As you may or may not know by now, we are Kaylee and Karl Bolle (like “bowl”… it’s not technically pronounced that way, but unless you are fluent in German, you can feel free to use that pronunciation). Depending on when you read this, we are either preparing for or are currently in Uganda for 8 months. We will be serving with Watoto in their baby’s home in the town of Suubi, which is about an hour away from Kampala. As an Intercultural Studies student at Columbia Bible College, Kaylee is required to do an 8 month internship in order to get her degree (and as someone married to an Intercultural Studies student, Karl is required to go along). You can read a little more about what we’ll be doing here, and also read about why we chose Watoto here.
And now, here’s (some of) the story of us:
We met in 2014 when we were both first years at
Columbia Bridal College Columbia Bible College. Karl came all the way from Hamilton, ON and Kaylee from Saskatoon, SK. We were both 21 in a sea of 18 year olds, so it didn’t take long for us to meet and become fast friends.
Here’s a picture of us meeting:
Karl came to CBC as a Worship Arts major, but switched into Biblical Studies in his second year, while Kaylee is an Intercultural Studies major. We started dating in December, and by the following August we were engaged. Donuts have been an important part of our relationship, so there was no way we could get engaged without eating a few.
After the longest eleven months in the history of the world (the last 100 days of which Kaylee documented on instagram in an effort to pretend we were having #100happydays), we finally got married. It was an amazing day with so many friends and family gathered to celebrate us. Again, there had to be donuts.
And that sorta kinda leads us to now. We have spent the last year turning our house into a home, completing some of the hardest classes of our degrees, and learning how to do marriage. To steal a saying someone very recently said to us, we went together with marriage like ducks and water. It has been the best year, there really hasn’t been much of that “the first year of marriage is so hard” stuff for us. We are so excited for what the future holds, and we are so thankful that you’re here with us.