Well folks, we've had these two girls for almost two weeks now. I'll be honest and admit it's not been easy. We had no idea that parenting children took so much time & energy. These children, especially, are in need of lots of loving care since they've been frequently handed between caregivers and haven't had much consistency. Janet was sent to the Ik area when she was 3.5 years old and probably hasn't been held and kissed in the last year and a half. She is soaking up all our affection. And we're happy to give it. But man...does it take time! So we find ourselves exhausted at present...but we have no regrets. Each day finds us loving these girls a little more. I've started the paper work to make the foster care legal, so you can pray for me as I go to do some interviews tomorrow. We'd like to take these girls to Kampala with us for a month of 'maternity leave' so we can get to know them and immerse them in an English-speaking community. We'd like to spend the month of May in Kampala, but that would mean I'd need the proper paperwork in a few weeks. And, the man in charge of doing this (Kaabong probation officer) just so happens to be going on leave for two weeks. We're hoping to get everything done tomorrow and to be official.
Below are some pictures from our first 10 days together. The girls are being exposed to new things and adjusting surprisingly well to our lifestyle. Terrill hung a swing for them in our compound and we find them on it every day.
Lemu thought that by putting on my sunglasses that she could look as cool as Terrill.
They are just starting to get into coloring. A new concept for village children.
Addendum: I wrote this blog several days ago but have been unable to publish it until today. I did go to Kaabong and over the course of two days, got the foster care paperwork completed. Thank God for His favor in this. Now we are free to travel with the girls. We were the first ever in Kaabong to do foster care without being a relative of the children.