Saturday is hair day around here. It does sometimes mean tears. Long minutes and hours sitting still and lots of combing and twisting and braiding and parting and conditioning can lead to tears. Tonight the tears were mine.
In a few days it will be 4 years since I left for Uganda. That means it has been 4 years since 2 children arrived at an orphanage, within days of each other. It means that 2 women that gave birth to 2 beautiful babies, could no longer parent their babies for whatever reason. It means hearts were broken. Hard decisions were made. Two moms became a part of me becoming a mom.
I wonder about these women. I can't imagine what they went through. What were the circumstances that led to their babies being placed in an orphanage? Are they still alive?
I want to hug them.
I want to cry with them.
I want to laugh and celebrate their children with them. Their babies are beautiful, healthy, strong, smart, fast, awesome, and so Ugandan!
I want to ask them questions--Where does she get her sassiness? How did he get the scar on his neck? Did you sing all of the time like he does? and dance?
I want so much for them to be able to know, and love, and touch, and see their babies.
I want to thank them for helping me become a mom.
I pray that I am the type of mother they would want for their babies.
I want to wish them a Happy Mother's Day.
I can't believe it has been three years since we got on a plane in Uganda and started home. It was an awful trip!!!! But it was worth every second!!!!!! There have been hard days, but the awesome, amazing, happy, joyful, wonderful days have left them in the dust.
And have gone from these cute little munchkins...
to these superheroes!!!!
If you are considering adoption--GO FOR IT!!! I'm not saying it will be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!!!!
Today we celebrate Independence Day in the US. Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country to help us enjoy the freedoms we have!!! We will never be able to thank you enough for the sacrifices you and your families have made.
Olwazzi would like to ask you to consider celebrating Independence Day by giving the girls and women of Kamengo-ffunvu independence. The girls and women of the village do not have access to feminine hygiene products. This means that they miss out on going to school and to work during their periods. They develop infections and get sick from using rags and other unsanitary materials. We have been given the opportunity to send 2 women from the village to attend a training session by Days for Girls International. Days for Girls is an amazing organization that trains women to make sanitary supplies for themselves and others. The women going to the training will learn how to make kits for women in the village and can teach the other women to make them as well. This would be life changing for these women!!!
We also have a huge praise going up--Nakato and Babirye do not have HIV!!!!! Their mother is receiving treatment for her HIV!! Hopefully the family will be back together soon!! Thank you again to the Ugandan adoptive moms for their help in paying for thier foster care!
Please pray for Kawoya. He is a young boy from the village that was hit by a boda(motorcycle). He was taken to the hospital for treatment and has been released, but still has a long way to go for a full recovery.
Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.
Sorry that I haven't posted pictures until now. It was a busy weekend, in Uganda and in Alabama!! Please click on the link to the right and go like our facebook page to get quicker updates!!!
Now, on to what you have been waiting for!!!
Putting on the final touches.
Nice new beds.
A new baby scale, thanks to John Mark.
And a new baby to weigh!!!
The first baby born in the new birhting center and her mom.
Thank you to Keltie, Holly, Ruth, Andrea, John Mark, Melissa, and the Craft Aid volunteers who helped with the project and provided supplies for Mama Florence!! Thank you so much Godfrey for managing the project!! You have had a tremendous impact on Kamengo-ffunvu and we can't thank you enough!
Mama Florence is getting a new birthing center!!!!
I want to start out by saying THANK YOU!!!!! to Keltie McDonald!!!
While I was in Uganda in December, Keltie contacted me about helping Kamengo. We discussed the needs of the village and the project she felt drawn to was a new birthing center for Mama Florence. So she got together with some of her friends and started raising money. They raised $3000 and 3 of the ladies are on their way to Uganda as we speak to visit Kamengo and see a dream being built.
The new building will be large enough to hold 2 to 3 beds and a crib. It will have new beds and new equipment for Mama Florence!! It will provide a safer place for the mothers of Kamengo to give birth to the future of Kamengo.
We will be posting construction updates as we get them.
I know in my earlier post I said I sucked as a blogger. I also said that I was busy. I was busy organizing and starting a project that means so much to me. When God called me to adopt, I thought it was just 2 children. Little did I know that He would give me a heart for a country and a longing to do whatever I could to help the people there. Please take a minute and go to the Olwazzi Ministries blog. Take a look at what we are hoping to do in Kamengo-ffunvu, Uganda. Think and pray about helping us. If you get a chance go and like our facebook page.
God called us to be doers of the word, not just hearers.
Hi, I am Tanya (pronounced Tonya), I am single and have 2 children of my own that I adopted from Uganda. Both under the age of 2. What was I thinking?(I wasn't I was listening to God).
I am a first grade teacher.
I am very involved with my church.
I live in Alabama(ROLL TIDE!!!).