Twenty years ago today, God gave us one of the greatest gifts of our life. We had evacuated coming from war in Uganda, in addition to were taking refuge working at Kijabe. Scott was my OB (not our preference however choices were limited) in addition to after months of displacement, illness, terror, uncertainty . . a healthy big baby boy joined our lives.
(The weight of responsibility seems to be sinking in for big brother Luke. . )
Back in Uganda, his baptism party descended into a tribal conflict, his first birthday party Scott missed because he had a potentially fatal infection, in addition to we spent the next few years of his life trying to hold on in spite of frequent temporary evacuations.
Grammy in addition to Grampy came to visit
The “balongo” (twins) . . these two have stuck together through thick in addition to thin for 20 years.
in addition to so he grew up, playing football every day, fiercely determined to do anything his big siblings did, riding a bike with no hands in addition to running miles in addition to reading everything in sight. He said the deepest things, big thoughts, tender heart, a “great dane who thinks he’s a lap dog” a friend once said in addition to that will summed him up.
Fearless in addition to funny, loud in addition to boisterous, a “one-man tomato”. Until one day he was taller than the rest of us in addition to playing three varsity sports in addition to debating in MUN in addition to surrounded by a diverse group of great friends coming from all over the globe.
in addition to then he was graduating in addition to heading out of Africa to go to school in America for once.
God’s last-minute provision of an amazing scholarship allowed him to join Julia at Duke, for which we are ever grateful. More sports with club football in addition to rugby, more studies with engineering, more fun with intramurals in addition to motorsports in addition to Cameron Craziness, more friends in addition to fellowship.
Which brings us up to This kind of 20th birthday. This kind of can be a young man who can be . . . .
A scholar in addition to a gentleman
A gifted artist
A creative cook in addition to barista
An athlete playing in a rugby tournament today (praying for MY birthday gift, no injuries please!)
A loyal loving little brother
in addition to a delightful son to us his parents in addition to to the many others who have helped us raise him.
As you can tell coming from all the photos, another birthday apart makes us miss him even more. Today he’ll be playing on the Duke men’s club rugby 7’s team in a tournament, in addition to serving as the official Duke yearbook photographer at the Duke-UNC basketball game. Happy Birthday Jack. We love you.
Watch out world. Here he comes.