This trip so far has been comprised of two actions: laughing and crying! Today I am focusing on the laughing.
Asher is very inquisitive as he is seeing and doing so many things for the first time. He loves to go through my luggage and bags and just look at all the goodies. He is particularly interested in my makeup bag. Yesterday Asher said he needed to go to bathroom, and he was gone for quite a while, so I went to check on him. I found him “playing” with my razor. Needless to say, he cut his finger and had no idea how. We were able to make it all better, though, with a camouflage band aid (or “plaster” in Uganda). He was very proud of his new look!
When it was time to leave, I couldn’t find the key to my room. Knowing that Asher likes to pick up, I asked him if he knew where it was. He immediately went to the suitcase, opened it up, unzipped an inside pocket, unwrapped some tissue, and pulled out the key. This kid is good!
Another running joke is my total lack of preparation. I think I may be the only person who has ever traveled to Africa without bug spray or sunscreen, and I am constantly borrowing these items from my traveling companions. (Really…you wonder how Danny even lets me out of the house!) I joke that I may have forgotten some of the essentials, but I sure did bring a fancy backpack! For those of you who know me, you know this is true. It’s all in the look!
Asher and I are still in the bonding process. I taught him how to play Go Fish and Old Maid. He enjoys the quality one-on-one time, but quickly tires from the concentration and starts running around. He has already learned many “American” terms and is trying so hard to please. He loves Aunty Renee, Aunty Suzanne, and Aunty Carly. I am trying to get Renee to quit spoiling him with suckers and gum, but she is relentless! As you can imagine, going next door to Aunty Renee’s room is one of his favorite activities. I’m trying hard not to get my feelings hurt!
I am still so thankful for Renee and Suzanne and their words of encouragement. The whole process is more difficult than I imagined, mainly because I miss Danny and need him here with me. It just feels a little incomplete without him. For those families coming after me, I highly recommend that both parents come for at least part of the time. I know, however, that God is providing in the presence of Renee, Mike, Suzanne, and Mark, and He is faithful to meet all of our needs in Christ Jesus.
I am off to the Market this morning and then to pick up Asher for lunch. Blessings to all of you who are reading this post. May God reveal Himself to you as He is revealing Himself to those of us who are in Uganda. Love you and miss you!