Well, we made it to Uganda! After a couple sleepless nights (Literally. From Saturday morning until Tuesday night, we really only slept a couple hours. Total. Not fun.), we feel like we’re getting back on track. So far, our trip has been enjoyable. We are in love with Jinja. We totally lucked out and are staying in an apartment of a friend’s friend. It is the cutest place and the people here have been so good to us. We have a nice little routine of waking up in the morning and having coffee (and cold showers….brrr!) before heading out. We’ve been able to cook our own food, which is nice when you’re away from home.
Corey made an amazing vegetable curry the second night we were here.
We met one of met one of our girls yesterday and it went really well. She is such a sweetie and just loves being held. We’re looking forward to another couple of days spent bonding before we head back to Kampala.
I’ll post more about some of the things we’re doing in Jinja in the next couple of days. It is the cutest town. We’re kind of in love with it. Corey is already scheming about our next trip here.
Thank you everyone for your prayers while we’re here. Please keep praying that things will move along quickly.
So, this was supposed to be a season of no more surprises. Of relative stability…knowing what to expect out of life. We have a travel date for Uganda, we have a court date, we’re getting on with what we’ve been waiting for for over a year. We’re preparing for travel, preparing for the big change of adding a child to our family. God always has such different plans than I do….
Last weekend I posted this picture on Instagram saying we were ready for our daughter to come home.
Well, now it seems my car will look a little more like this
There’s a long back story here. But basically, we are now anticipating bringing home two girls instead of one in January. We are awaiting a second referral for a little girl we’ve known about and prayed for for 2 years. We had no clue she would show up at the baby home we’re adopting from several weeks ago. Over the past week Corey and I have prayed really hard about what God wants us to do in this situation. We feel certain that we are being led to adopt this little girl. So in January when we get home, we’ll most likely be a family of four rather than three :).
We’re excited and nervous and scared. There’s a lot that needs to happen in order for this to be successful, so please pray that things move quickly and this second adoption can be completed while we’re in Uganda. I’ll be back with more later, so stay tuned!
You. Guys. Or for my NC friends, y’all ;). It’s been a little over a week since we posted the link to our fundraising page and we have over half of the money we need to raise to travel. WHAT?!?! This has exceeded all our expectations. Totally. Do you know what is even better than knowing we are halfway there? Seeing a name attached to every donation that comes in. And each name represents someone who has walked with us on this journey. What would we have done without friends to rejoice with us when we got good news, hug us when things got hard, and listen to us cry when we thought everything was falling apart? And now so many of you have donated toward bringing our daughter home. I don’t think there’s an adequate way to express our gratitude. But let me just say, thank you so much for all you have done.
And now for the next half. We are traveling in just a couple short weeks, and we need your help. If you were considering making a donation, could you do it now instead of waiting? That would be huge for us. We would really like to do this without relying on a credit card that we have to pay off later. I thought it might be helpful to give you a breakdown of some of the expenses we expect to incur while we’re in Uganda. This way, you know exactly what you contributed to and maybe can feel like you helped in a tangible way.
A house for one night in Jinja is going to cost us $20. If we could get 14 people to donate $20 each, that would cover our two week stay in Jinja.
In Kampala, we’re looking into renting a room in a guest house that would cost $70 a night. This includes, food, clean water, and laundry each day. So, basically $70 per day for almost everything we need! 7 people committing $70 would take care of all our needs for the first week in Kampala.
It will take about $50 per round trip from Jinja to Kampala (or Kampala elsewhere), and we’ll need to use long-distance transportation approximately 4 times that we know of so far. So if four people have $50 to spare, that would cover our travel needs.
We’re trying to do all of this as inexpensively as we can. But as you can imagine, this all adds up. We’ll also need to book much more expensive things, like flights back for all three of us, a passport and visa for our little one, and visas for Corey and me upon landing in Uganda. In addition, we are (obviously) still responsible for all our bills at home like a mortgage, student loan payments, HOA fees, etc. We would just appreciate any way you could help :). **I almost forgot to give you the website where you can give your tax deductible donation! It’s Adopt Together and we have a page set up specifically for our adoption.
Thank you all so much for being our community. We are blessed, sometimes beyond what we can believe.