Thursday, July 28, 2011

Worth every penny

I guess from that post title you may be thinking I'm about to talk about the cost of adoption. While that would be a fine header for that topic, that may be a different post!

I'm a minimalist and penny pincher so it's not often my husband hears me say "that was worth every penny." Especially when the purchase was his idea...I'm just being honest here :)

So, here's 2 things that I've changed my mind on for mommy-hood. I think these 2 items were worth every penny we spent and I'm so glad we had them before we all got home.

1. we bought this Peg Perego double stroller at a consignment sale so that did save us some $$. I was anti because I figured these kids have never ridden in strollers before, they've probably walked everywhere at 3 years old. While the wheels on our don't work great and we really haven't used it that much yet, it has been a lifesaver! To keep the 2 kids together riding or helping push instead of grabbing both of their arms dragging them everywhere and one is probably going to start kicking, screaming and trying to sit on the ground because he or she wants to walk (and not at my side) and his/her own pace.I would note that if I were to purchase again, I would probably go for a front to back double stroller, it moves through the isles in stores much better and through doorways.

 I think I started to realize this was a great purchase when we were at the Amsterdam airport for a 6 hour layover and the kids were amazing as long as they were pushing these little carts or sitting up top riding. I've never wanted to sing the Hallelujah chorus so loud. These were definitely a God-send and I think every airport should provide these now!! Not to mention it was just nice to not have to carry all of our carry-ons + 3 year olds!

2. Wes ordered this "Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor 1.8" Screen"
 off of Amazon while we were still in Uganda.  We bought an extra video camera so we could put one on each of the kids beds and we can flip between the 2 cameras. Initially I was against buying it because again, it was just expensive and something that millions of parents around the world live without and we could to. When we were getting to know the kids and learning about their culture, we learned that the primary caretaker for kids will usually sleep in the same room for many years, even if they live in a home with multiple rooms. So, when the kids stayed in the care of a Social Worker, their primary care taker stayed in the same room. Once we started caring for the kids, we would stay in the room until they fell asleep and then if we needed to, we would go answer emails or do paper work etc. One day we put them down for a nap and we had A LOT of paperwork to get done so I didn't wait for them to fall asleep. After about 20 minutes, I went into our room to grab something and only saw 1 kid in the bed. Amiya was up in the bathroom going emptying bottles of hair product, pulling out all my hair bands/clips and pretty much anything she could get into!

When we first brought them home, we put toys, books, shoes etc in their closet so they had very little distractions or "reasons" to get out of bed. These kids are really quiet when they're getting into things so with these little video cameras/monitor, I can keep checking on them until their asleep without opening a door causing a stir that could lead to the other waking back up! They seem to take turns or go through phases as to which will be the first to fall asleep. Malakai also likes to sleep sideways in his bed so it's also kind of fun to watch their little habits or when they try to cover up with their pillow instead of blanket etc. And the best part is, I can go sleep in my bed or sit in the living room if I want to! I don't have to be so still worrying about waking them.

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's hard to believe 1 week ago today we were leaving Uganda. In some ways it seems so much longer ago but in other ways it seems like yesterday. Everything is brand new for all of us.  Wes and I are learning how to be parents, how to discipline, not skip meals, allow extra time for getting kids ready, don't forget snacks and sippy cups when we leave and for goodness sake don't forget extra pull-ups!! For Malakai and Amiya, they're learning a new language, a new way of doing everything--eating with silverware, dogs can be pets (not just wild scary animals), hold our hands when we're out-don't run into the street, new foods-and not eating off the floor, new beds, how to obey etc. Can you imagine? 

Malakai on our way to the airport in Uganda
Amiya looking out the plane's window
We think they're doing great and they're pretty great kids! They've not been scared or intimidated by much. There's several words they'll say now without any prodding from us: monkey, juice, truck, apple, pineapple, Miles, Charlie (our cat & dog), and a few others.  "Car" and "Ball" are still sometimes spoken in English and sometimes in Luganda.

Before we left Uganda, we stopped at this little place on the beach where they served Pizza and other american type foods. It was good and fun for the kids. They loved the sand and we probably brought some back with us. They thought it was hilarious to fall in the sand or face plant into the sand. Part of me cringed thinking about how dirty they were getting. On the other hand, they're 3 years old and we're about to expect them to sit still for the next 30 hours!

We were obviously concerned about the flight and how they would do for the next 30+ hours.  Fortunately (I can say this now) the worst part of the traveling was in the Uganda airport. They screamed and kicked and screamed bloody murder some more (they didn't like having boundaries and wanted to play freely).  We weren't sure if we would get through security and several let us know how "excited" they were to be on our same flight. At that point, I didn't really want to be on our flight either!! Fortunately, once we got to our gate, there were a few other children to play with and we gave them lots of water and cheerios and things got much better. Amiya pitched one more major fit on the tarmac. She wanted to carry our bookbag which was very heavy and did not want to hold my hand to get onto the plane...she'd rather run back & forth through security! That ended with me holding Malakai, Amiya kicking & screaming as everyone was boarding the plane etc. I even became that pesky mother who hits everyone on their way to their seat on the plane because of all the bags I had and the small child I was carrying!  I now understand why they let parents with very young children board first!

Once on the plane, the buttons on each individual TV screen were completely mind boggling for the kids and kept them preoccupied until they fell asleep. Speaking of sleep, several have asked about their sleeping habits. They have slept through the night thankg goodness!

Speaking of sleep, it's about that time for me too! Will write more later when my eyes aren't fighting to stay open!

Back at home in our wagon

Monday, July 18, 2011

the last 72 hours

Most importantly we're home!

We left our guesthouse in Kampala at 4pm on (8am central) on Friday July 15. Our flight left at 11:30pm. I won't lie, getting these kids through all the check in lines and security etc was a living nightmare. They screamed and kicked the entire time. It was awful and everyone else was hating us and dreading the flight. Once we got into the seating area Wes & I just looked at each other dreading what the next 30 hours of flights and layovers could look like. We gave the kids some cheerios which calmed them down a little bit. We had one more outright sit on the ground kicking and screaming fit on the tarmac trying to get onto the plane when we were boarding. Once we got on the plane and sat down God intervened, we were assigned the 4 middle seats on the plane. Wes sandwiched them in and they never tried to get out into the isle. They enjoyed hitting all the buttons on the tv and remote control (our apologies to the stewardesses). They didn't like the seatbelts very much so they also didn't stay on for very long! Once we took off Malakai fell asleep and Amiya fought sleep until 2am. Our flight landed at about 7am which meant no one except for Malakai slept very much.

We had a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam. We are so thankful they had little luggage carts that the kids loved pushing around or sitting in the top basket. We pushed those things literally all over the airport. The airport also had a little kid area where they could play and we even managed to get them to sleep for about 30 min before we boarded our next 10 hour flight. For a 10 hour flight from Amsterdam to Memphis I think the kids did amazing. They got a little antsy and we had to take walks up and down the isles a few times. Thankfully the couple sitting behind us loved kids from what we could tell, they played peek-a-boo and gave high fives the entire way.

Once we reached Memphis we had to go through customs and immigration. We were missing (and still missing) our 2 biggest bags with all of our clothes, most importantly all of the kids cloths minus 1 dress and 3 shirts we left at home and our dirty clothes and pajamas that we packed in a separate bag. At the time it didn't matter, we were just thankful to be this much closer to home! Once we got to our gate, we all changed clothes and tried to clean ourselves up a bit. We all stunk! We were also finding out our flight was going to be delayed due to maintenance issues and eventually started getting texts from friends in Birmingham about our flight being cancelled. Frustrating part was they weren't telling us in Memphis yet that the flight was cancelled, they were still trying to fly a certain piece in from Atlanta. Once we started getting those text messages, we started looking into rental cars to drive home.  Praise God we didn't have to rent a car! One of the guys in our small group has a brother that lives in Memphis. The brother drove us half way to Birmingham and where we were met and driven the rest of the way home. Wow, we are blessed to have these people in our lives. I don't think we realized how exhausted we were until we all got in that first car and passed out! So glad and thankful we didn't have to make that drive by ourselves! We got to the house about 2am and were greeted by a sparkling clean house stocked with food, toilet paper, paper towels and more. We were overwhelmed and again blessed by people who have created an incredible experience to come home to! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

Both sets of grandparents were in town to greet us at the airport. Since we didn't fly in, they all came over on Sunday morning and loved on their grandkids, helped put some things away and play with the kids. We were both exhausted still as we only got about 4 hours of sleep before the kids woke up. I guess I won't ever have to set my alarm clock again!! We tried to do a little laundry yesterday too-wash our dirty clothes so thankfully just 1 small load only to find out our dryer isn't working! It's 7 years old so I'm really not surprised by this, both our washer & dryer have been acting up. We've got all the clothes drying outside so it's not the end of the world :) We're also still waiting on our luggage. It's been found (hopefully all intact) and we'll be meeting the guy delivering luggage so we can get it sooner rather than later. It was supposed to be delivered last night by 10pm but didn't happen. We may be wearing PJ's today so don't judge if you see us! Oh the kids went to bed at about 9pm last night and conked out! So glad they are adjusting to the time difference and that also meant we were able to get in bed at about 11pm.

So much still to do and unpack. We haven't done much unpacking of the luggage we had received so we still have a lot of settling in to do! The kids are doing great. I'm kind of expecting them to get to a phase of realizing this isn't temporary, it's forever! Well, time to get these kids in the bath tub and go meet to pick up our luggage. Hope to see everyone soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Coming Home

Tomorrow (Friday) at Noon (4am central) we are scheduled to pick up the visas at the Embassy. Then we should be flying out of Uganda at 11:30pm. It’s hard to believe our time in Uganda is coming to a close. We have very much enjoyed being in this beautiful country. I think I’ve mentioned before that the hospitality here puts our “southern hospitality” to shame. Everyone has been so kind and helpful. We’ve enjoyed the guesthouse and everyone here who makes it a wonderful place to stay. It’s been good to live differently, to lose electricity every once in a while. To see the value of community played out in everyday life of the people here and to learn a little bit about another culture and to eat the most delicious pineapple (I don’t normally eat pineapple) and bananas made 5 different ways!

While we will miss our new friends here, we also look forward to heading home and beginning a new life together as a family of 4. I know it will be hard, I know it will be an adjustment in more ways than I can imagine right now but God is faithful and I know without a doubt that he hasn’t brought us this far in our journey to leave us alone. He will always be near, sufficient, my strength, my comfort in all my weaknesses. I’m excited to see what God has in store for these kids, they are His beautiful creation and we hope and pray that they will grow to serve Him and glorify His name.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and for walking with us through this journey you are just as much a part of these children’s lives!  As we head home and continue bonding with these children we need your help! I think I’ve mentioned briefly that literally a village has raised these children. When we went to visit the grandmother, she explained how all these different women have helped her in different ways with the children. This is amazing community at work. The hard part for us is that this also means that the children will go to just about anyone to meet their needs; whether it’s food, potty, sippy cup, shoes etc. While we want you to love our children and high five or Bonga (pound) with them and play with them, we ask that you allow us to meet their needs. I think one of our biggest challenges in gaining their trust has been when others “meet a need” for them, we are almost starting over in gaining their trust-they begin swatting at us more often, cry (or wail) when we pick them up b/c it’s time to leave or b/c they’re standing in someone’s office where they don’t need to be etc. These kids are not shy by any means and it makes them so irresistible (at least we think so). We’re obviously not asking you to stay away or don’t come near them, just point them in our direction for the next couple months to meet their needs. You are our village and will certainly need your help and prayers and advice!

Please also bear with us as we try to teach them when it’s appropriate to scream, whisper, run or sit still. Some days here I’ve wanted to hide under a rock but then I think-they’re 3 years old, of course they’re going to run in circles! I know there’s a balance though and we’re trying to figure it out J

We’re excited to be back and see everyone. We’re scheduled to arrive in Birmingham at 9:00pm on Saturday July 16!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Visa Interview

Early this morning I left to take the remaining paper work to the Embassy. They granted us an interview at 2pm. We have 1 more document they are requiring tomorrow morning. I'll have to drop it at the very bright and early hour of 7:30am.

Thank you for so many words of encouragement regarding children and behavior. I failed to mention they've also had runny noses and they've been sick so I think that may have contributed to some of the behavior as well. Today was a little better and tonight I've had a migraine. Wes let me lay in bed in the dark while he fed the kids. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful husband. Amiya brought me a bottled water and laid in bed with me for about 10 seconds. It was sweet and kind, I needed that!

Before we came home this evening, we took the kids to get their hair cut. We weren't sure how they would do and asked Stephan to tell them in Luganda what we were about to do. They both immediately put their hands on their heads and started rubbing their hair. No tears, hilarious and both seemed excited. They did great, sat still for the longest I've seen so far! These kids don't seem to be afraid of much and they're not shy either. I'm very interested and a little nervous to see how they do on the airplane and in the airport. We're hoping they'll sleep at least part of the way!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Everyone's a little cranky

Yesterday was a long day with no naps, the crankiness carried into today. I'm not sure there's been more than 10 minutes go by without someone crying.  I took my turn this morning. Malakai is a precious and joyful child. He bounces when I try to dress him (leads to lots of bruises!) in the morning and he punched me in the left eye by accident today. He got my right eye the other day and I'm still a little fuzzy eyed from it. I know he didn't mean to and he's so precious when he realizes he hurt mommy. He caresses my face and gives me a little kiss where he hurt me.

We're all tired. Amiya has started biting and hitting a lot more today, I can only assume it's because she's tired and worn out. She'll touch something the wrong way (it can't possibly hurt) and just start wailing. We can easily tell her fake-I'm trying to get what I want cry from a genuine hurting cry. Regardless, a wailing 3 year old throwing a tantrum is no fun to deal with and feel like everyone thinks you're beating the child! We're trying to figure out how to discipline this child. We've been popping her hand when she hits or thumping her cheek when she bites but her revenge is to continue hitting, how many times do you go back and forth before enough is enough! Sometimes I will ignore her last attempt at a hit and move away from her, let her scream and eventually she comes back and wants to be a part of what we're doing.

Today I am overwhelmed & want to give up. I wonder if these children will every behave properly in public. Will they always run in 2 different directions. Will Amiya always act like she hates me, will she mind me. Will we be able to train up these children to be followers of Christ. I am just done with today, I don't feel sufficient, I don't feel prepared. I know only God can give me the strength. I'm confident These children are still alive today for a greater purpose than I can ever imagine I just pray that we will not give up, for wisdom, guidance, patience, understanding, a little chocolate would be nice right now and a most of all for strength.  How on earth are we going to get these kids through 30 hours in the airport and air plane!? Ambien in the sippy cup is sounding really good right now...I'm totally kidding!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Visa Interview a no go

We were supposed to have our Visa interview at the US Embassy today at 2pm (7am Central). Unfortunately we didn't have all the necessary paperwork to proceed. We were supposed to turn in all our paper work at the Embassy by 9am.

We went to the Embassy with the paperwork that we did have ready hoping that we might still be seen or at least they could speak with the grandmother.  They could not do anything for us without all of the paperwork.  We  completely understand why but were a little frustrated for the grandmother who traveled so far and now will need to make another trip to Kampala.  Thankfully the grandmother has been very gracious and agreed to come back when we knew something more for the visa interview. We were originally hoping to leave for the states on Wednesday but now we will hope we can have our visa interview on Wednesday and possibly leave on Friday (arriving on Saturday) but we haven't received any flight itineraries yet and we hear flights are tight on space.

As disappointing as it was to have to miss our Visa interview today, we've honestly been very blessed to have such a smooth process. We are grateful and know only God could have orchestrated this timing. He knows exactly what we need and his timing is perfect. We rest in that tonight. Also thankful for power and water as we had neither yesterday! Another reminder of why I don't voluntarily go camping  :)

The kids are doing good. This parenting thing is a lot of hard work and a lot of times not pretty. Not to mention we're trying to train and re-train 3 years into 2 kids who don't speak our language and in fact don't speak very much at all.  We are realizing how far behind they are on speaking. They understand both Luganda and English but speak very little of either.  They're retaining a few words like: car, nose, NO, TeeTee, Bible and cup please. Colors, numbers, alphabet, animals and sounds and much more we're still working on.  Knowing this now, I wish we would have bought more preschool/my first words etc. type of books.  Disciplining and expectations are getting better. Amiya was hitting and biting a lot when we first got her. There was lots of screaming, blood curdling screams and moments I wanted to pull my hair out and give up.  I was reminded of a recent conversation we had with several parents at church who talked about their "strong-willed" child and Wes and I were just amazed because now you would never know it! So, we pray. Pray that we are disciplining out of love and not frustration or anger or pain. Malakai is a lot more laid back but can still get very angry and hit or bite. His cries are much more pouty like he got his feelings hurt. It's so pitiful! For the most part the worst of their attitudes come out when they are tired or hungry. Once they have food in their belly they are much happier children and understandably so.  We have stretched them a lot these last few days. Even through they were never really used to having naps, all of the appointments, waiting, delays etc I think they've been pretty amazing kids and we are so blessed to have them in our lives!

Malakai on our way to court this is one cool kid!

Amiya wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good picture of her in her little court outfit

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Visiting Jiajia (grandma)

Today we went to visit the twins Jiajia (grandma) at her home. We were thrilled that she asked us to come visit and meet more of the family and well as the friends & neighbors who have helped raise these 2 amazing children. When we arrived, Jiajia greeted us with hugs, not the norm in Ugandan culture. We have been so blessed to have this amazing woman who has done so much to care for these kids and now she welcomes us into her home, as a part of her family now. The uncle, aunt and several neighbors were already at the house when we arrived. Our friend and driver Stephan helped interpret to introduce us to everyone, though most spoke at least a little English. Every once in a while we'd here "Muzunga" and know they were saying something about us but from what we could tell, they all seemed to like us!

Grandma greeting us at her home

Amiya and Malakai enjoying some traditional food, exactly the way they like it...fingers only!

Grandma's house

The kids were both coughing and sneezing most of the night so we knew it was going to be a long day for them. Mommy & Daddy are also feeling under the weather so we are also very tired. We stopped to pick up an antibiotic for the kids today so hopefully they'll be feeling better before we get on a plane to come home. Speaking of coming home, you may be wondering what's going on since we got the positive ruling.  Well, since getting that positive ruling, we still had to get a physical done for the state of Alabama. After we had the physical done, we found out that what we had done wasn't enough and they also wanted a TB test done as well as an HIV test done.  We're obviously a little frustrated as there's no form that the state will give us to know what has to be done, it's just up to their discretion I guess. Anyway, we have to get the rest of the medical information to our State, we're supposed to receive the rest of our paper work to take to the Embassy by 9am.  We have to have all of our paper work turned into the Embassy by 9am in order to keep our 2pm Visa interview appointment.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Little colds

Today we went back to the IOM (they do the medicals for the Embassy) to make sure their TB tests were ok. Thankfully they were all good! We then had to go to another hospital to get just a physical to send to the state of Alabama. Unfortunately, IOM & the Embassy won't share the medicals with the state...I know it doesn't make sense but such is a lot of this process! These poor kiddos were NOT happy about going to the Dr. again. Amyia has had a little cough and runny nose so we asked about it. I've been thinking it's a cold and we've been giving her some Advil which has helped a little. the Dr. said it's allergies and gave us a prescription. So far it's not helping.  As I type this, I can hear her little cough in the bedroom, it's pitiful and I feel so helpless. She needs here sleep or she will be VERY grumpy tomorrow! I'm pretty sure this means Malakai will have it too, and momma is feeling a little stuffy nosed, sore throat myself.

Here's a picture of Amyia greeting the Dr. in the traditional way a child would in Uganda. 

Aside from not feeling so hot, it was a good day. They took about an hour nap for the first time in several days...we've been stretching them for sure. We know they need naps but it also makes it harder to get them to go to sleep at night, they weren't used to a nap time to begin with so we try not to let them sleep for longer than an hour.  It certainly helps with their attitudes during the day! Other than running to the medicals this afternoon, we spent our time here at the guest house playing, running around, trying to pet the dog that lives here. They love to check and see if he's around the corner but then scream and squeal if he gets too close. I think both of them have touched him once so it's a start! We're also starting to enjoy bubbles. They'll now chase the bubbles and try to pop them. The first day we had them, I blew bubbles and they were scared at first, eventually they'd watch the bubbles but didn't like it if they popped on them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Positive Ruling

We had our ruling scheduled for 3:30 (7:30am central) today. While we waited, we were able to spend more time with the grandmother and kids. It was good, overwhelming and hilarious at times. I would try to take 1 to the bathroom, the other would follow and head the opposite direction down the hallway! Oh my our hands will be full. I’m thankful I’m not trying to do this here alone.

The grandmother came again today for the ruling. We weren’t sure if she would come as it’s a long road to travel back and forth. She brought more fruit for us and the kids. We are overwhelmed by this woman and the love she has shown for people she’s barely met and can hardly speak to with the language barrier. She also invited us to her home so we will go and are thankful for the opportunity to see where she lives, where our kids lived so we can tell them more about it when they grow older and begin to ask questions. We know that day will come and we hope we can effectively share all the love that there is for them both here in Uganda and in the US.

It's been another long day with no naps and LOTS of cheerios (good call Sheryl!) The kids are doing great, they're beginning to say "cup pease" which is precious. We're working on thank you, sorry and share. Malakai Wasswa (means first born of twins) is so much like Wes, he will eat just about anything you put in front of him and then will go sit at his sister's spot and eat the rest of her food.  He also seems to be left handed and seems to be pretty athletic. He can throw a ball straight enough & high enough for us to catch it in the air. He the more laid back one of the 2, his smile is awesome and he gives great kisses. Amyia Nakato (means 2nd born of twins) is more of the picky eater. She won't eat much meat but she eats LOTS of vegetables & fruits. She went to town on my guacamole & tomatoes but wouldn't have anything to do with the Quesadilla.  She decides when she's ready to be in a better mood again and have I mentioned, the strong willed child!? We have started to see her kindness when Malakai cries, she says "babie" and does something to try to make him feel better. It's super sweet and very cute.  They both LOVE people and want to give lots of hugs. We've also had the opportunity to see them greet someone as they would in their village-they give their hand as if to shake and then kneel down.

Amyia said "bye bye" to her caretakers and hopped in the drivers seat of the car. I think she's asking for the keys!

Malakai is hilarious, makes this face a lot, especially while he was figuring out the snack cups

Amyia likes coloring and LOVES that bow (good call small group girls!)

Sitting on the porch playing, coloring and watching our friend Stephan wash his car

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

court tomorrow

We haven't had power the past  couple days while we've been at the guest house (it's come on while we're out) so I haven't been able to post much. But, it's been good to have undistracted time with the kids. We are loving Uganda, naturally we miss some of the comforts of home but it is good to be away from them too. God is so good and His glory is being revealed here in Uganda and around the world!

We have court tomorrow at 3:30 our time (7:30am central). Please pray, we're a little anxious about the ruling.

The past couple day's we've been able to get the kids medicals done for the embassy, we've spent a good deal of time with them and some of the disciplining is getting better. Not as much hitting or biting anyway! We still have a lot of bonding to do with them. Anytime they see a new person they want to run to them and be picked up. Everyone smiles at how friendly they are! Eventually I'll write a little bit about where we're staying which may I say their hospitality puts "southern hospitality" to shame! We've had an amazing time and have been blessed greatly.

Today we also got to go meet Allan who we sponsor through Compassion International. wow, such an amazing opportunity and something I'll have to write more about later and include pictures :) He wore a suit to school today to greet us in. He bought the suit with money we had given him for his birthday. I can't imagine how hot he must have been! He was a little shy and quiet at first and gradually warmed up to these 2 Muzungas! As we walked around the town where the school & compassion project were, all the kids yelled "bu bye Muzunga" and waved to us. It's the first we've really heard ourselves being called that (white people). Many of them smile and laugh at us too.  We also had the opportunity to meet Allan's family, his mother, father, grandmother and 3 younger siblings.  Let me just say that Compassion is the Real Deal! His family greeted us with the warmest hand shakes and his grandmother with a big hug (they don't hug much here!). They fed us true Ugandan cuisine which my mom will be very proud that I ate (cabbage, greens, pumpkin, rice, ground nuts (or something purple), bananas, rice. The twins loved the food too which was great since A has been a little picky lately.  M will eat just about anything you put in front of him! We were greatly blessed by them and wish we could have done more for them.  I was also very impressed that the gifts we gave Allan were immediately shared with his siblings, there was no grabbing or snatching, just love.

I'm sure this post seems very scattered, I feel scatter brained as there's so much I want to share and I will, eventually. For now I should close, it's 11:23pm in Uganda and I still have much to do!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Today was a very long day. We had court scheduled for 11am. Part of our case was heard and then we dismissed for a 1/2 hour lunch break (thankful for that time to fill our bellies!).  Imagine with me, 2 three year olds who have  missed their naps, had soda at lunch, only a couple toys that were not quite entertaining enough and a LOT of energy. I had hoped they would fall asleep in court but it never happened! We have a 2nd court date for Wednesday, July 6 at 3:30pm!

Tonight we are reminded that God has arranged our past, present and future all for His glory. It is not easy to think this or feel this way but it's the only thing that will get me through today and tomorrow. God is sovereign.

More on the kids: We're going to have our hands full! A is very strong willed, independent, has a great little giggle, loves to always carry a bag and have shoes on. I mean she is ALWAYS putting on shoes. I'll get her diaper/pull ups off, go grab another and she already has her shoes back on! Every time we go to the car, she wants to get in the driver seat and HAS to look out the window.

M is more joyful and easy going. He has the most boisterous laugh that makes his whole body shake. His little run is the cutest think you've ever seen. He likes to be cuddled and hugged and kissed. He likes small stuffed animals and balls and a little toy motorcycle he can ride here at the guest house.

We are having a lot of fun with the kids, obviously some challenges but that's expected no matter how the kids come :)