We are officially on the home stretch! Monday marked 10 weeks until we fly home! I cannot believe that we’ve been here for over five months already. In some ways it feels like we just got here, but in others it feels like we’ve been here for a very long time. It is definitely hard to imagine that in 10 short weeks we will be finished our time in Uganda and will be leaving behind all these amazing friends we have met.
The biggest change this month is that the rainy season has definitely come! It seems like overnight it went from being ridiculously hot to being actually quite chilly – which we are loving! The nannies are all freezing and they have the babies in big sweaters, but for us it is such a relief to not be sweating all the time. Karl and I have both loved being able to wear sweaters and watching movies on the couch under a blanket. It’s amazing the things you miss!
We also currently have the smallest amount of volunteers that we’ve experienced here. Everyone that we started with has now gone back home, and many others have come and gone in the time we’ve been here. Now there are only 4 of us at the babies home, which compared to more than 15 in December and January feels very small. We also don’t have anyone living beside us for the first time since December, so our side of the hill is very quiet, too.
I think this is the hardest month that Karl and I have had here. We are beyond the novelty of being somewhere totally different and going to Cape Town gave us a taste of how easy things at home are, and it has made us far more aware of the differences and difficulties of being here. We are praying for peace through our differences, and grace to handle them as well as we can. We want to make the most of our last weeks here and to be able to finish strong.
And now, some lists!
Some exciting things that happened this month:
- The Olympics! We were so thankful to be able to watch the Olympics, although we definitely missed the Canadian coverage. We even got up at 6am to walk down to the Baby’s Home on one of our days off in order to watch the (disappointing) women’s hockey final.
- Karl turned 25! I made him a carrot cake which we shared with the nannies – Ugandans LOVE cake, so it was fun to be able to share that with them! We celebrated him at the monthly baby birthday party, too.
- 5 babies in the big toddler room started going to school! It was definitely time for some of them to be more challenged and I think they’re enjoying school. However, I’m not sure if any of them have said a word to their teacher yet. (Kids start school at 2 or 3 here, the five that have gone are all 3, if you’re wondering why we have school aged children at the baby’s home)
Some not so good things that happened this month:
- The mosquitoes were out in full force this month! Our house, and especially our bed which has a bug net, has always been a safe haven for us, but this month they infiltrated us. We both got more mosquito bites this month that we have all the rest combined.
- We discovered how easy it is for us to order take out when we are in Kampala which means when we are there (every two weeks we go in for groceries) we eat all the fast food.
- 10 babies from the big toddler room are going into the village. This is super good for them, but definitely sad for us. Thankfully our favourite family are all staying in Suubi! The rest are going to a different children’s village which is about 40 minutes away from us, so we will definitely miss them!!
And finally, some prayer requests:
- As I mentioned earlier, we could use your prayers for the difficulties we have been facing this past month. We love Uganda, but we are seeing more of her flaws as we stay longer. We need God’s guidance in how to face those flaws with grace and love, rather than with judgement.
- As usual, for the babies and the nannies both physically and mentally. There is mumps in the babies home!! Red alert!! Please pray for that to go away asap and for the babies who have it now to be healed and be able to get back to feeling like themselves.
- For us to know how to use our time wisely while we are here. We have so much that we still want to do while we are here, and we definitely need help in knowing what to do when.
Thank you so much for reading! This is the third last blog post I will write from Uganda! We appreciate your love, prayers, comments, etc, more than we can say!