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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sweet Josie Love

I want to say “thanks” again for all your comments and prayers. Late at night, Mike and I read your words and you will never know what a source of encouragement you all have been. Keep praying for us, Mike leaves today for the US. We both feel that we have been away from our other 6 children long enough. So, he will be at home with our kiddos while I finish up all of our paperwork and court dates in Uganda. He has been my pillar of strength and MORE than I could EVER ask for during this time. He is my earthly light, my heart, and my comfort. He has picked me up when I couldn’t lift my head from the heartache I was feeling for this sweet angel that the Lord has called us to care for. We have often looked at each other and asked “what is HE up to?” and through all of this, we have confidence in Mark Button’s words “there is your plan for your life, and God’s plan for your life, and your plan doesn’t really count” So, we have had to laugh through our tears In KNOWING that those words are TRUTH.


Renee Manuel has reminded us over and over that while Mike and I are striving for better medical treatment for Josie Love, the medicine that HE is giving us is the difference that we are seeing DAILY in her little heart and her physical appearance. Upon our arrival, she didn’t lift her head from her caretakers chest. If I tried to take her, she would scream. Slowly, she started reaching for me, but was still face down on my chest. If you spoke to her, you would get a whimper in response. As of yesterday, this is how SHE is doing. If a picture speaks a thousand words…..what does a video do?






A big shout out to Curry James! She has been a trooper and a big help, traveling with us for medical treatments. For such a quiet, humble servant, she has been a bold example of the Gospel in our lives!

43 comments:

Mallory said...

O my goodness she is precious!! she looks so much healthier since the last time i saw her! I can just see how the Lord has been working through all of this and is healing her! i can not wait to she her precious face here at home! can't wait to see you Mr. Mayernick we all miss you!!!

Love you and the Lord is with you,
Mallory

Beautiful Mess said...

She is beautiful. May God continue to bless you as you walk this journey!

Anonymous said...

Watching your journey has caused me to gaze again and again at the complete and radical love that our Father has for us...

Jill Joiner

Anonymous said...

AHHHHHHH! that just made my day :-) i think now its time to start working on "gracie"...

love love love,
grace

Kasey nelson said...

wow!!!!!What a beautiful little girl!!!Safe travel to Mike and again PLEASE let us know if there is anything we can do here in nashville....we are at your disposal.

Love Kasey,Ben,Shelby,Landon and Carter

emily said...

Suz, she is so beautiful! Know I love you girl and trust in the TRUTH of those words with you.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all!!! One of Emily Alexander friends who lives in Hong Kong and we have 4 children all of whom were adopted. I went to Uganda when I was 19 and worked as a nurse. Thrilled that Josie has you all.

I always tell Em... while she sleeps we are praying so you are now on the list!!!

Shannon

May His peace be tangible to you.

ila said...

What a day brightener!! God is so good..always. Please know of my prayers for all of you. ( I am Jenny's mother in law...I met you in Franklin) My Ladies Bible Study Class is also taking up a collection for Katie. So, our hearts have been touched. Can't wait to see how God heals your precious little girl! God bless you!

Brian and Mandy Harvey said...

Oh my goodness!!! What a difference in those videos and the pictures from earlier! I absolutely cannot wait for all of us to be together. Mike, praying for safe travel for you bro. Lovin you Suzanne, and Sweet Josie Love, from the other side of the world!

Prayin, prayin for that baby to come home soon!!!!

Mandy

Diane said...

Praising God this a.m. I went back and listened and listened, and, I think:) I heard when asking Josie where her Daddy was she answered "Jesus"!! Amen, Josie Love!!! She already knows her Father!!! What a sweet baby girl!!

Praying and praying, some more, for all of you!! God continue to hold you tightly!!

That Fresh Feeling said...

Surrounding you in prayers. loved the video. Thanks so much for sharing.

Victoria Searer said...

She is beautiful. The videos left me speechless. We can't wait to meet our new cousin! Y'all are changing the world one child at a time & we couldn't be more proud to call y'all family. We're praying for all of y'all every single day. Please be careful Mike on your way home today. We love y'all!

Your family in Texas,
Victoria, Nathan, Carolyn & Rowdy

Corby and Lauren said...

Oh my word... I could just eat her up! She is absolutely adorable, and I love those videos!!! I'm praying for y'all daily!

Lauren
(Lindsey Wheeler's sister)

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, This is Angie Fogg from Ardmore, AL (Beck's sis). Praying for you and your family. God is at work through you guys. He is faithful and true to complete what He has planned for your family and Josie. She is precious and all your children are. Grace's post from a few weeks ago blessed my heart. The fruits of your journey will be great until He comes. Love to you.

Traci said...

Ahhhh- Diet Coke- it truly is a balm for he soul isn't it? Ha ha! Hang in there- remember to laugh- there is joy in this journey too.

Karen Phillips said...

oh, my goodness!! she looks like a different child, suzanne! what a miracle already to see her engaged and happy with that beautiful smile. having a mommy and daddy does the heart good;)!!! still prayin!! much love from the phillips!!

Oatsvall Team said...

i have seen a ton of pictures of this sweet angel over the last few months and she looks nothing like them any more ... SHE IS SHINING, SHE IS BECOMING WHOLE AND SHE IS TEACHING US ALL ALOT ABOUT WHAT CHRIST LOVE CAN DO TO HEAL ...

i love all the Mayernicks ... both in Uganda and here !!! What a privilege to walk w/ you and watch you on this journey ...

As Scott always say "GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR PLAN" ...

Nancy said...

Oh, my goodness! Precious video! Suzanne, I am praying for you and your family! The difference is night and day in Josie! God is SOOOO good!

Hugs...Nancy in CT

Kim said...

My little girl came home talking about what beauty is. I said...let me show you beauty!! And I took her through the last few pages of your blog. Just when I think my heart is full to the brim, God takes us even further. wow!!
Off to fund raise! We have some "josie love" in Africa somewhere as well. ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

Sister,
I am thinking of you and praying for each of you. Know that the Lord holds you (and JL) in the palm of HIS Hand... no better place to be. We are praying like crazy for you here! On my knees...
Corinne

Stephanie Ragland said...

It's so great to see Josie Love with such a bright smile! I love you sister and I'm praying every step of the journey for Josie Love, for you and Mike, and for the rest of the family.

Frances said...

What a blessing to see these precious videos today! We are adopting from Amani and waiting for our match. We have been following your journey and have been amazingly blessed. We have been praying EVERY night as a family for your family. Thank you for sharing life with us...we count it an honor!

Thrive!
Frances Worthington

The Ferrill's said...

Oh what joy! To hear her sweet little voice...
I will be praying safe journey for Mike and for a smooth process for you Suzanne...I know the Lord has already sent such sweet people to take care of you! We continue to pray for litte Josie Love!
And I love what Gwen said about God has a plan for your plan! That speaks to me!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't get any sweeter than that! What a precious gift God has given you. No doubt she has been captivated by your radiant love!

Sweet Jesus, thank you for Mike and Suzanne and their faithfulness to trust in your unfailing love and perfect plan. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails". Thank you for leading them and paving the road that they will walk together in the days ahead. You are the great physician and we know that you can do more than we ask or imagine when we place our trust in you. We claim your promises for little Josie Love and ask for your healing hand to continue to cover her life. Thank you that your steadfast love never ceases, your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him."

You are writing a beautiful story in the lives of the Mayernick family and we wait with anticipation for the chapters you will continue to write to bring glory to your holy name.

We love you guys!
Michael and Amy

anna said...

Ummmm....can you say totally different child!!! I knew she had it in her...she is absolutely precious and I am so glad God picked you guys to be her parents and family...I can't wait to see her with your whole family! I love how she was smiling the whole time during the video!

Many prayers and Much love,

anna

rhonda.smith said...

Grace is great, i loved on her today! I saw Micheal after school, and he can't wait to see you Mike. We continue to pray for Josie, and thank the Lord daily Curry is there to minister to all the children. Loce on Dana and Renee for me.

Love Rhonda

Jeanine said...

To witness a miracle...what a beautiful and amazing thing! She has blossomed!

Anonymous said...

I can not tell you what a blessing it is to see sweet Josie laugh and smile in this video. I went on a mission trip to Uganda last summer and one of the places we visited was Amani, so I met Josie last July. The difference in the girl she was then and the girl she is in these vidoes is AMAZING! It is so encouraging and hope-giving to me to know that she has a home and a family. My family and I are praying for Josie and your family. Thank you for the blessing and praying for your girl,
-Audrey

Abbie said...

SOOOO ADORABLE!!! I LOVE HER SOO MUCH WITH ALL MY HEART!!!

LOVE YA'LL!!

BLESSINGS, PRAYERS, and LOVE,

Abbie

isabellecrouche said...

Loved listening to her sweet voice, and seeing her smile. Thanks for sharing!

Kristi J said...

What a beauty she is...I love that smile...she is just precious...praying for you all, kristi

Kimmie said...

Hi!
This is my first time here...what a beautiful daughter that God is preparing for you. Bless your hearts as you cling to Him. May His Power flow through you, may His healing touch restore all of you and may His Presence remove all doubts.

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Tracy said...

Oh thank you so much for posting video~ hearing her voice is like listening to Jesus Himself speaking through her precious heart---- showing His love to you and Mike for your faithful obedience. So thankful that you have this time to bond with her --- praying for you all in Africa-- and those at home! much love!

Wright Family said...

God is so GOOD!!! what a treat to get to see and hear precious josie! my 3 year old wants to watch "josie's show" over and over again. thank you for sharing your journey with us. we continue to lift you up many times a day and will keep praying y'all home!!
rebekah wright

Anonymous said...

Crying... Crying... Crying.... Sue you know what a sap I am, that video is amazing, and has, as all your posts have, reduced me to a pile of mush. I love you sister, and I can't wait to see you and that sweet baby. Coach Mayernick and I meet everyday for discussion about how things are going. Be safe and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Love The LeGate Family

Anonymous said...

HOW PRECIOUS!!!! thanks so much for keeping us updated on what God is doing in your lives and the life of Josie. it is a gift to share our stories with each other. thank you for sharing yours. we are constantly thinking about you and praying for you. I look forward to meeting Josie in person! God's grace to you
caroline cone

Anonymous said...

I love the video. That Momma was one of the sweetest I have ever heard. Her smile never left her face. Praying for all His plans to work out.

Standing with you,
Shelley McCraw

Jessica said...

Josie is precious and perfect for ya'll's family!!! i can't wait to meet her!!
xoxo
Jess

sarah in the woods said...

so precious.

Holly said...

I am convinced that adoption is so much more than "saving a child"- it's about saving US.
Changing their life? Yes, but changing OUR lives...Absolutely.
As much as Abba loves Josie Love.....look how much he loves YOU...He chose YOU of all the parents in the entire world...YOU WERE CHOSEN for the task to love this little girl as your own. He could have easily called another, but no...His plans are good.
Still praying for you all.
Holly from Purpose Driven Family

Ali said...

SHE LOOKS AMAZING!!!!! Gwen and I sat this afternoon and talked about yall the whole time. I sent mike a text telling him to ask me for help and that I promise I won't wreck/drive any of your cars. Gosh I miss you so so much and am constantly laying you at his feet precious kindred spirit.
i love you so so much and that baby girl maybe even more.

Anonymous said...

We've been praying for all of you and praising God that Josie Love is in your arms!!! Thank you Lord! She is shining...how incredible to see and hear what His love is doing in her! Thank you Lord for Josie's life and for her precious family! We are grateful to stand with you, clinging to Him...Love, The Gallagher Family PS...we will be meeting and holding our Hannah tomorrow for the very first time!!!! We can only imagine!

Anonymous said...

o my word!
our internet has been down for several days...couldnt wait to get on and see sweet josie! and what a treat to hear her sweet voice!
She could not be more precious! Praying for yall.
Would love to help with things at the house. PLEASE tell Mike to call me if yall need anything. I am ready for whatever...James would love to play with the boys!!
Love you sister!
--Courtney

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I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.
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