For now, I thought I’d take advantage of this jet-lagged morning to give a shorter update.
It was great.
It was what I imagined it would be and it was much more than I could have ever imagined.
I had some insecurities going into this trip that the Lord helped me sort through and overcome. He is so good and so faithful. He made this dream of mine, being in Africa snuggling and connecting with orphans, come true. I am so thankful.
I made some great, new friends. Some Ugandan, some American. We cried together and laughed (and laughed!) together. These are forever-memories.
I didn’t really suffer from culture shock, but more heartbreak for some of the conditions I witnessed. I found myself frustrated to tears on more than one occasion.
The trip was life changing in that it was a fulfillment of dreams and hopes I’ve had for years. I was already in love with these people…and I hadn’t even met them yet! I think it’s similar to pregnancy…when I was pregnant with my children, I already loved them. When they were born, it was confirmation of that love. Love coming to fruition. This trip was a birthing of the love that I already had in my heart.
I just have to take a moment and brag on my husband. Words can’t even describe the admiration and gratitude I have for him. He always is a super dad, but especially these last couple of weeks! He created some memories that our children will remember for many years…sleepovers, movies, Chuck E Cheese, playgrounds, water balloon fights, horseback riding, walks, french toast, dollar store runs…knowing that they were having so much fun here made it easier for me to fully engage over there. AND I came home to a clean house! He rocks!
I will share more in the next week or so. Two weeks of emotions and experiences is a lot to sort through! The jet lag is a bit challenging too…in some ways I don’t feel like I’m back yet! I’m awake for several hours in the early morning, by myself, while my precious family sleeps. Then, from about early afternoon through bedtime I’m tiiired and not worth much to them. Can’t wait til that’s over!