How do I even begin talking about the month that was January?? I feel like January absolutely flew by, and at the same time felt like maybe 2 or 3 months in length. As you’ll know if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, we spent the last two weeks of January in Cape Town! We had such an amazing time there, and it was so nice to take a break from the routine and the work of the babies home.
We had been warned before Christmas that in January many new babies would arrive at the babies home, and while it hasn’t been to the extent that I was expecting, there have definitely been some new arrivals. I posted on Instagram about a set of twins, both malnourished – and one of them quite significantly so. We got to spend so much time with them when they first arrived as they stayed in the nurses office, and the nurses needed some help managing them. They have moved into the Tiger unit now and they’re doing so well in there! As you can see in these more recent pictures, the bigger of the twins got her feeding tube out and is doing so awesome with feeding herself! The little one has farther to go, and is currently working on walking. We love them so much and love to watch their progress.
There have been some new faces this month other than the twins, too. It is amazing to see how the babies adapt to this place, and how quickly or slowly they become comfortable here. One boy who joined the big toddler room was just starting to open up a bit before we left for Cape Town, but when we returned he seems like a totally different boy! He is singing and laughing and repeating everything you say. It is amazing to finally be able to see their personalities come through. When we returned from Cape Town, there were two new Monkeys (little babies) and a new small toddler, all of which we are looking forward to getting to know better.
It feels like not much happened at the babies home in the time we were there this month. Other months have been far more action packed. We said goodbye to two volunteers, friends of ours who had been at the babies home the whole time we’ve been there, but other than that it was pretty much business as usual.
But the adventure of the rest of the month certainly makes up for it! Cape Town! We had such a great vacation and got to do and see so many amazing things. Our biggest itinerary item was to eat good food – Western food, specifically – and we certainly did that. We go to try new foods, including South African Braai and Hungarian flat bread, and eat many old favourites, including Nandos, tacos, and sooo much coffee. We even found Dr. Pepper which I have been craving since October. I could post so many pictures of the amazing things we ate, but I’ll spare you. We were able to eat so many of our staple foods that we haven’t been able to have for the last four months and it was so life giving to us to be able to do so.
We also got to experience some really cool things, like going up Table Mountain in a cable car, kayaking with penguins and fur seals, and exploring the famous and colourful Bo Kaap district. We rented a car and Karl drove us around on the “wrong” side of the road, which was also very life giving as we really miss is our independence and the ability to move freely. Living an hour away from Kampala (where we can’t even drive anyway) makes that much harder to do. We also experienced life in a severe water crisis, the biggest sunburn of my life, and the most beautiful bathroom I’ve ever been in (see below).
Our trip ended with some pretty major visa drama which ended up keeping us in Cape Town for three days longer than we we planned. That’s a story that has too many details and too much excitement to do justice in a blog post so next time you see us feel free to ask for the story and we’ll fill you in.
While we had an amazing time, we were definitely ready to get back to routine and consistency. It was so good to come back to our home in Suubi and reunite with the babies and our amazing nanny friends. There is still a whole set of nannies that we haven’t seen yet but we cannot wait to see them and catch up on the last few weeks!! We should have seen them last week, but our extended period in Cape Town meant we missed their last shift.
And now, some lists!
Some ways we’ve seen God working this month:
- This month I’ve really been hit by the need in Uganda for a shift in government. I really feel like God has been putting it on my heart to pray for and to ask others to pray for Uganda, too. This country has known very few good political eras, and I really pray that one will come soon.
- I realized near the beginning of this month that lately I feel more myself than I have since my first semester at CBC. In my second semester there, my depression hit an all time low and I don’t think I had truly come out of that low period until recently. I hadn’t realized I was still there, but now that I’m on the other side I can see that I was still being affected by it, if only subtly.
- We got to have some really cool conversations, both in Uganda and South Africa with local people that have been both enlightening and insightful for us. This is such a cool and helpful way to learn about the cultures we’re in, and I’m so thankful for the opportunities that have come up for us.
Some new discoveries we’ve made this month:
- We found out that Karl really likes fresh oysters and that I do not. I have been wanting to try them for years, and I’ll still give them another shot, but my first impression was not so good.
- Our service in our house is somehow much better all of a sudden? When we returned from Cape Town we discovered that instead of almost always having “E” (which is less than 3G and basically useless), we now almost always have 4G??? A truly amazing discovery and one we hope will last. and one that I hope will help me to do my homework.
- We learned, in drought stricken Cape Town, that we are both capable of taking showers that use less than 1 minute of water – and that it’s actually not that hard.
- Before we went to Cape Town we went to a Chinese supermarket here in Kampala and wow did it ever deliver. We bought so much Shin ramen and some chopsticks (which we have seriously been missing) and just had so much fun exploring a new part of Kampala.
Some prayer requests:
- As I mentioned earlier, Uganda needs your prayers. Specifically when it comes to their government. A quick google search about Ugandan politics should give you a good idea of the trouble they are in.
- For us as we head into our last months here! It’s so hard to believe that we are over half way through our time in Uganda and I really want to soak in as much as possible. There are so many things that we still want to do here, and we will need wisdom to figure out how and what to do.
- For health – for the babies, the nannies, and for us! There is a lot of flu going around the babies home, and for the nannies and us the work is so tiring. Pray for our bodies to be strong and our minds to be sound.
Thank you, once again, for reading about what we’re doing here in Uganda (and this month in Cape Town!). We love to hear from you guys and every one of your comments and messages means so much to us.