Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Sweetie

Elder Phelps had a birthday today!  He turned 52 and is looking as good as ever!!  He got this fun birthday present from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!  Of course, it is just on loan for six months.  It is a 2015 Toyota Hiace with less than a thousand miles on it.  I am a nervous wreck in the passenger seat but he is doing a fabulous job of navigating these crazy streets in Kampala.  The steering wheel is on the right side of the car and we drive on the left side of the road.  Luckily it is not a standard so he doesn't have to worry about shifting with the left hand. The streets here in Kampala are absolutely nuts.  I explained a little bit about that on my last post but you'd truly have to see it to believe it. Anyway, my stomach did a number of flip flops on the streets of Kampala today so I hope I can get to the point where I am not such a nervous passenger.  It is funny because if he gets to close to another vehicle, since I am in the passenger side on the left where I would normally be driving, I catch myself trying to slam on a brake that isn't there.  I did that at least three times!
 We are both learning.

Here's the birthday boy's dinner.  Shrimp with vegetables and rice.  He loved it!  
He also loved his creme brûlée dessert.

And this is what we paid with.....Ugandan Shillings.  We exchanged our money for the month (finally) and came out with a boatload of bills.  10,320,000 to be exact.  I am still trying to get used to  how much things cost around here.  Everything is pretty inexpensive but when a soccer ball costs 36,000 shillings it kind of throws me for a loop.  I'll get the hang of it. 

Happy Birthday to the man I love!  I'm blessed to call you mine!


  1. Happy Birthday, my Rick Brother! What a NICE birthday gift--a pretty gold truck!!!
    I LOVE your posts, Janell, and have tried to comment on the others, but can't remember my Google I.D., so I just now figured out that I can use my e-mail address and that will likely WORK!! Anyway--I've really enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures of what you've already posted. Thanks!! And please tell Rick I thought of him all day long, yesterday, and so did Dennis. We are pretty sure it was one of his most 'fascinating' birthdays he's ever had! :) Love, Karen

  2. Happy belated birthday to Elder Phelps! Glad things are going so well. Your adventures are so enjoyable to read about. I found myself looking for the brake as you were telling the story of driving. Be safe!

  3. Exciting Driving! Sounds like Africa is anything but boring!

  4. Exciting Driving! Sounds like Africa is anything but boring!