well, we got a new pet…

Meet Franko!

We did have a conversation that went like this, “If we take this monkey home, who is going to take care of it, you guys or Mommy?” To which all my children responded, “We will mom, we will!!!” Today, Franko gripped my leg or sat on my shoulder as I did everything from laundry to making dinner… hm.
I do believe though, that I once had the same converation with my mother about a dog.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11474181366189939878 a_outland

    You go girl? Is the monkey tame?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18319163526335686422 The Boyds

    SO CUTE! I especially love the last picture! That's so neat that y'all get to have a monkey!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09872853555189247039 sara

    Love the new addition!!

  • Lacey

    Why not? :) I am a new reader to your blog, but I love it! My prayer is that someday soon God will open the doors up for my family to visit Africa! Who knows maybe even you and your girls and come and help with your feeding program! I admire your willingness and I completely have a whole "Abraham" experience. Check it out sometime with all your free time :)blessings and lifting u up to Christ,Lacey http://www.onlygrace.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02766415894427188984 JamieV

    It cracks me up that you girls have a monkey!I've always wanted one! He's very cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11405729490790583416 Jenny

    Yay! You brought home Franco! I'm so glad. It made me sad to see him on his tiny rope.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04185451821721631006 Meyerdrk

    The wee monkey is darling…the "who is going to take care of it" conversation is one that every generation will endure, I'm afraid. I hope you enjoy YOUR new pet :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02573775042815456503 Kirsten Smith

    Love it! Seriously. A monkey is bound to have infinitely more personality than a cat or a dog. You're often in my prayers. I'm so thankful that I stumbled across your blog. You're story is life-changing. What a beautiful testimony to living love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14669594243639597811 Haiti Orphan

    When I was a kid I ALWAYS wanted a pet monkey. I remember my dad going to Africa on a trip and begging him to bring me back a monkey. I was so crushed when he brought back carved bookends instead :-)

  • http://reflectionofgrace.wordpress.com/ reflectionofgrace

    you are amazing katie! ive never commented before but i have spent hours reading about your life & being so encouraged & challenged by your faith & the way God is using you to literally change the world. and that monkey… TOO CUTE!! praying for you & all your precious girls today!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10453909200424907737 The Mommy

    What a great mommy you are!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11586066822993946977 babydoc

    :-)I'd rather you than me with a pet monkey:-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07431885844300774551 Emily Johnson

    That's adorable… and goes to show that, no matter which continent you're on, children are basically the same. :) I love your blog, and I'm really encouraged by what you do. I'm praying for you, your children, and all the people you help. Blessings! Love in Christ,Emily

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10465092773741515051 amandalarsen

    ahhh!! wonderful! i'm jealous actually…i've always wanted a pet monkey! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08881500017562498377 Beautiful Mess

    My son is so jealous right now! Blessings to you and the new addition!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04840768976050206912 Lindsey

    Hilarious!He looks like he fits right in.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10619634019229377839 Amy

    Hi, I know you can't answer comments right away but if you do get to this my kids would like to know what you feed your monkey and how do you control him (keep him from play biting).We live in Zambia and the funny thing was I just posted a blog for tomorrow featuring our monkey.

  • http://shepherdsgrace.wordpress.com/ shepherdsgrace

    It's official! You are now a mom!You fell for the "sure, we'll take care of him" line…tsk, tsk…:0)He IS CUTE!blessings and grins from frozen oklahoma,Sarah

  • Jeremiah 29:11-14

    HAHA, that's unbelievable. God is blessing you all in more ways than one. Keep the faith, always praying for you and your girls.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05349587491725722863 Sidnie

    Oh, what a cute little pet!Does the monkey have a name?Of course, you'd be the one to take care of it… that's how it goes. As always, sending prayers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16488322556049049034 Kim

    Now really Kaite, who did you think was gonna take care of that monkey?…..Hahahahaha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00306049499606669381 drea

    GREAT pet, I have always wanted one. We are on the same time zone now…YEA!! Blessings to you my sister.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09940754394594870352 Kendra

    LOVE IT!!! so I'm wondering….is Frank house-broken? :0)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17247824698674815568 Mom to 9 Blessings!

    Ok that last photo of you with Franko is TOO cute!Love you and big hugs!Jill

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00753001601553845287 kendall

    The monkey is adorable!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18237869062573215728 Jenny

    Oh how adorable!!! SO glad you gave in and let them them have Franko:) I bet that little monkey will bring many, many laughs to your home.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16115976766242496820 Little Sparrow

    aahahah wow I have always wanted a monkey how precious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03662699749725327373 Nadia

    How fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13251699587621835032 Jim and April

    oh my gosh katie! how adorable! LOVE the pic of you looking up with him on your shoulder! How did you get the monkey? I totally remember those conversations growing up with our parents about if we would take care of the pet or if they would get stuck doing it! :0) haha! so cute though! have fun with your new pet! love the pics! take care girl!

  • http://lauradodson.typepad.com lauradodson

    if i show this pic to our 12 yr. son, he may just beg to return to uganda forever. ;o)he already had a wonderful time learning football from a "REAL football player", and walking the dirt roads, and all over town…just might send him over the top.and i'd be okay with that. ;o)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18136731845815385051 Andrea

    LOVE it! Not many kids here would ask to bring home a monkey, and mean it! ;o) fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04992383392884444939 The Dunns

    Adorable! One of the benefits of living on another continent. I hope he's potty trained or house trained or whatever monkeys are!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15390420401346933272 Melissa

    I bet when you were in school and had to write a paragraph on where you'd be in ten years, you'd never have guessed Uganda with a monkey on your shoulder. Hilarious! And super cute. I just showed my son, and now he wants one too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08029109725079550528 Sarah

    That is the cutest thing ever. I love what you are doing. It just makes me want to be a disciple even more! Thanks. =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16148685030887996392 Julie Hoagland

    Oh Mylanta! That is just the cutest thing! How fun to have a little friend while doing chores! :)Blessings to you Katie,Julie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06717260807957506837 Meg

    Very cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07877682982361449979 Becca

    Oh so so cute!! :-) love it!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10991053839058971728 Tara

    been watching and praying for a while, love the family, and YES, you are the best mom!!!! i always wanted a monkey

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12316447804006046943 HMK

    Oh my word… he is cute! Have fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12955029706756769653 Jewels of My Heart

    That is just too fun!!!!! I always wanted a monkey but my parents said no…. no my husband does! lolYou are one cool Mommy Katie!Welcome to your family Franco…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00310072331960500111 aimee

    so…can you housetrain a monkey? i don't normally like monkeys but he's kind of cute. :-)and i have a feeling i know how the dog responsibility turned out…will be interesting to see with the monkey haha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16835005258125873195 Jacki

    I am sure your new monkey will be a thrill for your children. Very different kind of pet for sure. Hope to hear more in the future. Thanks again for sharing your ministry as I am so touched through your blog. I love my new neclace I ordered through 147millionorphans. Not much, but some tiny way to support.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01792912615995204430 3 Blessings

    I love that last picture of you and Franko. Too cute. Blessings,Amy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05228453102675390839 Jayme and Genevieve

    No fair! I always wanted a monkey! Didn't think it was possible, but your life officially just got more interesting.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13076933273610590290 KathyB.

    He's so cute…I don't blame the kids at all and it looks like Franko has stolen your heart too! Besides, every family needs the family comedian….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08411875604165948012 SiLa

    Oh! It is so cute!And, yes, dear children, they will always promise to take care for the pets :)))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09705579025646178384 Amy

    Oh man Katie! You are just too much! I love it! Also- You should maybe start a clinic and then have me come nurse at it. Sound like a plan ;)love you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06091232102936751058 The Ferrill’s

    Oh WOW! A MONKEY? Can't wait to show my kiddos THIS!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07468947043504678635 Joanna

    How fun! =D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14363826528604660845 Amy Lynn

    What a cute monkey!!! I'm sure he is very loved!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10925615006720302501 Renee

    HILARIOUS!!!!!!! AND from experience, sister…it will be YOU! taking care of that monkey! hahahaha!! LOVE IT.

  • Jillispraying

    How cute! Please add me to the list of curious readers who are dying to know where Franko goes potty :) Seriously, that was my first thought!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13963931911436397173 miss mary

    what a cute addition to the family. My husband wants a spider monkey and I most definetly do NOT!Looks like he's taken to you really well. GBU

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11120099039644529628 RaVae Erickson

    I've always wanted a monkey! I hope you enjoy him to pieces and hey, you could even teach him how to do the dishes for you! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08657824655713557099 sarah bess

    Careful, Katie. Same kind of monkey bit the nose off one a boy at my daughter's school over a candy bar. I loathe those monkeys.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17946903135252874458 Are These Kids All Yours?

    too cute! I think a monkey would be a fun pet! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17770653588260022707 Whitney

    My kids are asking for a monkey now! I had to explain the whole, "they live in Africa and we don't". They settled for naming a stuffed animal Franko and my youngest son is requesting that his sister call him Franko. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03735832997036663402 Ann Marie

    Oh my goodness… :)Ann Marie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07806866143909507934 Clay and Tanya

    That is so funny! I love reading your entries. Each time I think you can't surprise me, you prove me wrong!

  • Anonymous

    So funny! My five year old brother has been wanting a monkey for years. You and the girls are going to have the most excitement with this energetic creature!!Beth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15008835660518360884 Mamita J

    Katie…You are amazing!That's all. Just amazing!In Christ,JuliePS Love the pics! :-D

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02200252760096635906 Auntie Amanda

    Hahaha! Oh my goodness he's adorable! Did someone come up to you on main st? We had a guy approach us at dinner one night and we were thinking of who we could give the monkey to after leaving UG when the restaurant owner ushered him out. Its so funny that you can have monkeys as pets! Enjoy <3 Love you girl.

  • http://themaddychronicles.wordpress.com Maddy

    How adorable is Franko?! Hope you & the kids enjoy your new furry friend.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02300904458651332503 Claudia Finn

    Smart monkey to get himself adopted by such a wonderful group of people!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09544925837445850268 Lolly Caruana

    i'm a new friend in the Lord. it takes a little while to adjust to life with a new pet, i think, just like any other member of your house! but on other fronts, your trust in the power of God is strenthening to me and has caused my soul to trust that with God anything is possible. this morning as i was reading in psalm 16:5-11, you kept flooding my mind. may the God with infinite resources continue to make known to you the path of life, and overflow you with the joy of His presence.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12822563715893364831 angie

    Katie, I just love you. I like your new pet and the post before this one was awesome! Faith without works is dead and I agree that we are saved by grace, but we need to use our hearts and life to work for Him. You seriously rule and someday when my 9 kids are out of the house, I want to come and visit and serve with you. I linked to your blog, on my blog, and I hope that is o.k. I want any of my readers to read about you and your selfless, Christlike life. Thanks for your blog. I love it and I love your beautiful family.

  • Anonymous

    I love reading your posts. I'm so blessed by them and it causes me to pray for you. I am astounded by what you're doing. Blessings!!

  • Anonymous

    Katie, I continue to donate and fully believe in your ministry. And, I can not help but think of Grace. A lady, who seemed her only hope was to move in with you,…."This clearly was not going to work". How is she, what was the solution?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17648704601411801106 feistymama4

    Katie, I stumbled upon your blog last night & hope my life will never be the same again. You're a better mom at 21, to 14 girls, than I am at 41, to 2 girls. I prayed last night that your life story will inspire my whole family to live for Christ, instead of simply thanking him for our blessings. I had my 11 year old read your Timeline & History from the Amazima website. Yours will be our new charity from here forward. You give a new meaning to "….Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00780602398588917246 soontobemomof9

    You have the best life! My kids would be SO jealous! LOL… a monkey, a CUTE and TAME monkey… you lucky woman. :)

  • Anonymous

    Katie, I've been reading your blog for a few months now. A friend had mentioned you in her blog and posted a link. I am very challenged by you and your walk of faith. Thanks for your openness and honesty in this last entrey. The Lord had definitely placed missions on my heart. Currently I am finishing up nursing school as I know this is where God has me now…but I often wonder what my future may look like. Maybe that's why I'm so intrigued by your blog. May the Lord continue to guide you every step of the way and give you much grace and wisdom!! Blessings to you, you are an encouragement to me!JenniferJennifer_0012@yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11172277657609125686 William

    How CUTE!!! We once had a chimp, Elvira, live with us in the DRC…until the war started and we had to send to a reserve in a neighboring country. We also had a mongoose, Riki Tiki Tavi, that I adored (what am I saying, I adored all our animals…even the chickens and goats!) But my sweet mongoose bit me one day when I wouldn't let him eat something he stole…I must admit I did NOT like the shot I had to get the next day. :(Absorb every moment…time passes SO quickly! Best of luck!!! :)~Heidi

  • http://adventuresofholly.com Holly

    Oh my gosh. Franco is adorable. Heheh he looks like great fun! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12108072089429493978 Nathan

    I heard about your ministry and from what I hear it’s amazing. I’ll be praying for you and all your doing.oh and be careful with the monkey, my dad had one when he was in Africa and it started biting people. I'll pray that doesn't happen to you too :)

  • Zach Preston

    You have a beautiful family.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08463293417261661421 Jacqulin

    I love that… mom can we have a monkey???~Jacqulin

  • Mary Leigh

    I heard about your family from a bible camp and immediately knew what I wanted to be when I grow up! I am amazed at your faith in God! I long to have that same faith! Please tell your girls that a little girl in America is praying for them!In christian love,Maryleigh