I haven’t been very good about updated the journal the last couple of days. Sorry! Not a lot has been happening. We spent the weekend just hanging out around here spending time with our little man. We were able to meet my internet friend Robin. She lives in Entebbe and runs a babies home/rehabilitation center there. We “met” online a while ago and started talking. She has a Ugandan daughter born with a bilateral cleft lip/palate so we started talking about that when we had Schnider and she was one of the first people to introduce me to the idea of Ugandan adoption. She came over for lunch and to hang out. She’s got two adorable little girls and also brought a toddler boy who is living with her in the home. We had a good time talking, playing and trying to get the little boys to swim. :) She also brought me a BUNCH of books, which I was running dangerously low on! I love meeting with and talking to other Americans here, I think it helps us not feel quite so isolated. Yesterday we were able to meet another internet friend, Keltie, who is here trying to get her kids home. It was a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of each other before we all go home.
Robin told us about something here called Mango flys. Which I had never heard of but apparently if you hang your wet clothes outside to dry these flys will sometimes land on them, lay eggs on them – then when you put the clothes on they infect you and burrow in your skin. Doesn’t sound like much fun. We had been doing our laundry in the bathtub and hanging it to dry outside, but now we’re trying to figure out a better way. It is crazy expensive to do laundry here at the hotel (they charge like 3,000 for one pair of pants, 2000 per shirt, etc) and there are no laundry mats in Kampala that I can find (if you know of one, let me know!) so we may end hiring someone to do it for us. ? I don’t know.
We had a chance to walk around outside a little bit yesterday. We got Mayer strapped to my back in the Ergo and walked to Garden City Mall. It was a hike, but it felt good to get some exercise and be outdoors. Sidewalks here are fairly treacherous but at least they have sidewalks so for that I am thankful. We found a little dessert (dessert vs desert – now I can’t remember which is the correct spelling, I am so tired!) place that sells donuts, cookies, etc. We have been longing for a good dessert here (can’t seem to find much at all) so we got some cookies and donuts. Donuts were pretty good but the cookies have absolutely no taste (literally, its like eating flour) and are so dry. All cakes, cookies, pastry’s etc we’ve had here are very dry. Not sure why.
Monday, Keith and Sister Christine went back to the Minister of Genders office to try and get our passport letter again. They sat in his office for a while waiting for him to come in. He finally did and they were able to convince him to write the letter. So our passport has been applied for and our lawyer thinks it will take about a week to get it back. We are STILL waiting on some sort of resolution to the problems going on with the visas. Our hope is that the judges will decide to change the rulings and add what the Embassy wants to see into the paperwork. If they don’t or the decision process drags on for a long time we may have no choice but to go to the visa appointment with what we have, get denied and appeal. Or – the US government could do the right thing and let all the families stuck here with their children leave. We’ll have to see how things work out in the coming week.