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Thursday, October 1, 2009





Many people spend a lifetime or a small fortune searching for someone who understands them. Yet I am freely available to all eho call upon My Name, who open their hearts to receive Me. This simple act of faith is the beginning of a lifelong love story. I, the Lover of your soul, understand you perfectly and love you eternally......

That was my Jesus Calling. Upon Mike's departure, I found myself thinking "what am I going to do? He is the only one that TRULY understands my heartache." My husband was made PERFECTLY for me. There have been many times in our marriage that I have had to repent for feeling that I love Mike more than my sweet Saviour. He is more than I could have ever asked for in a husband AND a father. Those words from Jesus Calling have given me comfort while Mike has been gone. He DOES love me more than I can fathom. He IS the Lover of my soul. And believe me, I am not so easy to love sometimes. I am TRULY excited about the journey that He has called my family to walk. I KNOW that it is going to be hard. I KNOW that my heart is going to break OVER and OVER again. I KNOW that MOST people that I see on a daily basis are not going to understand my JOY that I already feel that can come only from my sweet Saviour. I cannot wait for you to meet this sweet little angel that the Lord has blessed us with. SHE IS A S-T-I-N-K-E-R!! (In the south that means mischievous)
My boys (Joshua and Caleb) love Dora the Explorer. I brought the DVD for Josie. Our last night here with Katie we had a "Dora Night". Mary Pat (Katie's mom, my roomie) helped give Josie a bath.....she LOVES her a bath! She squeals constantly. Katie's girls have decided that they like Dora also. So I "americanized" them for a little while, set up my laptop and you should hear them all sing! They love it! Renee and I are flying out tomorrow night. I cannot wait to see my family. I cannot STAND the thought of leaving Josie Love. Pray for my heart. I am at a total peace about leaving her with Auntie Christene. She loves Christene and Katie with all of her heart. That still doesn't keep my heart from breaking at just the thought of getting on a plane without her.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praying and know that God is an Awesome God! I am inspired by your faithfullness to step out of the boat when most would not. Your family is truly inspiring and I know that many lives as well as mine have been changed and touched by GOD through your faithfulness. WIll be praying for peace and safe travel as you leave Uganda and Josie.

Ali said...

crying with you. loving you. walking with you always. cant wait to hug you and eat buckets and buckets worth of coldstone

Anonymous said...

I know it may be difficult to leave, but your post shows that your heart is in the right place. HE knows what HE is doing and HE has blessed your family in an amazing way with this special journey. HE is going to do a great and mighty work with you and your family. I am praying for your heart, that it may be strong when it needs to be, yet remain the soft, pliable work of God that it is. Be Blessed Suzanne.

Eight Isn't Enough said...

Know that I am praying for you.

Connie

emily said...

So well written. Praying. Know you will fill torn, like your heart is in 2 places but He will sustain as He knows your every need.

Can't wait to visit- love you girl.

You can literally see that precious child blossom with each post.

The Ferrill's said...

Oh we are praying! God has already equipped you for all the hellos and goodbyes over the next few months....His grace is sufficient! I thank God for your family being that city on a hill....
May you feel that peace that passes all understanding...
Much love!
Laine

Oatsvall Team said...

you know i got your back sister !!! praying for all of the above ...

Jenn in GA said...

i know this is going to be one of the hardest things you've ever done, but God will give you everything you need.

will be in the car most of the day tomorrow; will pray for you!

Anonymous said...

Praying for a safe journey home and for peace to flood over you as you leave Josi for now.

I recently heard this on a podcast entitled facing your lion's den and it has spoken to me lately through our recent transition so I thought I would share it with you...God is always positioning us in the right place at the right time but so often the right place feels like the wrong place.

Praying that you would not lost heart...for your light and momentary troubles are achieving for you an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2Cor 4:17

Our God who holds all things together has you right in the palm of his hand.

Lots of love
Amy

Kim said...

Oh wow! The heartache is so great because the love is SO great! I always tell new moms they are now living with their heart on the outside of their bodies. Yours will be half way around the world. Your family is covered in prayer.

Tonya said...

I remember leaving my Christopher Reign in Guatemala. He was sick and I was heartbroken beyond words at leaving him in anothers hands, no matter how loving and capable. The only peace was in knowing that God's plan for our lives was unfolding just as He had planned, and that He loved CR even more than I did. God used those months of being apart to grow me in so many ways. Let me tell you, the reunion is going to be emotional! I ugly cried for days just marveling at God's faithfulness. Keep your eyes on the prize! You've got my prayers, too, along with countless others. It's a privilege to join you in this journey.

BTW, I've never had founders favorite. Am I totally missing something here?

The McBrides said...

praying for the trip back... praying for all hearts involved.

MommyBrec said...

Continuing in prayer for you and your family. Thank you for the update and the cute pictures!

Karen Phillips said...

i loved that part of "Jesus Calling" too...when i started reading your post, i was thinking that sounds familiar...before i even read on, i got my book out and found it again (i had skipped ahead a little yesterday:) funny...love that while you were in africa, and i'm here God used the same quote to be meaningful to us both! still praying...so glad christine can take care of sweet josie, and i know your family back here will be so glad to have mom home. praying josie will make the trip home SOON!! much love!!

Anonymous said...

love you! ya'll have been on my prayer list!! can't wait to see you!

LOVE and PRAYERS!!!

Abbie
XOXOXO

mj said...

Yes, there are 15 pass.vans that are 4x4. My husband actually is a decent "expert" on these things. We/he would love to help with this, the research, finding it, doing it as cheaply but reliably as possible. We'll need to understand budget limits, and how much we'll need to fundraise beyond what we can contribute to make it happen. There are many options and technical details, ie taking a reg. van and making it work like a 4WD, more cheaply; with what they call rear differential locker (man speak) on the back of the van. In addition we can put a winch on the front, for recovery should Katie get stuck. This cheaper option might help since we'll be shipping it to Uganda. I'm getting shipping quotes just so we have an idea. I know there are vans in Uganda, however, my gut instinct is to purchase it stateside, so my husband/all of us can know without a doubt that Katie will have something solid. There are many on ebay, that are great deals that we can do this with,we just need to talk before we embark on this adventure. Just email us:
mandij75@yahoo.com
jejohnso@southernco.com

As a side note, my husband has just been pricing and staring at 12 pass. 4x4 vans for months. It's a hobby/God thing. We only have 3 kids. We didn't know if this van was for us, or if/when we'll need one for adopted kids. My husband is online as I write, he thinks we can get a good van for a few thousand, around $3000. Then $500 to lock the rear axle, making the back two wheels work together. Adding the winch to the front for added independence would be $$ extra. We're pondering all this, but very excited.

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to see you, Suzanne, and to hear about your time. I know it is overwhelming coming back in many respects. I am praying for you, girl, and knowing the Lord has AWESOME plans (in His perfect timing) and that He is working out all the details. Love you! Loved time with Mike the other night at the HTHH dinner. Love, Corinne

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