If Ever

If ever a year threw a curve ball, it would be 2020. My list of goals for the year is now in file 13 (the trash) while I wonder what tomorrow’s news will bring. Here where we live, in the nation of Burundi, we have thus far avoided a full-scale lockdown. While Covid19 is inContinue reading “If Ever”

Just a Starfish

The past weeks here in Bujumbura, Burundi have had me (and all of us living here) spinning in circles. We have faced flooding, an ambiguous covid19 situation and now elections are set to take place on May 20th. Each of these issues have presented their own set of pressures that have proved to be demanding,Continue reading “Just a Starfish”

Unlikely Candidates

Things changed quickly that day; before having children I really didn’t know what it meant to take charge and do what was needed at any given moment. When diapers needed changing, baths needed taking, and crying needed soothing, I was there and did what I had to do.

A Foreign Feeling

It therefore was a foreign feeling to me when it became clear that our next assignment was going to bring us back to Burundi. I had become so used to being the one who would go scratch something out of the ground that even considering a return made my head spin.

The Harshest of Teachers

In this “line of work” there is little we can do to prepare for the unseen as what is unseen here is far beyond what we can imagine. Someone coined the phrase, “where truth is stranger than fiction” when trying to describe the challenges we face on the continent of Africa.