We’re happy to be touching base with you from Canada! We have been missing Uganda very much. The memories of our dear friends there is fresh in our minds and we really miss our daily interactions with them. This transitioning thing is a challenge but over time we know we will manage!
We also wanted to thank you for your prayers for us regarding our flight home and everything surrounding that. Our greatest concern of course was Seth being so terribly sick the day we left. We were able to get the right medicine for him before we left and his fever was under control before we headed out for the airport. His diarrhea? Bless his heart, he never had any accidents along the way but we did need to RUN to the bathroom in the Entebbe airport during security checks and all other line ups (extensive in international travel) more than ten times. But miraculously as soon as we boarded the plane his stomach slowed down and he had no more emergencies during the journey. He was a real trooper and never complained! And another miracle to report is when we went through London although they allow liquids of any size for babies, when they saw Seth’s antibiotics in the diaper bag they said, ‘This medication needs to have a label on it listing the patient’s name, the doctor’s name and the prescription, otherwise we can’t allow it.’ We explained that in Uganda they don’t do that and that had an infection in his blood and after a small conference they allowed it through!!!! The alternatives would have been horrendous so we are so thankful!
So now we are in the middle of the bridge… the space between two destinations… between two scenarios within which we live out our faith. And we’re finding, though it is unique, it is the same on the bridge as it is at both ends; living out our faith is still the main thing! We’re seeking god for grace every day to finish well in our hearts with Uganda and to begin well here as we wait for what he has next for our family. We really appreciate your prayers right now. Being between jobs is certainly not Mark’s favorite hobby! Thankfully in this season the kids are doing great! Seth and Jodie are really enjoying reconnecting with their cousins and little friends in Canada as well as ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ who have been so caring of them every time we’ve seen them. And the cold weather doesn’t seem to be daunting them. They want to be outside every day. They bundle up appropriately and out they go to hike, play at the park, slide, or make snow angels. That’s been really great for me and Mark. Little Meggie is teething seriously so you can pray for her as she battles through the nights… she wakes a lot and is quite frustrated.
For now we will sign off with praises and prayer requests and a few observations at the end to make you smile.
We’ll be keeping you posted! God bless!
Mark, Sarah, Seth, Jodie, and Megan
Now, for a few observations!
You know you’re back in North America when……
Ø The strongest smell in your shower is your shampoo.
Ø The ants actually do come marching only two by two
Ø It is possible to consider taking your coffee in a to go cup if necessary
Ø All of the dirt on your body is self-generated
Ø You hear two beeps outside your house and get halfway to the door before realizing no one is ‘at the gate’
Ø You climb in the passenger side of the car to drive. (Don’t get caught doing this. It’s very embarrassing to climb out, walk around and get back in.)
Ø You look around for the baby’s mosquito net before realizing she doesn’t need one.
Ø You can look out your window and hear nothing (Seth said, ‘Look out there, Mom. Even the smoke is quiet!’)
Ø No one stands uncomfortable close to you in the check-out line (personal space is a foreign concept in Uganda)
Ø The sparse pedestrians cross the road mostly in the crosswalks
Ø You have to pump your own gas (but you don’t wonder if you got cheated)