I will incredibly miss my life here in Uganda…

Since July, when I left the States, I’ve only missed home a couple times. I know that when I return to the states I will miss Uganda much more then I missed the States when I came to Uganda. I know that it will be hard to adjust back to the ease of life. It will be weird to be constantly surrounded by people that speak your mother tongue. It will be weird to have power 24/7. It will be weird having a warm shower anytime of the day that I want. It will be weird having as much water to drink as I want. It will be weird not consistently pouring my life into others. It will be weird not being called a mzungu! It will be weird not sleeping under a mosquito net. It will be weird having a phone plan that you pay for monthly instead of rushing to the nearest shop to buy more airtime. It will be weird to not be covered in red dirt every night. It will be weird to not use a bucket of water to flush the toilet.

It will be weird living back in Maine. I know I won’t be able to stop thinking of the soft bread and tea that I have for breakfast every morning. I will miss squishing onto a boda boda* with Laura and counting how many potholes we hit on the way to UJV. I will miss daily eating the local food posho and beans with my UJV family. I might even miss waiting sometimes an hour or more for a taxi so I can get home. I will miss Mary who always makes me laugh. I will miss Ivan who is such a prayerful man of God. I will miss Miranda who is such a wonderful mother and takes amazing care of me! I will miss “kill the cow…OK!” I will miss the services at Stream of Life church that never cease to bring me to my knees before the Lord. I will miss the little boy running up to me every morning laughing with joy as I spin him in the air. I will miss playing hang-man for endless hours with my UJV family. I will miss talking about pizza and sandwiches with Sunday. I will miss talking about how to bake a cake with Florence. I will miss the power of the Lord that is so evident here. I will miss not living in Uganda.

Even though (as you can see) I will incredibly miss my life here in Uganda, going home is ok with me. These past few nights I haven’t been able to sleep because I’ve been thinking. Following all the thoughts of how much I will miss Uganda, came verses of hope. Such as Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Also Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. And Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”

I know that is will be hard and I will miss Uganda, but yes! I will be happy to be home! The reason being is that it is God’s will! He brought me to Uganda for a reason, and He is bringing me home for a reason! How can I not help but be happy to follow God’s will! Like He says in Jeremiah 29 He doesn’t plan to harm me, but instead He plans to give me hope and a future! How incredible is that! I know that God has a plan for me back home in the states and I cannot wait to get home and see what that is! It was God’s will for me to spend over two months here in Uganda! I was ecstatic about it! It is also God’s will for me to return home and continue working on school. The same way as I was excited to come here I am also excited to return home!

Much love to all! God bless! Don’t take your life for granted (let alone your life in the U.S.) it is short and make the most of it. Someone had said “Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

* The local motorbikes used for public transportation here