There.

First, an apology to everyone who started following my 1,000 gifts project. Choosing to do a photo project whilst taking two photography classes for school was not a great idea. My camera and I are currently reconciling before I start Studio 2 in the summer, and then I will be free to enjoy photography in whatever way I would like! Thus, you can expect the project to begin again after graduation in December, if not at the beginning of the fall semester.

And now to the point:

Remember to breathe, ’cause it’ll take your breath away
When the engines cough, and you blast off
Ignite the night with a firecracker flash
Remember to live, ’cause you’re gonna be thrilled to death
When the stars collide and your eyes grow wide
Take it in with your breath against the glass
Remember to dream ’cause it’s gonna be a starry night
Over every town, as you look down
So harmonize with the singing satellites
Remember to scream ’cause you’re gonna be lost for words
When the sparks erupt and they light you up
Dip your toes in the galaxy ’cause it’s yours to explore tonight

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you have probably heard me talk about Africa. I can’t help it. I wanted to move to Africa in elementary school and I have been pondering ways in which to do so since middle school. It’s my childhood dream. A small step in making this dream come true begins in just over 48 hours.

On Thursday evening, I will meet six lovely ladies (Holly, Grace, Olivia, Myra, Christine, and Bailey) for the first time in person and we will board the plane that will take us half way across the world. I can’t complain about London being the middle point of the journey. British accents are just so pleasant and I could listen to them all day. 8,000+ miles later, after many hours of travel, we will arrive in Uganda.

I can’t explain the love I already have for Uganda and the people there. I see pictures of the red dirt roads and they look like home to me. The thought of being there in just a few days… I’m practically having Kristen Bell Sloth meltdowns at this point.

I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point – whether through prayer or finances. It’s amazing what a few scarves can do. πŸ™‚ I have seen God’s provision so clearly and I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of what He’s doing in Jinja through Sole Hope!

For those of you who have been asking, here is a list of things you can be praying for during the trip:

We leave May 8th and return May 19th. Prayers for uninterrupted, uneventful travel.
Quick adjustments to the time change. We lose 7 hours.
Health as we travel – Malaria is a nasty thing and I really want all of us to be able to give 100%.
Prayers for each person, smile, and foot we may come in contact with, whether in the airports, in the city, at a clinic, or at the outreach house.
That everything we say and do is a clear representation of the gospel, and that it reflects the incredible love and grace of Christ.

Again, thank you so much for being a part of this! I can’t wait to share pictures and stories with you all! My hope is to blog a few times while I’m there, but if not, do not fear. There will be pictures and I have been assured that journaling is a priority. πŸ™‚

Here’s to seeing the hope of #zerojiggers become a reality!

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