I spend the majority of my life being a military wife and a mom. Dropping my kids off at school, attending teacher conferences and scouting events fill my days. I do homework with my kids and read them bed time stories. I grocery shop and cook. I clean. I work a part time job and am involved in various military functions, including my favorite…military balls!
My other life is in Uganda. I'm also a mom in Uganda. Culturally, you begin to take on the name "Mom or Mum" when you have earned a level of respect in someones life, or you are old…lol. I was called mom on my second trip to Uganda by a few girls that I began to sponsor. Slowly the older kids started calling me Mom. And within the last two years, even my drivers call me Mom. Or Mama Elisa. These relationships that I have been building for the last four years are no longer just casual relationships with people I see twice a year. They are ongoing relationships. I see them more than I do my own extended family! They are real life people that I love dearly.
Every year, I spend more and more time in my Uganda. Last summer, the kids were able to join me for almost two months. It was an experience. I was so excited to share my Uganda with them. They loved it! But there is still a very big divide in my life here, as a wife and a mom, and my life there. It's as if I'm Superman leading this double life. I'm home playing mom and then a trip comes up and I put on my cape and fly to Africa.
I desperately want my two lives to fully collide. They are slowly. I used to spend about 3-4 weeks a month in Uganda and this year, it's looking more like two months! In the meantime, I will continue to be obedient to the calling on my life and live both my Super Elisa lives!