As most of you know, I spent all of October at home home, ie Ohio. I felt incredibly blessed for many reasons- two of my top ones being the beautiful weather (except for that smidge of a storm near the end. haha) and the baffling fact that I was able to see so many friends (in multiple states no less) and still not feel rushed in my time at home.
Thanks for all the welcomes and open arms and generosity!! I was quite anxious about it, to be honest, but was quickly shown the foolishness of that. And though I will be sad to say farewell to my second home next June, I look all the more forward to coming back to home home.
The flight and journey back went smooth and safely and I gave a sigh of content and happiness upon stepping off the plane in Rwanda. I really do love this country. After taking care of some business in Kigali, I took the long bus ride home to my small town in southwest Rwanda.
And heading to work a few days after, I got a wonderful surprise! The sewing club at the center where I work with the street children had been so pleased at the gardens we made that they also decided to build their own. And so I was welcomed back to twice as many small gardens! We’ve already been harvesting the green beans and cabbage, and the carrots and beats and onions will be soon to follow. The children and workers have truly taken initiative and ownership of the project and have even slotted a time for gardening in their daily schedule. I could not have asked for more.
This week we plan on making personalized objects ( the good ol’ fashioned way out of a mixture of dirt and water and then sun drying) to put in their gardens to encourage the children to view their individual garden as even more their own.