This month has been so busy and so much fun!!
At the beginning of the month we said goodbye to 10 big toddlers as they moved into the village! Most of them went to Bbira, which is about an hours drive from Suubi, but our favourite family stayed in Suubi. They live in a house that’s on our walk home, so it’s been fun visiting them as we pass by – they are always SO excited to see us, and seem so much bigger outside of baby’s home. This also meant a big shift in all the rooms at Baby’s home, as smaller babies got to move up into bigger rooms. For some of them, this was definitely a needed shift and for others it has been a lot of soiled pants (or panties, as they call them here).
We’ve been living 50km away from the equator line and finally we went to see it! Honestly there’s not much to do there besides take your picture at the sign and buy craft market stuff, but we enjoyed being 3% lighter while we were there (apparently that’s a thing).
We also went on a safari – I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a busy month! We went to Murchison’s Falls, which is the biggest national park in Uganda and one of the main safari destinations in the country. To break up the 6 hour drive north, we stopped for Rhino trekking about half way and got to see 7 of the 22 rhinos that live in Uganda – of which 2 of the first 4 were donated by Disney World! The next day we went on a game drive and river cruise on the Nile, in which we saw elephants, hippos, giraffes, warthogs, Ugandan kobs, and so much more!
That night we travelled to the Budongo Forest, where we ate by candlelight and, once the generator was turned off, spent most of the night listening to baboons run around and yell at each other right outside our windows. In the morning we did chimpanzee trekking, which was such an amazing experience and definitely one of the highlights from the whole trip. We spent about an hour and a half in the forest, some of which was with/right below chimps, and other parts were just walking and learning about the forest itself. We were also chased down by one chimpanzee who mostly wanted to see how we would react – thankfully we had a ranger with us who knew what to do (don’t run!!) and the chimp just went on his way when he saw that we were scared.
On the last day of the month we celebrated my birthday! We ate, among other things, our last two poptarts for breakfast (we’ve had one box of poptarts that we’ve made last this long), the nannies sung happy birthday to me twice, the toddlers got out of bed way too early after nap so we got extra playtime, and all in all it was a fun, while pretty normal, day. This last year has been one of the craziest and most exciting of my life, so we’ll see if 25 can live up to 24 ;).
And now, some lists!
Some things that are definitely getting old:
- Ugandan traffic/driving/roads/etc. Going anywhere takes so long, and we can’t wait to get back to traffic patterns that make sense!
- Making the same 4 or 5 meals every night for supper, not to mention eating the exact same thing every day for lunch
- Our very complicated money situation! My bank card, which we have exclusively been using, was cancelled on the 11th of this month (which we were expecting, the unexpected part was that my replacement card was never actually sent to my parents house for them to have forwarded on to me and also the fact that every time I communicated with the bank I got different information), and since that the whole situation has been much messier! Thankfully we’ve made it work but it definitely caused some serious stress.
Some things at home that we’re really looking forward to:
- Our electric toothbrushes
- Having hot water in our home
- Recycling! Pretty much everything here just gets thrown in a pile and then burned so.. we’re definitely looking forward to not contributing to that anymore.
Some prayer requests:
- As always, pray for these babies and the nannies who take care of them. We love them so much, and we are so thankful for everything that happens here. Pray for health, and for endurance for the nannies.
- Pray for me as I complete my last assignments, and for both of us as we go into our last (two!!) weeks. We are equal parts completely exhausted and wanting to do as much as possible, so pray that we can know where to spend our energy.
- And finally, pray for us as we say goodbyes. We are definitely getting ready to come home, but we know how hard it will be to say goodbye to these people that we do not know when or if we will see them again. We have made such deep connections with volunteers, nannies, and babies alike, and we are dreading having to face those goodbyes.
This is the last post I will be writing from Uganda! It is so hard to believe that we have finally reached this point! Thank you for reading and for following this journey with us. Your love means so much to us. We have had such an adventure here, and we know we will be telling these stories for a long time.