Some Days

Sometimes when you put your kids through way too much in one week (multiple doctor appointments, new country, new home, ridiculous jet lag, the list goes on…), you admit defeat and throw all the pillows on the couch, pop some popcorn, put on a movie and just take a minute…or an hour.


Because some days even though it’s probably not what’s best, it’s what you need. 🙂


What’s Up Wednesday

It’s been a long time. A really really long time. I’m planning to do some posts about our time in Uganda, but I need a little break from all things Uganda for a minute.

So instead of giving an in-depth update on what happened over the last 3 months, I’m going to do a link up today. I’m so tired and my brain is so fried, I need a writing prompt, and this one is perfect :).

What we’re eating this week:

Well, we have some really sweet friends who have made us dinner pretty much every night since we’ve been back. Tonight is the first night I actually cooked something, and I’ve got a freezer full of meals from friends for the rest of the week. We are so thankful for all the support from our friends here and that we can spend the next couple of weeks focusing on getting settled in with the girls rather than scrambling for dinner.

What I’m reminiscing about:

My parents being here last weekend.

We had so much fun with them. Now more than ever I wish they lived close to us and could see the girls all the time. The girls really love their jjajja and papa :).

What I’m loving:

I’m not going to lie, I’m loving pretty much everything about America right now. Having a washer and a dryer?! More than one skillet?? The ability to hop in the car and go wherever I want whenever I want? My comfortable bed?!?! It just all feels so wonderful. But mostly, I’m just reveling in being in our home as a family of four. It has been better than I even imagined.

What we’ve been up to:


Well, besides traveling back from Uganda (oh, and being there for 13 weeks!), we’ve basically just been spending lots of time reconnecting with friends and trying to get into a routine with the girls.

What I’m dreading:

Going back to work Friday. Boo! Since we were in country so much longer than we thought we’d be, I used all my maternity leave (and then some…) so I’m headed back this week. Thankfully, I’m able to go back just a couple days a week until we all kind of get used to our new normal. And as much as I’ll hate leaving my kids, I am so excited to see my work friends and to get back to nursing!!

What I’m working on:

Um, unpacking suitcases. It’s been a week but I still have 2 that need to be unpacked and sorted through. I guess this could fall under the dread category as well because I get a sinking feeling in my stomach every time I think about them. I did manage to tackle the mountain of laundry today, so that should help clear some space for the stuff that’s left to unpack. This is seriously the least fun part of coming home.

What I’m excited about:

Everything! We’re really looking forward to introducing the girls to all the things we love in Durham. We will also have some family visiting in the next couple months, and we’re excited about that.

What I’m watching/reading:

I’m on book 4 of the Outlander series (Drums of Autumn), and I’m just loving the books!

We tried to watch the TV series, but um….whoa! We quit after 4 or 5 episodes.

What I’m listening to:

Always Audrey Assad. Right now I’ve the Audrey Pandora station playing. So much good music on that one, I’m loving it.

What I’m wearing:

My clothes!!! Seriously, I was weirdly happy to be reunited with my clothes. And they feel so clean!

Love Love Love Flowy Long Sleeve Tee

I also ordered this shirt (mine says something different) from Sevenly before we left and I’ve already worn it 3 times since we’ve been back. It’s so soft and so comfortable, and the proceeds go toward ShowHope, which supports adoptive families through education and grants. All around, love :).

What I’m doing this weekend:

Working, unfortunately. We might also venture to church on Sunday if we’re feeling especially spunky ;).

What I’m looking forward to next month:

My sister visiting and possibly going home to my parents’ house for Easter! I’m so excited to spend time with my family and for my sisters to meet the girls.

What else is new:

Literally everything is new. Our life is totally 100% different than it was in November. I’m loving it, though :).

What is my favorite Easter tradition:

You know? I don’t really have an Easter tradition. I love going to our church’s Easter service, but other than that, we don’t really ever have grand plans. My mom told the girls she would have an Easter egg hunt for them this year. I’m pretty sure they had no idea what she was talking about. It will be fun to have kids around this year, though. Maybe we’ll start some new traditions!

I’ll be back with more soon. I hope you had a great Wednesday!


Hello from Jinja!!

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.