Friday, April 30, 2010

the streets

Some Lyrics from one of my favorite Steven Curtis Chapman Songs.

I couldn't get enough of this song while waiting for Mical and Moses.


I walk the streets of London
And notice in the faces passing by
Something that makes me stop and listen
My heart goes heavy with the cry
Where is the hope for London?
You whisper and my heart begins to soar
As I'm reminded
That every street in London is Yours
Oh, yes it is

I walk the dirt roads of Uganda
I see the scars that war has left behind
Hope like the sun is fading
They're waiting for a cure no one can find

And I hear children's voices singing
Of a God who heals and rescues and restores
And I'm reminded
That every child in Africa is Yours...

And its all yours, God, Yours, God
Everything is Yours...
You're the Maker and Keeper, Father and Ruler of everything...

Last April 30 we spent the day wandering the streets of London waiting for our flight.
But, our hearts and minds were already in Africa.

My heart goes out to those families who are waiting, still, for their children
to come home.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


This sweet girl is ONE today!

Happy Birthday Grace Mary!

We had fun at her party last weekend!

She did not appreciate frosting on her fingers...
We think she'll like it better by her next birthday =)
Last year, on the day of her arrival, we were on our way to Uganda!
Proud grandparents kept us posted as we called from airport lobbies.
Has it really been a year?!

Friday, April 23, 2010


I promised a couple of dear friends that I would post some pictures.
Here they are =)
We love you bunches.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


This is our friends' blog

Abigail is four years old. Her mom has been in Uganda now for seven weeks working through the long legal process, but needs to come home for surgery on her foot. If you want to check out the beads they are selling to help raise adoption funds, check it out.

They are near and dear to our hearts!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A few things...

Life is full. And fun. And sometimes...tiring.

I'm not complaining. Really, most of the time, I'm not!

These are a few of the things we have had going on these past few weeks...

Gavin turned double digits.

We celebrated with friends early because he spent his 10th birthday at the wedding of our dear friends Amy and Brad!

Basement full of 9 and 10 year old boys...and we lived to tell about it!

The wedding led to a (almost) family vacation in Florida. Moses stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Thede for this one. He had the vacation of being an only child for a whole week! He'll never be the same ;-)

This past week Lyric had her first two track meets. She loves the much she decided to dance with one at her last meet. I don't have a picture of her knees, but she left some skin on that track.

We also said goodbye to our dear pet guinea pig, Penelope, who has been squeeking in our home for the past five years. Strange the attachment a family can make with a rodent.

Our family also grew by two pets recently. One grandfather, who shall remain nameless, decided to fulfill Lyric's ongoing request to have cockroaches as pets. "Puppy" and "Chow" are now being mothered by one of the only 12 year old girls I know, who baby creepy crawlies.

On a serious note, we also have friends who are adopting from Uganda. The wife has been there for 7 weeks and will be returning on Monday without their daughter. She will be returning in 6 weeks to their daughter in Uganda, but first needs surgery on her foot that she injured while there. They are in the midst of such a battle. So many adoptive families are. Prayers for this family would be so appreciated. They are also selling magazine bead necklaces to help fund the added expense of this adoption. I'll check with them if I can put a link to their blog...