One of the fun things that Rebecca, Jimmy and William got to do on furlough was to participate in Upwards Basketball and Cheerleading. Upwards is a lovely not-very-intense program that encourages the kids spiritually and helps them to better their skills in basketball and cheerleading. We ended up traveling more than we planned so they missed some of the practices and games, but they enjoyed it so so much! And they picked up some new skills while they were at it.
We had to laugh a few times at some Ugandan holdovers that crept their way into even this. The first was when the kids were asked to find a nickname for themselves for all the games. Rebecca just decided to use what all her friends...in Uganda...call her: Rebecca Kadaga. The real Rebecca Kadaga is the speaker of Parliment in Uganda...she's well respected and well liked by the majority of our friends in Mbale and our Rebecca ended up being named that by all her friends. But of course, 99.999% of Americans wouldn't know this. And so I asked Rebecca..."did you tell them where your name comes from?" She said, "Yes, I told them that's what my friends call me!" (Leaving out the small detail about how her friends are in Uganda because that's where we live...) So every game, we not only got a chuckle out of how our last name was slaughtered in its pronunciation during the announcements, but also how her unknown nickname was also slaughtered. Poor MC...we didn't make it easy on him! haha!
We also had a small incident with a snake in the gym when we arrived for practice one night. I totally thought, in my Ugandan mindset, that by the looks on everyone's faces we were going walk in to find a 4 or 5 foot good ol' southern rattler...because that's how we look when we see our cobras. It turned out to be a garden snake (I think) about 10 inches long and the thickness of my pinkie. We took care of it for them. ;-)
Rebecca and her coaches. Super sweet ladies... so thankful for how well they loved on all the kiddos.
Every game begins in prayer.
William and Jimmy playing. (Jimmy was No 34 and William was No 3)
Every practice and game the boys got stars ironed on their shirts
Then, 24 hours after basketball season finished, William jumped off this pile of mulch and fractured his arm.
He gets his cast off right before we leave and will be in a splint for a while. And the $20 I spent to get a waterproof cast? Worth every penny.... especially when he started digging in the sand, when he fell off the canoe into the water and when he went running in the rain. So much energy, this one...