The sweet smells and soft breezes of morning in Uganda are a familiar welcome hug. We have travelled across the world again, nearly effortlessly in our familiarity with the process, and arrived “home”. The first thing Kira said as we disembarked the plane was, “there’s a lot of chocolate here”. What she means is everyone here looks like her and very few look like me. Some day we will share how that feels with one another, but for now she’s fully aware.
Sleep is elusive the first night and I hesitate to awaken Jack and Mary Beth though that time is near. Angela has appeared at our front door to deliver some breakfast bread and to carry Kira to the girl’s apartment where she can reunite with her “sisters”. Anyone who gets into a conversation with Kira for longer than five minutes will learn that she has sisters, Rhonah and Justine. Of course Kira is the older sister. This is a status she can’t enjoy at our home on the other side of the world.
I marvel at the changes in my daughter and they are never more evident than when we arrive here time and time again and the family is able to appreciate how she has grown in character as well as stature. She is shedding her shyness and developing a confidence that suits her. I want to give high praise to God for this girl’s character and a fair amount of gratitude to her school teacher Miss Tracy for helping us shape that strong will. Within the loving boundaries in her teacher’s care she has blossomed with the perfume of goodness. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. There were times Craig and I truly wondered if this much would be possible. I have never met a child with such a strong will and she will never meet a Mama such as I am who can one up her in that category. We are well matched. As long as I win and we share love and walk in God’s word, she is safe to grow and develop. I am so privileged to be her Mama. It is a gift I thank God for daily and when I do I often find I am wiping a tear from my eye.
We did well in naming our daughter “Gift” = “Kirabo”.
And the ministry, “Kirabo Seeds”, God has given us to do that has grown from her seed becomes more profound as this child grows. I can’t help but hope and wonder how she will embrace it for her own some day.
I’m going to do my best to blog daily during our visit. I hope you’ll follow our fun.
Before I go prepare for our first day I wanted to thank Misty for sponsoring the mother’s day give away on pinterest and hope the participation is well met.
I’m so excited to introduce Mary Beth to the family and her calling from God to serve in this place with these people I love so much! Off I go to obnoxiously sing the “wakey wakey” song.