Saying Goodbye to Jacob
Today marks the beginning of the end of our time in Rwanda. Jacob flew back to America and has left us with a very quiet house. On one hand, we’re sad to see him go, but this also means that we are just one month away from our own departure. Watching him pack has been very motivating.
Jacob has been around for every part of our time in Rwanda. We met in the Addis airport on our way into the country. It was with him that we first ventured out to try fine dining in Rwanda (we ended up at a greasy spoon Chinese restaurant). He’s been around for road trips, pets, cooking disasters, school drama, new friends, parenthood and a new house. While his time in Rwanda has been interrupted before, his influence has always been present.
Jacob is one of the most encouraging people I know. He’s probably learned far more about gentle parenting this year than he wanted to know because I get excited when he starts asking questions and making nice comments. He has an amazing rapport with his students and I think his encouragement has made a definite difference in all of their lives. He is making our transition to the States feel a lot easier.
Ellie Jo has fallen in love with Jacob this year. She loves to hide out in his bedroom and watch movies. She wants to sit with him at dinner. She asks about “Cob-ah” just as often as she asks for Daddy during the day. It has been an unexpected joy to watch the two of them interact. I never knew how much fun it would be to watch my child make friends with my friends.
We’re bound to cross paths with Jacob again – Ellie Jo will make sure of that! It was great to spend this last year house-sharing and I look forward to more adventures together over the years.