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Saturday, September 12, 2009

We got her!




What a fabulous day! We awoke at 5 am and headed into Jinja. We pulled into Amani and all of the children were getting ready for breakast. We walked into one of the rooms and Asher caught a glimpse of Dana and one of the "mama's" said "it is your mommy" and he ran into to Dana's arms and without even looking into her face said "i want to go home!" my heart almost jumped out of chest...this child TOTALLY understands...."I am going home to my forever family"....WOW! As i glanced up little Joseph and Daisy (oatsvall's children) were standing at the door, so I was able to kiss and love and kiss and love and kiss and love on them and say your mama is coming soon!....(Gwen, Daisy gave me a warm welcome, smiles, sat in my lap....so I guess Katie's bananas have warmed her heart to the "white skin" hahahaha! ) THEN, I looked around and there sat teeny tiny (with BIG marble brown eyes) little Patrick (Maddux lil one) and I held him, kissed his cheeks and told him that his mama and Daddy were coming soon too.AND then there was litttle Judah with his timid little grin ran into my arms for hugs and I whispered those same words to him "she will be here soon! your mama and daddy are coming!) My heart was totally overwhelmed with joy as I looked into each of these orphans eyes KNOWING that they are no longer orphans, their parents are coming for them. Just as He promises that HE will NOT leave us as orphans.
THEN I made my way to find little Josephine. As I entered her room, they had stripped all of them down to just their nappies,ready for breakast! She did not want much to do with me until her tummy was full and THEN she sat in my lap and didn't leave for the while day! As I sat beside her on the floor while she ate I looked into each of those babies eyes and tears spilled out of my eyes....and then I spotted Nicholas (Maddux's other lil one)and I just started laughing! He is the cutest little thing, cheeks so round, and as he drank his porridge, he grinned from ear to ear at me! He and Josie are in the same room, sleeping, eating, and doing life together..just like they will be once they get home!! and THEN on the playground there was little Bobby who was running, jumping, and playing with every inch of his little body. Full of energy, joy and it made my heart COMPLETE knowing that I will see all of these children DAILY for the rest of my life. (Smallings, I have several in mind for you.....precious!)
As if my heart was not full enough, I packed Josie on my back, and headed to Katie's for praise and worship! WOW! My new name for Katie is "the child whisperer"....I have never seen anything like it. Kids just come out from NOWHERE just to holler "Auntie Kaite!" She sent them all home with big bags of food, as they carried them all atop their heads, Renee and I stood and took pictures.
As we stood and watched almost 400 children walking the red dirt road, going home with food for their families...our hearts were FULL!
I went to the store today and bought a phone....so, I will be calling today and checking in...
Grace, how was the taylor swift concert? and A BIG shout out to Michael who caught a 30 yard pass and carried it back for a touchdown!WHOOP!
I love you and Miss you soooo much! (how is Caleb's breathing?)

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH i have been waiting for this post! me and caleb are up and he is not eally coughing but he is wheezing. stayed up for grace to come home, only to find out she was spending the night! haha michaels touchdown was Beautiful (AND ON TAPE)!!!! i know everyone misses you and are so happy you have Josie! give everyone love there from the mayernicks who had to stay behind!!!!! have an awesome day!

Love,
Maddery

Anonymous said...

also its GIFTY!!!! i had i feeling you would find her for me! did you hear anything bout her? cant wait to hear your voice!

mallory

Oatsvall Team said...

i can't even type for the tears !!!!! i know your heart is full !!! thanks for loving on my kids ... what a priceless picture this will be one day many years down the road as we are old sitting in our rocking chairs as old grandmas (or maybe we will still be on the treadmill) ...

please give them hugs each day for me !!!! i knew josie would love her mama !!!

Jeanine said...

OH MY GOSH I could hardly read because my eyes were filled with tears! Wow oh WOW what a beautiful moment. Praying for safe travel home for you ALL!

Kim said...

Praise You Lord!

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

Wow, I am so envious of you just being able to glimpse heaven like that! I am thrilled for you, for Josie Love, and for all the babies who are no longer orphans! Praying for your safety and your family!

Ondrea

Brian and Mandy Harvey said...

LOVING IT!!!!!!!

emily said...

So beautiful. What an amazing post. Thank you Lord for modern technology that allows us this glimpse into your incredible miracle of adoption. :) You can tell Miss Josie Love, does indeed love her mama.

Kay Daniels said...

Oh Mayernicks.......I am weeping tears of joy for you!! All I can think is, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!" What a wonderful future you all will have with precious Josie Love. I hope to meet her soon.....with love, congratulations and prayers!! Kay (Vern:))

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! HURRY UP AND GET THAT BABY HOME! that is the SWEETEST thing about all the other kids...esp asher :) :) ..the concert was hilarious taylor swift is really wierd! you wouldnt expect it but shes very strange!!! but it was SO fun...calebs breathing is better he is getting a breathing treatment as we speak!!! also-we need to SKYPE ASAP!!! call me when you can!!

Luffa u and dad
grace

Abbie said...

hey!!!
okay, so last night, I had a dream about josie toddeling(crawling kinda) around your house...a sight into the future... :) It was an AWESOME dream!also, You were driving while Josie was in a wrap close to her you (aunt suey)! I loved it!!!

LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS!

Abbie

Amie@WildOlive said...

Oh how this made my heart smile BIG!!!! LOVE this post! Love that your girl is in your arms, and that you were able to love on all those little ones and let them know "SOON".. they will be home too!!! LOVE IT! ummmmm... I expect full well to hear all about MY little ones that God leads you to. you think I'm kidding?

Love to you~
Give that Josie a big ol hug from me!!

:)
Amie

Diane said...

Is is nothing short of pure, really and truly Pure Joy...to sit here in my little old laundry room....and, see the Blessed faces...all of them....yours...the childrens....the smiles...the love....JOY!!!
Thank you, Jesus...thank you for showing us how it's to be done!!!

Amanda Smolinski said...

My heart (and my tear ducts) are running over as I read this. I talked to Gwen the other day because I havent had internet to catch up on the updates so I had no idea all of this was happening!!! My prayers will be with you during court! Love you lots!

Ali said...

im crying. I love adoption. I love our Father who picks us up and smothers us with His love the way you are right now. Mike- let's hear from you. Praying always and can't wait to see you get off that plane. loving you all so much

The Ferrill's said...

Oh how beautiful! All those kiddos and your sweet whispers that their mommas will be their soon. And your sweet little Josie is adorable; the joy of Jesus shines through your writing! I know Gwen is over the moon that you got to love so much on Joseph and Daisy!
We're praying you home!
Love,
Laine

Lindsey Doyle said...

My sweet, sweet friend.....I am weeping right now. I am sure that Josie Love is still in your precious arms.....love it!!!!! Thanks for the little glimpse of all the little ones together....how amazing....how humbling....how I can't wait to see it myself!!! I am praying like crazy for tomorrow.....Know that you are loved well. many, many kisses!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I am praying for your safe and swift return. Thanks for sharing the journey with us! Oh, and yes, Michael's TD was awesome (as was Owen's).
Trudy

stephanie said...

i just stumbled upon your blog after becoming totally obsessed with katie's journey blog. you all amaze me and God has used your stories to really move my heart. i've always planned on adopting someday, and now i feel led to do so much more. thanks for sharing your life.

blessings on your family!

michelle smalling said...

Just pack them all up and bring them home - unbelievable! You've met the future Smallings...and I am so excited!!! Thank you for sharing the journey and keeping us focused on the big picture. Much love to you all....

Anonymous said...

Bless you all! I am so thrilled to read this with my son and daughter tonight. We are truly blessed by your faith and your journey. May God give you strength, stamina, and safety. The kids at CPA are amazed by your testimony and love. You are covered in prayer. Lord bless you and bless you!

Barbara Powell

the overtons said...

praying for you all

Nanette R. said...

So exciting to read your post! Praying for you as you make this journey to bring Josie home!

isabellecrouche said...

Glad to see Josie in your arms. Praying that court goes smoothly.

Isabelle

Christine said...

Congrats! Your new daughter is beautiful!

Jordyn Smalling said...

UNBELIEVABLE...i have found myself weeping as i read my last name in this blog, realizing that soon this will be me and i will be bringing home my 2 new siblings! i cant even begin to describe how much you have influenced me and my family and how inspiring this is to me! bring us home some pictures of those sweet babies so i can see my new brother or sister!! everytime i think of them it makes me fall in love with Jesus all over again. Give Josie a kiss for me and tell her i cant wait to meet her! i love you guys!....John 14:18....

~Jordyn

Sandy said...

I am so happy you are with her! I have been reading this every day to see when you get to take her home. Gosh I feel so much better knowing she is with her family! GOd bless all of you. give her a kiss on the cheek for me! I miss her!

Cindy Hannah said...

Suzanne, thank you so much for telling me about Bobby. I was so thrilled to read about all the others but still wondered if you had seen Bobby, and then you talked about him!! Thank you so much. We are praying for you all. What a blessing you are to so many.
Please get someone to take a picture of all the Nashville Ugandans together at the orphanage before one of them comes home. Love - Cindy

Courtney said...

WOW! just hearing all of the different stories from you and the Kecks brings tears to my eyes. Grace has kept me updated so far. I can't believe Asher and Josie!! they are ADORABLE! I have been praying for everyone on the trip! God works Miracles!
Love
Courtney Cone

Annabelle said...

We miss you so much! Please call us very soon! We are very thrilled that we get to see you tonight!

Love,Annabelle

Annabelle said...

I miss you so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much!
I am crying right now! I am so sad.I miss you so so so so so so so so so
so so so so so so so so so so so much! I love you so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love,Annabelle

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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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