Monday, June 30, 2008


One of my good friends and I were having a little chat and she told me that these people she knew spent 35,000 dollars to renew their wedding vows in Mexico.

I wanted to barf when i heard that. Seriously! 35,000 on vow renewal. What the heck! I then did the calculations thinking of KidsLake and it turns out that 35,000 can buy 5000 mosquito nets at 7 dollars a piece. Each net can protect 4 kids from Malaria and that means that with that money, ONE FAMILY could have potentially protected 20,000 children. In my opinion, thats a far better way to spend 35,000 dollars.

But thats just me.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Memory Lane Entry 1

A little background here...
Last year, i started writing my old journal entries to Rachel and Arielle when they were in Peru and Haiti because they are good for a laugh. I decided that since rachel told me to post more, I'l make fridays the official memory lane day and from here on out, every friday, a thoughtful, deep, insightful entry will be yours to glean wisdom and life tips from. Enjoy.

September 16th, 2000.

Saturday: Late @ night.

School is the best! I love it so much! Angela is so cool. I'm real good friends with her. She + Nathan R are going out too! Here are all my new friends: Angela, Jordan, Logan, Melayna, Nadia, Nadine, Carrie, Melody, Rachel, Alise, Neil, Zan, Charlene and Amber.

Amber is in grade 12 and Jordans big sister. Last night i went to Karly's and we went out with (heart) jordan (heart) amber, chelsea, me and kar. We went to 'the house'. its a worship thing like glimpse. Then to Boston Pizza.

Jordan is soooooo cool. I like him so much!!!! SER is on wednesday the 20th . I can't wait. I'm going to tell jordan that i like him then hopefully, if i'm gutsy enough, i'll keep my fingers crossed that he likes me back!! I hope he does!!

Wow. Thats all i can say. Its kind of (more like really really really) embarrassing that i wrote this only 9 years ago! And i was really cool in high school too!

First of all...who is Rachel? I knew one girl in high school named Rachel and i was so intimidated by her (think prettiest girl at school intimidating) that i dont ever remember even saying 1 word to her.
Second. Past Amy, if you only knew what you knew now about boys.

Hopefully, if i'm gutsy enough, i'll keep my fingers crossed that my latest journals don't sound anything like this.

Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Best Summer Job A Girl Could Ask For.

This is where I've worked for the last 5 (YES 5!) summers. Sometimes I get a little embarrassed when I say I'm a college graduate, 23 years old, scooping ice cream but then i remember, this is the best job ever and that feeling goes away.

Welcome to Millers 38 Flavors! Located in beautiful Fort Saskatchewan Alberta, Millers is home to 38 delicious flavors of FootHills Creamery Ice Cream and many flavors of fresh frozen yogurt.

This is the flavor sign. We also are now proud to carry Maple Pecan, Strawberry Sorbet, Raspberry Sherbet, No Sugar Added Caramel Crunch, Coconut Cashew Fudge, and Orange Float. My favorite's are Mint Chocolate Chip and Espresso Fudge.

This is how we are told to greet all customers, and being the excellent employee that i am, I do it every time.
This one little sign netted me about 600 dollars in tips from May to June, 2007! Now I have one up saying all my tips go towards a new wardrobe and i'm not exactly getting the same response......haha.

It is recommended that you bring a book to work in case of slow times. But it is only permissible to read after everything is stocked and the store is clean. Here I am reading The Nanny Diaries, which is perfect for me because in my spare time, I also work at the local hospital and am a nanny for 2 great little girls! In my spare spare time, I read to blind children, visit the elderly, translate the bible English to unknown dialects, weed my neighbors gardens, and give away money.
Its fun working with Mollie. Shes my cousin and we get along great. Here is a photo of her doing 3 things wrong. 1. Eating on the job. 2. Sitting on the counter and 3. Not working.

We recently got Sirius Satelite Radio and we looove it! Here is Mollie dancing, one of our favorite work pastimes.
While it looks super fun, its not all play and no work. Here I can be seen trying to get the outerness off the 2 ice cream pails in order to change what looks like Burgundy Cherry. One arm gets slightly more muscular than the other during the summer. We call it, scooping arm.

If anyone is in the Edmonton Alberta Canada area, stop by for some quality ice cream in a friendly family environment. If my bosses aren't around, I'll give your entire family free ice cream! They love it when we do that.:)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Faithful One

While Bethany and I were sitting in our cute tiny house one day in UG, i started humming a song and she recognized it. Turns out both our moms LOVE this Christian group Selah, that we would always have to listen to while our moms cleaned, cooked, hung out etc...and at first we thought it was funny, and a little cheesy, but it soon grew on both of us and now we both know allll the words and in fact, I even sometimes am secretly excited to drive my moms car (hers has a cd player, mine doesn't) because Selah's "Bless the Broken Road" cd is always playing. Last night as i drove to pick my cousin mollie up from work, this song came on and i LOVE it. It fits my life to a T right now and i listened to it on repeat:)

I find no hope within to call my own
For I am frail of heart, my strength is gone
But deep within my soul is rising up a song
Here in the comfort of the faithful one

I walk a narrow road through valleys deep
In search of higher ground, on mountains steep
And though with feet unsure, I still keep pressing on.
For I am guided by the faithful one.

Faithful, faithful to the end,
My true and precious friend,
You have been faithful,
Faithful, so faithful to me

I see your wounded hands, I touch your side
With thorns upon your brow you bled and died
But there's an empty tomb, a love for all who come
And give their hearts to you, the faithful one.

Faithful, faithful to the end,
My true and precious friend,
You have been faithful,
Faithful, so faithful to me

And when the day is dawned and when the race is run
I will bow down before God's only Son
And I will lift my hands in praise for all you've done
And I will worship you, my faithful one.

p.s. Check out my new favorite blog, Charity's. Its SPECTACULAR!

Monday, June 9, 2008

A note for Erin L.

Dear Erin,

Yesterday at work I overheard some nurses talking about adoption and my ears always perk up when i hear that word being used. I was in the middle of a fascinating paragraph in the book The Translator and I heard a lady talking and i wanted to vomit. I immediately thought of you and quickly dug out my pen and grabbed a napkin from the table and wrote down what the lady said and i quote "its so hard to get a baby who's mom isn't on dope, smokes or is overweight."

I knew you'd be outraged just like I was at the thought that this lady was (i hope unintentionally) implying that a child is somehow less worth while if their birth mom is less than ideal.

Give your kids a hug for Auntie Amy!


Amy F. King

Why I'm going to be nurse!

THIS is why.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

" was Africa??"

People often ask me " was africa??"

I'm not going to lie. I actually want to hit people that ask me that. I know its not their fault and i know a lot of people feel awkward at trying to relate to such an experience but seriously...can't people come up with a better question than that?

And you KNOW that when you hear that being said to you, the person asking is not wanting a truthful answer, they want to hear "it was awesome...did you see deal or no deal last night?!". I think thats what bothers me most. Maybe i should start answering with " wow! i could talk about this for days, and trust me, if you dont' stop me, i wont shut up. So i lived in this town called jinja and it was awesome, full of life and amazing kind hardworking people. I had a great little tiny house on kisinja road and we could walk to bible study at mama and papa's house and to amani whenever we wanted. Some day were horrible and i wanted to cry all day and lock myself in my room and never see anyone again. And other days it was like the highest high you can imagine and i'd feel like i was truly truly home......"

But i can't. and 99% of the time, i WANT to and NEED to talk about Uganda. i want people to want to hear me talk about it. Its cathartic.

Enough of my rant. These are just 2 of my favorite questions people ask me.

" Are there cars in Africa?"
" So they speak in clicks there?"

Also- one night at work, bethany was talking to a co-worker and she had commented on how she really wanted to go to egypt and the coworker responded with "thats so cool! you'll have gone to Africa AND Egypt".........