So let's just call last week a wash. On Monday the cute boy sitting next to me had an interview for a tourist visa to visit the US and he (we) got denied. Does bummer really capture how we felt? Um. No. While we are (or rather, were) incredibly upset Abdoulaye won't be able to come home this fall to meet my beautiful family it will all work out in the end. After all, as Abdoulaye says, we're stronger than this, and so I'll keep my head up and we'll keep making alternate plans. We're both so incredibly thankful to our precious family and friends who have been so supportive this past week - thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It would have been so much harder without you.
This week is already looking to be better. The lovely and talented Cassady Walters is officially back in Mali (!!!) there's a photography exhibit opening and the beginning of another round of single-teacher school training sessions. Mom and John will also celebrate 20 years of marriage and then Mali will celebrate 50+1 years of independence.
I haven't felt much like writing these past couple weeks with the build-up to my sweet boy's interview and then the bad news - but I'm back to blogging - thanks for staying tuned.