today’s highlights

For those of you who check this blog for the personal family updates, I apologize for the random “what to do in Uganda” posts and some of the other general adoption commentary you are getting. I know that when you get an email notifying you that I have made a post you are probably hoping for new kid pictures or stories (not frozen yogurt shops or cool Ugandan eateries). Please don’t be frustrated! For those of us in the international adoption process, it can feel like we are on an island with no concrete information and no clear idea about what to expect. We lean heavily on the experiences of others through blogs and Facebook groups. It is a tremendous help to read about the experience of others when you are preparing to enter the same season, and you are in-country looking for trustworthy recommendations on food, kid-friendly places to visit, or coping strategies for difficult behavior, it is the virtual community that really sheds light and encouragement on a very lonely road. I have benefited much from the postings of others, and so I too am trying to share the love with some of the things that are keeping us sane in the process. Thanks for understanding!

So now, without further adieu, the day’s update:

  • another rainy winter day here (which I am really loving). I am starting to feel very at home in the village where we live, in the city, and in the place we are staying. I’ve been thinking a lot about the transition home, which all of a sudden seems to be coming quickly, and how much I will miss certain things about life here.
  • the washer got fixed today. Kind of. But it runs for the most part, so it’s an encouragement. I am hopeful that they will return tomorrow with the final solution. I have never got so much joy out of doing laundry before in my life. It’s a big deal, especially when you have 4 little kids and 2 of them poop like crazy (blowouts apparently aren’t just for infants any more).
  • took the big kids on a little date for some frozen yogurt. Trying to find times when they can be around Dave or myself without the twins so they can feel like they get our primary attention. This was super fun. It was also fun driving the city with just the older kids. It’s a totally different experience!
  • Elias (e-lie-us for those who aren’t sure) and Cora created their own walking-aid today out of a cylinder container we have here for legos. They turn it over and push it all around the house while walking. It’s so fun to see them mobile on their own. The speed of their development already has me so surprised. It’s just been 2 weeks!
  • Macy was in a creative mood today and spent most of the day with her journal (a notebook I bought her for the trip) in tow making all kinds of entries. Most entries were stories from our trip so far with classic illustrations to go with them. There were two that did not have a story, but were just portraits. I have included them below. I love seeing her express herself and develop her love for story and writing. She’s good at it, and I’m proud.
  • I took an african hip hop class tonight. One of today’s highlights for sure. Half the class was a tribal/pop style dance, and the other half was more zumba/reggatone. I’ll be sore tomorrow. Hip hop and yogurt… some things transcend culture. #feelingathome
  • Dave ordered a new shirt yesterday that is being custom made for him. Be excited about that. Some of you who know him well might be able to guess what it looks like… it’s of the long sleeved varietal. 
  • Owen still thinks “everything is awesome.” He sleeps in, eats well, wrestles his little brother, works in his journal, sings all the time, plays superheroes, misses his buddies, and throws the football like a champ. Oh, and he LOVES hugs from his mom. She’s not complaining.
  • Sophie and Tyra are doing well. They are managing to be a huge help here while still finding time to get out and explore a bit. I’m so thankful for these ladies and their sacrifice to join us on this journey. 
  • We have a few days “off” before passports are ready and before embassy appointments, IOM screening, and visa interviews commence. We are going to try and play a little bit and enjoy this beautiful place!

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Cora & Elias. Drawn by Macy (6 years old) Note: Elias has more hair than Cora. #truestoryrightnow


Tyra, being awesome to the twins even though she was trying to read.

5 thoughts on “today’s highlights

  1. I crave your posts and love hearing how life is…Each one of you is desperately missed. Jess, I miss our running, talking, debriefing life and the challinging questions you ask and we wrestle with. Jon B and I have not gone on one Wednesday Starbucks run since you left. You enegize the world around you. Dave, our staff is not the same without your vision, push back and clear desire to do all things with intentionality and purpose. Your leadership is missed. Macy, Kaelyn asks about you all the time. Your endless curiosity and love for life are magnetic and contagious. Owen…there aren’t enough words. Isaac asks about you every day. Your partnership in life is precious to my boy. He wrote you a letter yesterday (traced his hand 4 times and asked to mail it). He was thrilled to know that we will be leaving the OC for the weekend because “Owen is gone too!!!” Sophie, yours is a household name in the Dickson home. You have loved my kids well and they want to know when you will be back to take them on adventures again. They want to see the lion at Vanguard with you and make snow playdough. You rule as a babysitter and we love you as a family member. Tyra, your love for life and all you come in contact with is lovely and draws me to you. You are free spirited and flexible. Your willingness to sacrifice for others is beautiful. There is a hole at SAPC and in our home without you. Cora and Elias, you both are DARLING–We can’t wait to welcome you into this family who waits and watches from thousands of miles away until your arrival home.

  2. Love the posts. Please keep writing whatever you want or feel like writing, it’s all been wonderful, informative and touching. You write so well from your heart. We miss you all and can’t wait to meet Elias and Cora.

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