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a deep longing

It can come up so suddenly, at the most unexpected of times. This morning I opened up Facebook and saw this face:

Sweet, sweet Sam with the most amazing smile. It’s hard to believe that this young boy, who we only saw a few times while in Uganda, has stolen my heart so completely. I still want to take him home. <3

Just seeing this photo makes me long for the red dirt roads, the children yelling out ‘muzungu’ as we drive by, dancing in church to songs I don’t know or can’t understand, and the sweet faces of these precious orphaned children.

The next time we go to Africa we won’t be seeing the same beautiful faces we saw last time but we will see many similar ones -precious children with big, beautiful smiles and no one to call Mommy or Daddy.

They say that Africa gets under your skin, and it is completely true, I can’t wait to return.

If you have been contemplating going on a trip to a country in Africa I would encourage you to check out the Visiting Orphans trip list, their trips sound amazing and they often travel to Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

Just know that I’ve warned you: once you’ve gone you will always want to go back. The country and the people are too memorable to ever forget.

with love,


  1. erin July 4, 2012

    Yes, I haven’t been to Africa since college, but it still is ingrained in my mind and heart. Sweet Sam, such a beautiful boy!

    • Chantel July 5, 2012

      🙂 Where in Africa have you been Erin?

  2. Ashley July 5, 2012

    I would love to one day go to Africa! I hear such great stories

    • Chantel July 5, 2012

      Africa will be a journey you never forget, I can’t recommend it enough!

  3. stacey July 5, 2012

    Wow, such a fantastic cause! I’ve only ever been to the tourist part of Africa (Egypt etc) so I can’t imagine how real it is for you visiting the orphans. Would love to do it one day, bit worried I may fall in love with them all and either never leave or want them to come home with me though!

    • Chantel July 5, 2012

      Oh yes, I wish I could have taken a crew home with me! If only.

  4. Natalie July 5, 2012

    Hey Chantel! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this morning! =D I’ve had fun exploring around your and reading your stories about your adoption plans!!! Will be praying for you and your family, and cannot wait to read how God leads your family in this adventure! =)

    • Chantel July 5, 2012

      Thanks Natalie! We really appreciate each and every prayer!

  5. Jessica Mumford July 5, 2012

    I am totally going to check out that list! I am ACHING to go to Africa, particularly Ethiopia. SOON!


    • Chantel July 6, 2012

      I totally understand that feeling. I hope you are able to go!

  6. erin July 12, 2012

    i tried to comment below my original comment, but I was in mali, west africa for about 6 weeks. It was an amazing experience.

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