Two months down and we are over a quarter through our time here! Time certainly has not slowed down. That being said, we are definitely settling in to the routine here and finding our feet. I really love feeling like I know what I’m doing at the babies home and that the work I am doing is valuable. We are back with the big toddlers, which is our first time repeating rooms. Because we’ve now been through every room and know all the babies names, we decided to be really intentional about learning the nannies names and getting to know them. Already, after only a few days, it has been paying off. Not only are we more comfortable with them, but they are also much more comfortable around us, even asking about how we met and to see wedding pictures.
This month we have also been able to go from knowing all the babies names to actually really getting to know some of them. Especially with the big toddlers, it’s so fun to be able to actually play little games with them and hear their little words. It’s pretty common here for volunteers to have a baby that is “their” baby and we have definitely both developed those relationships.
Remember how last month I promised that I would have more pictures to show you? Well, I don’t – but I have a good reason. We actually did take a ton of pictures this month, however I am not able to show you most of them. That is because this month 14 babies were taken back to the orphanage they came from that had previously been shut down. When they came to Watoto, they were assumed to be Watoto babies but unfortunately that’s not how it went. You can imagine our shock, frustration, and concern about this unexpected situation and the potential harm it would do to the babies. Before they left we made sure to take so many pictures of the babies and of us with them, and all of us here really treasure the pictures. I wish I could show you pictures of each of their beautiful, loving faces so that you could know them, remember them, pray for them, but frankly I can’t. We had a very hard day of goodbyes are still grieving the loss – we think of and talk about them almost daily. We ask that you pray with us for them. We hope their move back went well and that they are happy, and we are trusting that Jesus takes care of his babies, even if we can’t physically be a part of it.
Other than that unpredictable change, things here have been going very smoothly. We still dread our long walk home, still do an awful lot of dishes, and still eat almost exclusively carbs. We also still love what we are doing and our affection for the babies is growing every day.
And now, some lists.
Some things that have gotten better since last month:
- We have barely been sick this month! Our bodies must be learning the germs here and are much more equipped to fight them.
- We found a much better route to get home – definitely still a hard walk but much better than the way we were going before
- Our power and water have both been very consistent this whole month! It turns out that someone had cut through a major power line (🙄🙄) outside of our village which resulted in very spotty power for almost a week in our first month here.
Some things that have gotten worse since last month:
- I left my water bottle outside of the main Watoto church building in Kampala and it is gone for good. Thankfully we had some backups, but I’ll be thinking of that bottle for the next six months
- Both of us have developed some pretty intense t-shirt and shoe tanlines, but we’re working on getting rid of those
- My motivation to do homework has really gone down hill, I thought things were bad last month but little did I know
Some cool experiences this month:
- For our monthly volunteer meeting we went to a resort near Entebbe and got to dip our feet in Lake Victoria – and went swimming in the pool, instead (Lake Victoria is maybe not the best water for foreigners to swim in…)
- I fell on our walk to the babies home and skinned my knee which resulted in a trip to the nurses here in the home to get it cleaned
- Seeing how the nannies absolutely spoiled the babies before they had to leave, and just how much love they have for the babies they take care of
Some prayer requests:
- For energy!! We are so exhausted every day when we get home, and every morning when we wake up. We find our jobs so gratifying but some days we are so tired that it’s hard to even get up.
- For the babies, both the ones who are still here and the ones who went.
- For the nannies. If we are exhausted, I can only imagine how tired they must be some days.
Thank you again for all your love, support, and prayers from home. We really loved all the responses we got last month, and I promise I will still deliver the post about a day in our lives here.