There have been so many changes in the past few months, but we must start from the beginning. So, hold on to your hats folks!
In March, Alastair and I returned to Sierra Leone, for what was to be my final rotation working on site there. We worked hard, but we enjoyed ourselves too.
We spent time with Lady.
We welcomed mango and avocado season with open arms. Alastair even started a mango drying factory since he prefers dried mango to fresh mango.
We rode around on our friend’s motorbike, pretending to be Evel Knievel.
We watched some magnificent sunsets, and had Saturday evening barbecues.
We celebrated Easter, and later Alastair’s 30th birthday.
We spent time with some of our stranger friends and begrudgingly accepted the start of rainy season.
But, most importantly, it was also during this time, about a week or two after our return to camp, that we became aware of some spectacular news: we learned I was pregnant! Although the trials of the first trimester were a challenge while living in camp, it was such an exciting time for us. We were both anxious and elated as we navigated through the first two months of a new-to-us experience. Alastair and I are so happy knowing that we are expecting our first child together.
Mid-May arrived and it came time to say farewell to Sierra Leone, and to part with the people that I shared the majority of the past three years with. It was bittersweet to leave such a special place, and I honestly hope Alastair and I have the opportunity to visit together again in the coming years, especially to see all of those familiar faces.
We shared the news that we were expecting a baby, and we received many blessings and hopes for twins or triplets!
Saying goodbye is never easy, but Alastair and I are keen to be moving forward onto new adventures, including becoming parents!
The day after we left Sierra Leone and arrived in London, we boarded a plane for Ethiopia. More coming soon!
***The Ebola outbreak was worsening in Sierra Leone while we were still in camp, but since then it has escalated to into a public health emergency. We continue to keep the people of West Africa in our hearts.***