31 October 2011

Parent's Day...

It takes awhile to figure out where and when to help when you enter a new culture... at the beginning back in '06 it seemed like everyone wanted to be our friends or needed us to help... to be honest it was tiring and led to times of pulling out not wanting to help...

But I'm glad we didn't throw in the towel...
Two years ago we had the opportunity to take in Diana and Joan... they have a great mom, two other loving sisters and a little brother... but often in Africa families have to separate for work or school or other trials in life... and caring for two teenagers is far beyond the $30 a month that we are led to believe in the US...

However it happened... I'm glad they ended up in our home...

 (L to R) Joan, Jolly (mom to Joan and Diana), Noah, Kadin, Christine, Diana

One of the many things I appreciate about Christine is her heart for young girls... although she will occasionally remind me our house is not a hotel when it comes to visitors (which I'm prone to forget)... she continues to amaze me with her care for the girls in our home...

 It must have been awkward for Joan and Diana to enter a "mizungu home" at 12 and 14 years... at first they were like mice... rarely seen with just a trail of missing food...

Now they have embraced many of the "American" aspects of our home including Birthday celebrations and fascination with Dr. House MD...
 The girls never forget to thank us for anything they receive... but what I don't think they know is what a blessing they have been to our home... watching them grow into mature young ladies, excel in school and play with the boys (plus the built in baby sitting)... is more than we can ask...

This week Joan is about to complete her O-Levels and will be two short years from University... Diana is two years younger and #1 in her class... and Christine is thrilled to no end to see her scoring off the charts in science and ag... we might just have another vet on our hands...
When all is said and done I do wonder what the highlights will be of our time in Uganda... in the projects we started or the individual lives we touched... the final tally is far from over... but one thing is for sure... bringing Diana and Joan into our home will be a decision we won't ever take back...

Thanks girls... and Happy Birthday Diana!

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