Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"I bless the rains down in Africa"

There is no end to preparation for a trip like the one I am about to begin in Uganda. From filling prescriptions, to finding good teaching tools, to copying documents, it feels like the pre-departure work never ends. It's really hard to believe that in about a weeks time from I will finally by on my way.

I'm so excited and so very ready to go. It feels like everything has just fallen into place. Yes, I'm stressed about making sure everything is ready to go, but I know the feeling of getting on that first (of many) plane will be such a relief.

The reality of leaving is one that hasn't taken too large of a toll on me yet, though I wish I could say the same of some of my family and friends. I think my biggest worries right now are just getting everything in order to leave and then being prepared enough for the children at the orphanage when I get there. Of course, I want to do the best job possible for them while I'm there but without knowing really what to expect, preparing for it is very difficult. I only hope I'm a good teacher to them. Though I'm sure they'll probably end up teaching me much more than I could ever teach them.

As I prepare for this journey, it makes me re-examine my entire life and think of everything I have to be so extremely grateful for. Not only this experience, but everything God has given me - from my beautiful family to my Chapel Hill education. Though it seems as I think about the summer and what lies ahead... I can't seem to get Toto's "Africa" out of my mind. Thank you Clef Hangers :)

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