My brother is engaged! To this wonderful lady. They are so happy. I am so happy! They scheduled their wedding date for May 12th, a full month before I my original Close of Service (COS) date, June 9th. Fortunately, I have a very generous country director and he is allowing me to end my service a full month early, so that I can attend the wedding. So my new COS date is May 10th, which was the earliest I could leave. I’m excited that when I land back on to the American continent, I will have my whole family there with me and love will be in the air. I love weddings. And I especially love family weddings. It’s heart-warming to see my siblings make such significant steps in their lives with out trepidation but with a full heart and faith in the future. Who knew when we were terrorizing each other over broken toys and hurt feelings (and occasionally broken bones… sam) that we would one day be old enough and responsible enough to create a life of our own, full of love and hope. I know Paul and his bride-to-be have a bright future ahead of them and I am so happy to be have to opportunity to witness the beginning with their marriage in the Manhattan Temple in New York City on May 12th.
I need to find a dress, but I never have any luck looking online. When my sister was married (also while I was in Botswana), I bought a dress online and then when I met my family in New Hampshire I tried it on and I hated. I ended up buying a dress at the jcrew outlet two hours before the wedding ceremony. Hectic stuff. Any ideas where I can find modest dresses online?
This past week I was in the capital where Peace Corps was hosting us for our Close of Service conference. It was mostly admin stuff, how to go back and stay sane kind of stuff. They put us up in this really neat, fancy hotel in Phakalane. And one night they took us on a game drive in Mokolodi. On Tuesday, the held a fancy luncheon for us and our counterparts. Ministers and other dignitaries came, including the former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae. I had the honor of sitting at his table. After he gave his keynote address, I was asked to give a short speech in setswana. I did and I included a song I had a sung at our swearing in ceremony two years ago, Modimo O Refile. God had given us this moment, even this very minute. It was a fun moment in my service and very rewarding to be given that honor and I know all of the volunteers deserved the same opportunity.
I have had some exceptional opportunities while being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, from meeting the First Lady Michelle Obama, to making the former president of an African country crack up in his seat, to raising funds for a camp, to learning a new language, to trusting complete strangers so so many times. It has been such an adventure. But it has also been very challenging. I’m not sure if I’m ready to talk about my two years in Botswana.
Seven weeks. Seven more Sundays in the Francistown Branch.