Monday, July 28, 2014


The interviews appear to have gone well.  The DCS staff seems to be satisfied.  We spent three hours at their offices this afternoon.  They will be coming to tour our house tomorrow.

Matt also has his brain scan tomorrow morning!

THANK YOU for praying!!  Although this was a very stressful ordeal, we did feel a lot of peace!  A very kind family lawyer came and spent the afternoon with us.  We are so thankful for how God provides for us in every way.

(After we were done, we went to Steak and Shake.  As I haven't eaten well for the last three days, I made up for lost time :)!!)

Keep praying, there are some major decisions to be made in the next week.


from one of my favorite bloggers... Lil Blue Boo

The whole post can be seen HERE.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Moonless Seas

As I sat down to breakfast this morning I grabbed a book from the shelf, "Keep a Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot.  Here's what I read...

Some of you are perhaps feeling that you are voyaging just now on a moonless sea.  Uncertainty surrounds you.  There seem to be no signs to follow.  Perhaps you feel about to be engulfed by loneliness.  There is no one to whom you can speak of your need.  Amy Carmichael wrote of such a feeling she, as a missionary of twenty-six, she had to leave Japan because of poor health...I have on my desk her original handwritten letter of August 25, 1894, as she was en route to Colombo.  "All along, let us remember, we are not asked to understand, but simply to obey...On July 28, Saturday, I sailed.  ...the chill of loneliness shivered through me, like a warm love-clasp came the long-loved lines---'And only Heaven is better than to walk with Christ at midnight, over moonless seas.'  I couldn't feel frightened then.  Praise Him for the moonless seas--all the better the opportunity for proving Him to be indeed the El Shaddai, 'the God who is Enough.'"

Let me add my own word of witness to hers and to that of the tens of thousands who have learned that He is indeed Enough.  He is not all we would ask for (if we were honest), but it is precisely when we do not have what we would ask for, and ONLY THEN, that we can clearly perceive His all-sufficiency.  It is when the sea is moonless that the Lord has become my Light.

"Keep a Quiet Heart" pg. 57

Friday, July 25, 2014

Appointment Is Set...

with DCS (Department of Children's Services) for Monday at 1:00.  They will interview both girls and maybe China.  We are not allowed to be in the room.  My heart is breaking because Ana will have to relive issues that happened in China.

-no misunderstandings
-that we will be allowed to present our many documents (which frankly they don't seem that interested in at this point.)
-God's Will will be accomplished in Mitike's life.
-Ana's well being
-good rest!  This weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.

Praise God for an experienced attorney who has worked with DCS/CPS on multiple occasions that will accompany us on Monday.  

None of this makes any sense to us...why God would allow such hard things into our lives one after another.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

What a Day!

Today Mitike ran away.  She was on the noon news and radio.  After hours of police, fire, and sheriff teams searching she was found in downtown Indy.  (God's grace--a Shepherd staff member was eating downtown and recognized her!!) The police department used every resource including detectives, a specialized search team, bloodhounds, and multiple helicopters.  Thank you IMPD.  You were fabulous in every way!  We are very grateful to all the neighbors and Shepherd Staff that came to support us.

I really thought we couldn't go any lower, but even in the deepest, darkest places GOD IS!!

Please pray with us as CPS is now involved and we have a long journey ahead.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Prank It Forward!

Watch! This made my day.  I'm a huge fan of doing excellent things for the poor.