On Thursday we made yet another trip to Kampala. Just Holly, Chad, H, & L went on this trip. Sadie, Nolen, and Nancy stayed at the guest house. We finished the girls physicals at the IOM office, they got the all clear. One weighs 24 pounds and one is 25 pounds. L is a centimeter taller and 1 pound heavier. The girls did okay. They were afraid they would get pricked again but relaxed after being there a few minutes.
After this we went to the lawyers office. The people we were to be meeting their were running a couple of hours late, this is common in Uganda. We decided to go to a nearby mall that had a playground. The girls were very skeptical of the slides. Once we convinced them to try them they loved them. The morning was filled with lots of giggles and laughs. We ate lunch at the food court mall. This was an interesting experience. It was not like in the states when you go to the food place and order your food. You sit down in the food court and a person from each restaurant brings you a menu. This means that about 10 to 15 people are shoving menus in your face and just waiting on you to pick their restraunt.
We proceeded on from the mall back to the lawyers office. There we had our meeting with the birth parents. I will not be sending any details about this. It was an emotional day. Few words were said due to a language barrier but no words were needed.
We were also able to schedule a safari. Next week after court we will travel to one of their national parks for three days and two nights. Sadie is really looking forward to this.
Friday morning we did a bit of touristy things. We first went to see the source of the Nile river and Lake Victoria. The source of the Nile is a spring that bubbles up from the ground, it is a really neat thing to get to see. We took a ride on a boat down the river and onto the lake a bit. We saw lots of birds, lizards, and monkeys.
We then went up the river a bit to some water falls. These falls are commonly white water rafted on. We took another small boat ride and a hike to see some of the best views I have ever seen. It was absolutely beautiful. I will post photos as soon as I can get my memory stick reader to work. There were some teenage boys there that you could pay to go down the falls. This is their job. They hold onto these big yellow jugs and ride down the waterfalls. As we are watching these boys do this I was thinking I just paid to watch these boys die. But they surfaced, smiling and waving.
We are going to hang around the guest house a few days and relax before court.
Thank you for all of the prayers you have been sending.