Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Remembering....



There are things about Africa I want to make sure I never forget....

The way Adi felt in my arms the first time I held him...

Watching Josie-Tatum beam when she learned we could sponsor Adi for school...

The hospitality we felt the moment we arrived, as young men carried our luggage to our rooms, young women showed us around, and we were served dinner first because we were guests...

How startled I was when an elephant ran in front of our vehicle...

The cold at night...

The warm bed...

Seeing Josie-Tatum step far out of her comfort zone and speak up so she could assist in giving out care packages to the children...

The stars in the night sky, stars I'd never seen before, too many to count, visible without any pollution, clouds, or lights from a city...

Seeing the the countenance change on the face of Shandukani as she grew to be comfortable with the attention at Build the Nations...

The sound of Brad Palmer's South African accent...

The excitement of the people when we visited their church, home, or school...

The Sweet Presence of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room...

The joy on the face of the children I taught to play a game during Tea Time...

Tea Time....

The picture of Mr. Green, the school administrator as I played Onward Christian Soldiers, and he led the marching around the room...

The sound of music coming from the town each night...

The love of the people serving at Build the Nations and their hugs the day we left...

Seeing people do their laundry in the river...

The simple pleasure of playing the piano while others sang hymns on a Friday night...

Wacthing children clean their own school...

Hearing the voice of the ladies as they sang and watched their dance of thanksgiving when we fed the widows...

The beautiful voices that sang in harmony praises to the KING...

The realization that I had truly heard God speak Isaiah 43:19...

My own excitement at the opportunity to come home and continue serving the orphans as we raise funds for a new home...

The bittersweet moment of holding Shandukani and Adi one last time before we came home...

And the comfort in knowing that God is with me wherever I go, just as He was with Moses and Joshua...

And the LORD saidBehold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth....

Join me in anticipating the inconceivable...and enjoy the photos of the safari.



4 comments:

Grimes Family said...

Awsome experience! Jason told us a huge piece of his heart will always remain in Peru... I'm guessing you know just how he feels!

Sabrina said...

How neat to see the pictures of the safari! How much more awesome to hear the things you want to remember.

Kim K. said...

Beautifully written and those pictures are just stunning. What a trip of a lifetime for you and JT. Hugs!!

God's Grace said...

So beautiful...

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