The Long Winding Roads of Africa – (Emily’s Trip, Part 5) By Mommy Emily Our days are spent under the leafy Tamarind tree, there in the church compound of Nimule, South Sudan. It’s a sanctuary of its own, this tree, providing refuge from the mango-colored tropical sun. Mothers spread woven blankets beneath its shade and…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip part 2) by Mommy Emily   It hits me at random times, this living with my heart in two worlds. It hits me as the plane slices through grey clouds touching down in Canada, and all I see is the white of snow like one long lonely…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip, part 1) by Mommy Emily   Chimpanzees line the highway, babies clinging to their mothers’ fur, as we sit in the back of a white van taxi headed back to Uganda. I’m seated with my friends from Uganda. We’ve been visiting South Sudan and worship rises from…

By Mommy Emily I’ve wrapped up 18 gifts from the thrift store for my kids to open, one for each of the days I’m gone. I’ve snuggled and wept. I’ve had a slumber party with dancing and games and too many stories, because tomorrow I will say goodbye to my family and step onto a…

by Mommy Emily *thanks to World Help for photos from my first trip to Uganda/Rwanda in 2014 Nearly six years ago now, emptied by a recent miscarriage and swollen with a writer’s pride, I stepped off the plane in Uganda, Africa, on a blogger’s trip, to be immediately humbled and filled.  I was humbled by…

by Mommy Emily Pastor Santos was born somewhere out in the bush under an actual lulu tree — the shea nut tree that grows in the villages of South Sudan. His mother went into labor while gathering firewood and couldn’t make it home. “I don’t remember how I got back to the village,” he says…

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