Sunday, April 21, 2013


     You may have noticed the blog has been dormant for awhile.  That's because we were in Uganda, of course.  But more than that, we had some limitations on what we were able to share publicly so out of an abundance of caution we just let the blog sit while we were overseas.  I kept a journal of our trip while we were gone but rather than bore you with all of the entries I thought it would be neat for you to read about our last day(s) in Uganda and the flights home.  We've been home for just over a week and everyone is settling into their new roles.  We're making progress everyday but still in survival mode.  Enjoy the below journal entry!

12 APR – Kids actually slept in this morning, of all mornings!  Morning ritual was without incident, left just after 9 to head to the Embassy to pick up the kids’ passports and visas not quite knowing what to expect.  Walked out of the Embassy with all the paperwork we needed at 10:20.  We had some time to kill and after we left Mish Mash yesterday, Julie had a friend that said she wanted a pair of those sandals so we had Farouk drop me off at the nearby mall to get copies of the kids’ visas and a haircut while she picked up the sandals.  Timing worked out perfect and we were off for the airport at about 11:20 and quickly running out of things that could prevent us from boarding our plane with these precious children. 

     We found out that checking in for our flight didn’t begin until 1330 so we were still projected to arrive with 60 minutes or so to spare so we had Farouk recommend a place for lunch.  He took us to a little hotel/restaurant about 5 miles from the airport entrance called the Gately Inn.  The food was great, maybe the best meal we had while in Uganda.  

     Arrived at the airport and there were no parking spots to be had so we just stopped in the middle of the parking lot and unloaded our baggage onto two luggage carts and said our goodbyes to Farouk.  What a tremendous blessing that man has been to our trip.  I told him we need to come up with something to call him besides just a driver; he is so much more than that!  

     We had no idea how stressful the airport would be with all that luggage and two friendly and curious kids!  It was quite the ordeal unloading all the luggage to screen at security, as well as our shoes and what not while keeping an eye on the children.  We managed to get through that mess unscathed, with all of our luggage being under the weight restrictions, Praise Jesus!  Next up, immigration.  You may remember that we have some friends that we met in Uganda who were stopped at the gate before boarding their flight by immigration because the officer believed they were trafficking their child.  That stop resulted in an extra 4 weeks of chasing paperwork for that family before they could leave the country.  Needless to say, we were pretty stressed about immigration.  We had already spoken to those friends and others about what we would need to submit at immigration to receive safe passage.  I had a nice little envelope with copies of all those documents (and then some) ready for immigration, we were as ready as we could be, the rest was up to God.  I got in what appeared to be the shortest line while Julie filled out the customs documents.  A nice Indian family was in front of us and they were immediately turned away because of being “disorganized” and the official waved us forward, here goes nothing.  When the official saw that we did not have our customs forms placed neatly inside their respective passports (each of us had to fill one out) he called us disorganized as well and called the next family.  Luckily the Indian family had gotten their act together by then so we organized while they processed through the checkpoint.  It took us less than 5 minutes to get through immigration; the official spent more time lining us up for our picture than he did reviewing the nice little packet I made for him. J  We got everyone’s passports stamped and were on our way to the gate but not before giving high-fives all around, we did it!!  

     By this time, Malachi had not had a nap yet and we were at a loss for how this 5.5 hour flight would go so we decided to just let nature take its course.  We were saving our ammunition for the 13 hour flight to NYC later today.  We had the entire center row on our flight so Julie and I bookended the kids with Malachi next to me and Macy with Julie.  The kids had no issue with being buckled into their seats which was nice, but we made the mistake of buckling them in as soon as we sat down so about 20 minutes later when the glamour of the airplane seat wore off Malachi decided he no longer wanted to be buckled in.  Luckily there was no meltdown but we definitely had to stay on him until we were in the air.  The seat in front of you on these planes has a touch screen monitor where you can control what kind of entertainment you’d like.  Macy figured it out quickly that once you have something you want to watch, just leave the monitor alone.  Malachi, on the other hand, could NOT keep his hands off that thing!  He’d start a show then stop it then pause it then get completely out of it then break his headphones then try to stand up and walk around then fuss then smile then try to color then play with his baby doll then….for 5.5 hours!  The kid didn’t even so much as yawn much less give an indication that he wanted to sleep.  About 2/3 into the flight I told Julie across the row, “he’s all yours on the next one”.  

     We arrived in Dubai at 10pm their time (9pm Uganda time) and the kids were wide awake.  Julie and I made a solemn oath to NOT let them sleep during the 4 plus hour layover we had in Dubai so that they could sleep a long time on the 13 hour flight to NYC.  We spent the vast majority of the layover walking from one end of the terminal to the other with a quick stop for some food along the way.  The terminals in the Dubai airport are like mini-shopping malls with nearly the entire area being one huge duty free shop where you can buy everything from camel’s milk chocolate to a Hijab for your wife to a $1,000 bottle of liquor to a Rolex to a smoothie.  As you might imagine the kids were enamored and had no trouble staying awake walking back and forth calling to each of the sales ladies, “Hello!, How are you?!”.  By the time we left they were quite the celebrities! J  With about an hour left, the excitement was starting to wear off for both of them but especially Malachi.  He was done; too tired to throw a fit if he wanted to.  We caught him walking with his eyes closed a couple of times, felt bad for the little guy.  

     So we finally were able to board the flight for NYC; we were given the entire middle row again, this time the row without another row in front of it so we had tons of legroom, cool!  After the last flight and with the kids as tired as they were, Julie and I decided to hold them for as long as they would let us before putting them in their seats.  Hopefully, after a dose of Benadryl and some cuddling, they would fall asleep and we could just move them while they slept.  Malachi literally took about 2 minutes to fall asleep, it was amazing!  Macy took a little longer but they were both OUT well before we started to taxi away from the gate.  Eventually, the flight attendants made us put them in their seats and buckle them; luckily we were able to do it without incident.  We decided that as soon as the seat belt light went out we were going to use the extra legroom to put Macy on the floor in front of us and spread Malachi across the two seats they had.  Worked like a charm…until the flight attendant notified us it was against their policy to allow passengers to sleep on the floor.  So we pulled Macy back up into her seat and slided Malachi over.  Malachi was not pleased and threw himself on the floor and into a fit; Macy could have cared less.  After about 30 minutes he fell back asleep…on the floor.  When another flight attendant stopped to notify us (again) that passengers were not allowed to sleep on the floor I politely asked her what the ramifications would be if I just refused to move him. (those of you that know me well know this is a favorite tactic of mine, the ‘ole “or else what” technique)  The attendant left to retrieve her boss to speak with me so at least Malachi would get a few more minutes of sleep before (if) I moved him.  After about 15 minutes Jason (the head attendant) came by and explained to me that it wasn’t only a company policy it was against GCA rules (the UAE’s FAA) and if I refused to comply they would consider my actions to be endangering the safety of the flight and its passengers (i.e. I was going to jail when I got off the plane).  I decided that would probably delay our arrival to Tampa even further so I gave it the ole college try and moved Malachi (again) placing him in Julie’s arms instead of his seat.  He and Macy stayed asleep through that ordeal and ultimately slept for about 5 hours of the 13-hour flight but not without a few more breakdowns.  Within a minute or two of each child crying a flight attendant would come check on us; one of them told us they had 2 sleeping pilots upstairs and several resting crew members and they could hear the kids crying from there.  They asked if I could take the child on a walk around the cabin to quiet them down.  I actually impressed myself with the amount of restraint I showed in keeping my mouth shut.  Honestly, though, aside from not being comfortable with crying babies (which we’ve grown accustomed to) the flight wasn’t that bad, at least not as bad as it could have been.  

     Once we landed in NYC it was off to customs and immigration.  We had been warned that this would take awhile so we were expecting it, but that didn’t make it any easier.  Once we figured out which line we needed to be in we were close to the last in line faced with yet another opportunity to grow our patience.  About 20 minutes into waiting Malachi decided he had had enough and started acting up which resulted in him throwing a fit.  After about 15 minutes of being rebellious and fussy and downright crying the man who was running the queue of the line waved us to the front!  Praise Jesus; this boy’s fit has actually helped us, I love America!  Of course, shortly after being waved to the front of the line, Malachi gathered his composure and was fine; I’m sure the people in line thought we intentionally had him throw a tantrum. J  I checked my watch on our way to baggage claim; it was 11:15, we landed at 0900.  We initially talked about meeting some friends who lived near NYC; but they would have had to leave the airport at noon so we are very glad we determined the timing would not have worked otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to see us much at all!  By the time we made it to baggage claim the belt had stopped turning and someone had been kind enough to take all our luggage off the belt and stack it neatly so we loaded it up and headed to terminal 5 for our flight to Tampa, the last one in our trip!  

     Our itinerary had us on the 7:30 flight giving us nearly 8 (more) hours of layover time in NYC.  On the flight from Dubai I checked JetBlue’s flight schedule and they still had seats on their 3:00 flight so I was hoping we could talk to the counter and they would let us switch our 7:30 seats for seats on the 3:00 flight saving us a ton of layover time!  At the counter, the lady told us the flight was not that full and we had two options, we could either put our names in to fly standby at no charge or pay $50/person to get a confirmed seat on the flight.  After hearing it was “highly likely” that they would have standby seats available we decided to save the $200 and risk it.  We had just enough time to get some lunch before heading to the ticket counter and waiting for them to call our names.  So we’re sitting at the counter as the flight starts to board with families with children being permitted to board pretty early in the process.  I left Julie and the kids nearby and went to the counter to wait.  Eventually the attendant looked at Julie and said, “you’re free to board, ma’am” so I took that as my opportunity to tell them we were waiting for standby seats.  The lady took my passport as if to say “well, why didn’t you say so” and immediately issued us 4 boarding passes with seats right next to each other!  We had been praying the days leading up to our travel day and into it that the Lord would go before us and for smooth transitions and speedy flights; He was coming through for us big time!  It really couldn’t have been any smoother, had the flight left any sooner we would have been rushed; had it been any later the kids were so tired they would not have done well waiting in the airport for any length of time; isn’t His timing always perfect though? J  

     The flight to Tampa was pretty uneventful; Malachi had a window seat, our first of the entire trip, so he got a kick out of seeing everything.  Malachi actually slept for the majority of the flight; Macy was too delirious to sleep much to my chagrin because that means I didn’t sleep.  By the time we landed in Tampa we had been traveling for over 30 hours and neither Julie nor I had slept for any length of time; we were zombies but still found a way to be excited about seeing our little girls again.  We stopped at a bathroom before getting on the tram to make sure the kids’ bladders were empty and to put on our jerseys.  Julie and I purchased 6 Uganda Cranes jerseys (Uganda’s national soccer team) while there and had the name “Adams” put on the back of them.  We thought it would be a neat way to show the unity of our family and a creative way to introduce the kids as members of our family.  

     We were the only ones on our tram from the gate back to the main terminal at Tampa International.  As soon as we walked off the tram, Abigail and Madelyn ran to us.  I could NOT believe how big they were!!  It’s amazing how fast they grow!  We gave the bios their jerseys and helped them put them on and managed to get a family picture or two of us.  The rest after that is pretty much a blur; I remember being so touched at how many of our friends and family were there to greet us and feeling guilty about not getting a chance to chat at length with everyone.  I also remember Macy running around like she was on drugs, she was SO TIRED and over stimulated.  Malachi was pretty wild too but a little more in control.  Luckily, the terminal wasn’t that crowded so we had plenty of time to chat and were able to let the kids play without intervening much.  Two of my friends were kind enough to go down and pick up our luggage for us so it was wonderful to not have that to worry about.  

     It was about 8:00 before we finally made it to the car and realized we had more luggage than space.  Luckily some of our friends lived close to us and brought the rest with them.  We were pretty hungry so swung through the Chick-Fil-A drive through on our way home; none of you shoudl be surprised to hear that!  The kids actually did pretty well in the car seats; Macy was out cold before we made it to I-4; Malachi was too tired to care about being strapped into his seat but never did fall asleep (he just woke up before we landed).  As I backed into our driveway, our lovely neighbors who had been taking care of the pool and cats for us came out and were able to say hello to the kids and welcome us home.  As I walked into the home and flipped the kitchen lights on we were greeted to a counter full of groceries and an obviously freshly cleaned house.  The smell of a clean house is such a wonderful way to be welcomed back home!  We truly have the best friends in the world!!!  

     Julie and I unloaded the van and the kids sans Macy (she was still sleeping) and gave Malachi the 10-cent tour of his new home.  After getting everything out of the car and into the house I unbuckled Macy and by the grace of God was able to move her into her bed without waking her up (something we had yet to do successfully in Uganda).  It took Malachi about 6 minutes to fall back asleep and after putting the girls to sleep Julie and I called it a night.

     Macy woke up crying at about 0530 this morning but Julie was able to get her and take her out to the living room where they laid peacefully until I woke up at about 0800.  None of the other kids hade made a peep yet (a new record for Malachi).  We didn’t want Malachi to sleep too late and mess up his nap schedule so I went ahead and woke him up.  We’ve been mostly unpacking and doing laundry today; the kids have been playing together very peacefully, it’s kind of weird actually how little “parenting” we have done today.  We took the kids to a nearby park this afternoon to hopefully meet up with some families from our church and give the kids an opportunity to expend some energy in a controlled environment.  The kids had a blast and came to me numerous times saying “daddy, come” to show me their latest discovery.  The kids are awake enough now to care about being strapped into their car seats but they are taking it much better than I expected.  So far, they haven’t really fought us getting into their seats and it’s only after sitting in them for several minutes that they start to fidget and complain about being confined.  Macy had a pretty good fit today that started out with being mad about her car seat but I think had more to do with mommy leaving her to go into Wal-Mart than being stuck in a car seat and even then she settled down after a few minutes.  All in all, things are going better than we expected; I had a heart to heart with Madelyn an hour or so ago.  I noticed that she looked kind of glum at the park so I pulled her onto my lap to ask her if everything was ok.  After initially saying she was fine, she told me that she liked it better “before” and that our lives were all “crazy” now.  I think she’s struggling with not being the baby anymore and having to help instead of be helped.  We had a good talk and after telling her it was ok to feel that way and not to be afraid to talk to me or mommy about it she went back to playing.  It will be interesting to see how these things develop over time. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Adoption Update!

We received the results from the kids' additional medical screenings this week; all tests came back negative.  While we had no reason to believe otherwise, as I'm sure you can imagine it was still great news to hear. Both children are physically and mentally healthy with no impairments; Macy even has some of her adult teeth already!  The doctor did say he believes the children are older than what was originally thought due to their height and weight (I'm sure Macy's teeth were an indicator as well).  Like we said in earlier posts, birthdays aren't an exact science like they are here in America.  After looking at our options, we decided to adjust their birthdays slightly to align with the doctor's estimates.  So, rather than picking up two 3 year olds it looks like we will be picking up a 4 year old (Macy) and a 3 year old (Malachi) with birthdays in October and November (respectively).  Believe it or not we put a lot of thought into their birthdays, you wouldn't believe how complex it can be! :)

The positive report from the doctor triggered the next phase of this journey; signing the official referral document/contract and wiring our first (huge) financial installment to Uganda; we did that on Friday.  You all may or may not know this about us, but we are huge fans of Dave Ramsey; Dave Ramsey is NOT a huge fan of debt (he hates it, actually).  Julie and I committed early in this process to staying debt-free.  We knew that God was calling us to adopt and we knew that we would not be able to do it alone, so this was one of the biggest areas in which we simply had to trust God and step out in faith.  Being able to wire that sum of money and have a peace about it has been such a testimony to God's faithfulness.  He truly will supply all our needs according to His riches and glory and we've been so humbled to see that verse come to life right before our eyes; all glory and honor to our heavenly Father!

As if the adoption hasn't been keeping us busy enough these last two weeks, we have also been hosting an exchange student from South Africa at our home.  Her name is Precious and she's 13.  She's here with a group of students and teachers to learn about the American education system.  They have been visiting schools around Lakeland to learn TTPs and bring them back to S. Africa.  You're probably thinking, "what the heck is a TTP?".  Thought I would throw that one in there for you non-military folk :).   It's a military acronym that stands for "Tactics, Techniques and Procedures" and is a pretty good explanation of what they were doing.  When they're not visiting schools, we've had the pleasure of showing Precious our little slice of America.  To say that our diet has suffered would be putting it mildly.  We've been to pizza places, McDonald's, Checker's, BBQ, Burger 21 and let's not forget Chick-Fil-A!  On Monday, we were even able to show her the Magic Kingdom!  We had to call in a lot of favors, but it was so worth it; they had a blast with Space Mountain being the unanimous favorite among the students that were able to join us.  We thought we'd include some pictures of our family as it has looked for the past two weeks in this update.  She leaves on Monday; we will miss her but are grateful for the opportunity to get to know her and look forward to keeping in touch with her.  Isn't technology great!?

As always, we appreciate you for following our journey, continue to covet your prayers as we navigate this process and are so grateful for your generosity!

In Christ,

Nate and Julie
John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you."

Welcome at the airport!
Disney World!
Mini Golf!
First Friday downtown Lakeland!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kids on the move!

We got an update on Saturday about how the kids did on their trip from the orphanage to the foster home.  Aside from the few pictures we have seen this was our first glimpse into their personalities.  It was so cool to see how different they seem to be.  You'll see what we mean below.  It was also great to hear that the care takers at the orphanage went out of their way to send the kids off in style.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did.  For context, the drive from the orphanage to the foster home is over 3 hours:
"we travelled to [the] babies home on thursday and picked up [Malachi and Macy]. [The care taker] sent them off beautifully by calling all the children their age group and making them sing them a farewell song. It was so sweet. After the song each little child handed them flowers and so emotional.... drove me to tears."

"Any way the trip back was good and Macy was so calm most of the way. I must say Malachi was very excited and could not keep quiet. He just kept talking about every thing he saw on the way and it was so hard to keep up with him because he was speaking in his mother tongue." 
"We arrived at the [foster] home at about 8:00pm and that was the earliest we have ever arrived in one day.  [The foster home attendant] was ready to receive the children and after a warm bath they had their dinner and went straight to bed.
[The attendant] says that they slept soundly the entire night they must have been really tired."
Just wanted to pass on the latest; we should hear more later in the week.  Thanks again for the support!

In Christ,

Nate and Julie

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hang onto your hats, people!

It’s been 61 days since we last updated this blog.  Have no fear; you didn’t miss much, at least not on the adoption front.  I’m sure you all were as busy as we were (if not more so) with Thanksgiving and Christmas and what not.  We were fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving (and Christmas evening) with some dear friends that also weren’t traveling out of town and didn’t have family in the area.  It was so nice fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We hope your holiday was equally enjoyable.

This is Nate by the way, not Julie, if you couldn’t tell already.  She’s making me write this one.  Anyway, we have some pretty big news to share this time!

The first tidbit is the opportunity to be a featured family on the give1save1 blog.   Here’s the deal, Steph, the author of the blog, features 1 family for an entire week.  The family creates an adoption video with the goal of securing $1 donations from people that want to help them save one orphan.  One family raised $15,000!!  Check out the blog and go ahead and donate $1 to the featured family this week.  It’ll be good practice if/when we get featured and they could use the help. ;)  Anyway, we decided to give it a go and asked our very talented cousins, Adam and Squeeze Willis to help us with the video (click here for a link to Squeeze’s photography business or here to see some of the video work Adam does).  They drove all the way up here a week or so ago and we got tons of cool footage for our video.  To say we are STOKED about the finished product would be a minor major understatement!!!

Would you all believe me if I told you that wasn’t even the best part of this update?!  NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.

If you’ve been following our journey so far, you know that on 2 November we received a call about two children, a boy (3) and a girl (almost 4).  On 21 December we received the packet with all the details about the children; where they came from, why they’re at the orphanage, the whole nine yards.  On Christmas Eve, our attorney in Uganda made one last attempt at identifying family willing to take these children in.  At that point it was another 30 days before we had to give an answer.  If you have your calendar out, you’ve already figured out that today is the 30th day! SOOOOO after much prayer and seeking wise counsel and more prayer and more wise counsel we decided to say YES!!!!  This feels so weird to say, but as of today, our children, Malachi and Macy (like their names?), have been removed from their orphanage and placed in a foster home where they will receive additional medical screenings and more personalized care (due to a significantly lower child to caregiver ratio).  The caregivers will be speaking to them in English and will have pictures of us very shortly to begin helping them associate our faces with “mommy” and “daddy”.  I’ve been telling people that I have a feeling our lives are going to go from “pause” to “fast forward” very soon.  I was right; after saying yes this morning we’ve been inundated with things we need to do to prepare for our trip (we’ll probably be traveling in March sometime), overwhelming to say the least.

You may have noticed my comment about their names; Malachi and Macy are not their birth names.  We discussed keeping their birth names but in the end we decided to change them, partly because we liked Malachi and Macy better but more importantly we were reminded of the many occasions in which God chose to change a person’s name in the Bible to signify life changing events (Jacob to Israel, Abram to Abraham, Saul to Paul, you get the point).  I think it’s safe to assume their adoption will be a life-changing event.  Come to think of it, maybe Julie and I should change our names too! J

I know what you’re thinking, “this is awesome news; how can I help?”  I’m glad you asked. J 

First and foremost, we desperately covet your prayers.  Please pray for a peaceful process, that it will go smoothly and quickly (maybe a nice balance of both, actually).  Pray that Malachi and Macy will attach to us once we are united, that they will accept us as their primary caregivers and transition quickly to becoming a part of our family.  Pray that Abigail and Madelyn will accept these children into our home and love them like they do each other (they are pumped by the way, but it’s hard to explain to them that it won’t always be fun).  Pray that Julie and I will adapt well to doubling the children in our home overnight (woah!) and make the transition from man-to-man to zone defense well. J  Pray for travel mercies, a hedge of protection around Malachi and Macy, that the time between now and being united with them will go fast.  Pray for PEACE through this whole situation.

Second, we have been overwhelmingly blessed by the generosity of our friends and family.  You all have freely donated your time, talents and treasure to help us get to this point.  Whether that’s volunteering to sew giraffes, helping with the garage sale, offering your photo (and video) skills or opening your wallets to support us financially, we are so humbled by your generosity.   We are SO CLOSE to our fund raising goal!  If (and only if) you feel led to contribute financially here are a few opportunities to do so right now;
1. We still have plenty of giraffe taggie blankets to sell (if you don’t know what these are, ask your wife, if she doesn’t know, google it, cuz I’m still not sure I know what they are). $10 buys one for you and sends one with us to give to an orphan in Uganda.  Our goal is to take 250 of them with us (which means selling 250).
2. We still have (some) puzzle pieces to sell.  $5 gets your name on the back of a puzzle piece.  Once all the pieces are sold we will assemble the puzzle and hang it in the kids’ room so they can turn it over to see all the people that helped bring them home. (pretty cool, huh?)

And  two opportunities for later (hopefully):

1. We have plans for a fund-raising dinner of some sort.  Depending on interest level, we would serve dinner and tell everyone a little about our adoption story, what we know about Malachi and Macy and answer any questions you may have.  If you’d like to attend or help out, let us know cuz we’re going to need it.
2. Finally, assuming we are featured on the give1save1 blog (you can pray for that too, btw), we need you all to help make the video “go viral”.  The more views we can get the more likely people will be to donate $1 to our cause.  I’ll be asking for commitments from you to share the video EVERY DAY of the week we are featured.  Too easy, right?

Ok, that’s it!  We hope you all are as excited as we are (not likely).  Hang on tight and try to keep up, we’ll do our best to keep you all in the loop.  We love you and can NOT thank you enough for your support.

Your adopted brother and sister in Christ,

Nate and Julie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Slight Update :-)

Hello everybody! Welcome to our world of waiting! :-) Although, believe it or not - it's peaceful here! Nate and I have been presented with an opportunity and we're just waiting patiently to hear from the Lord in which direction we should proceed.
There hasn't been any new information, but we do know that in the middle of December there will be a final investigation where these two children are concerned. We are so thankful that our agency works with professionals in Uganda who want to be ethical and above reproach! Therefore, they will be making sure all paperwork is in place, all the right people have been interviewed and these children are true orphans in need of a family. Once the investigation is complete, we will need to make a decision.
Please be praying for us in this. We desire to do exactly what God has called us to do, and we are aware that sometimes His calling is not what we thought it would be, but we just need clear direction.
A friend of ours recently described a time in her life when she was asking God to speak to her. She desperately wanted to hear from the Lord and to know that He was speaking, so she asked Him to be very loud in His response, no whispers or little hints. This is exactly what we're praying for now (I like to call it the "neon sign"!) :-) Please pray with us in the next few weeks that we will hear God clearly. That we will know exactly what to say when the next call comes.
Thank you so much! It is such a blessing to know that we don't walk this alone. We know there are people all over that are walking us through in prayer. I believe that is where the peace comes from, only God's peace, asked for from God's people! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

Now for some Totally pictures! :-)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy November!

Hello Everyone! I have been absent for awhile now... but that's mainly because I feel that "waiting" is not that interesting a topic to write about! :-) We've still been pretty busy, the adoption fundraising has slowed a bit, but that's ok - the Lord is letting us catch our breath!
So.. what's been happening....?
Well, the girls and I are in full force with school, like everyone else, but we won't be taking much of a break this year. We'll do school through the holidays, because school will probably slack some when we have 2 more little bodies in the house!
We've been learning a lot about serving others, giving of ourselves and what it means to "go and make disciples." Nate and I are especially excited about doing more with the latter...
At the end of October Nate and I (along with my parents and some of our friends) traveled to D.C. so the husbands could participate in the Marine Corps Marathon - yep, that's right... my man ran 26.2 miles....AT. ONE. TIME! Barf, if you ask me... I tackled the Marine Corps 10K (that's 6.2 for those of you counting!) with my sweet friend Jenn... which is much more my speed! It was a beautiful day for a run though.. even though there was a hurricane about to come through!
We got home on October 31, just in time for Nate to have drill weekend, and leave for a week long training in Jacksonville.
Many of you might know that at the beginning of October, Madelyn felt like this adoption process was taking too long and she wanted to ask God for "The Call" to come by the end of October. (Mind you, we began this process 6 short months ago) :-) Oh and "The Call" is the Referral Call, when we hear from our agency that there are specific children in Uganda waiting for parents.
Well, October came and went with no call - I really hadn't thought much of it (because the girls had already changed their prayers to "and I pray that we would receive "The Call" before the end of November!) lol persistence :-)
Well, wouldn't you know it - out of the blue on November 2 - my phone rang with such a call! We were told about two children in Uganda that might be available for adoption soon! As of right now, the courts are closing over there - so there is nothing more for us to do but learn more about these kids, pray for God's direction and peace.... and wait. Courts should open again in late January and we will make a decision and know more around that time.
If you will, please remember us in prayer these next few months - that we will be open to God's leading, that we will hear Him clearly and that whatever the direction, we will move with boldness and peace.
Also keep in mind the families that are currently in country trying to bring their children home - it can be a crazy and very stressful situation all around. Please pray that God's Will will be done!
Thank you for reading and praying us through this journey! I have said it before, and will say it again - there is no way we could do this without you and your support, we are so humbled and grateful! 
Now... what's a blog post without some pics...?

 Doing a little science at home...
 Learning about rain clouds
 looking for tadpoles and other wildlife at Circle B
 these magnifiers are awesome!! (look at Maddie's face!)
 Both girls are teaching themselves how to draw!
 A Fun Break with Friends!
 Ab got her license early! :-)
 Cars and boating...apparently! :-)
Learning all about different kinds of shells
 Putting the treasure in the bottle

Friday, October 12, 2012

Garage Sale Pics

A few t-shirts and giraffes sold
There was never a dull moment!
Help from friends, selling drinks and snacks (and their moms organized and haggled with customers!)
We could not have worked this huge sale by ourselves! We are so thankful for those that came to help!
Ab got a math lesson after all - counting and sorting!!