one year!

One year! Can you believe it??? I’ve been at my sight working with Children of Uganda as a PCV for one year! That means I have one year left. 365 days to complete my service then I’ll be back home. At this milestone in my service, I have been taking time for reflection on the year past and the year to come. Trying to recap a years worth of moments is a daunting task, especially when it has been a year like this one. When attempting to sum it up I think that Jonathan Larson got it right when he taught us all that the only way you can measure a year is in love. Love from my support staff aka my family, friends and community in America through letters, phone calls, and delicious packages. Love from my host family who still sends me text messages to see how their “daughter” is doing. Love from the community members in my village through their smiling faces and endless greetings. Love from all of the children I work with. They really just ooze love. I’m not sure if it is actually possible to ooze love, but if it is, these kids can do it. They ooze it always and it inspires me every single day to try and be the same way. All of this love has kept me here. Why else would I leave the comfort of my home, leave my job and living/house situation in the hands of others, leave my family and friends? The answer, love. And maybe stubbornness. Hopefully it’s the former rather than the latter.

Even with all this inspirational love and signs from God, this is still the hardest thing I have ever done. I still miss America, snow, good food and you all like crazy! So keep up the calls and letters, please!

Love, love, love you!