Brad’s brother Ryan is getting married today! We’re all in Indiana for the big event. I started thinking recently that Ryan may have had a bigger part in us choosing Uganda for our adoption than we ever realized.
When we started the adoption process, we picked Uganda without having any idea why. I didn’t think I knew a single thing about the country. We had watched a documentary on Uganda that we loved, (The Invisible Children,) but we didn’t hold it in our hearts and remember exactly where the documentary was filmed.
But one day, as baby Caroline played with a hand-sewn stuffed elephant that her Uncle Ryan had brought her from Africa, it occurred to me… Ryan hadn’t just been “somewhere in Africa” the day that Caroline was born… He was in UGANDA. In fact, Caroline spent her early months wearing a “Jumbo Says Jambo” Ugandan onsie and playing with a stuffed and a wooden Ugandan elephant.
Ryan had been in Uganda and wasn’t able to meet his newborn neice until a couple of months later. So when he came to see us, he had beautiful pictures and stories of stong and unbroken people. We never knew we would go there ourselves not long after! We really didn’t know that we had family there!
Anyway, since it’s his wedding day, here’s to Ryan, who probably played a major part in bringing us to our child! 🙂