Hi everyone. I'm Lauren. This is my first post--(not counting the post where I wrote out lyrics to a Carpenters song. If you saw that one, I was just using it to test out the different page designs. Songs by the Carpenters have nothing to do with the theme of this blog, so just ignore that post). I'm an American who has been living in Uganda for almost a year, and only now am I starting a blog. Shameful, I know. I work for a new international NGO called Mercy Uganda. It's a small organization, which means I have several different jobs all rolled into one. Mercy Uganda's mission is to work with women and children, helping them to improve their quality of life spiritually (in the love of Jesus Christ), socially, educationally, and physically. My official job title is "Central Region Field Manager." It really is difficult to give an explanation of all that my job entails—which is why I decided to start this blog. Maybe through regular stories about my life here, my family and friends back home will have a better idea of what I’m doing and why I’m here doing it. My life isn’t just about work, though. You’ll be reading about other things…such as my battles with insects and rodents, the friends I’ve made, and how I fell in love and got engaged this year. He’s Ugandan♥. I’ll share all of it with time.