coming home from being in Rwanda for only a week. Especially coming home to the holiday “shopping season” in full swing in the US. I just ordered my Christmas cards and imagined what that $100+ could do for a family in Rwanda.
I’m not talking about going cold turkey and canceling Christmas in my household. But there are definitely wasteful ways and unmeaningful craziness that needs to change.
Making a list today to help me meet the following objectives:
Keep the gifts small and meaningful (and preferably consumable!)
Keep the wrapping paper that will be thrown away to a minimum
Keep the schedule of parties and activities sane
Host my family parties in a simple yet lovely way making sure to limit waste!
Do a little each day so I don’t get overwhelmed in that last week
Wish me luck!
Went to Rwanda and did so many new things there:
Tracked chimps in the rainforest, went on Safari, toured a tea factory and had a skirt custom sewn for me out of African fabric.
Brought 2000 pounds of supplies over and distributed them to hospitals, schools and other needy organizations.
Met our Compassion International child.
Ate all sorts of new things, drank Rwandan beer and AFrican tea. Slept in a tented lodge, slept at the Hotel that Dian Fossey stayed at, made lifelong friends.
Shared all of these experiences with my children. Trip of a lifetime.
after being in Rwanda for a week. Our sponsored child lives in a 3 room house with few possessions. We went to the marketplace with them and bought 4 staples for them: rice, beans, oil and potatoes. I was unplugged for a week without checking my email and guess what? all is well. There was time to talk, sing, pray and share life stories instead of everyone being on their own devices.
I felt more alive than anytime in my life while in AFrica.
Time to assess what I experienced and what I can apply to my life now that I’m back home.