Before I tell you the best of our Uganda trip, (meeting Amelia!,) let me brag…
I have been hand washing our clothes and hanging them on a line to dry.
|Not the ones I washed! Babies’ home.|
We have gone to the fresh air market and selected fruits, vegetables, beans, and rice. (Nevermind that our driver helped us and made sure they didn’t charge us mzungo -white man’s inflated- prices.)
I have learned to light the stove with a match and cook Ugandan bean dishes.
We sleep under misquito nets and do not mind that there isn’t AC. (Nevermind that there is a fan and our guest house is ridiculously nice. I am trying to brag, here!)
|Taken the moment our plane began to cross Africa.|
We took a taxi (along with 15 Ugandans) to Ggaba Church this morning. I even sang one song in Lugandan with them!
We turned down several boda-boda drivers, dodged a herd of huge-horned cattle, and eaten Indian cuisine in an African country.
As eye-opening and culturally amazing these things are, NOTHING holds a candle to meeting Amelia.
The first morning we were here, our sweet new Ugandan friend (Phiona) who works at our guest house took us to the babies’ home. It was far up a steep winding hill, but I still had to hold myself back from sprinting! We heard the sound of children playing through the shrubbery and open windows before we even entered the gate. Phiona went in ahead of us to announce that Amelia’s parents had arrived, and then we entered to a playroom of lively children, loving aunties… and Amelia.
It was everything I could do to not snatch her up and kiss her all over, but I knew that could frighten her. She did not lean to me immediately when I reached for her, but she was fine to go to me.
She is incredibly beautiful. She seems younger than we expected from her pictures. She is long and very very thin, but not in an unhealthy way — she simply has a tiny frame.
All of these thoughts crossed my mind within the first few seconds of holding her. And then, I began to kiss her and hug her and tell her how much we love her — despite that I’d told myself NOT to do this. I couldn’t help it. Luckily, it amused her instead of frightened her!
We are so in love.
Our court date is soon, along with the court date of another family who should be arriving any moment to our guest house. PLEASE pray for us. We are learning quickly that Uganda is not predictable or easy, but it is an amazing place to watch God at work.
Most of my internet communication will be written quickly & very scattered, I’m sorry! Saving our usage to talk to Caroline. It was an incredible moment that could never be put into words anyway! 🙂