One year and half a day ago, we landed in Senegal with four suitcases, two carry-ons and one of us had a 13-week bébé belly. A lot has happened since then.

We moved into a house we’d sublet, re-learned getting around Dakar, reconnected with old friends, made new friends, dusted off our Wolof and learned more, found a church, opened a bank account, quit my job, found an apartment, rented it, moved across town, furnished the new place, got electricity and water going in our name, met our neighbors, found new grocery stores and fruit/veggie/phone card vendors. Oh, and had a baby.

Today the Constitutional Council will announce its decision as to whether or not the current president can run for a third term in February’s election. That decision will play a huge role in the future of Senegal, especially for the next year. We don’t know what to expect out of the next 365.5 days, but we pray that they will be peaceful and that wise leaders will selflessly guide this country that we love and now call home.