|Posted on August 25, 2010 at 10:50 PM|
The time that I have been waiting for, planning for, and dreaming for is finally upon me. Tomorrow Antwain and I will board a plan heading back to Uganda, a place where the other part of my heart remains.
This past month has passed in a whirlwind of leaving my job at Operation Breakthrough, making arrangements for my home/possessions, and saying goodbye to friends/family. I have enjoyed spending time with people that I love deeply and creating memories that remind me how blessed I am! I have never been particularly fond of goodbyes as they seem so final, so I have tried to embrace the opportunities to tell those that I love how important they are to me.
For those of you that have wished us well...thank you for your love and support. Your cards, well-wishes, hugs, dinners, gifts, and prayers have meant the world to me! I am so blessed to have all of you in my life, and I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.
As I start to look forward to what is waiting for Antwain and me in Uganda, I received a special photo from Joseph and Rosemary yesterday..our first glimpse that our new home. This modest apartment has never looked so good to me!! Starting from the left, you will see the SMK orphanage office (where I will be able to spend part of my day working). The middle section is our new home!! There are 2 bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room, and small kitchenette in there. To the right is the Maize Mill, where the orphanage occasionally produces corn flour for food. Coming soon will be photos of the inside...
I will be posting another blog entry as soon as I get settled and find an internet cafe to sit down and say hello to all of you again. Until then, we will be flying over the great Atlantic to those beautiful children at St. Mary Kevin. I am not sure who is more excited them or us?!
|Posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:03 PM|
Only one month to go… the ‘to-do’ list is narrowing, but there is still much left to finish.
Still yet to do:
This last month will be about spending time with those I love. It will be bittersweet to say a temporary goodbye to so many friends and family here in America and then be embraced with so much love and welcome from our friends in Uganda. However, I do not doubt that we are making the right move.
Ready or not August, here we come!
|Posted on July 5, 2010 at 10:29 PM|
Despite all of the changes that have happened lately, I have never once doubted my decision to return to Uganda permanently. This "right" feeling is the one constant that I have come to depend on during this time of transition. I hold onto that feeling as I downsize my home, sell my car, interview successors for my job, say goodbye to family and friends, and add new things to an endless "to do" list.
The typical responses that I have received when I share about our move to Uganda in a couple of months range from "Why on Earth would you want to move there?" to "Wow, you must be a very special person to move there." I usually laugh at both responses and take some time to talk about St. Mary Kevin. Even the toughest of hearts are not immune to the mission of SMK and the orphans that call SMK home...trust me, I've seen it. Therefore, I want to introduce you further to St. Mary Kevin Orphanage Motherhood and the Secondary students that are being sponsored by Change The Truth (as well as some other extraordinary kiddos that have touched my heart).
I will be working very closely with the secondary students sponsored by Change The Truth when I arrive in Uganda. Education in Uganda is radically different than education in America. In America, education is a right (often taken for granted); however in Uganda it a precious opportunity. Schooling in Uganda is expensive in comparison to their annual income, so families are often forced to invest in one child's education. For the orphans at SMK, there is no family to invest in their education, so the gift of sponsorship through CTT holds additional significance. It is literally the key to their entire future.
As you meet these exception teenagers in the days and weeks to come, you will be amazed at their perservance and blown away by their ambition. Hopefully you will also get a glimpse into the pull of Uganda, too.
|Posted on June 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM|
Welcome to Our Blog... Heart for Uganda! The title says it all for me...
I have no preconceived plans of how this Blog will evolve. However, I enjoy journaling, so I am bound to share the joys, frustrations, and funny moments that come with living in a new country and assimilating to a new culture. Also, you will learn more about the beautiful children at SMK, the caring staff, and great leaders (Joseph & Rosemary Kavulu and Nalubega Joan Faith), whom I have grown to love dearly.
Right now, Antwain and I are preparing ourselves (as much as possible) for the largest transition and grandest adventure that either of us has ever had. Today is a bundle of unknowns... selling my house, quitting my job, downsizing all of our possessions, saying goodbye to loved ones, leaving our lives in America. The details of all of those and more are still unknown. I must admit that the longer I linger on these unknowns, the higher my anxiety swells.
So instead I chose to focus on what I do know... We will live, love, and enjoy every day that we have left here in America with our loved ones. Then Antwain and I will board an airplane on August 26th to our other home in Uganda. We will be greeted in Uganda by our SMK family, and we will take turns loving on each other. Antwain and I will enjoy spending the last portion of the school holiday at SMK having fun with the children and getting settled into our new home within SMK. I will begin work on September 1st as Change the Truth's On-The-Ground Liaision and Social Worker at SMK. I will help prepare and send off the Secondary students to their respective schools for their last term of studies this academic year. Then, I will assist Primary students and Antwain to prepare for their first day of classes. All schools will begin again on September 6th.
I am not naive. I know that this transition and the time following will be bittersweet. I know there are will be days when my heart aches and physically longs for the comforts of home here in America. I know it is inevitable cause I have those same feelings now for Uganda. It is just a natural fact of life when your heart lives and loves two separate places.
I invite you to join us on this journey. It will be comforting to have you along with Antwain and me as we make this transition. None of us know where life will take us, but I am sure happy about the path that I am on now... Stay tuned for more!!