Our foster care experience in Uganda has come to a close. Last week we took the baby girl we’ve been caring for, who’s really not so much a baby anymore, back to live with her family. Hellen has been in our home for the last year, and even while we were back in the States over the Christmas season, Jia (my sis in law) lovingly cared for her. Hellen has been the baby of our family, the littlest sis. We’ve gotten to know all her little quirks. What she likes, what she doesn’t like, and how stubborn this girl truly is. She is smart and curious and has an appetite like none I’ve ever seen. Seriously though, this girl will eat raw onions…and sign for more!
So this last week when we took her to her family to say goodbye, it was, of course, hard and emotional. Foster care is definitely not easy, and saying goodbye is not fun! But here’s the good part! She is with her Ugandan family that absolutely loves her! She gets to grow up among her siblings and cousins, father, step mother, and aunt and uncles. She will learn her local language and all the cultural practices that tie her village together.
We will be able to help support her as she grows and hopefully stay a small part of her story. With this girl’s stubbornness and determination to get what she wants, she will go far with a gentle hand of guidance.
She is so loved by many. She is home with her family, and forever a part of ours.
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