If you had seen us today around 4pm, we were not a pretty sight. Just ask our neighbor, who came over and told us how tired we looked. She then invited us for dinner.
It’s been raining a lot, which means that we have been inside. The world seems to stand still in Uganda when it rains (literally, someone was telling us yesterday that most people don’t show up for work or for school when it rains), which means that the local people think we are crazy for wanting to get out of the house and do things (Tyra and Sophie did get out to visit a local babies home to love on and feed some sweet little ones who needed it). It also means that we didn’t get the kids’ passports today either (at least that’s what I’m attributing it to. All we know for sure, is that we didn’t get them for the second time this week). So, by 4pm we were suffering from a bout of cabin fever, discouragement, and a little (ok, a lot) of weariness.
By 6:30pm the world was a happy place again, and our family was gathered around good food with a mish mash of people of different ages from all over the world. Soph and Tyra met new friends (I think one of whom will be coming over for a sleepover sometime soon), Owen played Legos, Macy pretended to be in her 20’s (she wanted to hang with the older “kids”), the twins ate (literally the whole time), and Dave and I got to talk politics, the environment, and theology with our hosts. We stayed as long as we could justify before the littlest Ludwigs reminded us through poopy diapers and increased whining that it was past bedtime.
So, though it feels like we made pretty much zero progress on the adoption front this week (we literally cannot do ANYTHING now until we get passports), at least we are in good company. Being in a house full of people gathered around food is good news, and it was just what we needed today.