looking back/looking forward

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 months since we came home from Uganda with Bridget.  It seems like a lifetime ago that be boarded that plane and flew for what seemed like an eternity to the other side of the world to finally meet our little girl.

10 months of adjusting
10 months of growing
10 months of learning
10 months of tears
10 months of triumphs
10 months of attaching
10 months of heart aching
10 months of loving

It has been a wild ride, and I know it is far from over.  It hasn't always been easy, but never once have we walked alone in the venture.  We have had the prayers, love and encouragement from friends and family.  We have seen the grace, love and mercy from our Heavenly Father.  We have grown as a family and grown individually as a result of this.  I can honestly say I am a better mom and wife because of the past 10 months (and also more aware of how bad of a mom and wife I am...)  This has been a growing year for our family - not only growing in number, but growing in the Lord

I wanted so share a couple of videos with y'all.  The first video I made was for Bridget of her homecoming so you all could see where we have been.  The second video our friend John made to introduce our family for our son's adoption so you could see where we are going.  Hopefully this gives you a better idea of who we are and why we are doing what we are doing.

  Some think its because we are crazy (and there is some truth to that) but really it is because of God.  He has done amazing and mighty things to bring these kids into our families - I mean, really amazing and mighty things.  I wish I could say we are just really good, nice, incredible people and that is why we are adoption, but that's just not true.  We are sinful, stubborn, at times crazy people - BUT, we were adopted by Christ.  He pursued us, loved us and transformed our lives and our hearts, and because of what He has done for us, we step out in faith and do this.

Please pray for us as we continue our journey back to Uganda to adopt our son.  And look out for our Give1Save one debut next week!  We will be the feature family on the Give1Save1 blog next week (starting March 10) and we will have a NEW family video PLUS daily giveaways for those that share our video!  It should be lots of fun and we are praying there is a great response because every dollar that is donated to our adoption WILL BE DOUBLED because of our matching grant through Legacy 685 and Lifesong For Orphans!  

Thank YOU for your continued love and support through this process.  We look forward to what God will do next week in terms of raising support for our son and getting him HOME!


  1. Melissa, thanks for posting the link to your blog. You have such an incredible story to tell and an amazing family. I will definitely be following next week when you are featured on the Give1Save1 blog. :-)


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