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...]

Happy is with Jesus …

This is Gwen here ... Katie does not have internet access right now ... Here is her message ..."It has been a long day, Happy went to be with Jesus at around 4 this morning. I am devestated but rejoice in knowing that she is whole. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support. I will update tomorrow ... Love Katie " … [Read more...]

The last few days have been simply unimaginable. So much so that I can hardly type. Last week was pretty trying; I discovered that what I though was a nasty break out around my mouth was actually impetigo, a staff like infection that causes open sores that weep, then scab, then crack and bleed, all over the face. The good thing is that this led us to diagnose Jane's impetigo, which we had written off as bug bites that she had scratched and irritated (hers are on her legs and trunk). The next day … [Read more...]

This month….

I fell in love with a baby named Barbara, and did not bring her home with me. This should be considered a milestone. ;)Jane decided it would be an awesome idea to give herself a haircut.My children discovered the joys of taking all the sheets and blankets off of their beds and turning their room into the greatest fort ever.We had the priviledge of feeding, and bathing, and loving a WHOLE lot of beautiful Karamajong children, many of whom now are working toward a beautiful relationship with Jesus … [Read more...]

Any one who spent any time with me while I was in the states will recognize this sweatshirt as I pretty much LIVED in it. I know plenty of people who will be thrilled to know that it has a new home.precious. … [Read more...]

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.1 Corinthians 3:7 Our task is not always easy, but it is always simple: LOVE, because He loved us first. … [Read more...]

OH! The faithfulness of our Lord!For weeks, maybe even months, I have been feeling restless. I have felt God calling me somewhere, but I haven't had a clue where to go. I never doubted the feeling, I have become pretty good at seeking and hearing God's voice, but for weeks I have wondered in desperation, "God, you put me here. You gave me 13 children. You can't actually be asking me to move?" Still the wind whispers, GO. I can't sleep at night. Those closest to me have heard me say often … [Read more...]

well since you asked…

I LOVE getting comments on my blog. They are so uplifting an encouraging. It is so nice to know that I am prayed for and prayed with. So thank you for all of your encouraging words regarding potty training and all your prayers for precious Maggie!Pretty much daily Gwen answers comments that are in reality questions. I think its time I answered some of them publicly myself, so that Gwen doesn't have to keep explaining things like my "faith doctrine" to total strangers.Since I am still potty … [Read more...]

Sweet friends,I come to you today on my knees, asking, begging you to join me. My family and I are staying in prayer today over sweet Maggie Oatsvall. She is the daughter of my dear sweet friend Gwen (yes! who answers all your questions and comments, haha). Maggie had surgery on her head last month (she had a scalp extender put in to prepare her skin for reconstructive surgery later on; her head was badly burnt in China when she was an infant.) The scalp extender was injected … [Read more...]

I have entered a new phase in my life. Potty training.I decided to just buckle down and do it since right now is a pretty slow time for me (if life can be slow with 14 kids?). All the children in our program are in school with all of their supplies until a new semester starts after holidays in May, cold and flu season is ending meaning less sick ones to take care of (THANK YOU JESUS!), we pretty much have our feeding program down to a science, and my employees do a fantastic job keeping home … [Read more...]

My heart is pretty sad today as my sweet "vis-tas" (my children's pronunciation of visitors) leave. But, as in the goofy picture above, I am reminded that while I am sad when I have to kill a chicken, I am so blessed that my children are able to eat meat. While I am sad my dear friends are leaving, I have been so extremely blessed by their visit! We had an absolutely marvelous time and I am so thankful that God ordained this trip, worked out every detail, and held us all week in the palm of His … [Read more...]

I am so blessed and so full. I can't even think straight enough to write. Most of you have probably seen the button on the side of the blog linking you to "Joining the Journey," the Mayernick Team's blog. I encourage you to check it out, as I have given them my internet connector for the week and probably won't be on much. They will keep you updated on what we are up to.Suzanne and Mike (Amazima Board members, not to mention wonderful friends of mine), their two oldest children, Grace and … [Read more...]