Lord, had I a thousand tongues, I would praise you with all of them…

I cannot begin to thank you for your prayers. They have overwhelmed us with the peace, calm and joy that can only come from the Lord.I wish with all of my heart that I could tell you the WHOLE story of how the Lord showed up and moved mountains today.. But since a certain someone won't be finished legalizing all our new paper work until next week, I feel it is best to wait.I will tell you this though: Mr. Someone showed up an hour early. I was shaken. The first hour did NOT go well. But at 10 … [Read more...]

I was not going to share this publicly, but in the interest of having as many prayer warriors on our side as possible, I changed my mind...The paperwork on some of my girls may or may not be missing something, depending on who I am listening to.Tomorrow at 10 am my time, a meeting will take place that will determine what needs to be done and if our family can stay as is.We know that nothing that will take place is outside God's sovereignty, His perfect will for our lives.At the same time, we are … [Read more...]

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Psalm 97The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.All who worship images are put to shame, those who … [Read more...]

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"So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be put to shame."Isaiah 28:16 "For this battle is the Lord's, and He will give them into your hands."1 Samuel 17:47 "God sets the lonely in families..."Psalm 68:6 "Not ONE of God's good promises failed, every one was fulfilled."Joshua 21:45 "The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still."Exodus 14:14 Some things are going on here … [Read more...]

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Do not forget in the darkness what you have been promised in the light.It happens all too easily. A rough day (or several in a row this week...) and I forget. We all do. It becomes to easy to look around and think. "Why? Why do I do this?" "Why take one more child, why live with less so we can give to others more, why leave family and friends to go to a land of strangers, WHAT am I doing here?" I do not usually forget the answer, "For Jesus. Because He called me to this." But far to often I … [Read more...]

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*be warned: I always re-read things before I post them. I didn't re-read this one, it is liable to be messy...I am processing so many emotions right now; I'm just going to go ahead and let you know that this post will not be eloquent or well written. It will not be a beautifully worded story, but just the ramblings of a mom who is tired today. It will just be, and it will be good enough.On Thursday of last week,I went to check on Michael, a sweet little boy from the Karamajong village that we … [Read more...]

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It is my 16th Birthday and I am eating sushi at my favorite restaurant with my parents when I tell them that I would like to explore the possibility of taking a year in between high school and college to do mission work. This is unheard of in my family and they say they are not sure and will think about it. I am nervous, but somehow I know it is right. He changes their hearts.I have just turned 18 and find an orphanage online. I beg my parents to let me visit over break, just three weeks. A … [Read more...]

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warning, this is going to be a long one…

I have 4 kiddos with malaria and all 14 of us have an awful cold, tis the season in Uganda.so I decided it was a perfect day to send Christine to her sister's (she is the only one of us that isn't sick and I would like to keep it that way), stay in our pj's, make some fresh squeezed orange juice, and pop in High School Musical for the kids while I cleaned my whole house top to bottom.Funny, cleaning my whole house can actually make me feel BETTER. (yes, I inherited this from my own mother!) Its … [Read more...]

Hello Journey followers! The good news is you get a blog, the not so good news; it's not from Katie. This is PAPA, formerly known as Scott and Dad. Katie's girlsasked what she called her grandfather and she said PAPA, so guess what? PAPA it is, and I must say after spending the week with these 13 beautiful girls,I hope I am their PAPA forever.If you are looking to read an unbiased story about Katie, you should probably not go on. The Dad in me just can't be unbiased, especially after what I've … [Read more...]

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update at 8:30 pm, wednesday: Sumini has severe malaria, please pray for her! Seein her so sick brings back many emotional memories for Momma...Friends and Family (and stalkers, just kidding!),This week has been a wonderful, hard, emotional roller coaster for me. I was hesitant to mention in my writing before that this week my brother, my dad and Ben will be here. Some of you know and some of you don't... Ben was my highschool boyfriend and though I am absolutely still in love with him, the fact … [Read more...]

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Home sweet home.I probably have about two people who still check my blog after such a long absence, but it was much needed time to be still with the Lord and love on and be loved by dear friends and family. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. I cannot describe the blessing that took place on July 17th at our dinner. It could not have been more God-orchestrated. From the songs that were sung to the words that were spoken and the people who filled the room to listen to God's heart for the … [Read more...]

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The Lord gives, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord! Job 1:21 Lots of emotions, too many words to really even write. Above all else, I am resting in knowing sweet Happy is whole and rejoicing with Jesus, Oh thank you sweet Lord. Yesterday I was sad and frustrated. Not sad that Happy was with our Creator, not frustrated that she had passed away - I know that was His plan for her sweet little life. But seriously. 4 months old. 4 pounds. 9mm hole in her heart. The doctors … [Read more...]

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