I’ve spent much of my adult life growing a healthy marriage. We celebrated 25 years together this year. During the past decade I’ve even had the privilege and honor to counsel some couples in the early stages of marriage to help them establish a marriage outlined in the bible, the standard we hold ours to from the beginning.
In all those times I’ve been an advocate of frequent dates and regular trips alone together. Craig and I have several dates a month as a minimum even through the past five years of establishing Kirabo Seeds and parenting a sensitive Kira. BUT. We weren’t able to get away by ourselves and take a real break from parenting since our adoption, and that’s been a long heavy five years. All of our travel time was used up going to Uganda or the family reunion.
A few weeks ago I was feeling quite drained and maybe a little snarky with my kids. I longed for some time alone with Craig and no decisions to make, no emails, no phone calls. With two weeks to plan we organized a trip for five days alone in Colorado to enjoy the mountains. Hiking the Rockies has been on my bucket list for a long time so we geared up for cold weather and flew away. It was so good for both of us to be together, have fun, sleep in, and find the hardest decision of the day to be “where should we have dinner?” (Hence the reason I missed my blog last week!)
The kids didn’t perish in our absence. Even our spicy Kira was on her best behavior. The worst thing that happened is the puppy, Fonzarelli, shredded the memory foam topper of Kevin’s bed. (The reason I ask them to close their bedroom doors.) Craig and I feel like we have passed through the hardest phase of this stage of parenting and establishing the Children’s Home in Uganda so we celebrated and rested.
This trip wouldn’t have been possible if Mary Beth and Darren weren’t settling in comfortably to their roles at Kirabo Seeds. They’ve been “in office” for two months. The initiation has passed and the new routines are beginning to form. We couldn’t be more thankful or happy with the work they are doing for these kids.
The most urgent request we have for prayer at Kirabo Seeds is our on going process to establish ourselves as an NGO. Working with the government to change from a Community Based Organization in the company we established there to an official Non-Governmental Organization has been strenuous. New requirements seem to be demanded at the last minute. We need to obtain this status to hire foreign missionaries and get them a work visa. Will you pray we are able to finish this process before the elections in February 2016? We need God to do a few miracles to get this process completed before the whole government shifts its focus on the election. And the Cameron’s need this behind them so they can move forward with our work for the kids!