November 24, 2008 at 5:11 am | Posted in adoption process, Uganda | 3 Comments
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the prayer of blessing

the prayer of blessing

This morning we went over to Amani and gathered under the giant tree in the front yard while the mamas sang beautiful songs of goodbye to bless our boys.  Then they stretched their arms outwards towards our family and prayed over us as we go.    No one led the prayer – rather it was a chorus of whispers, each mama praying her own words before God on our behalf.    Finally, they presented Phillip and Zachary baby quilts as a parting gift from Amani.   Mama Sarah called it ‘a memorial from where they have come’.     She wanted them to know that they did have a home as infants…. That it was Amani and they are always welcome back here, whenever they would like to come see the place of their babyhood.     She asked us to continue to tell them that they are Ugandan-Americans and to be proud of where they have come from.    It was deeply moving and beautiful.   The truth is, these mamas have known my boys longer than I have.   You could feel their love and we felt deeply blessed that Phillip and Zach have been in their care for these past months.
After one final trip in Abdullah’s car, we are in Patrick’s guesthouse in Kampala where we will stay until our flight leaves.    It’s a quiet home without much distraction, so we’ll try to make the most of the time getting to know each other some more.
Assuming all goes well, we will board our flight on Tuesday night and expect to arrive in Minneapolis on NWA # 41 (??)  from Amsterdam at 12:40pm  on Wednesday.     If you’re in the area, please feel free to come on out.   We won’t linger long at the airport but would love to see you!



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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so excited for you guys! You’re all in my prayers as you make the journey home WITH Phillip and Zach!


  2. We know what a victory this is and we praise our Great God with you for this blessing! We think of you often and will continue to pray for you as you adjust. I don’t know what it will be like for your boys but our sweet Kai has had some stomach troubles with so many new foods. So just a heads up with that…. After only two days in America, he learned how to chant for “Donalds – Donalds” when passing the golden arches. Kinda funny to us….
    Blessings on you all! What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!
    The Ironsidetribe

  3. I will try to keep from popping out of my skin until then!


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