We have not fallen off the face of the earth! We are alive and have made it safely to Colorado where we drove through snow storm Echo to reach “home” for the next few months. Currently we are watching snow fall from snow storm Ferris from Sarah’s parents’ home in the mountains. When did they start naming snow storms?! It feels good to have made it to our home away from home and to settle for a while. In a couple more weeks we should be unpacked in our temporary house and settling back into a routine.
We feel so blessed for the opportunities our time in Uganda has allowed us to reconnect with friends and family members, new and old, whom we otherwise would only know from a distance. We spent October in Alaska and were able to meet our new pastor and family. It was great to spend time with our sending church and dear friends and share about Uganda. November took us to Washington where we were able to spend great time with Troy’s side of the family and celebrate Thanksgiving together. The boys got to reconnect with all their cousins on the Dolge side and they made great memories. From there we headed to Oregon where we got to see Sarah’s aunts, uncles and 1st, 2nd and 3rd cousins. It was so special for our kids to meet family members for the first time.
Moving East, we spent some good time with Sarah’s sister and family in Arizona before making our final push to Colorado. In the midst of all that travel, our youngest turned two years old and our oldest turned thirteen years old. We are now the parents of a teenager! Pray for us! 😉
Our Christmas this year looks vastly different from our Christmas last year. We went from hot, dry and dusty to a snowy Christmas in the Rocky Mountains. We went from being surrounded by beautiful dark faces to being with family in the US. Jesus is still the reason for our celebration, but we are and were definitely worlds apart from one year to the next. We miss Uganda, so many people and the clear sense of purpose in our lives. It’s a little strange to be back, even though we have the video project to finish for New Hope. Our hearts and minds are having a hard time catching up with the changes we’ve experienced in recent months.
When we set off for Uganda, we didn’t anticipate all these extra blessings of reconnecting with family members and friends and we are so thankful! I wish we could have met up with each and every one of you! Thanks for standing with us and praying for us.
Sarah and the boys and they settle back into school. It’s been a long break with all the travel!
Trigger as he adjusts to all these new surroundings. Uganda is what he mostly knows and life has been very unsettled for him since September. He misses his Ugandan brothers.
Safe travels for nearly 7,000 miles!
Precious time with family and friends
You, our faithful supporters and prayer partners!
Christmas time with Sarah’s parents
A home God clearly provided for our family while we’re in Colorado
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This morning we woke up to about 3-4 inches of fresh white snow. Trigger looked out the window and said “Snow!” over and over again. We’ve been “Home” for two whole weeks now. I can’t believe it’s been that long. We progressively made our way to Kenny Lake a few days at a time. Our first three days were spent in Anchorage just trying to get our bearings and catch up on details…driver’s license, car insurance, winter gear, warmer clothing, car registration updating and on and on. I can’t believe all we accomplished, besides sleep, those first few days. Then we moved north and stayed a few days with dear friends before pressing on to speak at a Mission Conference at one of our supporting churches.
Finally, on day 7, we made it to Kenny Lake and our frozen trailer in the woods. It took a day to get water and our washing machine was the only major casualty of last year’s winter. The boys could hardly wait to see their old school buddies, so we took advantage of the time waiting for our house to warm up and visited the school. It was like time stood still and we’d never left. This life between two worlds is an odd one sometimes. I know we were in Uganda, but in this moment it was as if we had never left. It was great to be welcomed and to catch up on life with so many people we’ve loved for a long time. This Sunday we will share at our sending church, Kenny Lake Chapel. We look forward to giving them a better idea of what life was like over in Uganda.
We have less than two weeks here in Alaska before we begin our journey south. We are still processing how our 5 year plan has become a 2 year plan, but we are trusting God that He is truly in charge of us and is directing our steps. We would appreciate your prayers as we work through all these thoughts and emotions and as we travel so much over the next couple months. We are so thankful that you are standing with us and that you continue to support us through all these transitions.
Here are some pictures of our time just before we left Uganda. We truly miss these kids.
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The last few weeks have flown by as expected. There are many things swirling through our minds as we get ready to head home. We don’t know what to expect or how we will deal with the reverse culture shock and all that goes with moving. There are so many things that did not go as expected this past year and so many people we will greatly miss. On the flip side, I think we all are fearful of the coming winter in Alaska and Colorado. It’s a difficult time for the Dolge Hut and we are grateful for your continued support and prayers. It’s hard to know what to say here, but we look forward to sharing with you all once we’re back home. We will be back in Alaska at the end of September for one month. Hopefully there will be time to do some visiting. We’ll get a fire in the old trailer and be there for October. Then we will spend a few months in Colorado where Troy will be able to finish the video editing for NH. There is still many hours of editing ahead. All the stock footage for New Hope will be produced. At the end of March we will be moving back to Alaska-at least that’s the plan.
Saying goodbye is always difficult, especially with the kids we have called family here. There have been many tears, sad hearts and “lasts” these days. Please continue to pray for us all as we get on the plane in a little over a week. There are three long flights ahead and, with Trigger’s growing attitude, we are all a little scared!