August 19, 2014

Saying goodbye (but soon it will be hello)

It's been two weeks now since that awful last day. The day I had to say goodbye to everyone at Abide Family Center and come back to Canada. It was pouring rain that day, I'm not sure if that made the goodbyes better or worse. It was hard and felt super unnatural to leave.  But I didn't have much time to think about it, climbing into that first car started a whirlwind trip back across the ocean.

Back to Canada.  Back home.  Except it doesn't feel like home anymore, a piece of my life and heart are still over in Uganda. As much as I love my family and life in Canada, I just can't get my mind out of Uganda.

Which is a good thing, because I'm going back to Uganda.

Soon the goodbyes will be turned around into hellos.

And I can't wait.  xoxox

August 13, 2014

When silence is enough

This place has been quiet for so long now.  And I'm okay with that.

In the past I would have been a mess if my blog wasn't updated for this long. Not anymore.

Life is full and beautiful.

One day is packed so full of craziness that there aren't any words to express everything that happened.  No words would accurately portray the events or emotions of the day.

The very next day I found myself content.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Just content.  Content with the child in my lap and the rain falling outside. It didn't matter that I was dirty, sick or missing my family terribly.  I was still content.  And that is hard to explain in words because it just doesn't make sense.

That basically sums up the last three months.  Silence here it was, and silence was enough.

But that is changing now.  Because life is changing and I'm so very excited.

I can't wait to have you all along for the ride!

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June 5, 2014

The rain fell down

The sun was shining.  The rain from the night before was quickly drying, turning it into a hot and muggy day. The kids were getting restless waiting for lunch and everyone was a bit sleepy.

All of those facts made it the perfect day to let the kids loose with some water play. 

As the children finished their rice and beans, we gathered all the stray basins from around the compound and filled them up with water. 

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We were just finishing filling the last couple of basins when we heard a loud crashing noise.  We looked up to see a quickly approaching rain cloud. One minute the sky was clear and blue, the next minute it was dark and the babies were running from the thunder. 

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Instead of calling off the activity we decided to just let the kids at it.  They were going to get wet anyway, right?  Might as well risk the chance of rain.

As soon as the children jumped in the bins the skies opened and the rain fell down.

It poured.  It was perfect.

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The children screamed and giggled.  They splashed each other until they were shivering from the cold.

These children are great. 

It was one of those moments you can't forget.
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::To see a video of our crazy water experience head over to Instagram::

The day was a success.  And now we all can't wait for our next #waterplaywednesday at Abide Family Center! 

May 31, 2014

Hiking up a hill, walking through a palace

It doesn't matter how many times I've been to Uganda or how many places I think I've seen, there is always something new to discover and enjoy.

One of the greatest surprises of staying at Abide is how close it is to a killer view of Lake Victoria. 

A short (or longer if you're out of shape like I am) hike up from our compound and there you are. Looking out over Lake Victoria and the surrounding area. It's breath taking.  Not only that but on top of this hill stands a real life palace for the king of Busoga (the local Ugandan tribe).

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This last week we had a missions team come and visit Abide.  And with the extra willing hands we were finally able to bring the children currently at the center up to see the view for themselves.  Babies were strapped to backs and we double checked that each child had their shoes on.  And off we went.

With the little legs the hike was [much] longer than expected.  The sun was hot and there were some tears on the way up.  However, once at the top we were greeted with the best surprise, a private visit in the kings palace. We had biscuits and juice on the porch.  Then we marveled at the view and the fairy tale looking staircase. 

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The view was amazing. The breeze was glorious. but these children, they were the best part. They win. Always.
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May 23, 2014

Playtime at Abide Family Center

I've been at Abide Family Center for a little over a week now and these children continue to amaze me.  They work together [almost] flawlessly and can be entertained for hours with simple objects.

Today that object was a wheelbarrow.  So many laughs followed.

This week ended on a [very] good note.

Playtime at Abide Family Center || Bugembe, Uganda from Joanna Rist on Vimeo.

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