2/2012 Due to the nature of adoption in Uganda (and, frankly, the occasional craziness of the Ugandan adoptive community), I chose not to share any details about our adoption while we were still in process. But because this blog is the story of our lives... I want to go back and fill in those empty spaces.
To see all of my adventures in Uganda (or at least the ones
I've posted so far), click on the "Ugandan Adventures" tag at the bottom
of this post.
Here's the message I posted to my secret/private facebook group describing my birthday in Uganda.
Yesterday after my visit to the internet
cafe, I spent the rest of the day with M's class. When he saw me coming (for
the first time yesterday), he RAN to me with his arms up. He did
the same thing this morning, coming to me from other volunteers.
Everyone at the home calls me "Mama Marvin" now.
It's going to be very hard to leave him - but I miss my boys at home, and
there's no help for it. All I can do is enjoy the time with him and pray
for a fast court date!!
After meeting with the social worker at the home this morning, I worked with M's
class again through lunch time, and got to put him down for a nap, with
sweet cuddle time before. I'll work again this evening, after getting a
little rest. I walked down the street to an African cafe/restaurant with
some of the volunteers for lunch and it was DELICIOUS.
I'm going with some of them to the national theater for an afro-jazz
performance (happy birthday to me!!) So much fun to be here!! This week
has felt long, I'm guessing next week will fly by, so I'm trying to soak
it all in!!
Haven't been sick at all yet, though my roommate
is, and one of the kids in class got sick and after they cleaned him up,
they brought him back and he crawled all over me...so that may not last
Thanks for all of your sweet notes and messages, LOVE
THEM! Wish I had time to reply to each and every one of you - and I
will, but my internet time is limited at the moment!! It means SO MUCH
to me that so many of you have been thinking of me and praying for me so
often - it feels like we're all on this adventure together!! The notes
from fellow adoptive mommies, who know how I'm feeling about leaving
him, learning his culture, mourning his past etc. mean the WORLD to me.
And you are all just wonderful...what can I say?
Happy Friday everyone! I'm 40, can you believe it?
The other volunteers here know it's my birthday, and it's one other
volunteer's birthday as well (Annika from Sweden). They all signed a
card that was waiting for me when I woke up today, so sweet!! And I
talked to Matt first thing, so that was lovely.
Nothing super new or eventful to report today, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite things/memories:
...I love when I walk in and the older kids all start
yelling, "Mama Marvin! Mama Marvin!" Today I helped with lunch, and
there were lots of helpers so I was just talking to the older kids until
it was time for the naked running baby game. They had music playing so I
danced around to each kid, saying their name. The kids LOVED it and
just cackled (they're laughing WITH me, not AT me, right?), and would
call, "Mama Marvin! Do me, do me!! Again! Again!" So cute.
doesn't talk very much (in English or Luganda), but he will sing.
Twinkle twinkle...old macdonald...yesterday I taught him "Heads,
shoulders, knees and toes" and he loved that.
... I'm very thankful for the other people I'm here with. Some folks in
the past have found it to be a mix (some nice, but also some grouchy, complaining
people), but I really like all of the girls/women who are here with me. I
like the international community feel too - and it makes me want to
travel more. I love being with my British friends and am always up for a
trip to the UK. Now I really want to try welshcakes... And I need to
see Canada (and Rwanda, where my Canadian roommate was before this, and
where 2 of the British ladies are headed next). I also want to visit the
Netherlands, and Sweden sounds lovely (And I'm wondering if all Swedish
women look like models, because my friend Annika is STUNNING.)
...Before their snack time in M's class, they pray. They sing a 'thank
you God" song, and then the teacher leads them sentence by sentence,
"THANK YOU FATHER!" and the kids all yell after her, it's so cute! I
hope that they'll let me get it on video!
...super cheap, super
delicious produce. I've been eating Avocado on toast for lunch, with a
mango chaser. So yummy! And pineapple for dessert every night. SO GOOD.
And I'm not allergic to the pineapple here (at home, it makes my mouth
tingle and break out.)
... Ugandan culture is very polite. Before
you start a conversation with anyone, you say, "Hello. How are you?"
It's so nice, and I like how even some people who seem very closed or guarded
break out in a smile when I am polite, or ask their name and show
interest. Makes my heart happy.
OK! I have to run! Love you all!! Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!!