I recently learned that if you go away from your Ugandan family on your birthday you must return with a cake. I repeat – your birthday. So when my birthday came on the Monday of a break week (which I returned home for a good friend’s wedding), I was informed from all of my kids that I should return with a cake. Now I don’t know if this is true Ugandan tradition or whether I’m just a sucker (could be a combination of both), but I had every intention of coming back to Texas from break week with a cake in tow. As I realized that I didn’t want to travel with a cake, nor did I think it would keep for 5 hours on an airplane, I decided that after I was back I would get the kids their, or “my” cake.
As is the norm on tour, days quickly turn into weeks, and 2 weeks after the fact, I was still finding the choir asking where the cake was. Well, thankfully there was a second August birthday close after mine, and we were able to celebrate Aunt Petwa’s birthday this week… with CAKE! Well, cupcakes, but essentially the same. Not only did the kids get to have their cake and eat it too, we were able to orchestrate a little surprise for Aunt Petwa while we were staying at the Nutt Hotel in historic downtown Granbury.
While I’m mentioning it – I want to take a moment to thank the town of Granbury, TX. We stayed with three different churches while we were in Granbury – Generations Church, 1st UMC, and Acton UMC and all three were amazing hosts and went above and beyond – especially considering we did not initially plan to come to this town. But we thank God because His plan is greater than ours, and he continues to bless us in so many ways.
Blessings to you all! Until next time..
- Auntie Shay