If you haven't read part 1 about my recent trip to Kigali, please read that first because it will give you some background on my overall experience in Rwanda. I spent approximately 2 nights and three days in the country as a whole, traveling between Kigali city in the central region and Lake Kivu which … Continue reading Why my son was denied entry into the genocide museum
Today, we were out and about looking at cars...again. Yes sir! I am actually serious about this car thing. I repeat. I'm seriously mulling over whether or not I should purchase a car in Uganda. Why can't I just rent or lease like I did in the UAE? I'm not looking forward to driving in Uganda...here's why. … Continue reading Did he just try to take my money?
This time last year I was in tears. I was so fearful of the unknown and sad about the distance. I broke down on several occasions and wanted to run to the nearest airport and give up. I felt guilty, alone and insecure about my decision of leaving my son behind. What I didn't know at … Continue reading He is finally here!
I'm back with my baby!!! Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers and words of encouragement. I can't believe we were away from each other for such a long time...but God is good and we back together and at it again. Already, this summer has been chock full of "stuff"- family visits, sightseeing-you … Continue reading I’m back with my baby!
Bringing my son has been the topic of conversation in my head for the last 6 months or so. Yes, at times, I do talk to myself, who doesn't? Honestly speaking, I try to channel those thoughts to God, however, I'm human so I slip at times. Maybe it's not meant for him Initially, there … Continue reading So I decided…
When I first arrived in Uganda, I witnessed a lot of white families with Ugandan children on their hips or by their sides, aimlessly tagging along. I would see such instances during my U.S. Embassy visits, most local spots or even at the markets. My initial thought was to frown at the scenario in sheer … Continue reading Should white families adopt African children?
My first Mother's Day without my son...what a strange feeling but...I made it. My heart is warm knowing that this time apart is allowing him to bond with his dad. My reflections about my struggles, challenges, triumphs and victories keep me encouraged and focused on the important aspects of being mother. Although times have been … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!
If you read my last post, I highlighted some of the benefits of raising African-American children overseas. In hindsight, I’ve also experienced situations that weren’t so pleasant. They were more like stark splashes of reality that kept my third eye open and aware. This post is about some of the disadvantages to raising African-American children … Continue reading Disadvantages to raising black children abroad
This is the first time during one of my spring break holidays that I didn’t travel. Let me clarify that a bit. This is the first spring break holiday as a teacher living overseas that I didn’t travel away from my country of residence. I didn’t travel for 4 main reasons: Passport issues Alternative … Continue reading Oh no! I can’t travel for spring break?!
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with two young Ugandan girls during my completely random visit to the Bahai Temple right here in Kampala. The Bahai temple is the only one of its kind on the continent. Read all about it if you are as clueless as I was before I actually did … Continue reading A new project idea…chats with the Ms.