We've known Acacia since she was a positive pregnancy test in Bundibugyo.
And gotten to know her very very well as she's lived with us for the last two and a half years - while her parents, Michael and Karen, have carried on with the leadership of the South Sudan Team. We usually introduce her as "our daughter" when meeting new people here at Kijabe. Nobody blinks because she blends into our family perfectly. She's the sister that Julia never had and the "other sister" that Jack needed.
Today Acacia turns 16.
Karen sent the "Sweet 16" birthday sash and told her she "double-dog dared her to wear it." Well, Acacia is courageous and bold, so off to school she went in the prom-like sash. She's a sport.
Michael sent these "A" words to describe Acacia on her birthday
Alegra (Spanish for happy)
She is indeed all those things and more.
Today we thank God for Acacia and say