinitely. This part of the house measures about 8 x 10.  Just inches away from the suitcases stand a small fan and a door that enters into the children’s room.  This room has a set of bunk beds and two small vacation cots that they brought with them.  Alethia and Zeke are on the bunk bed and Rainy and Cai both have a cot. Underneath the bed is used for some much needed storage space and of course a bucket of shoes for the kids.  Because this room is so small, the children must keep everything picked up and put away and they do a great job at this.  This room measures 6 X 10.  Just inches away from the bunk bed is a door that leads into a very small but workable bathroom that measures about 3 x 5.  You can sit on the toilet, wash your hands in the sink and turn on the shower all at the same time. The total sq. footage of this home sweet home is approximately 160 sq. feet.  Yes, that’s right.  160 sq. feet. The size of a large walk in closet.  But, this home is so full of love and the presence of God. I am staying nearby in another hut and so each morning I am awakened by the sweet sound of children singing and laughing (with an occassional fussing of course). And this is usually anywhere between 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Everyone who knows and loves Tasha, knows how much she loves her home and the orderliness of it.  She has surely made this home a home away from home. When you walk in, you immediately notice the sweet fragrance of a harvest candle burning. (The candles help with the smell of a cow that is literally corralled in a small pen twenty feet from their door. Towels are neatly hung around the room, beds are made with pillow pets on them, and curtains are pulled back on two small windows to let in the beautiful Uganda sunshine.

I forgot to mention that just outside their front door is the laundry room. Two pails of water, laundry detergent and a scrub brush.  The other day I did laundry, and WOW, what an experience. And Tasha does this every day.  The children start off clean every morning and very soon after breakfast, they are dirty. Therefore, because there is no room for dirty clothes in their house, laundry has to be done almost every day.

I just wanted you to be able to look through this little window we call the blogosphere and enjoying seeing a precious godly family trusting Jesus with all their heart. I love them so much and count is all joy to be here with them.  To God be the glory. Great things He has done.