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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

GUESS WHO IS LEAVING FOR UGANDA?!?!?!?!?!



YEP! I AM GETTING ON A PLANE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH and bringing home my baby girl! AND guess who is walking now? YEP! MY BABY GIRL! Come on! Say it with me....GOD IS GOOD....ALL THE TIME!
When we first contemplated the adoption process with Josie, one of my biggest fears was her not walking. She is three years old and wasn't showing any signs of walking. She crawled around and could stand with help, but had NO interest in taking those steps! Logistically, I was trying to picture my life with a child in a wheelchair and 6 others piling out of my van. After deciding to definitely pursuit the adoption, I started CLAIMING that she was not only going to walk, BUT RUN across the 5 acres that Mike and I live on. God has even given me visions of her little pom pom head bouncing around in the grass. When asked what her "special needs" are, I have answered blah, blah, blah AND she's not walking yet. You can see their facial expression change....their minds thinking...."she's three and not yet walking...yikes..not good" and I have claimed "BUT SHE IS GOING TO! SHE IS GOING TO CHASE HER BIG BROTHERS ALL OVER THE YARD!" Not to mention that i am going to buy her the FANCIEST most comfortable shoes that her little piggies have ever felt!
I am flying out Monday the 9th and will return Monday the 16th at 2:30. Mike is going to stay here with the kiddos this time. I never thought I would ever be excited to go to Africa alone....but I sure am! I can't wait to get my lips on those little cheeks of hers! I know without doubt that the Lord has something special planned for Josie Love. I am so excited to hold HIS hand while HE leads us through her life.
Please pray for safe travels, for Mike and my children while I am away (is he SUPERDAD or what?!?!) and that we can keep her well through the winter.
And last, but certainly not least...WE HAVE OUR NEW PRODUCTS ONLINE! Buy your Christmas presents at 147millionorphans.com and feed a child in Uganda with each purchase! The tees feed a child for a week and the bags feed a child for 2 weeks or more. In this video we are feeding the children of Amazima Ministries. A percentage of our proceeds also feed the Karamajong children (the street children of Uganda). All products are tagged with our story and explanation of what the product is for.
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38 comments:

ally said...

Yea Suzanne! God is so so good! We'll be praying for your travels and hope to see that precious little girls of yours sometime..
Blessings,
Ally

mallory said...

i started crying the minute i read that she was walking!!! i know that was something we were all worried about but hey what would Jesus do???? Praising him for what he has done! She is one cute girl and cant wait to see her home running around the yard and being "the pride of the neighborhood"!!!!! LOVE YOU ALOT AND CANT WAIT TO SEE HER IN YOUR ARMS!!!
Mallory

Victoria Searer said...

I'm so excited! I cried on my way home b/c I was so happy for y'all. I'm amazed at God's work... first that she's walking and then she's getting to spend Thanksgiving with her FOREVER FAMILY! God is amazing! We love y'all & give those sweet cheeks kisses for us!

Victoria Searer said...

I love the new song too!!!

Anonymous said...

OKAY!!! SOOOO I AMMM SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!! WOW!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I'll be prayin' 4 ya'll!!! and....YAH she's the PRIDE of the neighborhood!!!!

Anonymous said...

that was Abbie...haha...so excited I forgot to sign my name!!!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Yipee! yahoo! Praise the LORD! He is good.
BTW, my sweet Ellie didn't walk until she was four, completely didn't needs, but she is walking now. As a matter of fact, I just posted a video of her today, comparing her progress walking from February this year until now. I'd be honored if you checked it out.
I think it will make you smile and strengthen your vision!
Robbie

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

should say completely different "special needs"

oops

Auntie Amanda said...

I cant believe she's walking now! Wait... YES I CAN!!! She got exactly what she's been needing... her family's LOVE and one on one attention. Amani and the mamas do a wonderful job but there's something about FAMILY. I"m praising God for all the affection you guys have been able to lavish on her and for the love to come. Hooray!!!! I want to see this beautiful girl asap when you get some time to rest from the journey! Love you!!!

mj said...

Josie's new song, put's a HUGE smile on my face, love it. I'm praising God for her walking and scheduled travels & HOMECOMING! I'm so thankful for your example, your willingness to share your journey, your honesty, and the beauty of God's plan unfolding as a child surrenders to Him. I want you to know, your life, your journey to Josie, has made an eternal difference in the life of my family. Our path has permanently been altered, all because of an email request for clothes, that led to Katie's blog, that led to you and Gwen. We have said, "YES, to whatever God has for us...and we believe He is leading us to Uganda for we have children waiting for us. We are trying to contact ABC now. Thank you for sharing your heart. We will be covering you all in prayer. Can't wait for your & our next chapter to begin.

Anonymous said...

Victoria was so excited about your news that she texted me as soon as she saw it. Needless to say, it brought a smile to my face and a lift to my day! Couldn't wait to get home and read the news for myself (love the song -- I'm tapping my foot even as I type!). We are so happy for you all, especially having Josie home for Thanksgiving! Andy and Jean: the Alabama cousins

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

WAHOOOO GOD! I'm so excited for you, Matt and Josie Love! This is going to be one exciting adventure to follow Suzanne and I can't wait!

I'll be praying over your trip and travels! Praying complete healing over Josie too!

Our God is an awesome GOD!

Hugs and much love!
Jill

Gran said...

I love the song, and we are so excited about what God is doing in your lives and what He is able to abundantly do when we ask and trust. What a blessing it will be to have Josie Love as a part of our family and see what God is going to do one day at a time. Pop and I are covering you all in prayers, and I will look forward to being there some with the other grandchildren next week. Each one is so special. Our Love!

Tanya said...

Praise God! What wonderful news! Praying for your trip and the beginning of your new chapter with your Josie Love finally being brought home.

Melissa DeBardeleben said...

Hi, I have been following your blog for a couple months now and I am truly touched by your story. My husband are praying about adopting a child from Uganda. Do you have any advice or guidance in doing this? I live in Atlanta and hardly anyone I know is pursuing adoption in Africa. God has used your blog and many others to pierce our hearts. My friend from high school is Courtney Strubel Armistead. She told me she knew you. Praying that everything goes well on your journey to Uganda to pick up sweet Josie Love!

*Overflowing* said...

Beautiful, beautiful news! Your baby girl is finally coming home! God is good ALL the time INDEED!

Lisa Kindred said...

A huge shout to our Heavenly /father for allowing this perfect time for your Josie Love to come home. We are celebrating with you and could not be any happier for you! To know she is walking is such a beautiful testimony of our GOD!! We will be praying for this journey!

Love to you all! Lisa K.

Just had our mtg again tonight and are so happy to have you and Gwen able to speak here in blm. il!

The Young Family said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I'm so thrilled and excited for you!!! Wish I was getting on a plane Monday to bring my baby home...but I'm going to live vicariously through you for awhile and rejoice with Miss Josie Love coming HOME! FINALLY! FINALLY HOME! PRAISE JESUS!

Kim said...

OH MY!!!! GOD IS GOOD ... ALL THE TIME!!!!
Singing His praises from Hong Kong!
Love & Blessings,
Kim

Beautiful Mess said...

I was blessed by the "song" playing! too cool!

Praying for you! God is SOOOOO good!

RACHEL said...

Ohhhh!!! Praise God!!!! What sweet news & a sweet Savior! I know you can't wait hold your baby girl! (also excited about 147 website!)

Me said...

Oh wow I have CHILLS! God IS good, ALL THE TIME!! Praying for you all as you prepare for this SWEET homecoming!

Anonymous said...

Love the Steely Dan song!!! PERFECT!!! I am reading, typing and jammin' along with the song!! I am THRILLED beyond words!! I am visualizing the pom pom's bouncin' myself! WOOHOO!!!!! See you Friday nite...amy!

AbbasChildren said...

Amazing! We'll be praying for ya'll as you bring that sweet girl home!

Wright Family said...

SO SO excited for your family!!! Yay! We've been praying for your family all while you have been waiting to go back and missing Josie. Now we will be praying for you as you go bring her HOME!

rebekah wright

florence said...

AWESOME NEWS!!! God still works miracles, doesn't He? I can't wait to see video of Josie walking and running on your 5 acres! I can see it now..!

I will be praying for your trip and for Mike holding down the fort. I know you'll keep us updated while you're over there next week.

I LOVE the new Josie song- so perfect! And I know you will be dancing in the streets when she comes home!

Love ya.

Nancy said...

I WONDERED what that scream was!!!!!! OH, YIPPEE JESUS!!! Josie Love, sweet love, you have NO idea how wonderful your life is about to become! Oh, Suzanne, I am SO, SO, SO happy and excited for you! AND hey...Josie, you GO girl! And I mean that literally...GO Josie, Go!

Hugs, love and blessings!!!!

Nancy and ShaoXi in CT

Nick and Mary Leigh said...

well of course she is walking. she was just waiting for her momma to come for her!

Amy said...

SO HAPPY to hear she is coming HOME and so excited that she is walking! God IS SO GOOD. :0)

Leah M. said...

Praise the LORD! I have daily been praying earnestly for you and precious Josie Love coming home! I'm so SO excited! Take pictures and video! Can't wait to hear how God will continue to work miracles in this precious girl's life. I love you all oh so much!

MommyBrec said...

This is just so exciting! I was so heart-broken when you had to leave Uganda without her before. I thought my heart would break for you and your family and little Josie Love. To now hear this news...my heart is singing! As soon as I read this post, I burst into prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father and His son! What a happy day!!!!!!!!!!

Breclyn

Brian and Heather said...

Just found your blog and am SO EXCITED to read about your journey. I hope you don't mind, but I quoted from one of your posts and linked to your blog and ministry. Will be praying for you as you travel to bring home your sweet daughter!!

Sarah said...

Praise God! I am so excited for you. I wish I were getting on a plane on Monday too to bring my baby boy home... But for now, I am joyful for you!

Anonymous said...

WOOOOOOT!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!! Bathing ya'll in prayer sister!

meg & justin

Brian and Mandy Harvey said...

Yay!!!! Can't wait to see her!!! Got some goodies for her, too :-) Love you love you!!!

Andrea said...

YAY! So excited for you! Prayers for you and the family hanging out here!! and Praising God for the news about her walking!!!
Blessings
Andrea

Leah M. said...

Oh my gosh, so I just listened to song "Josie" that you have on your playlist! That is unbelievable! How did you find it?

lazzaralife said...

I'm so excited for you!! I will be praying EVERY day for a safe & uneventful trip so that you and sweet Josie can make it home quickly to your beautiful family.

~M

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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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