Foster Care // Forever a Family

Our foster care experience in Uganda has come to a close. Last week we took the baby girl we’ve been caring for,  who’s really not so much a baby anymore, back to live with her family. Hellen has been in our home for the last year, and even while we were back in the States over the Christmas season, Jia (my sis in law) lovingly cared for her. Hellen has been the baby of our family, the littlest sis. We’ve gotten to know all her little quirks. What she likes, what she doesn’t like, and how stubborn this girl truly is. She is smart and curious and has an appetite like none I’ve ever seen. Seriously though, this girl will eat raw onions…and sign for more!

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So this last week when we took her to her family to say goodbye, it was, of course, hard and emotional. Foster care is definitely not easy, and saying goodbye is not fun! But here’s the good part! She is with her Ugandan family that absolutely loves her! She gets to grow up among her siblings and cousins, father, step mother, and aunt and uncles. She will learn her local language and all the cultural practices that tie her village together.

We will be able to help support her as she grows and hopefully stay a small part of her story. With this girl’s stubbornness and determination to get what she wants, she will go far with a gentle hand of guidance.

She is so loved by many. She is home with her family, and forever a part of ours.

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foster care

foster care

foster care

foster care

foster care

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Intentional Time With the Lord

The first few months of pregnancy can really throw you for a loop. I’m usually a morning person, but as growing a little human became my body’s number one priority, sleep and rest became a necessity. Waking up early to get in prayer and devotion time, as well as working out, was out of the question!

There are seasons of rest where it is ok to put rest as your number one priority. the problem is that I often found I was not getting in my prayer and devotion time if I didn’t do it first thing in the morning. I’m a morning person through and through. I love to start my day off with time with the Lord, and also get my body moving a little bit.It helps start my day off on the right foot.

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Pregnancy is an important season of rest. Those first few months of sleeping in when I could and resting more in general were very much needed.Now that I’m out of the first trimester and well into the second, my energy has returned! Hallelujah and Amen! I’ve slowly been getting back into the routine of waking up early before the girls, though that can be a challenge when at least one of them likes to regularly wake up at 6:30 am!

Finding time with the Lord, no matter what time of day is important in any season, and one that I’m learning I need in both seasons of rest and otherwise. Though I was out of my normal morning routine, I still benefited from finding at least small pockets of time during the day to sit with the Lord.

I’m happy to be back to my mornings of waking up early in the calm of the day. Even though interruptions tend to follow, I’m always glad I’ve made the time. One great resource that I love to use for my devotions each day is She Reads Truth. Their devotional series are always spot on and encourage me to dive into scripture in a new way.

How about you? How do you spend time with the Lord in your day? Do you carve out a certain time for devotions? Are you a morning or evening devotion kind of person?

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I See You, Mama // Encouragement for Mamas

Hey there Mama, I see you. I’m right there with you. Stay at home mama to littles. Trying to love well, maintain balance, find my own personal passions, and seek God’s grace daily. You are in the trenches, mama. You are doing the hard work of raising littles and I want to encourage you on your journey!

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I recently had the privilege to have a few different pieces published with Her View From Home. They’ve both been pieces to encourage mamas just like you and come right from the heart of another mama.

I hope that if you are able to take time out of your busy day and take a minute for yourself to sit down and read these, that you are encouraged and blessed. I pray that you can connect with what I have written and know that you are never alone.

You may not feel like it, but there are many other mamas out there just like you. And you may not always remember it, but Jesus walks with you daily, hand in hand.

I see you, Mama. I’m right there with you. Be encouraged. You are not alone.

Here are the links to the articles that I hope you’ll be able to have the chance to read. Rest in His grace today sweet mamas!

Leaning Into Christ in Motherhood & When You Are Enough

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