Friday, November 13, 2009

Meet the rest of us

So many of you have followed the blogs of when I was in Africa ( and and have fallen in love with Sam, Betty and Fallah. I wanted to give you a small look into our family and I pray that you will see our love for life as well as our love for each other. Fran and I have been married for 15 years and experienced so much. I love him more today than I ever have. He maybe is starting to "get me". I have always thought I could save the world "one lonely old man who I bring home for our family gatherings" at a time. Or puppies that I have to bring home because they look at me. NOW, Fran tells me that he new this adoption was going to happen before I ever left for Africa! He said "I knew how you were before I sent you" What a great man I have. "
This is what Fran looked like when I told him I wanted to adopt 3 more kids. Ok, not really but funny though. He is a super great dad. I can't wait for those kids to recieve the strength and love he has to offer.
Fran coaches Mackaden's and McKenna's soccer teams with some good friends of ours. This was at the end of the year party.
Our 3 kids keep us very busy, but "now we see" that we have space, time, and love to add 3 more.

This is Malachi. He is 10 years old. He played quarter back this year and had a great season. He cannot wait to teach Sam and Fallah about American football. This was Malachi (on the left)and his friend Kody after he had won MVP for offense. Way to go Malachi.
Malachi and Mackaden with their cousins after racing at the BMX track.
This is McKenna. She is 7 years old. She has an amazing heart and you will be hearing more about her very soon as I will be posting some information about her organization Warm Hearts Warm Bodies by McKenna. Here she just lost her front tooth!
I and a great friend coach McKenna's basketball team and this is just before one of her games. She was saying "We're gonna beat those stinky boys".
Sweet McKenna going to her cheer competition.
This is Mackaden. He is 4 years old. I guess he will still be the little guy in the family and he will REALLY have to work for everything he has with 5 older siblings.

This is Mackaden and his favorite horse Buck. I showed this picture to Sam while I was in Africa. He said "that is not safe".
Mackaden receiving his soccer trophy from his dad. I cannot wait until I can put pictures together of ALL my kids. I am proud of each and every one of them. I visualize Fran coaching Fallah's soccer team and Sam has got to play basketball with his height. I can also see Sam playing the drums as I have a very vivid memory of him at the orphanage beating on a bucket so the other kids could sing with a rhythm. And Betty...will she want to play the piano or will she be brave enough to cheer with McKenna? So many questions that only God has the answers to. Until then, please keep praying for us. We need the country to lift the adoption ban and make a way for us to get our kids home. We are "not so patiently" waiting.


  1. Beautiful family...but it will be even more beautiful once it is completed. :-)

    Can't wait to see the blanket your daughter's ministry is going to be auctioned off. I absolutely love that at seven she has a ministry. WOW!

  2. I loved learning about your family. Thanks for sharing.
    I too cannot wait to see a picture of your complete family with Sam, Betty and Fallah.

  3. Wow you have a beautiful family!!!! Thank you for sharing about all of your family! Yes I am praying that Sierra Leone will lift the adoption ban very soon! God will make a way to get all of these precious children home!

    So curious if Sam knows that you are going to adopt him as well as Betty and Fallah!

    Have a great evening!

    God BLess, Heidi-

  4. couldn't find where to email you privatly

    If you want here's my email address

    God BLess, Heidi

  5. I am so excited that you will be adopting these kids. What a blessing for you and the kids! I followed the Ordinary Hero Blog a couple months ago, but have not check it in a while, until tonight. God is so good! I will be praying that they come home soon! My husband and I have just started the process to adopt from Uganda. We are eager to see how God is going to carry us on this journey.