As I sit in my "home" in Kamuli, Uganda I think about the weather at home. Sounds silly, but hot is hot here on the equator and I wonder if the grass is green in Red Wing. I (Lise Sievers) am in Uganda to adopt two special needs children. Never actually planning to come to Africa in my lifetime I still find myself wondering as I wake up......really....I'm in Africa? So how did I get here? A few years ago my daughter, Jessica, graduated from MSUM. She had made several good friends and four of them were from Africa. Here during their school years I was their mum, but at graduation I met the real mum as she flew to the USA from Kenya for the graduation.
Some of you know me as the lady with a dozen kids (10 of them African American). Many of the children I have adopted over the years have significant special needs such as cerebral palsy, ventilator dependence and HIV. Closing in on 50 yrs, I figured I was done with adoption, but we don't always know what God has in store for us down the road. So back to graduation when the girls mum met me she said," I have these two children I am so concerned about and I think you should adopt them." Over the last 2 1/2 years I have worked to fund raise to bring Sara and Francis home. Sara (10 yrs.)has a tumor on her spine, is club footed and will require a great deal of orthopedic surgery. Sara will someday walk unhindered and have a full productive life because one woman saw hope in her eyes. Francis is 4 1/2 yrs. old, has severe cerebral palsy and should have died by now in this barren land. Yet, one woman saw hope for him.
January 20, 2012 I journeyed here for what I hoped was a short visit to bring the kids home. Today is March 25th and although closer to leaving we are still not "home". So by connecting with you through this blog I feel like part of me is..."home".