Family “VACATION”.

So, we had an ADVENTURE of the biggest kind.  We took a family ‘vacation’…a road trip through Uganda way, way South to the border of Congo and Rwanda.  Two things.  We need a different word for road-tripping in Africa with 7 children.  The memories of this trip make me want to cry, and laugh all at once.  It was hard, exhausting, so so special and incredible.  But ‘Vacation’ is just not the right vocabulary.  🙂   Adventure.  It’s all about the adventure.

The goal is to get away as a family–just us– a couple times a year.  We have found that living overseas makes a few things in life a big more challenging.  One of those being creating family traditions and memories that our kids and us look forward to.  We want to build into our family…create beautiful and FUN memories of exploring and enjoying God and this beautiful creation together…so off. we. go!!

We really drove SO FAR.  Maybe 11 hours.  11 hours, y’all!!  In a Safari car.  WITH 7 KIDS.  It was fun.  It was GORGEOUS.  It was hot, and bumpy, and there was lots of throwing up and I basically felt like a mommy-jungle gym.  Whew.  BUT we made it!  And it WAS WORTH IT.  Really, I mean it!  We went to an Island in the middle of Lake Byonini.  And it was beautifully refreshing to my soul.  It felt like the San Juan Islands back home.  I LOVED this time with my tribe.  Dave is amazing.  And i LOVE LOVE my family.  Isaiah joined the ranks like a CHAMP (besides the waking every 2 hours in the night thing!!)

We played and swam, and hiked. Ahhhhhh… soul was filled.  I watched my kids giggle and sing like Tarzan on a rope swing into the lake.  They tromped through the forest over golden leaves as we hiked.  They built campfires, and played games.  We found ‘treasures’, went on nature walks, and soaked in the beauty.   It was just us.

We drove and adventured to near the border of Congo and Rwanda…it was breath-taking.  One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  The people were beautiful.  God’s creation was incredible.  I’m so deeply thankful for the gift of this.  Here’s some pictures to capture, where the words fall short…you’ll see!!

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