A long-awaited interview

I’m at a mall in Kampala flipping through racks of clothing and my heart is starting to race. Mike is riding the escalator outside, up...

Going gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is something that piqued my interest after I reconnected with a friend from high school at our 20 year reunion. I told...

Bender the pet goat

I’m used to standing on my porch and greeting people as they walk by. But today, Mr. Emma came running up to me, sweat beaded across his...

Life in all forms

I’m sitting here in the dark watching a mouse run around and nibble the rice that fell from our dining room table at dinner. Mike was...

Open doors

There she is, clutching her purse, dressed professionally and quickly walking towards my car. I’m leaving the hospital at the end of my...

In it together

What I have found to be interesting, and significant here, is the interconnectedness of living in community. How so often, life comes...

Crossing the River Nile

It’s early in the morning and we’re sitting in one of the most peaceful spots I’ve ever been. In a vacant restaurant (thanks COVID) on...

It's complicated: on motherhood and needs

I’m on a trip right now to get some immigration issues sorted out. That sounds so boring, I know. Both my teammate and I were flagged in...

Harriet's child

To the baby I just met. I didn’t know you were there. I am so sorry. I walked into the maternity ward and took a glance around at all the...

A World Away

“Our entire family has been sick all week, dad. I don’t think you should come.” He stalled through his disappointment, with extended...

Changing Focus

At work last week the charge nurse found me in the labor ward and asked me to come with her. She seemed excited that I was there, and as...

A Hard Day

“This is where you see the gap in healthcare really widen,” Dr. Scott said, as we both stood in a quiet deserted operating room at...

Seen

God put a fire in my belly to get to this place. Last month the fire was replaced with a pit. On the drive to the hospital, where I am to...

A little pony

Last week a beloved family on our team moved back to America. Their 5-year term was complete, and a flight opened up for the first time...

On getting through

The same mentality I used to get through my unmedicated 44-hour labor with Winnie, I find myself using now in the days of COVID. When I...

Walking with Winnie

I grab her hand and whisper "let's go". She looks up at me with a sly little smile and shrugs her shoulders "where?". Her younger...

Marriage Under the Rainbow

It hadn't been a particularly great day. From what seemed like it came out of nowhere, my husband was sharing how he felt parts of the...

In 2 hours

I originally planned to write out my day today, just to capture what it's like a few weeks in to living here...plus Mike and I went on a...

Chaos and presence

It's been difficult to sit down and write and capture what has been happening since leaving America and arriving in Uganda. Moving across...

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