ˌrēˈɡrō/ verb/ gerund or present participle: Regrowing "to grow or be grown anew or continued growth after an injury or after having died or withered"
I have been home from Uganda for a total of about two and a half hours, and I am firmly planted in the “I just can’t adult” mode of adjusting back into life… It’s really a great start!
Thankfully, my puppy is not far, we have snuggled and given all the kisses, and are playing with his bear…
I also showered AND brushed my teeth with my electric toothbrush… PLUS I got to flush the toilet without trying to figure out the right handle “combination” to get it to flush.. Or have to pour a water basin into the toilet to get it to flush.
I have not however begun to do laundry or sort out the gifts I brought back…
I have also not gone shopping since I actually have no food at all…
Instead, I am pretty much laying here looking through pictures, texting with different team members and blogging… Because I just have this feeling of “I just can’t” right now.
I always know the reverse culture shock often hits me hard, but I think adding to it this time is a bit of a sadness that the team closeness is over.
How do you miss people only hours after you split up from being around one another for two weeks straight?… I dunno, but I do!
I already miss our morning journaling and reading scripture while listening to music, followed by devotionals…. Then sharing our daily reflections before dinner and ending each day sharing testimonies.
So many corny jokes, ridiculous and funny things that happened to us, and stupid amounts of talks about food, a beautiful ebb and flow to discussing scripture, and of course re-telling stories from our day of drilling. I think one of the things I loved so much about this group is that we are all so incredibly different… In just about every way people could be different, we were. We were the range of heights, weights, ethnicities, backgrounds, experience etc.. It was beautiful, and so much fun. We marveled and laughed at our differences and found solidarity with those that were like us.
I imagine it will be a few months before I am able to fully unpack all the things that I am feeling, that God and I talked through, and the ways I feel like He is leading me into a new season of life.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the trip itself, pop over to our UgandaExcited.wordpress.com blog!.. There’s more blogs to be posted, even though our 2016 mission has wrapped up.
So, to my lovely team… “See you when you see me!”