The children have arrived at the Kirabo Seeds house in Uganda. Phiona and Auntie Julie have been so busy stocking the house with everything a large family will need. We rented a duplex and had the builder put a door between the two sides.
Then the time came to go deep into the villages and find the grandmother’s places again and bring the children to come live in their new home. They said goodbye to their grandmother’s but they did not shed a tear, not one of them. They brought a little plastic bag of things to wear.
They met eachother for the first time in the van and introduced themselves. They began to chat and talk as if they had always known eachother. At the home they changed their clothes immediately and began to change their clothes over and over again! They learned to make their beds, and arrange their mosquito nets.
Yesterday Phiona texted me,” I had to give the first spanking!” The little angry face was so amusing.” He wasn’t obeying and she showed everyone there are rules to follow. Later the children agreed if they got one hundred spankings they weren’t going back to their grandparents because here they know they are cared for and they sleep like kings and queens.
They all have coughs, worms, and who knows what else! We will send them to get HIV tested, to see a dentist, and figure out what’s going on with each one. Three of them are already being treated for HIV.
These children weren’t sure if they were going to eat when they woke up each morning with their grandmothers. I hope they never worry about that in our care, and that they are always thankful for the food they are given because it comes from God. They already know they are loved. Sigh. To come this far and be able to share the love of God with his little ones is my life’s greatest joy. I hope you can all celebrate with us by thanking God for providing in such a big way.
We registered them for school, their jjajja’s are coming to see where they live today, and then tomorrow they go to church for the first time. I am hoping to skype with them and meet them all this weekend.
My heart is overflowing with the kind of amazed gratitude I felt when we got the referral for our Kira and I stared at her little baby picture for the first time. I melted. And now I’m a puddle of joy. I feel like a mama to 14 new children! It is an emotion that is overwhelming me.