I can not believe the trip that we have both been anxiously awaiting has come and gone. Although it seemed like only a vapor, I treasure every moment of our week together, even the panic attack on the plane, and the cramped seats, and heavy luggage and water bottle dispute. Every hard moment was worth it for the beautiful moments we experienced.
There is no doubt that your heart was home from the moment we landed in Entebbe. That first day in Bwerenga it took you less than 5 minutes to make a new friend, a little friend who spent the entire day by your side. Loving and interacting with the children and people came as easy to you as breathing. You never complained about any of the circumstances we found ourselves in and in fact you went above holding your tongue and actually found the positive in even the most disappointing circumstance of the week.
As your mother, I loved watching you thrive in the gifts God has given you of compassion and nurturing. It was joy to see your eyes bright with the thrill of new experiences and discovery. Most of all I loved watching you embrace the experience and become one with the culture.
My hope and prayer is that we can experience this again, together in the future and that here in the present we can both continue to grow from what we learned and experienced on this trip.
I love you my precious daughter and am so thankful that God chose you to be a part of our family. I have know doubt that God has gifted you with many unique gifts and has special call and purpose for your life. Each day I pray that you will seek Him and His ways and live in the fullness of His joy. I know I don't say it often enough but you are a very special child and I am so blessed to have the privilege of being your mother and training you up.
Ps: My only regret from this trip is that I didn't lay my perfectionism aside when it comes to taking photos, and switch my camera on auto and snap away at all the moments, because I know there are many moments I failed to capture on film because of my failure to release control. Thankfully I hold many moments in my heart and memory. "
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