The Only Drawback Is That I Can’t Seem To Get That Toto Song Out Of My Head

Oh, internets. I do apologize.

It was never my intention to leave you hanging about the whole yellow fever vaccination thing. In fact, I was going to write about it over the weekend, set it to auto-post, and thereby make sure that all the yellow fever vaccination news that’s fit to print was ready and waiting for you first thing this morning.

But then my daddy WENT AND GOT SICK (one of my favorite Southern expressions), landed himself in hospital (one of my favorite British expressions, neveryoumind that I’m not British, because that is merely a technicality), and now the little man and I are about to make an unexpected trip to Mississippi so that we can see the patient and stay with Mama for a couple of days.

In other words: the best-laid plans, etc.

And y’all will appreciate this: Saturday night Daddy was in a tremendous amount of pain, the kind of pain that looks at over-the-counter pain medication and laughs maniacally, and when Mama suggested that they get to a doctor (aye, and quickly), Daddy told her that he couldn’t possibly go to the doctor because he was supposed to 1) sing in church Sunday morning, 2) count the collection after church, and C) serve as a pallbearer at a friend’s funeral today.

He couldn’t HOLD UP HIS HEAD, of course, but by diggity he had commitments. And he planned on keeping them. Yes ma’am he did.

So in the interest of GETTING ON THE ROAD, ALREADY, I’m going to temporarily take the easy way out and offer you some information in a lovely list format:

1) I need the yellow fever vaccination because I’m going to Africa in February.

2) Yes, I said Africa.

3) Yes! Really! Africa!

4) Specifically: Uganda.

5) And I’m going with Compassion International.

6) And I am so stinkin’ excited and nervous and excited and scared and excited.

7) I’m also tickled to death because Shannon is going, too.

8) And if you want more details sooner as opposed to later, you can click right here and read Shannon’s beautifully-written post.

9) I promise I’ll write more later.

10) But I really do have to leave now.

11) And if you think about it, please say a prayer for my daddy.

12) I believe that is all.


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  1. I will definitely be praying for your Daddy. And man, I am so glad for you and Shannon! What an experience this will be. The rest of us will live vicariously through your eyes . . .er . . . words . . .

  2. So amazingly excited and jealous about your trip to Uganda! I already offered to carry Shannon’s laptop for her…but I think I can carry two!

    Absolutely praying for your dad! Psalm 103:2&3!

  3. How exciting!!!! :-) Our church does several international mission trips a year, and I have considered going on the one to Germany in August. Don’t know yet if I will. :-)

    I will definitely be praying for you Daddy, and if you get a chance please let us know how he is doing.

  4. So exciting!

    Hope your dad is feeling better!

  5. Praying a hedge of protection over you and yours on your trip to Mississippi and for your dad’s health. And, for your mom as she takes care of him.
    The Park Wife
    aka your fellow hometown girl

  6. Uganda. Cool Beans.

    I’ll be praying for your trip and for your daddy.

  7. Praying for ya’ll!

  8. What an amazing opportunity! So happy for you and can’t wait to read more about it.

    Hope your daddy is doing better. He’s in our prayers!


  9. wow…Africa. Very cool.

    My thoughts are with your dad and his quick recovery! Have a safe trip to Mississippi.

  10. Now just wow, but WOW! This is a thrilling opportunity of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to hear your (and Shannon’s) take on the experience.

    You will be changed…forever.

    Praying for your daddy…and a bit for everyone else, too :).

  11. sorry to hear about your daddy…will be praying for you guys.

    I am soooo jealous of your mission trip and was telling my seven year old(who wasn’t feeling well and is at home from school) that one day we will go on a mission trip together. please take lots of pictures and detailed journals! I want to know everything…

  12. Praying for your dad. My dad just had colon surgery and is doing great, but not being able to do the things he usually does is driving him nuts.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Tales from My Tiny Kingdom (blog by Anne Glamore) but she took a trip to Africa a couple years ago and posted about it on her blog – it was really interesting with photos and everything. She lives in B’ham (hence, the Tiny Kingdom). Thought you might like to read what she wrote.

  13. Very sorry to hear about your dad, being from Philly I don’t hear “went and got sick” too often but I like it. We say “he’s sick”, kinda boring.

    I’m jealous! I had the opportunity to go to Botswana, Africa this past summer on a missions trip….INCREDIBLE! I was scared to death to go but looking back that seems so crazy to me. Be prepared to be challenged and to see things you can’t imagine but be open and ready to be used in an amazing way!

  14. Praying for your daddy and for your God-given trip to Africa!

  15. Hope your dad is doing better and I’m so excited about your trip. It will be such a blessing. Our church is setting up a partnership with an African mission and I hope to go someday, too.
    Praying for your dad ~ Bitsy

  16. Sophie – You just would not believe how incredibly excited I am that you are going to get to experience the absolute wonder of God’s presence and power in UGANDA. I work for an international relief agency; and I am BLESSED to get to talk to the girls in our Uganda agency daily. Girl, God is going to rock your world. I would love to give you some contact names and numbers just in case you run into any of our crew while you are there!

  17. Oh the Africa trip will be AMAZING! Eek. I’m so jealous and nervous for you too.

  18. Praying for Daddy right now. Sorry to hear about this, I hope he recovers fast.

    And again, I am so thrilled that you are going to Uganda!


  19. I’m so excited for you, that you too get to go to Africa! I’ll add you to my prayers! Praying for your Daddy to get better soon!!!!

  20. Oh, I just go to pieces whenever there is something wrong with my Daddy. Have a safe trip, help him recover quickly, and get your little self excited for Africa! Africa! If that isn’t the adventure of a lifetime dreamt about by gazillions of people! Like me!

  21. wow -africa, how exciting. I will be sending good thoughts for both your father and your trip! (Of course, I’ll be throwing in some good thoughts about winning the Oreck too, but that’s just me). :) Hope your dad is well SOON!!

  22. Just read Shannon’s longer version of the story… HOW EXCITING! I’m so thrilled we are all going to get to virtually tag along and that your trip didn’t coincide with my “blog vacation” (which was, I might add, really good for me though I missed all you bloggy people!) Can I assume correctly this is the thing about some stuff you have had to be so vague about for the last few months? Can’t wait! I (an so many others!!!) will be praying for you & Shannon. I know how much some of those shots (not to mention the heart stretching) can hurt!!!!! : )